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ROZANA SANI

IF you are plan­ning to fur­ther your stud­ies in New Zealand, there is now a seam­less path­way for Malaysian school leavers to en­ter any one of the eight uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try. This fol­lows the launch of the FCertNZ Foun­da­tion Pro­gramme, which will al­low stu­dents in Malaysia to be awarded both a Foun­da­tion Cer­tifi­cate by KYSIC and an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree from a univer­sity in New Zealand.

Build­ing on a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment signed be­tween three lead uni­ver­si­ties rep­re­sent­ing the con­sor­tium of all New Zealand’s uni­ver­si­ties — the Univer­sity of Otago, Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton and the Univer­sity of Waikato — and KYS In­ter­na­tional Col­lege Bhd (KYSIC) in 2015, the FCertNZ Foun­da­tion Pro­gramme will see Malaysian stu­dents un­dergo a one-year foun­da­tion pro­gramme in KYS Busi­ness School (KYSB) in Ayer Keroh, Malacca, be­fore pro­ceed­ing to a min­i­mum of a three-year un­der­grad­u­ate course in New Zealand.

KYSB chief ex­ec­u­tive Datuk Ka­marud­din Awang said the new foun­da­tion pro­gramme, a first with all New Zealand’s eight uni­ver­si­ties, aims to widen as well as cre­ate bet­ter ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for Malaysian stu­dents.

“Through this new part­ner­ship, we hope that our stu­dents will con­tinue to be ex­posed to high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and gain valu­able in­ter­na­tional

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