Get­ting a de­gree – the Amer­i­can way

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR EDUCATION FAIR 2013 -

Th­ese days, stu­dents who com­plete their sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion have many ter­tiary foun­da­tion pro­grammes to con­sider.

If you are seek­ing to fur­ther your stud­ies over­seas, a good op­tion would be KDU Univer­sity Col­lege’s Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram (ADP).

Many in­ter­na­tional stu­dents around the world choose to study in the United states, mak­ing it a top desti­na­tion choice for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

Most Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties of­fer a world-renowned fac­ulty, are at the fore­front of re­search and tech­nol­ogy and pro­vide state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties.

The ADP is an af­ford­able path­way to com­plete your stud­ies over­seas and it is also de­signed to pre­pare you with the skills and knowl­edge to fur­ther your ed­u­ca­tion in the United states.

It also gives you the op­por­tu­nity to trans­fer to uni­ver­si­ties of your choice in Bri­tain, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Canada.

Dur­ing the course of the ADP of­fered by KDU’s Center for Amer­i­can ed­u­ca­tion, stu­dents will be ex­posed to the same ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem as in the United states.

The cour­ses as well as the as­sess­ment are sim­i­lar, al­low­ing the stu­dents to adapt well when com­plet­ing their de­grees over­seas.

Fea­tur­ing pro­grammes such as Ac­tu­ar­ial sci­ence, Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and engineering un­der the ma­jors of Busi­ness, Lib­eral Arts/hu­man­i­ties and sci­ence, there’s a wide va­ri­ety of cour­ses of­fered that al­low stu­dents to per­son­alise their study pro­grammes to meet their ed­u­ca­tional goals and needs.

In line with KDU’s phi­los­o­phy of “Driv­ing Dreams”, the cen­tre aims to pro­vide a su­pe­rior learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to each stu­dent within a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment.

“The ADP at KDU pro­vides stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence an Amer­i­can-style ed­u­ca­tion. It fo­cuses heav­ily on prac­ti­cal el­e­ments of learn­ing with em­pha­sis on class­room in­ter­ac­tion, which is in line with our in­sti­tu­tion’s mes­sage in pro­vid­ing stu­dents with a more holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion,” said KDU Univer­sity Col­lege’s vice-chan­cel­lor Prof Khong Yoon Long.

“This pro­gramme pro­vides a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows our stu­dents to de­velop the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with their lec­tur­ers and peers, work on projects as a group, de­velop pre­sen­ta­tion skills as well as par­tic­i­pate in ed­u­ca­tional field trips,” he added.

The Amer­i­can cur­ricu­lum un­der ADP also en­cour­ages stu­dents to broaden their ex­po­sure through a wider range of sub­jects.

For ex­am­ple, engineering stu­dents may take sub­jects in the so­cial sciences and hu­man­i­ties while busi­ness stu­dents may take sci­ence sub­jects.

The idea is that stu­dents de­velop the con­fi­dence and breadth of knowl­edge to be able to col­lab­o­rate with ex­perts in dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

“With the guid­ance of our lec­tur­ers while we com­plete the first half of our de­grees at KDU, we learn the art of un­der­stand­ing a wider va­ri­ety of lit­er­a­ture, en­abling us to put our the­o­ret­i­cal course­work into prac­tice,” said Ah­mad Ai­man hakim.

“Be­sides ex­pand­ing our cog­ni­tive skills, we also gain a bet­ter global per­spec­tive, which means we are able to work co­her­ently with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds and are able to share ideas and re­ceive dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives,” he added.

Lauren Tan, 19, a stu­dent at the Center for Amer­i­can ed­u­ca­tion at KDU ma­jor­ing in Psy­chol­ogy, is now pur­su­ing her de­gree in the Pitts­burg state Univer­sity, Kansas, and she holds fond mem­o­ries of her time at KDU.

The lass from Kuala Lumpur said her 2+2 ADP route had eased her tran­si­tion from rigid mem­o­ris­ing to a flex­i­ble broad-based ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem that chal­lenges her to ex­plore freely, think crit­i­cally and be in­de­pen­dent.

Another for­mer stu­dent, Asma ham­bal, 20, who is study­ing Ac­tu­ar­ial sci­ence in Queens Univer­sity, Bri­tain, said that the strong aca­demic at­ten­tion, re­al­world per­spec­tives gained and the valu­able skills de­vel­oped through the ADP had given her an edge to stand out among other stu­dents in her cam­pus.

engineering stu­dent, Rich­mond Ag­bomah, 19, who is ma­jor­ing in Chem­i­cal engineering at Western Michi­gan Univer­sity, also feels that the ADP path­way is a good step­ping stone for those who are pre­par­ing to study abroad.

The wide per­spec­tive based learn­ing method of the Amer­i­can ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem in the ADP, along with the help of the lec­tur­ers and staff, has helped him ex­cel aca­dem­i­cally and so­cially.

For en­quires on KDU Univer­sity Col­lege’s Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram or other pro­grammes of­fered, call 03-7953 6688 or email best@kdu. Al­ter­na­tively, log on to stu­dents can also visit KDU’s Open Day from Dec 20 to 22 (10am–5pm) at its Da­mansara Jaya Cam­pus lo­cated at ss22/41, Da­mansara Jaya, 47400 Pe­tal­ing Jaya, se­lan­gor.

If you are seek­ing to fur­ther your stud­ies over­seas, a good op­tion would be KDU Univer­sity Col­lege’s Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram.

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