Teach­ing with pas­sion

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TRIN­ITY Col­lege was founded in 1870 af­ter the model of the English Col­leges of Ox­ford and Cam­bridge. Af­fil­i­ated as a col­lege of and within the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne, the first war­den, Dr Alexan­der Leeper, in­tro­duced a sys­tem of col­lege tu­to­ri­als to sup­ple­ment univer­sity lec­tures, thereby es­tab­lish­ing the col­lege as a cen­tre of aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

Fol­low­ing in this tra­di­tion, in 1989, Trin­ity Col­lege Foun­da­tion Stud­ies ( TCFS) was es­tab­lished to pro­vide an aca­dem­i­cally ex­cel­lent, prepara­tory path­way for tal­ented in­ter­na­tional stu­dents seek­ing en­try to the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne.

TCFS is a rig­or­ous and chal­leng­ing aca­demic pro­gramme taught by lead­ing academics.

The pro­gramme has been de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne and su­per­vised by the univer­sity’s Aca­demic Board – there­fore able to of­fer stu­dents guar­an­teed en­try into the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne un­der­grad­u­ate cour­ses pro­vided the re­quired scores are achieved.

“Teach­ers at Trin­ity are very pas­sion­ate about what they teach. I was struck by how will­ing they were to help us achieve our aca­demic goals. They en­cour­aged us to push our­selves out of our com­fort zone and con­tinue to strive fur­ther for aca­demic ex­cel­lence,” said Ng Zi En from the Fe­bru­ary Main Pro­gram 2014, now study­ing Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne.

A com­pre­hen­sive stu­dent sup­port pro­gramme that in­cludes per­sonal men­tor­ing for ev­ery stu­dent, care­ful mon­i­tor­ing of stu­dents and at­ten­dance and ready ac­cess to ad­vice and help pro­vides a smooth tran­si­tion for stu­dents liv­ing away from home for the first time.

“My men­tor – my psy­chol­ogy teacher, gave me ex­cel­lent ad­vice. This has helped me grow as a per­son,” said Nu­rul Athi­rah Yelitza Ah­mad from Fe­bru­ary Main Pro­gram 2014, now study­ing Bach­e­lor of Arts ( Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions) at the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne.

The unique core cur­ricu­lum is specif­i­cally de­voted to de­vel­op­ing in­tel­lec­tual breadth.

The univer­sity en­vi­ron­ment re­quires stu­dents to speak in front of oth­ers, work in groups, de­velop an ar­gu­ment and be cre­ative, con­struc­tive, an­a­lyt­i­cal and crit­i­cal.

The aca­demic skills and crit­i­cal think­ing out­comes of the core cur­ricu­lum give stu­dents the con­fi­dence and abil­ity to achieve suc­cess in their fu­ture stud­ies.

Re­search con­ducted by the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne over a num­ber of years con­firms that TCFS grad­u­ates are con­sis­tently among top per­form­ing stu­dents.

JM Education Group is one of the ex­clu­sive agents in Malaysia rep­re­sent­ing Trin­ity Col­lege.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Trin­ity Col­lege Foun­da­tion Stud­ies and how the pro­gramme can help you achieve your goals, con­tact JM Education Group at Subang Jaya ( HQ) at 03- 5633 4732 or e- mail in­quiry­data@ jmecc. com or visit www. jme­d­u­ca­tiogroup. com.

Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact its branches at PJ: 03- 7722 4696 / 017- 398 8870 / penny@ jmecc. com ( Penny Lim), Sri Har­ta­mas ( KL): 03- 6201 0662/ 017- 235 8740 / siti@ jmecc. com ( Siti Aishah Ji­lani), Pe­nang: 04- 2288 376 / 012- 581 5509 / amanda@ jmecc. com ( Amanda Chao); JB: 07- 3614 372 / 013- 371 7099/ bor­way@ jmecc. com ( Lee Bor­way), Ipoh: 012- 436 8982 / kathe@ jmecc. com ( Kather­ine Yew), Kota Kinabalu: 088- 487 111 / kateh@ jmecc. com ( Teh Kee Aun) and Kuch­ing: 082- 237 379/ 012- 896 6738 ( Daniel Chin). cre­ate bet­ter places, are both chal­leng­ing and ex­cit­ing.

Con­se­quently, no­tions of sus­tain­able ur­ban liv­ing are of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to my school, and over many years we have de­vel­oped a depth of ex­per­tise in ar­eas in­clud­ing low en­ergy/ low car­bon de­sign and sus­tain­able ur­ban trans­port. We are also pas­sion­ate about the qual­ity of our teach­ing. My own PhD was on aspects of ar­chi­tec­ture education, and this work along with that of oth­ers, has in­formed much of what we do in the class­room or de­sign stu­dio. For RGU, teach­ing qual­ity is of paramount im­por­tance.

Our teach­ers are both academics and prac­ti­tion­ers and we are priv­i­leged to have in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised ar­chi­tects and sur­vey­ors work with us as core mem­bers of our teach­ing team.

On March 8, I will be hold­ing a sem­i­nar at GTower, KL. This will be an op­por­tu­nity for me to ex­plain what we do in greater de­tail and present the work of staff and stu­dents. I hope to see you there.

For de­tails, call 03- 2780 7288 or e- mail rgu. asia@ uke­dunet. com.

A com­pre­hen­sive stu­dent sup­port pro­gramme pro­vides a smooth tran­si­tion for stu­dents liv­ing away from home for the first time.

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