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Fast track to your career

AFTER the dreaded Sijil Pelajaran

Malaysia (SPM) is over, students
need to consider the next big
chapter of their lives, which is
pursuing a pre-university course. course. The most vital point to have the slightest clue about the counselling session.” Daniel Abraham, a digital
This is a necessary step towards consider is the career path that career direction they want to The point to note is that times marketer who pursued SACE
entering a university and getting a a student wants to ultimately end pursue. change. For instance, information International, believes that any pre-
degree. up in and the best way towards it. “At this point in their lives, they technology may be in high university course, including the one
While some school-leavers have Vinoshni notes that most do not understand what they like. demand in the job market right he pursued, should offer more
a clear idea of which career path to students who come to her for All they want is a high-income now, but this may not be the case flexibility in choosing elective
take and how to reach their career career advice are not sure of this career upon graduation. The pre- in four to five years. subjects so that students can try
goals, most need guidance on the end-point. According to her, they at university courses they choose are “Students must do more many different subjects and fields of
most suitable direction for them. least have an idea, however vague, based on only the knowledge of research to know whether the study.
One factor to consider along the of the pre-university courses they which field they want to work in, career path they wish to pursue “I feel like that would give the
career pathway is the duration of want to pursue and the subjects which is why they would often will still be relevant when they
the pre-university course. A they want to take, but most don’t change their direction after a graduate,” she advises. > TURN TO PAGE 2
shorter pre-university course
would give students an edge over
their peers in terms of graduating Is a foundation course a good choice for you?
earlier and entering the workforce
sooner. One of the shortest pre- university only, thus making it option. The foundation led me track programme of one year or
According to Vinoshni university courses, the duration difficult for students to switch directly into the degree less, so you can advance to your
Rawindran, an education of a foundation course is just one universities between foundation programme in one year.” degree programme faster,” she
counsellor at – a year, after which students can and degree programmes, even if For students such as Puteri concludes.
website that hosts information on enrol in a relevant degree they want to pursue the same Yasmin who are sure of their
different courses and universities programme. This course is most field of study. career direction, there is more
for school-leavers – popular pre- suitable for students who are As foundation subjects of the than one benefit of choosing this
university courses among students sure of their career paths and previous university may not be course.
in Malaysia are the Sijil Tinggi will give them a head start in recognised by the new university, “I did a foundation in arts
Pelajaran Malaysia, diploma, obtaining a degree. the student may have to retake a and found the course quite
foundation, A-Levels and However, this is also its biggest few subjects or worse, retake an balanced as I managed to learn
matriculation, while the Australian disadvantage as students who entire foundation programme. many different subjects that
Matriculation (Ausmat), SACE are unsure of their career However, this is not a hard and may or may not be related to
International and Canadian Pre- choices may have to enrol in an fast rule since there are certain the degree course I wanted to
University (CPU) are less popular. entirely new course should they foundation courses that are pursue. I wanted to do a
“The shortest pre-university be interested in a different accepted by other universities. It degree in English
courses are the Australian education field midway through is advised that students check literature, but the
matriculation programmes their foundation programme. their options before enrolling. foundation course
(Ausmat and SACE International), For example, a student who While this route may be risky covered subjects such
with each taking around 10 months enrolled in a foundation in arts for school-leavers who do not as management, law
to complete. Among the common or foundation in business have a clear idea of their future, and politics. These
courses, the fastest way to getting programme will have to enrol in it remains a popular choice subjects were difficult
into university would be through a new programme altogether if among Malaysian students. but still I found them
foundation programmes, which he decides that his passion lies in Puteri Yasmin Suraya (pic), interesting.”
usually take one year to complete. engineering. who works as an online content She enthusiastically
The catch is that students need to In addition, students need to writer, shares why she chose this recommends the
be sure of their career direction if be sure of which university pre-university course over foundation course because
they want to pursue this course.” they want to obtain their others. assessments are in the
undergraduate degree from. “I knew the degree course I forms of coursework and
The right direction Foundation courses in one
university are tailored to prepare
wanted to do was only available
in that particular university, so I
examinations, so students
can learn to manage their
Although it is crucial, duration students for bachelor decided to do the university’s time more efficiently.
should not be the only deciding programmes offered at that foundation as it was a fast-track “Besides, it is a fast-
factor in choosing a pre-university

Info Day for prospective healthcare students

INTERNATIONAL Medical Pelajaran Malaysia results. The environment at a much earlier in April, July and September. Apply for the FiS programme at the
University (IMU), Malaysia’s first exact scholarship or bursary stage. FiS students also get to These start dates will enable a FiS Info Day and get a waiver of
and most established private offered will vary depending on the enjoy a sneak preview into IMU’s smooth transition into the RM450 (terms and conditions
medical and healthcare university students’ results. degree programmes, experiencing preferred degree courses that apply).
with more than 27 years of The FiS is the preferred for themselves what each of these students are interested in upon
dedicated focus in healthcare foundation for entry into any of programmes have to offer. This is successful completion of the n For more information, call
education, invites prospective IMU’s undergraduate degree made possible through the “Look, programme. 03-2731 7272, email
students and their parents to its programmes and provides the See, Feel” engagement activities Don’t miss this opportunity. my or visit
Foundation in Science (FiS) Info academic preparation required for arranged for FiS students.
Day on Mar 24 at its Bukit Jalil admission into a science-related The current IMU FiS team
campus from 10am to 4pm. degree. Students will be equipped consists of carefully selected, well-
FiS Info Day is the perfect with strong fundamental qualified and experienced staff
opportunity for prospective knowledge and skills to pursue with specific skill sets that make
students to obtain first-hand their studies in medicine, dentistry, them ideal pre-university
information on the university and pharmacy and health sciences. academicians. The team has a Through the FiS’
meet students and staff to chat The programme aims to prepare clear understanding of “Look, See, Feel”
about how FiS can provide students academically and undergraduate degree engagement
students an entry to IMU’s holistically for their undergraduate programme requirements and are activities, students
undergraduate programmes, which studies in IMU. With that aim in assisted in this regard by degree- can get a sneak peek
would lead them to exciting and mind, the teaching methodology level academics, who also advise into what various
promising career opportunities. and assessment methods employed the students on available degree programmes
Prospective parents and students in the FiS programme are aligned undergraduate pathways while in have to offer.
can also talk to faculty members with the methodologies used in the foundation.
about life in IMU and seek undergraduate programmes. The programme celebrated its
information on a variety of issues, Students benefit from these as it fifth birthday on Jan 11 at IMU’s
including the application process, gives them early exposure and a Bukit Jalil campus. Over the span
financing (including fees and head start to the undergraduate of five years, the FiS has opened
financial assistance) and learning environment. its doors to more than a thousand
accommodation. This is also an Conducted in the same facilities students, nurturing these hopeful
opportunity to find out more about and environment as the other faces into the degree programmes
IMU’s scholarships and bursary for programmes IMU has to offer, FiS that they are interested in.
students with excellent Sijil students adapt to the facilities and The FiS has three intakes a year,
2 Pre-University THE STAR, TUESDAY 5 MARCH 2019

Foundation in IT Do your research

IN this digital era, there is a pressing need which will take them close to three years
> FROM PAGE 1 to go in. It would save them a lot of time,
money and disappointments.”
for skilled manpower in information before they can continue on to their student a much better understanding of what Make sure you think long and hard and
technology. Responding to these bachelor’s. he intends to do when he graduates, because consider different factors before committing
developments and to meet industry talent at the point of time when students have to to a course. A short pre-university course
needs, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian choose subjects for pre-university courses, may take you to a destination faster, but it
Institute of Information Technology (UniKL The next step very few are sure of the direction they want may not be the destination for you.
MIIT) has introduced the Foundation in After completing the FiCT, students have a
Computer Technology (FiCT) programme, the choice of entering the Computer System
second intake of which will be in June. Security, Software Engineering, Computer The shortest routes to success
UniKL MIIT Technical Foundation Section Engineering, Computer Entrepreneurial
head Dr Yasmin Yahya says FiCT was Management and Networking System degree By far the fastest pathways to beginning it is all crammed into 10 months, much
introduced to provide Sijil Pelajaran programmes. These programmes focus on a degree, Australian Matriculation like a crash course, it was a stressful and
Malaysia (SPM) and O-Level graduates a essential theory without neglecting the (Ausmat) and SACE International are hectic time, with deadlines upon deadlines.
pathway to pursue a bachelor’s degree in practical skills that the industry prizes. Australian pre-university courses. “However, I think that the stress was
information technology and is open to local UniKL MIIT has also introduced cutting- Recognised by several universities in eventually helpful since it trained me to be
and international students. The programme edge technologies, including machine Malaysia and overseas, the similarities able to work under pressure and meet
also welcomes those in government or learning, artificial intelligence, Big Data between the two Australian pre-university targets. It is the kind of stress that you can
private sectors who wish to pursue higher Analytics and virtual and augmented reality programmes lie in the fact that both are learn from. I ended up graduating earlier
education. into our degree programmes. based on the Australian education system than my peers, which gave me time to
The FiCT programme aims to provide a UniKL allows no more than 20 students and the gradings are according to the experiment with jobs in different
combination of academic skills and content- per class. By keeping classroom sizes small, Australian Tertiary Admission Rank. The industries after graduating.”
specific modules that provide students with the dedicated teaching staff can really focus minimum duration for both the courses is A medical student, Diana (not her real
a grounding in computer technology as well on the needs of the students and nurture the same as well, which is approximately name), pursued the express SACE
as critical thinking, academic literacy and them into quality graduates who are prized 10 months. International, completing her pre-
communication skills. Through the FiCT for their academic and practical skills. The differences are in the course university in just eight months. She agrees
programme, students can utilise computing UniKL MIIT offers special tuition fee rates structure (the amount of weightage given wholeheartedly with Daniel and believes
tools and techniques by applying their of RM5,500 for Malaysian students. to examinations and coursework) and that SACE International offers a good
knowledge and interpreting information to governing bodies of the two courses. While balance between traditional study
solve problems. They are also taught to be n For further information, call 03-2175 4146 Ausmat is overseen by the West Australian methods and newer ways of learning,
proficient in the use of tools relevant to their or visit government, SACE International is under especially for subjects such as mathematics
field of study. the South Australian government. and chemistry.
“The three-semester foundation Former SACE International student However, she also points out that
programme is the right pathway Daniel Abraham says that he would because there was such a short time frame
for students interested in the recommend the course over A-Levels. to cover five subjects, it can get hectic.
field of computer technology “SACE International offered a good blend “What other students were taking two
as they are assured a direct of textbook material and practical work weeks to learn, we would have to cover in
path to nearly all degree and was also cheaper than some other pre- one week or less so there wasn’t much
programmes offered university courses. I pursued it because it time to participate in extracurricular
by UniKL MIIT,” says is not purely examination-based, and I activities or do anything else. The upside
Dr Yasmin. liked how the assignments and projects is that if you work well under pressure,
Dr Yasmin says by contributed to my final grade. you may do well in the express course
enrolling in the “The biggest advantage was the duration because it is completely focused on
programme, students of the course, which is also why I suppose academics and you will not be distracted
can save a lot of time many students avoid pursuing it. Because by anything else.”
compared with a diploma,
THE STAR, TUESDAY 5 MARCH 2019 Pre-University 3

Your starting point to a

THE International Foundation
Programme (IFP) at the University
of Reading, a global Top 200
university, was one of the first to

world-class qualification
be established in the United
Kingdom back in the 1980s. The
IFP is offered at both the
University of Reading’s UK
campus and its Malaysian campus
in Educity Iskandar, Johor.
At the University of Reading’s
Malaysia campus, there are two
IFP intakes per year, in April and
September, aimed largely at
students who have completed
their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia. A
unique feature of the IFP is that
students who have successfully
completed the IFP can progress to
their chosen degree either at the
university’s UK campus in the
beautiful town of Reading, which
is only 25 minutes from London
by train, or continue their degree
at the Malaysian campus.
Through the IFP, students have
the option to study a foundation
in business or science, from
which various pathways are
available to them, including:
l Accounting and finance
l Business
l Real estate
l Building and construction University of Reading’s Malaysia campus in Educity, Johor, allows students International Foundation Programme students are taught to be
l Psychology to focus on their studies while still having fun and enjoying their social life. independent learners.
l Pharmacy
l Law (subject to provisional information and examining issues benefit from greater personal sports facilities, including an representatives at the Education &
accreditation in Malaysia) and less dependent on being interaction with faculty and other indoor stadium, Olympic-size Further Studies Fair that is being
spoon-fed. students. swimming pool, fitness centre and held at Mid Valley Exhibition
Note that irrespective of In addition to academic skills, A key advantage of studying at running track. Centre on Mar 16, 17, 23 and 24.
campus, the programmes taught the IFP also helps students the University of Reading’s The University of Reading’s Remember to bring your SPM
are identical in terms of develop soft skills, such as Malaysia campus in Educity, Johor, stunning Malaysia campus allows results.
curriculum, teaching materials problem-solving, working in is the environment. Educity is a students to focus on their studies
and academic quality and teams and interpersonal dedicated education hub while still having fun and n To speak to a University of
standards. communication, which we know established by the Government as enjoying their social life, without Reading’s Malaysia campus
Given the university’s are vital for their career part of the Iskandar Malaysia the hassle of living in a big city. counsellor or arrange a tour, call
experience in Malaysia, a key goal development. development plan and is home to Register now for the University 07-268 6205, WhatsApp 016-772
of the IFP is to help students The small class sizes at the eight academic institutions, of Reading’s Malaysia campus 5400, email my.enquiry@reading.
become independent learners University of Reading’s Malaysia including the University of Open Day on Mar 16 and 23. or visit
who are capable of acquiring campus also allow students to Reading. Educity has excellent Alternatively, find the university's my
4 Pre-University THE STAR, TUESDAY 5 MARCH 2019

Stepping into university life

THROUGH fiction you have been manner. Cramming sessions and last- hitting the books. Your future
exposed to, it’s easy to conjure images minute work will not be sustainable. university will likely host multiple
of what your future university life There will be a price to pay, either in clubs, one or a few in which you may
will be like. The idea of lounging on a health or in grades, for bad time find your perfect fit. Joining clubs
lush green lawn in a circle with your management. can also help you hone skills and
multicultural friends on campus – increase your social opportunities.
exactly like all the ads or movies
you’ve seen – is a possibility, but here
Relearning how to learn Chances are, you won’t be sharing
many classes with the same group of
are some other things to take note of University differs from secondary people. As such, it is important to be
so as not to begin your university life school, right down to its learning seen as approachable and willing to
with culture shock. process. Rote learning, an essential make friends with course mates,
skill in school, will simply not cut it in especially since you can expect to
Tick tock, tick tock university.
Be prepared to invest the time to
have group assignments. Being on
good terms with fellow students will
The fun parts of university life, as get up to speed if there is something soften the prospect of group work.
is too often portrayed in movies, are, you are not familiar with and know Additionally, you may be attending
more often than not, exaggerations. that self-studying and being curious a university far from your friends
What is never shown is how much are essential skills at university. and family, in which case distance
time you’ll be spending in class and And, unlike school teachers, can strain your relationships. By
completing assignments. lecturers are not constantly nagging putting in a little extra effort, you can
You’ve heard it throughout your you to ensure you are studying. You, maintain your relationships with
school years and will still be hearing and you alone, are responsible for those dear to you.
it throughout your time at university: attending your classes, taking notes Above all, your university life will
time management is key. and handing in assignments on time. be a unique experience, dictated only
As assignments get heavier and by you. Through the choices you
require more quality work, you will
need to better manage your time to
Beyond academics make, you can turn your #unilife into
an enjoyable one and a time in your
complete your work in a timely University life is not just about life you will recall fondly.
THE STAR, TUESDAY 5 MARCH 2019 Pre-University 5

Established pathways to uni

SUNWAY College, a leading institution in Asia, Foundation Year (MUFY) programme.
provides school-leavers with six MUFY is recognised by all Australian
internationally recognised pre-university universities, selected New Zealand and UK
programmes. Sunway College was rated 6 universities, foreign branch campuses in
Stars each in the Cluster Based Category for Malaysia and other Malaysian private
General Programmes, International Student universities.
Services Category and College Based Category Alumnus Tan Wen Liang says, “The MUFY
of the Malaysian Quality Evaluation System programme helped me boost my confidence
for Private Colleges 2016/2017. and skills to adapt to the challenging
environment of my engineering degree at
An Australian leg-up Monash University. The invaluable
experience continues to inspire me in my
Sunway College is the largest overseas PhD studies.”
provider of the Australian Matriculation
(Ausmat) programme in the world and the
only provider of that certification in Malaysia
Homegrown, quality foundation
to offer the Australian Tertiary Admissions programme
Rank and general courses.
Students with the Ausmat qualification can The Sunway Foundation Programme
enrol in renowned universities in Australia contributes the highest number of Sunway
as well as the United States, the United University’s first-class honours graduates. It
Kingdom, Canada, Singapore and New is divided into the Foundation in Arts (FIA)
Zealand. It is also recognised by Malaysian Sunway College's six internationally recognised pre-university programmes provide school- and Foundation in Science & Technology
private universities. leavers with a breadth of choice to fulfil their dreams. (FIST).
Alumna Veeanna Lee says, “The Ausmat “Sunway’s FIA taught me to be creative,
programme taught me to be independent and continuous support and guidance from my The Canadian International Matriculation innovative and proactive. I assure you that
resourceful in my studies. The flexibility of experienced A-Levels lecturers during and Programme (CIMP) offered at Sunway your time spent in FIA will be the most
the programme and guidance from amazing after class aided me greatly. The devotion College is the only Canadian Year 12 memorable and amazing experience in your
teachers prepared me well for my university and assistance that Sunway provides for its curriculum in Malaysia that is delivered learning journey,” says alumna Ko Chia
journey. I gained many opportunities in my students throughout their university according to the Ontario (Canada) Ministry Huey.
time at Sunway College, as well as countless applications is exceptional.” of Education’s requirements. “The FIST was life-changing. Not only
friendships and connections.” Alumnus Eric Chiang Hinn Yuen shares, was I able to affirm my passion and interest
Global No.1 education system “The exceptional academic and in the workings of the human mind, the
Acclaimed British qualification The Canadian Year 12 curriculum,
extracurricular experience I gained during
the CIMP has provided me with a strong
programme also helped me develop
self-confidence, social abilities and a
Considered the benchmark in British according to the requirements of the foundation to pursue my ambition. If not for passion to educate,” says FIST alumnus
educational excellence, the A-Levels is a sure- Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Education, is CIMP, I believe my dream would have Kamaleshwaran.
fire ticket to top UK universities. Sunway split into three major pathways – health remained just a dream.” Sunway College is introducing new
College holds a remarkable record of 50% sciences, engineering and business. scholarship support packages for 2019. Visit
straight A*/As and a 100% pass rate with
more than 229 Top in the World and Top in
Students graduate with the internationally
recognised Ontario Secondary School
Direct path to Monash University Sunway College’s Open Day from 10am to
4pm on Mar 16, 17, 23 and 24.
Malaysia awards in the Cambridge GCE Diploma as well as necessary academic and Sunway College is the only institution that
A-Levels examinations. interpersonal skills to succeed in the global provides an academic bridge to Monash n For more information, visit college.sunway.
Alumna Shanna Chung Sim Ler says, “The world. University through the Monash University
6 Pre-University THE STAR, TUESDAY 5 MARCH 2019

Build a solid base

DECIDING what to study after your Sijil
Pelajaran Malaysia is not as easy as it seems
for many school leavers. While some may
choose to take a pre-university programme

for future excellence

with a broader scope of study so that they
will have more flexibility in choosing their
field later, others may have already set their
sights on their desired discipline for their
tertiary education and believe that a focused
pre-university programme will be a better
With close to 50 years of academic
excellence in providing pre-university offers a number of science-based courses is structured to complement its Accountants, Institute of Chartered
education, Tunku Abdul Rahman University relating particularly to engineering. undergraduate accountancy programmes, it Accountants in England and Wales, and CPA
College (TAR UC) has prepared many Having their mind set on pursuing their immediately piqued our interest because we Australia,” they add.
students for TAR UC’s undergraduate undergraduate degree in accounting, twins do plan to pursue a career in accounting. Drawn to TAR UC’s Bachelor of
programmes via its Foundation programme, Chan Lai Jin and Chan Lai Pei are both “TAR UC has a stellar reputation in Engineering (Hons) Mechatronic
which is intensive, academically focused and enrolled in TAR UC’s Foundation in producing high achievers in external programme, Ng Ming Li knew that he
rigorous. The programme provides students Accounting. examinations. TAR UC’s accountancy needed a Foundation in Engineering to start
with a solid grounding as they advance their “The programme stood out because it is a programmes are also granted maximum him off on the right foot.
studies in TAR UC. fast-track pathway to a TAR UC accounting exemptions from global professional bodies, “What attracted me to this programme is
Conducted by TAR UC’s Centre for degree,” they share. “When including the Association of its emphasis on engineering. My lecturers
Pre-University Studies (CPUS), the we found out that TAR Chartered Certified are very knowledgeable, and the lab
Foundation programme’s structure is tailor- UC was offering a Accountants, Chartered facilities help me understand my subjects
made to ensure students gain a deeper new foundation Institute of better,” he says.
understanding of requisite subjects so they programme that Management “The vibrant student lifestyle around
will be well-prepared to continue their campus and TAR UC’s top-notch facilities
studies in-depth at the undergraduate level. such as its library, Olympic-size swimming
TAR UC currently offers Foundation in pool, gym and cyber centre make campus
Arts and Science programmes, which life enjoyable and unforgettable.”
prepare students for a wide range of TAR To know more about TAR UC’s foundation
UC’s undergraduate programmes. For a programmes, visit TAR UC’s Open Day from
more specialised pathway, the Foundation in Mar 21 to Apr 14 from 9am to 5pm at TAR
Accounting, Foundation in Business and UC’s main campus in Kuala Lumpur or any
Foundation in Engineering programmes TAR UC branch campus in Penang, Perak,
provide students with firm grounding as Johor, Pahang and Sabah. You can also visit
they progress into undergraduate studies in TAR UC’s booth at major education fairs
the corresponding disciplines. nationwide. Attractive scholarships are
The Foundation in Accounting programme available at TAR UC on the basis of academic
offers a number of accountancy and merit and sibling discount for eligible
commerce-based courses, while the students. 
Foundation in Business programme
focuses more on business-related subjects. Twins Chan Lai Jin and Chan Lai Pei say TAR UC’s Foundation in Accounting programme n For more information, visit
The Foundation in Engineering programme stands out because it is a fast-tracked pathway to an accounting degree.

Top-notch education
AS the largest education provider in Western
Australia (WA), TAFE International WA
delivers vocational (VET) courses to more
than 100,000 students every year. Across 25
campuses, TAFE International WA offers
Malaysian students practical, industry-
relevant training programmes in world-class
facilities. TAFE International WA is owned
and operated by the state government of
Western Australia.
TAFE International WA students come
from around 100 different countries. Perth,
the capital city of WA, is a 5.5-hour direct
flight from Kuala Lumpur and shares the
same time zone.
TAFE International WA has intakes in July The Greenskills Building at TAFE
(semester two) and February (semester one). International WA’s East Perth Campus, just
July is in the heart of Perth’s winter months, east of Perth's central business district.
with average maximum temperatures of
around 18°C. February, with an average graduates than university graduates.
maximum of 31°C, is summer’s last month Others move on from TAFE International
before autumn arrives in March. WA to university, benefitting from generous
Perth has everything to offer, from food to credit or advanced standing arrangements.
music, entertainment, sports, culture, clean These students may not only save time and
air and incredible scenery. For basketball money in their university pathway, but
and football lovers, Perth’s league teams in because of their TAFE International WA
each discipline (the Wildcats and Glory, qualification, they often find part-time work
respectively) are two of the most successful that is more relevant to their degree.
teams in Australian sports, both of which are TAFE International WA partners with
atop their 2019 league ladders. Perth is a Curtin, Murdoch and Edith Cowan
young, dynamic, culturally diverse city with Universities, as well as the University of
a strong aboriginal history. Western Australia. A Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia
TAFE International WA goes back over 100 student, for example, could complete two
years to 1898, when it was delivering years of hospitality training at TAFE
technical courses in the City of Fremantle International WA and gain up to 1.5 years’
just 15km down the Swan River from the credit towards the Bachelor of Hospitality
City of Perth. Fast forward to 2019 and TAFE and Tourism Management at Edith Cowan
International WA is one of Australia’s best University, leaving just 1.5 years of the
training institutions. It is a finalist for Large degree to complete. The TAFE International
Training Provider of the Year Award by the WA component of this pathway would cost
Australian Training Awards 2018. around RM45,000 to RM50,000 per year.
TAFE International WA’s lecturers are Other courses at TAFE International WA
some of the best in the business, winning the include engineering, early childhood
VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award at education, business and nursing.
the Australian Training Awards 2017, There has never been a better time to
bringing industry expertise to the classroom. acquire a skill. A course at TAFE
Students will be equipped with job-ready International WA presents a world of
skills through Australian Government- opportunity. TAFE International WA is open
recognised training. for visits and campus tours for Malaysian
Students have flexibility and choice at families visiting Perth.
TAFE International WA. Some enrol to boost
employment prospects, as research from the n For more information, email michael.
Skilling Australia Foundation Report 2017 or visit www.
shows employment rates are higher for VET
THE STAR, TUESDAY 5 MARCH 2019 Pre-University 7

Keep your pre-u options open

DONE with school? Wondering what’s next? A slice of the world through communication/IT degree programme and option of fields at the bachelor’s degree
Choosing an appropriate programme to start soft skills to boost their presentation ability level and allow yourself another year to
your educational journey can be such a science and confidence. think about it. However, if you can
hassle for some, yet so easy for others. Science is not restricted to experiments in identify your area of interest quite
Deciding on which degree to pursue can be
made easier by going through a one-year
labs. There is a whole world to discover as it
is the foundation of so many fields. If you
Should I opt for foundation or decisively, you might want to consider a
diploma programme instead.
preparatory course, also known as opt for the Foundation in Science at IUKL, diploma?
foundation studies.
Tertiary education will be different from
you can choose between the engineering
option and non-engineering option. To answer this question, you must first Register with IUKL
what you have been used to in school. For students who aspire to take up consider two factors. The first is your To figure out which field of study is best
Foundation studies will help you to adapt engineering, be it civil, mechanical, preferred duration of study. You need only for you, book a free counselling session
and learn new learning habits before you electronics and electrical or automotive one year after SPM or O-Level to complete with IUKL. Alternatively, you are invited
commit to pursuing a degree. technology, the engineering option, your foundation programme and enrol in a to attend IUKL’s Info Day on Mar 23 and
which gives more weight to physics and bachelor’s degree. If time is your concern, 24 from 10am to 4pm. Registration on-the-
Taking the first steps mathematics, will equip you with a solid
base of knowledge for you to excel in an
you should consider this option seriously.
The second factor is your field of study.
spot will entitle you to a RM3,000 tuition
fee rebate.
A foundation programme will help engineering programme. If you are not able to decide on your field
prepare you for tertiary education. The one- The non-engineering option, which of study after SPM or O-Level, it’s advised n For more information, call 1800 88
year Foundation Studies programme at focuses on chemistry and biology, aims at that you first attend a foundation STUDY (78839), email
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur preparing students for a bachelor’s degree in programme that provides you a wider my or visit
(IUKL) provides students the fastest access to pharmacy, health science, food science,
their desired degree programme after their biotechnology and agriculture.
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or O-Levels.
IUKL offers two foundation programmes –
Foundation in Science and Foundation in
Art inspires creative thinkers
Arts. Unlike other foundation programmes, Art isn’t solely the act of creating or
which are highly specialised, and thus producing something, but also the capability
narrow down students’ choices for their to generate useful ideas. Through IUKL’s
degree programmes, IUKL foundation Foundation in Arts, students will acquire
studies are designed to keep students’ knowledge and skills needed to embark on
options open. various degree programmes in the fields of
The idea is to provide students a wider architecture, communication, information
range of programmes when pursuing their technology, education, language studies and
bachelor’s degrees. business and accounting.
The programme also provides students
with two options to choose from. The
architecture option is perfect for those who
are enthusiastic about architectural
design and wish to pursue it as a
career. Elective subjects include
Introduction to Architecture and
Architectural Graphics, Painting
and Sketching, and
Application of AutoCAD.
Students in the business, IT
and language studies option
will be exposed to the
fundamental knowledge
required in a business/

Path to quality
medical studies
IT goes without saying that the road to receiving an internationally recognised
becoming a doctor is paved with ambition, medical degree (Bachelor of Medicine,
discipline and dedication. But above all, it Bachelor of Surgery or Bachelor of
begins with the right drive. That is what Obstetrics) followed by a two-year placement
makes RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC) as house officers.
students stand out from the rest. Complementing RUMC as a hub for
On top of promoting academic excellence, excellent medical education is its Foundation
the cornerstone of RUMC being a successful in Science (FiS) programme, a unique pre-
medical school lies not only in the quality of university pathway allowing students to
the education it provides, but also in how it have an early introduction to the medical
engenders students’ motivation in pursuing and clinical field in a hospital setting before
a career in medicine. deciding to take on the five-year medical
At RUMC, the first Irish foreign university degree programme. Through FiS, students
branch campus in Malaysia, students begin can get a head start in the globally sought-
their transnational journey in Dublin, after RUMC experience.
Ireland, where they will receive an Irish RUMC also offers postgraduate study
medical education as they undertake a 2.5- options, namely the MSc in Public Health
year pre-clinical study at the Royal College of and MSc in Health Research. The
Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University programmes are conducted in collaboration
College Dublin (UCD), two renowned medical with RCSI and UCD and fully accredited and
universities. awarded by the National University of
Upon completion, the students return to Ireland.
Penang for a 2.5-year clinical phase, where
they will receive on-site training and interact n For more information, call 04-217 1999 or
with patients at Penang General Hospital, email
Seberang Jaya Hospital and Taiping Hospital.
As the demand for doctors continues to
grow, there is a greater need to ensure
medical graduates are industry-ready.
RUMC’s unique relationship with the
Health Ministry allows exclusive use of
the Penang General Hospital for the
students’ clinical training. As such,
RUMC doctors-in-training have better
access to patients, allowing them to
focus and nurture their patient care and
medical skills to full potential.
Upon concluding their clinical training,
students will graduate as doctors,
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New teaching fellows welcomed

NEWCASTLE University Medicine Malaysia
(NUMed) welcomed a fresh batch of
graduates to its Bachelor of Medicine &
Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Teaching Fellow
Programme, which is designed to provide a
platform for them to take part in teaching
the university’s current MBBS undergraduate
Throughout the programme, the fellows
will also have the opportunity to develop
their own professional educational
knowledge and teaching skills as they
continue honing their medical knowledge
using a variety of methods.
As fresh graduates, the fellows are better
able to understand and relate to what the
undergraduate students are going through.
This enables them to offer invaluable
insights even as they share their
accumulated experience and knowledge
with the students.
“Through the MBBS Teaching Fellow
Programme, we are better able to help
undergraduate students who are struggling
to understand certain medical concepts by
being given the opportunity to share our
knowledge, while subsequently growing our
passion to teach,” says Paul Khoo, a current
MBBS Teaching Fellow.
Leo See Wei, another MBBS Teaching
Fellow, concurs.
“I am grateful I have the opportunity to be
involved in the development, delivery and
monitoring of the courses throughout the
whole MBBS programme, from Year 1 to NUMed’s MBBS Teaching Fellow Programme provides recent graduates the opportunity to develop their own professional educational
Year 5. Not only that, I get to carry out knowledge and teaching skills.
educational projects as well, such as the
development of new innovative teaching “In addition, I get to revise all my medical medicine. Among other accolades, the their journey in medicine and biomedical
materials and an audit,” she says. concepts at the same time. My stint as a university was awarded five plus stars sciences.
“I have so much to learn in medicine and teaching fellow has allowed her to overall in the QS Stars Rating System 2018.
am determined to be more hardworking tremendously improve her self-confidence.” Committed to providing a holistic learning n To find out more about NUMed’s
compared with when I was a student. Now I NUMed is the international branch experience, NUMed features expert faculty programmes, excellent facilities and student
have to make sure I thoroughly understand campus of Newcastle University in the members and cutting-edge facilities, making life, visit its campus on its Open Day on Mar
the topic before teaching it. United Kingdom, a leading university for it an ideal place for students to embark on 16 and 23 or visit