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New Straits Times - - Higher Ed - DATUK KA­MARUD­DIN AWANG chief ex­ec­u­tive KYS Busi­ness School

ex­pe­ri­ences that can even­tu­ally help them meet the de­mands of both the lo­cal and global econ­omy,” said Ka­marud­din, who is an alumni of Vic­to­ria Univer­sity of Welling­ton.

The FCertNZ Foun­da­tion Pro­gramme of­fers a va­ri­ety of cour­ses in the fields of hu­man­i­ties, com­merce, sciences, en­gi­neer­ing as well as health sciences.

Ka­marud­din said KYSB hopes to take in 250 stu­dents for the FCertNZ Foun­da­tion Pro­gramme, which costs RM31,000 at the foun­da­tion level, when it com­mences in July. Those with a min­i­mum of 7As in their SPM exam or its equiv­a­lent are wel­comed to ap­ply. KYSB is open­ing the pro­gramme to in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, too.

Univer­sity of Waikato vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Neil Quigley said the cur­ricu­lum con­tent for the foun­da­tion pro­gramme was pre­pared via close en­gage­ment be­tween the staff at KYSB and the var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties in New Zealand and will be closely mod­er­ated by the lat­ter.

“The cur­ricu­lum lines up well to ex­pec­ta­tions in New Zealand uni­ver­si­ties and this pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage to stu­dents. The aca­demic path­way is seam­less, mak­ing it easy for stu­dents to fit in into their un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree pro­grammes later,” he said.

New Zealand’s High Com­mis­sioner to Malaysia, Dr John Subritzky, high­lighted that the col­lab­o­ra­tion rep­re­sents yet an­other sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the ever-grow­ing re­la­tion-

We hope that our stu­dents will con­tinue to be ex­posed to high­qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and gain valu­able in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ences.”

ship be­tween both coun­tries, espe­cially with the two coun­tries cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of diplo­matic re­la­tions this year.

“Malaysia and New Zealand have long­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tional ties which stem from the Colombo Plan schol­ar­ships in the 1950s and 1960s. Un­til to­day, part­ner­ships formed be­tween ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in Malaysia and New Zealand are central to our ro­bust re­la­tion­ship.

“It is ex­cit­ing to see this col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween KYSIC, an es­tab­lished in­sti­tu­tion, and the eight uni­ver­si­ties — all of which rank among the top three per cent in the QS World Rank­ings. We look for­ward to more col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween Malaysia and New Zealand in­sti­tu­tions, and con­grat­u­la­tions to all those in­volved,” said Subritzky.

Ka­marud­din Awang (left), John Subritzky (third from right) and Neil Quigley (se­cond from right) with other univer­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the launch.

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