Men­tor­ing ex­cel­lence

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DI­REC­TOR of the Pre- Univer­sity Stud­ies Dr James Walsh ex­plained that in a school set­ting, teach­ers tend to end up be­ing the “boss” in the teacher- stu­dent re­la­tion­ship.

How­ever, in a univer­sity set­ting, the lec­tur­ers im­part their knowl­edge in classes and the stu­dents, in this case, are the “boss”.

The PhD holder from the Na­tional Univer­sity of Ire­land ( Dublin) has al­ways been pas­sion­ate about hav­ing a ca­reer as a lec­turer. He ex­plained that the MAHSA Pre- Univer­sity Depart­ment aims to de­velop stu­dents into univer­sity ma­te­rial.

Stu­dents en­rolled in the pro­grammes of­fered by the Pre- Univer­sity Stud­ies Depart­ment at MAHSA are nur­tured, to en­sure they have reached their op­ti­mal prepa­ra­tion that will pro­vide a smooth tran­si­tion as they em­bark on their jour­ney in their de­gree pro­gramme.

There is a key level of com­mit­ment and per­sis­tence re­quired for stu­dents in a de­gree pro­gramme and with­out this, they may fall by the way­side.

Walsh goes on to ex­plain that many a time, stu­dents may strug­gle dur­ing their pre- univer­sity stud­ies.

This may be for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, such as cul­tural dif­fer­ences, home­sick­ness, ma­tu­rity lev­els or lan­guage skills, just to men­tion a few.

MAHSA en­sures stu­dents reach their tar­get de­gree, be it Medicine, Den­tistry, Phar­macy or other dis­ci­pline de­liv­ery by univer­sity, and aca­demic and stu­dent wel­fare men­tor­ing is fo­cused to­wards the spe­cific needs of the stu­dents.

For ex­am­ple, to qual­ify for Medicine, a stu­dent needs a 3.00 grade point av­er­age in Bi­ol­ogy, Chem­istry and Physics or Maths, while pass­ing all the Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence sub­jects with an over­all CGPA of 3.00 or above.

Stu­dents are men­tored with spe­cial at­ten­tion given to the spe­cific met­rics they re­quire for their cho­sen dis­ci­pline.

MAHSA pro­vides am­ple sup­port for stu­dents who may need it.

In ad­di­tion to his du­ties as di­rec­tor and re­lated teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Walsh has ex­ten­sive re­search ex­pe­ri­ence and has pub­lished nu­mer­ous pub­li­ca­tions in jour­nals and pa­pers world­wide and been awarded many grants. He is also an ad­junct as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Hous­ton, Texas, the US.

He elab­o­rated: “Stu­dents must learn to en­joy the essence of univer­sity life, out­side of classes. If stu­dents are in­ter­ested in a spe­cific field, apart from the clearly stated aca­demic en­try re­quire­ments, they must have prac­ti­cal skills which are re­quired in that field.”

He con­tin­ued to elab­o­rate to say stu­dents also need to have per­son­able and prac­ti­cal skills as they would most likely be deal­ing with peo­ple in their line of work. Al­though some of his big­gest ac­com­plish­ments are no doubt his achieve­ments in his im­pres­sive aca­demic ca­reer back­ground and fam­ily life, one of the most ful­fill­ing mo­ments is when his stu­dents grad­u­ate.

“MAHSA is def­i­nitely a place to be with its up­ward tra­jec­tory of growth since 2005, and it is bound to be a spe­cial in­sti­tu­tion in a few years’ time,” he shared.

“The con­tin­ued steep growth curve of MAHSA is a sure sign of its fu­ture suc­cess.”

Walsh be­lieves that the MAHSA Pre- Univer­sity Stud­ies depart­ment will con­tinue to vastly ex­pand to of­fer many more selections for stu­dents in the very near fu­ture.

Walsh plans and en­vi­sions MAHSA reach­ing greater lev­els of suc­cess and con­tribut­ing to this, is not only ful­fill­ing but his pas­sion as an ed­u­ca­tor.

MAHSA has a range of Pre- Univer­sity Pro­grammes avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 1800 880 300 or visit www. mahsa. edu. my.

MAhsA univer­sity will soon join the ranks of rep­utable busi­ness schools in KL be­sides be­ing an ap­plied sci­ence univer­sity.

A wide se­lec­tion of pro­gres­sion de­grees with the op­tion of a place­ment year is avail­able across the INTO net­work of uK cen­tres.

MAhsA en­sures stu­dents reach their tar­get de­gree.

stu­dents are men­tored with spe­cial at­ten­tion given to the spe­cific met­rics they re­quire for their cho­sen dis­ci­pline.

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