UM’s pri­vate univer­sity

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

THE height of a sky­scraper re­lies on the strength of the foun­da­tion sup­port­ing it; the same can be said for education.

The stronger the foun­da­tion, the fur­ther one can go aca­dem­i­cally and be­yond.

Th­ese days, how­ever, suc­cess in the mod­ern world does not de­pend just on grades.

Other es­sen­tial skills also con­trib­ute to a stu­dent’s suc­cess.

This is why stu­dents at In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity of Malaya- Wales ( IUMW) are given many plat­forms for per­sonal de­vel­op­ment apart from re­ceiv­ing a solid foun­da­tion in their stud­ies.

“IUMW is never a dull place. Stu­dents can ex­pect reg­u­lar co- cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties en­cour­ag­ing them to be more ac­tive and adopt a more holis­tic ap­proach to stud­ies, which is es­sen­tial for univer­sity level education,” said Cen­tre of Foun­da­tion Stud­ies and Cen­tre Lan­guages Malaysian Stud­ies ( CFS & CLMS) di­rec­tor Ong Chong Boon.

In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity of Malaya- Wales of­fers two types of foun­da­tion pro­grammes – Foun­da­tion in Arts and Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence.

The Foun­da­tion in Arts is for stu­dents who wish to go on to pur­sue de­grees in busi­ness, fi­nance, mar­ket­ing and other busi­ness- re­lated dis­ci­plines.

It is a one- year pro­gramme and en­try re­quire­ments are a min­i­mum of five cred­its in the SPM, O- Lev­els or equiv­a­lent.

The Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence arms SPM hold­ers with a strong base in all the sub­jects re­quired to pur­sue stud­ies in the ar­eas of ac­count­ing, psy­chol­ogy, busi­ness, biotech­nol­ogy, com­puter sci­ence and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

It pro­vides a much shorter study pe­riod of only a year com­pared to Form 6, which takes al­most two to com­plete.

An­other ad­van­tage of do­ing the foun­da­tion at IUMW is the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able to stu­dents.

They are able to make use of the li­brary which also boasts think- tank rooms and elec­tronic re­source, a broad­band Wi- Fi en­vi­ron­ment, and the pro­gramme al­lows them the priv­i­lege of con­duct­ing their prac­ti­cal in state- of- the- art sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries at the Cen­tre for Foun­da­tion Stud­ies in Sci­ence ( PASUM), Univer­sity of Malaya.

The pro­grammes are ap­proved by the Higher Education Min­istry, and are ac­cred­ited by Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency ( MQA).

Apart from the core sub­jects for each stream, stu­dents at IUMW are also taught Study Skills, and they are re­quired to sit for IUMW English Place­ment Test.

Stu­dents who have com­pleted the foun­da­tion pro­gramme with suit­able grades are able to con­tinue with fur­ther stud­ies in any of IUMW’s de­gree pro­grammes.

Reg­is­tra­tion is still open for the March 2016 in­take.

IUMW of­fers a wide range of cour­ses up to Mas­ter’s and PhD lev­els for both Malaysian and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, pro­vid­ing a wide va­ri­ety of cul­tural ex­po­sure and ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences.

IUMW’s first 12 grad­u­ates suc­cess­fully com­pleted their Mas­ter’s in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­gramme re­cently.

Present at their grad­u­a­tion were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Univer­sity of Malaya and the Univer­sity of Wales, in­clud­ing Univer­sity of Malaya ( UM) vice- chan­cel­lor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin and Univer­sity of Wales vice- chan­cel­lor Prof Med­win Hughes.

Dur­ing the event, IUMW pres­i­dent Prof Dr Hamzah Rah­man said the MBA pro­gramme was one of the first post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes that were de­vel­oped and that “Nu­mer­ous chal­lenges in the form of qual­ity de­liv­ery were over­come with stu­dents/ mem­bers’ feed­back, sup­port from both IUMW’s par­ent univer­si­ties and our com­mit­ted staff.”

Visit IUMW Open Day on March 19 at IUMW cam­pus to find out more about the pro­grammes avail­able. Ad­mis­sion is free.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­grammes, call IUMW 03- 2617 3000, or e- mail en­quiry@ iumw. edu. my or log on to www. iumw. edu. my.

The first batch of IuMW Fac­ulty of Busi­ness and Law stu­dents dur­ing their fifth se­mes­ter at swansea Busi­ness school, univer­sity of Wales Trin­ity saint David.

Chair­man of IuMW Datuk seri Pan­glima Mohd An­nuar Zaini at the first IuMW MBA stu­dents’ grad­u­a­tion.

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