Receiving international awards is not something new for students of KBU International College. This is evident with student Ee
Wil Ken bagging a notable award, “Emerging Designer of the Year (Student Category) – awarded by International Design Award (IDA).
The award was given in honor of the “Mecanique Toy Store” – a proposal created to renovate a double-storey retail store in 1Utama.
“The Mechanique Toy Store is one of my college projects where I get to explore a type of subculture called “steampunk”. My concept is to transform the retail store atmosphere into a display which exists on its own time and dimension,” said Ee.
Elaborating further, he said: “I have attempted to divide the free space available with specifically-designed interactive toy which spans from floor to the ceiling”
“Each toy display stand is interactive and has a light bulb with movement sensor that glows brighter when approached. Hence, as people visit the toy store, the lights will be brighter or dimmer, creating a sort of time phasing machine,” said Ee.
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery.
The International Design Award (IDA) which was held for the fifth consecutive year was aimed at recognising, celebrating and promoting legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design.
“In 2009, one of my seniors, Andrew Chong Chin Chuan emerged as the winner for the Commercial Design (Student’s Interior Design Category),” said Ee.
“That has inspired me to take part in the competition as I wanted to give myself a chance,” said Ee.
He also talked highly about the degree programme, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design which trained him on computer-aided design software.
“I have learnt a lot in terms of design creativity and variety of materials,” he added.
“The facilities provided in KBU such as the library which houses a collection of design books is also very informative,” he added.
KBU’s School of Design also offers BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design (3+0), BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons)
Furniture and Product Design, Foundation in Art & Design, Diploma in Interior Design, Diploma in Interactive Design and Diploma in Advertising Design.
Study at KBU International College
KBU International College (KBU) is a private higher education institution established in 1990 by the First Nationwide
Group, owner and developer of the 1000 acres fully integrated township/commercial district of Bandar Utama. KBU has a purpose-designed, fully equipped campus with sports and recreational facilities, and located on a 13-acre site within Bandar Utama.
Students at KBU will, therefore, receive a holistic education.
The main objective of KBU is to provide higher education opportunities to young Malaysians and foreign nationals in a wide range of academic and professional fields such as Engineering, Computing/ICT/Software Engineering, Hospitality, Tourism, Business and Art & Design. Quality education is the hallmark of KBU with the intended outcome of producing highly employable graduates in a knowledge-based economy.
In line with KBU’s mission of providing Quality Education and achieving a high level of employability of its graduates, the College collaborates with established universities in the United Kingdom to offer 3+0 degree programmes, as well as professional bodies and established examination bodies.
Quality education at KBU is further underpinned by the college’s compliance with the requirements of the
Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the constant monitoring carried out by the College’s very own Quality Assurance Department and KBU’s foreign university partners.
From EduSpiral’s experience, KBU offers very affordable certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes that are supported by excellent facilities. Their fees are inexpensive compared even to some shoplot colleges!
Students are definitely getting more than their worth at KBU. Scholarships are available for students who have performed well for their SPM, UEC and STPM exams.
Excellent Facilities at KBU International College
KBU International College campus has a built up area of 250,000 sq.ft. and has a comprehensive range of facilities for students. There are seven Engineering Laboratories, which are well-equipped to meet the stringent requirements of KBU International College’s Partner Universities and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The engineering laboratories include the Digital Power & Control Laboratory, the Microprocessor & Electronic CAD Laboratory, Mechatronics Laboratory and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Laboratory.
The Computer Centre maintains the campus-wide network based on the Windows platform. In the E-Info Lab, students enjoy high speed access to the Internet and its resources.
Wireless connection to the campus network has been installed and implemented. The Centre also houses the Multimedia Laboratory, Macintosh Laboratory and CAD Laboratory. There are two digital language labs equipped with 50 microcomputers installed with CD-ROM based programme-ware for English learning.
The Art & Design facilities include the Print Studio, Art & Design Studios, Photography Studio and 3D Design Studio. The Hospitality & Tourism facilities include a training restaurant, mock hotel room, food production lab and commercial kitchen. Students attend lectures in spacious lecture rooms and lecture theatres.
State-of-the-art Video Conference facilities allow students to follow lecturers from KBU foreign partner universities in UK for some programme modules.
The College has a well-stocked and ISO certified Library. It provides seats for 260 users. The Library is well-equipped with individual study spaces and discussion rooms.
It has a wide range of books, reports, periodicals, and company annual reports, covering all disciplines of study in the College. A fully-equipped multimedia room is available for students to use the CD-ROMs and other non-print materials in the Library.
Students enrolled in Nottingham Trent University or Anglia Ruskin University programmes have electronic access to the digital libraries of the respective universities. The Library has also subscribed to the Emerald online business database.
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