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ILLUSTRIOUS: The prestige of Monash University is also seen through the contemporary architectural design of its Sunway campus

education in a pleasant environment. As for life at the Sunway campus, it’s nothing short of vibrant. There’s wall climbing, yoga, capoeira, Shito-Ryu Karate and the Toastmasters Club for you to indulge in, among others. If you’re into publishing, the campus magazine ‘Monga’ would be perfect for you. The university also strongly believes in giving back to community. Students are welcomed to join the Monash University Volunteer Program, an initiative started by

socially-conscious Sunway campus students. Last year, 18 Arts undergraduates visited Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam to take a real look at poverty while 26 Business postgraduate students visited companies in India for a first-hand look at the growing economic giant. The university often subsidises such course-related field trips to encourage a global and handson education. Studying at the Sunway campus also allows you to exchange to any of over 130 partner uni-

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DONE DEAL: Prof Muhamad Awang (left) and Tengku Farith exchanging the MOUs

SEGi-SKALI partnership to boost IT workforce A RECENT partnership between two established entities — education giant SEGi University College and e-solutions provider SKALI — will hope to boost the information technology industry workforce. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on March 13 will see SKALI training SEGi students in one of its latest IT solutions modules. “It is important to build a knowledgeable society, so we are sharing our technical expertise and industry experience through the Strategic Training Programmes,” said SKALI Group CEO and co-founder, YM Tengku Farith Rithauddeen. “The need is great for higher education institutions to produce quality industry-certified workers, especially in ICT. We are very pleased to join forces with SEGi Unversity College, who took bold step ahead of others, to collaborate with us to improve the competency of future graduates,” he added. Under the MoU, SEGi students can gain various types of specialised certifications through SKALI, thus further strengthening local human capital in the IT industry. Among the programmes students get to enjoy at a discounted price are Liferay Developer (Elite) and Cisco Certified

Network Associate (CCNA). SKALI will also send representatives from its exco to conduct talks at the SEGi campus for IT and MBA students. “We hope this collaboration will assist Malaysia in achieving high-income status by 2020, as more skillful workforce can be produced,” said Tengku Farith, who signed for SKALI at the event held at the SEGi campus in Kota Damansara. SEGi was represented by Vice Chancellor Prof Muhamad Awang. HOMEGROWN IT EMPOWERED It has been almost three decades that SEGi has been offering IT programmes to fulfill Malaysia’s market demands. From diploma to masters degree, whatever you pursue, the career options in this industry run in the hundreds and would continue to expand. It is, however, important to have the right qualifications to ensure you stay abreast with the latest technological developments. SEGi’s homegrown programmes have been further strengthened internationally via an arrangement with the University of Abertay Dundee (UAD), one of UK’s leading uni-

versities, which allows students graduating from SEGi’s Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) programme to receive a separate degree parchment issued by UAD, on top of their SEGi degree. The SEGi degree was also recently boosted with IT Security components of the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) programme through a collaboration with the EC-Council Academy, a leading IT security certification body in the Asia Pacific. Conducted by the EC-Council, the CEH course trains students to think like a hacker in order to beat one. ENTICED YET? Call SEGi University College for more information on computing and its IT programmes at 03-6145 1777 or 1800-88-7344, SEGi College KL (03-2070 2078 or 1800-888-028), SEGi College Subang Jaya (03-8600 1888 or 1800-888-622), SEGi College Penang (04-2633888), SEGi College Sarawak (082-252566) or SEGi College Seri Kembangan (03-8948 4811). If you prefer online communication, email my or visit






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career paths. However, making that decision has become a lot easier, especially with the ever-popular University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) A-Level programme being offered at BrickďŹ elds Asia College (BAC) as well as the college’s own Foundation in Arts course. Established over 20 years ago, BAC’s primary mission is to provide quality education, particularly in the realms of law. With over 100 of its students winning accolades in the ALevel, BA in Law (LLB), CertiďŹ cate of Legal Practice (CLP) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) examinations over the past two years, the excellent track record has made BAC the preferred destination for SPMleavers of late. The A-Level programme at BAC can be done full time, part-time or via distance learning, enabling students to manage their time more efďŹ ciently. The Social Science subjects students can choose to study under this course are Law, Business Studies, Economics, Accounting, English Literature and Mathematics. At BAC, there are two routes for students to complete this programme. Traditionally, they can opt to complete the programme in 18 months and study up to four subjects, beneďŹ tting them to have a wider variety of degrees to choose from later on. In the Express Route unique to BAC, the course is customised so it can be completed within under a year for those who intend to pursue a law degree at BAC. This allows students to graduate up to two years earlier than their peers, giving them an infallible head start in their careers. For those seeking an alternative to the A-Level, BAC’s Foundation in Arts programme only takes a year to complete. This Malaysian QualiďŹ cations Agency (MQA)-approved programme is aimed towards students who want to develop skills in Communications, Critical Thinking and Computer Studies. This would prepare them for future undergradu-

ate studies while concurrently pursuing an optional major of Law, Mathematics, Economics, Business Studies or Accounting. Here, students are assessed via assignments and written examinations. TOP EDUCATORS, BEST FACILITIES A BAC student’s potential to achieve academic excellence is maximised by highly qualiďŹ ed and industry experienced lecturers who deliver effective teaching standards in innovative methods. This is coupled with extensive learning materials including textbooks, lecture and revision notes, past exam questions and also online resources such as BrickďŹ — a learning portal exclusive for BAC students. The library is comprehensive and ďŹ lled with up-to-date materials that will help students in their research while providing a conducive study environment. The college also has a Sky Garden Sports Cafe, an allinclusive gym and modern computer labs for students to utilise. Being a centrally located campus, BAC is easily accessible to all modes of public transport. As for a healthy student life, there are numerous social activities and events organised by both the college management and students throughout the year, ensuring the latter a wellrounded learning experience. At BAC, students are also given the opportunity to pursue multiple programmes at the same time, thus enabling them to save time and money. For ďŹ nancial assistance, the BrickďŹ elds Education Fund and The Star Education fund are provided to students. PTPTN loans, EPF withdrawals and 0% instalment payment methods are also available. The June intake for both ALevel and the Foundation in Arts is now open for registration. Call BAC at 03-2727 7494, visit or check out the college’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook. com/BrickfieldsAsiaCollege. BAC for more details.








ATC gives back IT’S their 25th anniversary celebration and Advance Tertiary College (ATC) wants to give back to the community. How? By offering RM2.5 million worth of scholarships to those deserving. Ever since their humble inception in 1987, ATC’s primary aim has always been the same — to provide quality tertiary education at a cost that is not burdening. “It’s not always all about profit maximisation,” said ATC principal and deputy CEO Dr Danny Choong, when met at the college’s city campus in Jalan Petaling recently. “As a higher learning institution, we have a major social obligation to fulfill and that is to produce educated and

well-rounded Malaysians.” Scholarships offered The RM2.5 million sum is allocated under the Tun Abdul Hamid Omar scholarship fund which is named after the former chairman of ATC. This scholarship fund is available for students and school leavers who want to pursue the Cambridge International A-Levels course, the University of London’s Bachelor of Law (LLB), the 3+0 Bachelor (Hons) in Management Studies from the UK’s St Mary’s University College (SMUC) and the diplomas in Management or Marketing programmes offered by ATC. Funds are also allocated under two

LIBRARY: This very comprehensive resource centre is the heart of many students researches

other scholarship programmes – the Tan Sri P. Alagendra scholarship for officers from the Royal Malaysian Police and their families, and the Tan Sri Othman Merican scholarship for courses under the college’s School of Business and Management. The funds will be disbursed in either full or partial scholarships to deserving students based on their academic achievements and financial needs. The practice of offering scholarships to deserving students is not new at ATC, said Dr Choong. “We have been giving bright students scholarships for many years. With this being our 25th year in service to students, we have decided to allocate a much larger fund for scholarships in appreciation of the Malaysian public who have helped elevated us to become the largest private law school in the region,” he said. The scholarship funds are also available to ATC’s A-Levels and LLB students in the college’s Penang campus located on Jalan Macalister in George Town. The campus has been a popular option for students from the northern region who prefer to remain closer to home, thus saving on cost of living and accommodation in the federal capital. To qualify for the scholarships, students need to register with ATC for

DR CHOONG: ATC is not always about profit maximisation but also social obligation

any of the courses where the fund is available and furnish necessary documentation. It’s that easy. The next intake for the LLB programme will be on June 18 and June 25 for the A-Levels course. The college’s business programmes will

commence in September. To find out more, call ATC at the toll-free 1 800 88 9292, email, visit www.atc2u. com of their Facebook page at www.

sia (USM) and University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. Several UK universities have also now accepted Dip. ECE graduates into their second- or final-year degree programmes, providing a pathway for overseas education experience. In September 2011, five such graduates were enrolled in the final

year of the Early Childhood Studies degree course at University of Gloucestershire while another continued her studies at University College Birmingham where she was accepted into the final year of its Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. The University of Hertfordshire allows MCKL Dip. ECE holders into the second year of its BA in Education Studies (Early Studies) while the University of West England grants entrance into the second year of its BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies. For other courses, MCKL also offers the GCE A-Level (Edexcel), Australian Matriculation (WACE), Certified Accounting Technician (CAT), IELTS and English Studies programmes. Dip. ECE’s August intake is now open for registration. Call MCKL at 03-2274 1851, email or visit www. for details.


Developing early childhood educators STUDIES have shown that the foundation of a child’s development are best laid down in the first five years of his or her life. Previously, many nursery and kindergarten teachers did not have any formal training beyond a secondary school education besides a passion for young children but much has changed since. Soon, it is expected that only trained and professionally qualified staff can be early childhood educators in both government and private sectors. In meeting this challenge to develop and train such educators, Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL) has been offering the Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Dip. ECE) programme since 2005. The course is conducted over twoand-a-half years, with annual intakes in March and August. Dip. ECE provides students with theory and hands-on knowledge in

teaching pre-school children with learning taking place in the classroom and also at pre-schools and childcare centres. Course syllabus includes optimal child development in thinking and creativity, mathematical and scientific reasoning, pro-social skills, managing emotions, physical and also character development. The courses are taught by dedicated and qualified lecturers who guide and assess students during practical training. The programme has since become reputable with MCKL graduates being successfully employed in kindergartens and childcare centres nationwide, many of them receiving job offers even before graduating. For the more entrepreneurial graduates, they can work as childcare administrators and supervisors, or start their own childcare centres. The administrative and curriculum planning modules taught in Dip. ECE

UNCONVENTIONAL: A guest speaker instructing students on using creative teaching resources in the classroom

provides sufficient knowledge to pursue this career option. For those who wish to continue their higher education upon graduation, Dip. ECE graduates have been accepted by both local and foreign universities to do their bachelor’s degree in Education or related fields, among which at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Sains Malay-

June 13, 2012  

The Malay Mail, Live n Learn, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,

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