Se­cure a strong foun­da­tion

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AR­GUABLY, the most im­por­tant struc­ture of a build­ing is its base.

A sturdy base guar­an­tees a safe, solid build­ing and vice versa.

Like­wise, in launch­ing one’s ca­reer a sturdy foun­da­tion will help pave the path for suc­cess.

He­riot- Watt Univer­sity Malaysia of­fers just that for its stu­dents.

At present, the univer­sity of­fers foun­da­tion pro­grammes in Sci­ence, and Busi­ness and De­sign ( the lat­ter also in­cludes an Ac­tu­ar­ial Sci­ence route for stu­dents who wish to pur­sue a ca­reer in this field).

Both th­ese pro­grammes have sched­uled in­takes in April and July, and run for three semesters.

While many univer­si­ties of­fer sim­i­lar foun­da­tion pro­grammes, He­riot- Watt strives to of­fer more than just a univer­sity education.

“In­ter­wo­ven into our foun­da­tion pro­grammes’ cur­ricu­lum de­liv­ery is sup­port for our stu­dents to be­come con­fi­dent, in­de­pen­dent learn­ers.

“There is a clear em­pha­sis on de­liv­er­ing a dis­tinc­tive UK ap­proach to learn­ing and teach­ing, and equip­ping stu­dents with in­de­pen­dent learn­ing skills, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, prob­lem- solv­ing skills as well as crit­i­cal and cre­ative think­ing.

“I would say that un­der­pin­ning our ap­proach to teach­ing and learn­ing is the goal to nur­ture grad­u­ates with well- de­vel­oped ca­reer- re­lated skills that will max­imise their em­ploy­a­bil­ity and lead­er­ship po­ten­tial so that they have a real com­pet­i­tive edge in their cho­sen fields,” says the univer­sity’s Foun­da­tion Pro­grammes head Dr Joanne Ra­jadu­rai.

As is the com­mon prac­tice of the univer­sity, a mixed mode of teach­ing and as­sess­ments is em­ployed.

Through group work and pre­sen­ta­tions, stu­dents will be able to de­velop their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pub­lic speak­ing skills.

They will also be equipped with ba­sic re­search skills.

Mean­while, a small num­ber of stu­dents per class al­lows for a more per­son­alised touch in the learn­ing process.

This per­son­alised at­ten­tion can also be seen in the univer­sity’s men­tor­ing sys­tem, where stu­dents will be guided and sup­ported by a mem­ber of the teach­ing team through­out the course of their stud­ies.

This al­lows the univer­sity to mon­i­tor their progress and ad­dress any is­sues that they may be fac­ing in a timely man­ner.

“I am con­vinced that in many re­spects, we have the best of both worlds – our cur­ricu­lum is de­rived from the Scot­tish SQA cur­ricu­lum; yet, it has been ap­pro­pri­ately con­tex­tu­alised and cus­tomised to en­hance rel­e­vance and in­ter­est and aid tran­si­tion for Malaysian stu­dents.

As a Bri­tish univer­sity in Malaysia, we are in a unique po­si­tion to lev­er­age on the tra­di­tions and strengths of the Bri­tish univer­sity ethos to em­pha­sise stu­dent- cen­tred learn­ing with a high level of en­gage­ment and in­ter­ac­tion.

We are also able to draw on di­ver­sity in our stu­dent pop­u­la­tion to en­rich the ex­pe­ri­ence of all stu­dents,” says Dr Joanne.

Es­tab­lished in 1821, He­riot- Watt Univer­sity is one of the UK’s top in­sti­tu­tions in fields like Busi­ness, En­gi­neer­ing and In­dus­try.

The univer­sity has re­ceived ac­co­lades from var­i­ous univer­sity league ta­bles, which in­clude be­ing ranked 46th in the world for most in­ter­na­tional univer­sity ac­cord­ing to the Times Higher Education World Univer­sity Rank­ings for 2016.

The univer­sity also ranked 34th in the QS Univer­sity Rank­ings “Top 50 un­der 50” 2015- 2016.

For de­tails on the pro­grammes and schol­ar­ships of­fered at He­riot- Watt Univer­sity Malaysia, log on to www. hw. edu. my, call 03- 8894 3888 or e- mail hwum@ hw. ac. uk. Al­ter­na­tively, visit its Pu­tra­jaya cam­pus lo­cated in Precinct 5 dur­ing its Open Days on March 19 and 20.

smaller classes al­low for a more per­son­alised learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents.

dr Joanne ra­jadu­rai says that the pro­grammes have been de­signed to suc­cess­fully equip stu­dents for their de­gree stud­ies.

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