A unique op­por­tu­nity

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HELP COL­LEGE of Arts and Tech­nol­ogy ( HELP CAT) and Up­per Iowa Univer­sity ( UIU) are of­fer­ing stu­dents a unique and af­ford­able op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue a four- year Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram ( ADP) for RM80,888 which in­cludes a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to go to the United States on a one aca­demic year stu­dent ex­change pro­gramme, in­clu­sive of air­fare and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Stu­dents in­ter­ested in this pro­gramme are able to en­ter di­rectly af­ter com­plet­ing their SPM ex­am­i­na­tions.

The ma­jors of­fered are Psy­chol­ogy, Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mar­ket­ing, Fi­nance, Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Stu­dents can opt for a dou­ble ma­jor at no cost and se­lected cour­ses taught by UIU se­nior aca­demic staff in Malaysia who are here to give ex­tra value to stu­dents’ ex­pe­ri­ence of study­ing for an Amer­i­can de­gree at HELP CAT.

The en­tire four- year de­gree can be com­pleted in Malaysia. How­ever, stu­dents can choose to go to the US to spend their third year at UIU’s main cam­pus in the beau­ti­ful town of Fayette, Iowa, af­ter which they re­turn to Malaysia to com­plete their re­main­ing stud­ies and grad­u­ate in Malaysia.

Dur­ing their time in the US, stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity projects in Fayette to nur­ture their lead­er­ship skills, learn team­build­ing and en­hance their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. They will also par­tic­i­pate in study tours to the cities of Detroit, Min­neapo­lis, or Chicago to ex­pe­ri­ence the US life­style, aca­demic life, cul­tural im­mer­sion and net­work with other Amer­i­can and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

“UIU and HELP CAT have worked to­gether to bring an af­ford­able op­tion to stu­dents in Malaysia who would oth­er­wise not be able to have this op­por­tu­nity to study in the US. The tu­ition fees in­clude a one aca­demic year at UIU. Air­fare and ac­com­mo­da­tion are pro­vided as well. Stu­dents just have to pay for their liv­ing ex­penses,” said UIU Malaysia as­sis­tant vice- pres­i­dent Kalai Pon­niah. He added that it costs ap­prox­i­mately RM120,000 per an­num to study in the US, which comes up to a to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately half a mil­lion ring­git to com­plete an Amer­i­can de­gree.

HELP CAT pres­i­dent Dr Choong Yeow Wei said, “In view of the eco­nomic slow­down, we are in no doubt this Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram is the most af­ford­able in Malaysia and the best deal in town.

“Stu­dents study­ing the Amer­i­can De­gree Trans­fer Pro­gram else­where and are look­ing to com­plete the en­tire de­gree in Malaysia due to fi­nan­cial rea­sons can come to HELP CAT to com­plete their de­grees, and still have the op­por­tu­nity to go to the US, which is re­ally great.”

The HELP Group is par­tic­u­larly strong in the lib­eral arts and so­cial sci­ences, and was one of the first col­leges to of­fer the Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram in Malaysia.

The UIU ADP is of­fered by HELP CAT lo­cated in Kuala Lumpur and the city’s Light Rail Tran­sit ( LRT) net­work con­nects the col­lege to the sub­ur­ban ar­eas of Kuala Lumpur.

Class sizes are kept small to a ra­tio of 1: 30, which en­ables closer mon­i­tor­ing of stu­dents’ progress, re­sult­ing in more in­ter­ac­tive and ef­fec­tive learn­ing.

As it is a lib­eral arts pro­gramme, stu­dents have to learn a broad range of sub­jects in their first year, be­fore spe­cial­is­ing to­wards the end of their de­grees. UIU will also ac­cept and recog­nise the Mata Pe­la­jaran Pen­ga­jian Umum ( MPU) credit cour­ses as part of the syl­labus.

Pur­su­ing a lib­eral arts pro­gramme is a good op­tion for those un­sure of which ma­jor they would like to spe­cialise in, as they can study a wide range of sub­jects be­fore mak­ing their de­ci­sion.

Lib­eral arts pro­grammes also en­cour­age stu­dents to be more holis­tic, cre­ative and pro­vide in­valu­able skills for life­long learn­ing, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to think crit­i­cally and the skills to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively.

As the UIU pro­gramme is mostly pro­ject- based, it pre­pares stu­dents bet­ter for the work­force, as they will learn ef­fec­tive pro­ject and time man­age­ment skills. Stu­dents will be as­sessed con­tin­u­ously through­out their stud­ies where the weigh­tage of as­sess­ment is 70% and the end of se­mes­ter ex­am­i­na­tions carry 30%.

Up­per Iowa Univer­sity is lo­cated in north­east Iowa in the town of Fayette. The univer­sity of­fers dis­tance education pro­grammes that in­clude 15 cen­tres in the US and of­fers an on­line pro­gramme and an in­de­pen­dent study pro­gramme avail­able in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Viet­nam. UIU is recog­nised as an in­no­va­tor in of­fer­ing ac­cred­ited, qual­ity pro­grammes through flex­i­ble, mul­ti­ple de­liv­ery sys­tems, in­clud­ing on­line and in­de­pen­dent study. It is ac­cred­ited by the US Higher Learn­ing Com­mis­sion ( HLC), North Cen­tral As­so­ci­a­tion ( NCA), and the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency ( MQA).

Grad­u­ates from the UIU pro­gramme are also in­vited to ap­ply for an at­trac­tive Un­der­grad­u­ate2Post­grad­u­ate Bur­sary of 50% to pur­sue their post­grad­u­ate stud­ies at HELP Univer­sity within 12 months of com­ple­tion of their UIU un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree.

For de­tails on the UIU Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram at HELP CAT, visit www. help­cat. edu. my. Call 03- 2788 2000 or What­sApp 011- 1866 5108.

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