Fos­ter­ing re­la­tion­ships

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THE HELP Group has a tra­di­tion of part­ner­ships with many highly ranked for­eign uni­ver­si­ties. Prob­a­bly the high­est ranked is Univer­sity of Lon­don, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the pres­ti­gious Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence (LSE), which has con­sis­tently ranked among the best in­sti­tu­tions world­wide for so­cial sciences and em­ployer rep­u­ta­tion.

The HELP Group’s re­la­tion­ship with Univer­sity of Lon­don goes back to 1986 when it be­came the first in­sti­tu­tion in the world to of­fer Diploma in Eco­nom­ics out­side the United King­dom.

It was also the first to of­fer an un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in Malaysia through the Univer­sity of Lon­don’s Ex­ter­nal Pro­gramme, since re­named Univer­sity of Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Pro­grammes.

De­grees are of­fered at two cen­tres in Kuala Lumpur – HELP Academy in Da­mansara Heights and HELP Col­lege of Arts and Tech­nol­ogy (HELP CAT) at Fraser Busi­ness Park.

Both cen­tres were awarded Af­fil­i­ate Cen­tre sta­tus by Univer­sity of Lon­don, which con­sid­ers them to have demon­strated a sus­tained com­mit­ment to high stan­dards in re­gard to the teach­ing, sup­port and ad­min­is­tra­tion of stu­dents.

The Af­fil­i­ate Cen­tre sta­tus is the high­est level of recog­ni­tion awarded by Univer­sity of Lon­don.

At HELP Academy, stu­dents have a choice of five pro­grammes – Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance, Eco­nom­ics and Man­age­ment, Eco­nom­ics, Busi­ness and Bank­ing and Fi­nance.

Th­ese pro­grammes can be com­pleted en­tirely in Malaysia and de­grees awarded are of iden­ti­cal stan­dard to the Univer­sity of Lon­don in­sti­tu­tions.

The Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance is awarded many ex­emp­tions by ACCA and the In­sti­tute of Char­tered Ac­coun­tants in Eng­land and Wales (ICAEW).

There are also plans to gain ex­emp­tions from CIMA so stu­dents can opt to gain a Diploma in Man­age­ment Ac­count­ing while study­ing for a de­gree in Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance.

To date, HELP has an im­pres­sive track record of over 2,000 Univer­sity of Lon­don grad­u­ates with more than 40 awarded First Class Hon­ours. Join­ing this pres­ti­gious list at the re­cent HELP Con­vo­ca­tion were Lau Ann Joe and Leong Fang Teng, both Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance stu­dents from HELP Academy.

The grad­u­ates were pre­sented their de­grees at the 2013 con­vo­ca­tion by Univer­sity of Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Pro­grammes di­rec­tor Dr Keith Sharp.

As part of HELP’s long re­la­tion­ship with Univer­sity of Lon­don, a pub­lic lec­ture sup­ported by LSE was held in Kuala Lumpur.

The talk was by LSE Prof of Eco­nom­ics Dr Danny Quah. In the lec­ture en­ti­tled “No­body’s world, ev­ery­one’s prob­lem? Who’s afraid of a lit­tle global hege­mony”, Prof Quah chal­lenged the au­di­ence to con­sider the sig­nif­i­cance, in the last three decades, of the dra­matic shift east­wards of the world’s eco­nomic cen­tre and what this would mean for the Malaysian econ­omy.

Prof Quah has served on Malaysia’s Na­tional Eco­nomic Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (20092011) and is the re­cip­i­ent of the Han­ban Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute In­di­vid­ual Per­for­mance Ex­cel­lence Award for pro­mot­ing greater un­der­stand­ing of China’s place in the world.

Such lec­tures are part of the con­tin­u­ous ef­fort by both in­sti­tu­tions to fos­ter in­tel­lec­tual ex­changes and net­work­ing and for Univer­sity of Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Pro­grammes alumni in Malaysia to get to­gether.

In this vein, the Univer­sity of Lon­don chose to con­duct its first ever Learn­ing and Teach­ing Sym­po­sium in Kuala Lumpur last May, at­tended by fac­ulty mem­bers from provider in­sti­tu­tions from a range of coun­tries.

Stu­dents wish­ing to con­sider a Univer­sity of Lon­don de­gree can join af­ter com­plet­ing a range of pre-univer­sity stud­ies such as A-Lev­els, STPM, UEC, Aus­tralian Ma­tric­u­la­tion, Cana­dian Pre-Univer­sity stud­ies, In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate and se­lected Diplo­mas and Foun­da­tions.

Another route is HELP’s Foun­da­tion pro­gramme, cur­rently the only foun­da­tion course ap­proved by Univer­sity of Lon­don for di­rect en­try into the de­grees.

The one-year course can be done en­tirely at HELP.

In the near fu­ture, stu­dents will also have the op­tion of Univer­sity of Lon­don’s very own In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion Pro­gramme, a one-year course of four sub­jects with con­tent de­vel­oped by LSE. Again, both HELP Cen­tres were ap­proved by the Univer­sity of Lon­don to con­duct this rep­utable foun­da­tion course, which also al­lows ac­cess to a range of pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties world­wide.

More de­tails can be found at http://www. help.edu.my/uol/pro­grammes.html or call 03-2094 2000.

Prof Quah has served on Malaysia’s Na­tional Eco­nomic Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (2009-2011) and is the re­cip­i­ent of the Han­ban Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute In­di­vid­ual Per­for­mance Ex­cel­lence Award for pro­mot­ing greater un­der­stand­ing of China’s place in the world.

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