Learn and grow with CIMP
THE Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP) at Sunway College is a rigorous academic programme leading to university studies. It provides students the opportunity to grow socially and culturally through involvement in many of the extracurricular activities offered.
For 18-year old Eirene Smith, she found Sunway College to be welcoming, adding that the representatives were proactive in answering questions from her and family about living in Sunway City, Malaysia, and the programmes offered at the college and university.
Eirene, who was born in Texas, the United States, lived in India with her family for 12 years before moving to Malaysia last year.
“CIMP encourages students to manage their time, be innovative leaders and to be accepting of students who have different views from them. I learned the art of listening, instead of forcing my opinions on others.”
The best bits of the CIMP, she said, were that the teachers were the most involved in their student’s studies, and students have many opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities.
Community service also forms an integral part of the educational philosophy and curriculum in the programme.
Students are encouraged to do volunteer work, where they have the opportunity to enhance problem-solving skills, improve teamwork and acquire life skills and knowledge.
Eirene contributed 51 hours, volunteering for Hospis Malaysia, where she took part in awareness campaigns on palliative care at the KL Marathon; bathed dogs at Cherishlife Home, an animal shelter; and, helped with registrations during the EduCanada Fair 2017.
At the CIMP graduation this year, she was elected valedictorian.
“Like many of you, I have only been here for two semesters. Regardless of how long it has taken for us to get here, we can all be proud graduates, not just because we finished, but because we have achieved a Level 4+ in terms of activities. Together, we arranged and attended two Talent Nights, performed in two Open Mics, won the ‘Ultrabowl’ last October and took part in the ‘Superbowl’ in April,” she said.
“Besides that, we sent a team to the 24hr Race to raise awareness for human trafficking and raised over RM2,000 for the Manna House. We have done more than 6,000 hours of community service, and we raised more than RM10,000 for a school in Pahang. Now, for our final victory, we are graduating.
“I urge you all, in this next phase of your life, to find something to hold onto. For me, the buoy that kept me floating this year was my faith. Maybe your buoy is faith. Maybe it’s your family or friends. Whatever it might be, cling to it and don’t let it go,” she said.
Eirene started classes at Seattle Pacific University in Washington, the US, in September. She is pursuing a degree in Global Development Studies.
The CIMP at Sunway College has nurtured more than 6,000 graduates, who have furthered studies in more than 140 private and public universities over the past 25 years. It is an established programme, approved and inspected by Canada’s Ontario Ministry of Education.