Col­lege to com­pete and grow

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

KYUEM stu­dents reg­u­larly gain ad­mis­sion to lead­ing univer­si­ties through­out the world. Along with the high­est level of aca­demic achieve­ment, they are en­cour­aged to de­velop the “soft” skills that em­ploy­ers now ex­pect.

They are taught to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own ac­tions, and also given op­por­tu­ni­ties to lead.

“We are one of the few col­leges in the re­gion to be granted the Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional Fel­low­ship sta­tus,” says head­mas­ter Dr Paul Rogers.

The col­lege boasts an en­vi­able record of A- Lev­els suc­cess.

In 2015, 90% of stu­dents ob­tained A- Lev­els grades A*- B; 75% were A* or A; 61% gained at least three A grades at CIE A- Lev­els. Twelve stu­dents gained ei­ther “Best in the World” or “Best in Malaysia” awards from the Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tions’ Board.

Eight stu­dents this year have re­ceived con­di­tional of­fers from Univer­sity of Cam­bridge, one from Ox­ford and an­other of­fer from MIT ( Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy).

Each year around 80% of KYUEM stu­dents gain en­try into top- ranked univer­si­ties in the United King­dom, Aus­tralia and the United States.

Th­ese out­comes have be­come com­mon place at KYUEM since it was es­tab­lished in 1998. How is this level of suc­cess at­tained con­sis­tently?

KYUEM stu­dents are spe­cial. They are se­lected not only on grounds of aca­demic abil­ity, but also be­cause they have dis­played qual­i­ties of com­mit­ment to and suc­cess in a range of other ac­tiv­i­ties.

KYUEM em­ploys both lo­cal and ex­pa­tri­ate teach­ers. They are all very well qual­i­fied, many hav­ing first- class hon­ours de­grees, mas­ter’s de­grees and doc­tor­ates. They are con­vinced of the value of their work. They all share in com­mon a de­sire that their stu­dents should suc­ceed.

“Our se­lec­tion of ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional en­sures worldlead­ing aca­demic per­for­mances from our schol­ars,” says KYUEM chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datin Nor Rubaiha Mo­hamed Nor.

KYUEM stu­dents work hard. Their days are full. As­sess­ment of their progress is both rig­or­ous and reg­u­lar. They are of­ten given en­cour­age­ment and praises. If a stu­dent faces dif­fi­cul­ties, causes are sought and ap­pro­pri­ate reme­dies ap­plied.

They re­ceive ex­cel­lent ad­vice on how to work ef­fec­tively and how to re­vise. They also re­ceive guid­ance on univer­sity ap­pli­ca­tions. Com­pe­ti­tion for places at the world’s lead­ing univer­si­ties is more in­tense than it has ever been. Ad­mis­sions’ re­quire­ments are higher than they have ever been. KYUEM stu­dents are well placed to meet th­ese de­mands through the well- in­formed univer­sity place­ment coun­selling they re­ceive.

The col­lege pro­vides its stu­dents with a broad range of ex­tra- cur­ric­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties in sports, drama, de­bat­ing and var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, both cere­bral and cul­tural.

The fully res­i­den­tial and co- ed­u­ca­tional col­lege is lo­cated about 70km north of Kuala Lumpur in Lem­bah Beringin. It’s si­t­u­ated in a beau­ti­ful val­ley and of­fers an en­vi­ron­ment that is con­ducive for aca­demic and pre- univer­sity life.

Se­cu­rity is im­por­tant at any res­i­den­tial school, and the KYUEM cam­pus is pa­trolled by a team of se­cu­rity guards 24/ 7. The cam­pus is also served by a state- of- the art CCTV sys­tem, con­sist­ing of more than 80 cam­eras cov­er­ing ev­ery part of the site.

In ad­di­tion to well- equipped and com­puter- en­abled class­rooms, the col­lege has 10 sci­ence labs, three IT labs and a su­perb Re­source Cen­tre.

The col­lege is also proud of its Olympic- size swim­ming pool, ded­i­cated sports hall, squash courts, out­door courts and a large, well- kept sports field for foot­ball and rugby.

The Great Hall, which is used for ma­jor events such as ex­am­i­na­tions and per­for­mances, is well equipped with full sound and light­ing fa­cil­i­ties and there is a large, pur­pose- built mosque on the cam­pus for Mus­lim stu­dents and staff.

Stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion con­sists of four- bed­roomed vil­las, two- bed chalets and a sep­a­rate apart­ment block each with hot and cold wa­ter and air con­di­tion­ing.

Three meals a day are pro­vided at the col­lege din­ing hall, while fur­ther choices of food and bev­er­ages are avail­able at a sub­sidised cafe­te­ria on site. There is a pur­pose- built med­i­cal cen­tre on cam­pus, manned by three fully qual­i­fied nurses.

Tal­ented stu­dents with ex­cel­lent aca­demic records and out­stand­ing co- cur­ric­u­lar back­grounds are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for the July 2016 in­take. Ap­pli­ca­tions should be sent by April 25, 2016.

The KYUEM Open Day will be held on April 16 be­tween 10.15am and 2pm at its cam­pus in Lem­bah Beringin. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Nona Ju­lia or No­ra­zlan at 03- 6460 1234 or visit www. kyuem. edu. my.

The stu­dent coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive meet with the col­lege’s head­mas­ter ev­ery week to dis­cuss is­sues from food to re­li­gion.

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