Foun­da­tion for suc­cess

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TWENTY- YEAR- OLD Ng Shyue Jer, for­mer A- Lev­els stu­dent of Sun­way Col­lege, is cur­rently com­plet­ing his un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Political Sci­ence.

A re­cip­i­ent of the Bank Ne­gara Un­der­grad­u­ate Schol­ar­ship, Ng hopes to work on build­ing in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions with other na­tions when he com­pletes his stud­ies in June next year.

Hav­ing scored 3A* s and 1A in his A- Lev­els, Ng cred­its Wong Wai Leong, an A- Lev­els eco­nom­ics lec­turer, for bring­ing out the econ­o­mist in him.

Ac­cord­ing to Ng, Wong en­cour­aged his stu­dents to read light ti­tles be­fore at­tempt­ing eco­nom­ics, shared in­ter­est­ing anec­dotes and helped change Ng’s per­spec­tive on eco­nom­ics.

Eco­nom­ics chal­lenged Ng’s mind and led him to ex­plore more so­cial sci­ence sub­jects such as political sci­ence in the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Political Sci­ence, which is fa­mous for its Guest Speaker Se­ries.

Ng had the op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to No­bel lau­re­ate Lars Peter Hansen shortly af­ter the lat­ter ob­tained his No­bel Me­mo­rial Prize in Eco­nomic Sci­ences.

The Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Political Sci­ence has pro­duced many prom­i­nent econ­o­mists.

The new sur­round­ings en­ticed Ng to join the film so­ci­ety, bak­ing so­ci­ety and wine­tast­ing so­ci­ety.

He has found great­est sat­is­fac­tion from his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Malaysian Schol­ars and As­so­ciates ( ICMS).

ICMS was ini­ti­ated five years ago for stu­dents to dis­cover self- de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and is ac­tive in the United King­dom, Malaysia, the United States, Hong Kong, Canada and Sin­ga­pore.

Be­ing the coun­cil pol­icy and strat­egy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Ng is keen to en­hance his skills out­side of stud­ies in the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Political Sci­ence.

By par­tic­i­pat­ing with other ICMS mem­bers in the MACFIS ( The Malaysian Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance So­ci­ety) busi­ness chal­lenge, they had the op­por­tu­nity to as­sess the busi­ness out­look of a com­pany and pro­pose turn­around strate­gies. His team won the case study chal­lenge.

Lon­don has be­come Ng’s favourite city af­ter hav­ing trav­elled to Bath, Manch­ester, Bris­tol and a few other cities.

With its abun­dance of ac­tiv­i­ties, Ng en­joys at­tend­ing mu­si­cals and trips to the art gal­leries in Lon­don.

“The com­mu­nity here is al­ways lively with its many cul­tural and youth events hap­pen­ing across the city,” says Ng.

A for­mer chess club pres­i­dent dur­ing his A- Lev­els days, Ng played on the col­lege team and was part of the for­mi­da­ble team that suc­cess­fully de­fended the MAPCU ( Malaysian As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­vate Col­leges & Univer­si­ties) com­pe­ti­tion cham­pi­onship.

Ng stud­ied fur­ther math­e­mat­ics, math­e­mat­ics, physics and eco­nom­ics, en­sur­ing he had the op­por­tu­nity to meet many in­ter­est­ing peo­ple.

Be­ing a merit scholar at Sun­way Col­lege, this for­mer A- Lev­els stu­dent ad­vises cur­rent stu­dents to make good use of the new fa­cil­i­ties.

He stresses the need to strike a bal­ance be­tween stud­ies and leisure es­pe­cially around ex­am­i­na­tion time as well as the im­por­tance of get­ting the sup­port of friends or lec­tur­ers as they can un­der­stand the chal­lenges of univer­sity life.

The Cam­bridge GCE A- Lev­els Pro­gramme is one of the pre- univer­sity pro­grammes of­fered at Sun­way Col­lege.

Sun­way Col­lege will be host­ing its Sun­way Education Open Day on March 12, 13, 19 and 20 from 10am to 4pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Cam­bridge GCE A- Lev­els Pro­gramme or other pre- univer­sity pro­grammes at Sun­way Col­lege, call 03- 7491 8622 or e- mail info@ sun­way. edu. my or visit sun­way. edu. my/ col­lege/ pre- u.

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