Lee-ving the Amer­i­can dream

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THE Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram (ADP) at SEGi Univer­sity Group pre­pares stu­dents to face life with a broader per­spec­tive, thanks to its holis­tic and well-bal­anced cur­ricu­lum.

SEGi is also one of the few pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions in Malaysia of­fer­ing the 4+0 ADP.

Al­though avail­able for com­ple­tion lo­cally in SEGi, stu­dents can opt to trans­fer to the Up­per Iowa Univer­sity (UIU) cam­pus in the United States or un­der­take sim­i­lar ex­change pro­grammes.

Founded in 1857, UIU is the largest pri­vate univer­sity in Iowa and has its main cam­pus in Fayette, North­east Iowa. For over 150 years, UIU has a tra­di­tion of pro­vid­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

The UIU Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (4+0) pro­gramme at SEGi al­lows stu­dents to choose from one of seven ma­jors, in­clud­ing Man­age­ment, Mar­ket­ing, Fi­nance, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment and Psy­chol­ogy.

Stu­dents can also com­bine any two ar­eas of in­ter­est as a dou­ble ma­jor.

Hav­ing ma­jors in two dif­fer­ent fields would pro­vide the flex­i­bil­ity of be­ing able to per­form in or choose be­tween two fields with just one de­gree.

Hansen Lee, a well-known tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity, who hosts Goal for It and 8 Style both on 8TV, is a grad­u­ate of the pro­gramme.

“I was look­ing for a pro­gramme to do lo­cally, as I had al­ready carved my niche as a per­sonal trainer, model and em­cee,” he said.

“I had also just re­turned from the United States, where I dis­cov­ered the value of an Amer­i­can ed­u­ca­tion. You can un­der­take a wide va­ri­ety of sub­jects at the same time.”

His jour­ney for a lo­cal Amer­i­can de­gree pro­gramme led him to SEGi Col­lege Subang Jaya, where he ma­jored in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Mar­ket­ing.

“I en­joyed the fact that the pro­gramme was flex­i­ble, so I could work around my stud­ies.

“I ini­tially had my reser­va­tions about re­turn­ing to school, but all that dis­ap­peared upon dis­cov­er­ing how it is like to study here. You are treated like an adult be­cause SEGi en­cour­ages in­de­pen­dent learn­ing and there is no spoon-feed­ing.”

As a re­sult, Lee dis­cov­ered new in­ter­ests, such as fi­nance and in­vest­ments.

Other sub­jects such as so­ci­ol­ogy and psy­chol­ogy pro­vided him with in­sight and gen­eral knowl­edge.

Lee was pleased with the ma­jors he had cho­sen, be­cause they help him in his work in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

Lee shares words of ad­vice with those who are about to em­bark on fur­ther stud­ies: “Be con­sis­tent with your work. Don’t be afraid to ask ques­tions or to make mis­takes, as you will learn more. Find the right bal­ance in your life, en­joy your time in col­lege and be in­volved as much as pos­si­ble.”

For de­tails, call SEGi Univer­sity (03-6145 1777 or 1800 887 344), SEGi Col­lege Kuala Lumpur (03-2070 2078 or 1800 888 028), SEGi Col­lege Subang Jaya (03-8600 1888 or 1800 888 622), SEGi Col­lege Pe­nang (04-263 3888), SEGi Col­lege Sarawak (082-252 566), e-mail askme@segi.edu.my or visit www.segi.edu.my

Lee: ‘SEGi en­cour­ages in­de­pen­dent learn­ing and there is no spoon-feed­ing.’

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