Qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion at your doorstep

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

THE higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor has seen a boom in the past few years, with sev­eral in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions hav­ing set up cam­puses in the coun­try.

De­spite this, Bri­tain re­mains the ed­u­ca­tion desti­na­tion of choice for many, even with the escalating costs as­so­ci­ated with study­ing abroad. This can largely be at­trib­uted to the proven qual­ity of a Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion, as well as the tra­di­tional ties Malaysia has with the coun­try.

He­riot-Watt Univer­sity in Ed­in­burgh, has more than its fair share of prom­i­nent Malaysian Alumni, be­ing one of the more pop­u­lar op­tions for Malaysian stu­dents since 1967. It is the largest alumni base out­side of Bri­tain.

Es­tab­lished in 1821, the univer­sity of­fers a high-qual­ity learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for in­no­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion, en­ter­prise and lead­ing-edge but prac­ti­cal re­search.

To­day, the vi­sion to pro­vide ac­cess for ed­u­ca­tion in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy has spread as far as Malaysia. With the es­tab­lish­ment of He­riot-Watt Univer­sity Malaysia, plans are un­der­way to pro­duce Malaysian pro­fes­sion­als who can con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.

This also means par­ents and stu­dents now have the op­tion of a qual­ity Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion in Malaysia.

HWUM takes pride in that it makes no dis­tinc­tion be­tween the cour­ses of­fered in Ed­in­burgh and Malaysia, as the pro­grammes are iden­ti­cal. From the syl­labus of­fered to the lec­tur­ers that will be brought in for the pro­grammes, at­tain­ing a de­gree at HWUM will carry the tra­di­tional hall­marks and qual­ity of a He­riot-Watt ed­u­ca­tion.

In fact, with the in­ter-cam­pus porta­bil­ity, stu­dents can start their pro­gramme in Malaysia, and com­plete it in Bri­tain with­out any loss of cred­its or even vice-versa.

The de­gree a stu­dent at­tains is the same He­riot-Watt de­gree, re­gard­less of the cam­pus that the stu­dent en­rolled in.

HWUM has been of­fer­ing post­grad­u­ate cour­ses in solid tech­ni­cal as­pects of engineering since 2012. Th­ese in­clude MSc En­ergy, MSc Re­new­able En­ergy Engineering, MSc Con­struc­tion Project Man­age­ment, MSc Quan­tity Sur­vey­ing and MSc. Petroleum Engineering.

In 2014, it will also be of­fer­ing MSc Busi­ness Psy­chol­ogy, MSc In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Man­age­ment, MSc Ac­tu­ar­ial Sci­ence and MSc Strate­gic Project Man­age­ment de­grees.

In ad­di­tion to the mas­ters’ pro­grammes, HWUM will also be in­tro­duc­ing sev­eral new un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes in the Septem­ber 2014 in­take that will in­clude BEng/MEng de­grees in Me­chan­i­cal Engineering, Chem­i­cal Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Con­struc­tion Project Man­age­ment and Quan­tity Sur­vey­ing.

The univer­sity is also plan­ning to of­fer a foun­da­tion course that is de­signed to pre­pare and pro­vide a path­way for post-Form Five stu­dents to do a He­riot-Watt de­gree pro­gramme.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing that cost is a ma­jor fac­tor for many stu­dents, HWUM is also in­tro­duc­ing an in­au­gu­ral schol­ar­ship scheme that will ben­e­fit all new en­trants for their foun­da­tion and un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-8881 0918 or e-mail HWUM@hw.ac.uk.

He­riot-Watts’ state-of-the-art cam­pus in Pu­tra­jaya is sched­uled for com­ple­tion in time for the first in­take in 2014.

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