Sunday April 10, 2011
Best in industry
By KANG SOON CHEN
APIIT Education Group did the education industry proud when it was honoured with the Prime Minister’s Industry Excellence Award 2010 by the International Trade and Industry Ministry during the awards ceremony recently.
It was the only organisation selected for the prestigious award from 27 others receiving awards in eight categories.
The group also received the Export Excellence Award (Services) for 2010 under the Education services category.
The group comprises the Asia Pacific University College of Technology and Innovation (UCTI) as its flagship university, as well as the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT).
APIIT Education Group CEO Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh, who accepted the pivotal award from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said the accolade was a recognition of the education industry’s contribution in driving the country’s economy.
“APIIT’s success lies in our ability to meet the market’s needs. Our courses are up-to-date and in tandem with the evolving technology in IT,” he said.
Asked on what gave APIIT the edge over its competitors, Dr Parmjit said the organisation had undergone a major transformation over the last five years.
“The most significant achievement is when APIIT registered an exponential increase in the number of foreign students enrolled. From around 200 foreign students at APIIT five years ago, we now have 5,000 of them as of last year,” he said.
APIIT was established in 1993 to address the shortage of IT professionals in Malaysia and the region. The institution has also set up overseas campuses in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India.