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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.