By Kiran Kaur Sidhu & Karamjit Singh | DIGITAL NEWS ASIA
THERE are few professions more noble than teaching and within Malaysia’s thriving private education sector, there a few who can match the deep passion that Dr Parmjit Singh has for education.
It is a passion that has seen the chief executive officer of the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) education group, literally get down on hands and knees, cleaning toilets, mopping floors, making coffee and even driving his pioneer batch of female students home after night class in the early 1990s.
It is this desire to do anything for his students, to ensure their success, that has driven Parmjit to play a pivotal role in propelling Malaysia’s information technology (IT) and business education to higher quality standards.
It is no surprise that APU graduates are considered to be among the best technology graduates in Southeast Asia. And along the way, the success of his students has also propelled him to the pinnacle of Malaysia’s education industry.
A shining testament of that is the gleaming new US$125 million (RM500 million) campus for APU, opened in 2017, in Kuala Lumpur with 2 million sq ft of facilities to ensure a world-class education for all who walk through its doors.
While the media shy Parmjit prefers to deflect any praise coming his way to his students and faculty and staff, he has no problems talking about the thought process that went into designing the new APU campus, about facing challenges, consistently adaptating and facing Gen Z students which marks an exciting and significant point in the university’s trajectory as a technological education institute.
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