Embedding technopreneurship with mechatronics engineering in outcomebased curriculum development for postgraduate education in Malaysia


This article describes the curriculum design of a new postgraduate degree programme in mechatronics at the Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. The main objective of this postgraduate programme is to address the country's need for producing qualified and skilful mechatronics-trained engineers with entrepreneurial skills. Therefore, one of the programme's educational objectives is to build tomorrow's technopreneur leaders. The needs of the students, industries and other stakeholders of this programme will also be highlighted in the development of the programme educational objectives and programme outcomes. Data and analysis of the market survey conducted from both the industry and student perspective will be presented. The curriculum structure of the programme to accomplish the programme outcomes will also be discussed in this article.


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