Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (also called Limkokwing and LUCT) is a private university that has a presence across Africa, Europe, and Asia. With its main campus in Malaysia, the university has over 30,000 students from more than 150 countries.

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
Universiti Teknologi Kreatif Limkokwing (Malay)
林国荣创意工艺大学 (Chinese)
Former names
Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology (2000–2010), Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology (1991–2000)
Established1991; 33 years ago (1991)
Location, ,
CampusCyberjaya, Kuching, Gaborone, Phnom Penh, Maseru, London, Mbabane, Freetown, Namataba.

The university offers a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in various fields of study, including design, multimedia, communication, business, and technology.

In addition to academic programs, the university offers various extracurricular activities, clubs, and societies for students to participate in, including sports, performing arts, cultural activities, and community service.

History edit

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology main atrium in Cyberjaya

LUCT was established and founded in 1991 by Tan Sri Dato' Sri Paduka Dr Lim Kok Wing. In 2002, it became the first private college to be recognised as a university college.

Campuses edit

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

As of December 2018, the university had the following campuses:

Academics edit

As of 2022, Limkokwing offers two diploma programs and twenty-two bachelor's degree programs.[11]

Rankings edit

Year Rank Valuer
2012 251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2013 251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2014 251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2015 251-300[12] QS Asian University Rankings
2016 251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2017 251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2018 218 QS Asian University Rankings
2019 351-400 QS Asian University Rankings

Controversy edit

In light of the global Black Lives Matter and anti-racism movement, the university was panned for the erection of a billboard depicting its founder, Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing, as the "King of Africa".[13][14][15] The billboard generated controversy as former students and staff at the university accused the university of having racist policies, such as not allowing African students to be ambassadors at open days and alleging that school administrators had made racist remarks on several occasions.[13] The controversial billboard was taken down and the university apologised, saying that it "did not condone any discriminatory acts against any particular race".[13][14] Contrary to allegations, the Ministry of Higher Education has not found strong evidence pointing to racism by senior management of the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT).[16]

The institution was accused of issuing fake certificates and failing to meet legitimacy standards in Lesotho.[17][18][19] It was followed by police investigation and court cases that showed cases of fraud.[17] However, the Minister of Education and Training Lesotho stated that Limkokwing Lesotho is a legal and legitimate entity recognised by the Lesotho government, and graduates of the university are as well recognised.[20]

Earlier, an official statement was released by the Minister of Information of Sierra Leone, Mohammad Rahman Swarray, to address the government's position on Limkokwing University. Sierra Leone's ACC closed investigations of alleged corruption between Limkokwing University Sierra Leone with the previous Sierra Leonean Government.[21] It was said that the university failed to honour the agreement made by the Government of Sierra Leone and the institution regarding scholarships, fee payment, hiring of 80% local staff, and the training of 200 public servants each year [unreliable source?]. The Minister of Information stated, "the government has reached the decision, that we'll no longer be blackmailed". Later on, Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has confirmed that it is the country's former education science and technology minister, Minkailu Bah, who had enabled the campus to be set up without following due processes.[22] In addition, cases of unjust work ethics, under-qualified lecturers, falsification of academic transcripts, inequality in pay and underpay raised concerns in Botswana where the Malaysian university has a campus. Limkokwing University Botswana reached an agreement with Botswana's Allied Workers Union and salaries and wages of employees were adjusted accordingly.[23][24]

References edit

  1. ^ Ontametse Sugar (9 October 2017). "Over 900 graduate from Limkokwing University". The Patriot. Gaborone. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ Special Correspondent (2 March 2008). "Botswana: Shifting policies benefit Malaysian private university". University World News. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ (2018). "About Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Cambodia". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Limkokwing University plans to extend TVET Malaysia to Lesotho". 16 October 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ (2018). "Limkokwing University: Main Campus". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ ASIC. "Limkokwing University of Creative Technology: London Campus". Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities (ASIC). Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  7. ^ Swazi Media (15 March 2018). "Police Fire During Student Roadblock". Swazi Media Commentary. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  8. ^ Hanis Zainal (18 March 2018). "Limkokwing's Sierra Leone campus opens". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  9. ^ Opio, Alfred (14 April 2014). "Malaysians to Open University in Namataba". Kampala: Chimp Reports Uganda. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  10. ^ Mukhaye, Damali (5 December 2018). "Malaysian varsity takes over Ugandan institute". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Courses @ Limkokwing University of Creative Technology". Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Limkokwing University of Creative Technology". Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "'King of Africa' billboard sparks racism claims at Malaysian university". South China Morning Post. 20 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  14. ^ a b Noor, Sabrina (21 June 2020). "How did Lim Kok Wing go from helping Mandela to having a racist billboard in his uni?". CILISOS - Current Issues Tambah Pedas!. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Angry netizens petition to remove billboard portraying Lim Kok Wing as 'King of Africa'". AsiaOne. 12 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  16. ^ CHIN, EMMANUEL SANTA MARIA (14 December 2020). "Racism at Lim Kok Wing varsity? Higher edu minister says special probe failed to find solid proof to back claims". Malay Mail. Retrieved 23 May 2024.
  17. ^ a b "Police investigate Limkokwing students over fake certificates". Sunday Express. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Limkokwing kept cops in the dark about fake certificates". Sunday Express. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Limkokwing official 'lied'". Sunday Express. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Limkokwing is a legitimate university". Sunday Express. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  21. ^ "ACC concludes investigation into alleged corruption of Minkailu Bah and Limkokwing University". Sierra Leone Telegraph. 6 August 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  22. ^ "Sierra Leone anti-graft body ends probe involving Limkokwing University". 8 August 2020.
  23. ^ editor, Online (12 April 2009). "Limkokwing University mysteries raise eyebrows – Sunday Standard". Retrieved 12 July 2020. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  24. ^ editor, Online (25 August 2013). "Limkokwing University reaches agreement with union – Sunday Standard". Retrieved 12 July 2020. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)

External links edit

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