What are Micro-Credential Courses?

As working environments around the world continue to be overwhelmed by technological advancements, a lifelong learning mindset is imperative to close skills gaps that emerge as work evolves.

Micro-credentials are certifications of learning for a smaller set of courses or modules that are designed to provide learners with knowledge, skills, values, and competencies in a focused area of study.

Individuals can take micro-credential courses either as a component of an accredited programme for educational purposes or as a means of upskilling or reskilling for professional development.

Sunway University Micro-Credential Courses

Sunway University Micro-credentials (MCs) are short courses and training programmes taken from diploma, degree or Master’s qualifications offered by the University. This means all MCs award academic credit with a certificate and transcript. Micro-credentials are “stackable” so the credits can be used towards a bigger diploma, degree or Master’s qualification.

Many Sunway University MCs cover topics taken from post-graduate degree programmes so these training courses are perfect for working adults who want to upgrade skills quickly. Micro-credentials are a great way to begin post-graduate study and many of our MCs are offered through part-time courses and online education. MCs are flexible courses that can be completed over months or years. Credits may also be transferrable across several different Master’s degrees and post-graduate programmes.

Another big benefit of micro-credentials is that entry requirements may be more flexible than for Master’s degrees. This means people studying to meet academic entry requirements for a Master’s programme can complete several MCs as short courses and later use the credit toward the final Master’s degree award (please note: candidates must meet the entry requirements for a Master’s or any other award before the MC credit can be used towards that award).

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  • The benefits of micro-credential courses differ from one individual to another.
  • Students may consider enrolling for a micro-credential course for different objectives, whether it is taking courses as a standalone or as a component of an accredited programme.
  • For those planning to take multiple courses at once, advice will be provided by the academic counselor depending on the workload.

Micro-Credential Courses Offered

The Global Digital Talent (GDT) Programme is a programme offered by Alibaba Business School. Combining project-based learning and theoretical teaching, participants develop critical skills for the digital economy. Upon completion, the participants may set up their own digital business or transform an existing offline business into an online business.

The programmes offered: 

There are two main parts to the programme. Sunway University further divides it to be Part 1 and 2. Upon completion of Part 1, the students are recognised as part of the GDT Network, obtaining “GDT Membership”. The GDT Membership gives access to a global community of digitally minded people, exclusive content, updates about the digital economy and members-only events and opportunities.

Upon completion of Part 2, passing interviews with examiners from Alibaba and industry practitioners, and fulfilling the required criteria, the students will be a “Certified GDT Practitioner”. The recognition enables students to access career and business opportunities in the digital economy sector including Alibaba Group and members of its ecosystem.

  • MC Global Digital Talent Part 1 (GDT Part 1 C)
  • MC Global Digital Talent Part 2 (GDT Part 2 C)

For more information: tzeyings@sunway.edu.my

The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development is a regional center of excellence that advances the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, tackling the sustainability agenda through education, training, research and policy advisory.

The programmes offered:

  • Corporate Sustainability Strategies (SSM 5033 C)
  • Applied Microeconomic Foundation for Public Policy (ECN 5014 C)
  • Macroeconomics and Financial Market Analysis (ECN 5024 C)
  • Quantitative Research Methods for Public Policy (RSM 5054 C)
  • History of Economic Development and Thought (ECN 5054 C)

  • Sustainable Economic Development (ECN 5064 C)
  • Sustainable Development Policies (ECN 5064 C)
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Development (ECN 5044 C)
  • Financial Market Development and Macroeconomic Policies (ECN 5034 C)
  • Urbanization, Transportation, and Regional Growth (SUP 5034 C)
  • Education Policies & Human Capital Development in Asia (POL 5014 C)
  • International Trade, Regionalism and Global Production Value-Chain (ECN 5044 C)
  • Earth's Climate System (SSM 5013 C)
  • Research Methods (SRM 5013 C)
  • Sustainable Management and Operations (SSM 5023 C)
  • Economics of Sustainability Management (SEC 5013 C)
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Development (SEN 5013 C)
  • Finance and Sustainability (SFI 5013 C)
  • Sustainable Economic Development (SEC 5023 C)
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SSM 5073 C)
  • Sustainable Forestry (SSM 5133 C)
  • Sustainable Waste Management (SSM 5153 C)
  • Biodiversity (SSM 5163 C)
  • Smart Technology and Internet of Things (IoT)(SSM 5173 C)
  • Governance in Sustainable Development (SSM 5183 C)

For more information: jsc@sunway.edu.my

Frequently Asked Questions

Students need to meet the minimum requirements for the courses or possess appropriate APEL(A) certification.

Formative and summative assessments will be carried out based on the students' coursework and final tests.

Sunway's micro-credential courses are designed to be delivered through an online blended learning experience with synchronous and asynchronous lectures. Synchronous components consist of online face-to-face lecturers while the asynchronous components consist of pre-recorded lectures and learning materials such as videos and notes.



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