Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
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Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (also referred to as Limkokwing and LUCT) is a private international 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, studying in campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Kuching, Botswana, Cambodia, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Eswatini, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.
|Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology (2000–2010), Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology (1991–2000)|
|Motto||Driving Innovation for Education|
|President||The late Tan Sri Dato' Sri Paduka Dr Lim Kok Wing|
|Campus||Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Malacca, Beijing, Gaborone, London, Maseru, Mbabane, Phnom Penh, Sierra Leone, Namataba.|
Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology (as it was then known) was established in 1991 by founder and namesake Tan Sri Dato' Sri Paduka Dr Lim Kok Wing. In 2002 the institute became the first private college to be recognised as a university college.
Dr. Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing is the founder and president of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. He is a Malaysian artist, designer, author, entrepreneur, educationist and philanthropist who is officially recognized by the Malaysian government as the Father of Innovation in Creative Education. In 2021, he passed away at the age of 75 while recovering from a fall injury.
- The Limkokwing Borneo campus is in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak, Malaysia's largest state on the island of Borneo. The campus was launched in Kuching on 19 February 2009, marking the second campus for Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia.
- The Limkokwing Botswana campus is in the country's capital, Gaborone, and was launched on 14 May 2007.
- Limkokwing Cambodia, located in Phnom Penh.
- Limkokwing Lesotho is located in Maseru, the capital of Kingdom of Lesotho. The campus was launched by the Right Honorable Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili on 15 October 2008. The occasion marked the first entry of a Malaysian university into Lesotho and the establishment of Limkokwing's second campus in Africa.
- The Limkokwing Malaysia is the flagship campus. It is in Cyberjaya, a township in Malaysia. The Limkokwing campus in Cyberjaya is home to 9,500 students from nearly 145 countries. The campus is the winner of the Highest Enrolment of Foreign Students Award and Special Award for Globalizing Malaysian Education from the Malaysian Ministry of Education and the Export Excellence Award from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
- Limkokwing United Kingdom campus is in the centre of London at 106 Piccadilly.
- The Limkokwing Swaziland campus is in Mbabane, Eswatini.
- The Limkokwing Sierra Leone campus in Freetown, opened in March 2017.
- The Limkokwing Uganda campus in Namataba, is expected to open in 2019.
- Faculty of Information & Communication Technology (FICT)
- Faculty of Business Management & Globalization (FBMG)
- Faculty of Communication, Media & Broadcasting (FCMB)
- Faculty of Architecture & The Built Environment (FABE)
- Faculty of Design Innovation (FDI)
- Faculty of Multimedia Creativity (FMC)
- Faculty of Fashion & Lifestyle Creativity (FFLC)
- Sound and Music Design Academy (SMDA)
Through these centres, the university offers instruction in many specialities, including the following:
Animation, architecture, business, entrepreneurship, fashion design, film production, games design, global campus learning, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, Islamic banking, journalism, mass communication, mobile computing, software engineering, urban planning and web design.
The university has been granted a number of awards, including the following:
- Global Innovation Leadership in Education, in 2010.
- Outstanding Achievement in Web Development for Education Standard of Excellence, Portal Standard of Excellence, University Standard of Excellence, in 2010.
- The International Arch of Europe Award for Quality, Leadership, Technology and Innovation.
- The Commander of the Most Meritorious Order of Mohlomi by His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho.
- In April 2017, the Accreditation Service for International Colleges and Universities (ASIC) from the United Kingdom bestowed Limkokwing University with the Global TVET Model University Award and Tan Sri Limkokwing with the Transformation Leadership in Global TVET Education Award.
The consortium is made up of institutions that partner with Limkokwing University. These include:
Limkokwing through its training arm, Malaysia Design Innovation Centre (MDI), has signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with many industry partners. One of the objectives is to lend support to state governments, quasi-government organisations, multinationals, and small- and medium-size industries or enterprises in enhancing their creative capacity. Through the resources of the university and MDI, the partners co-operate in areas such as brand development, packaging design, and research and development.
|2012||251-300||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2013||251-300||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2014||251-300||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2015||251-300||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|
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". 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. The controversial billboard was taken down and the university apologised, saying that it "did not condone any discriminatory acts against any particular race".
The institution was accused of issuing fake certificates and failing to meet legitimacy standards in Lesotho. It was followed by police investigation and court cases that showed cases of fraud. 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.
Earlier this year, 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. 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. 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.
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