An in­vig­o­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in KDU

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KDU Col­lege is the first education in­sti­tu­tion to in­tro­duce the Amer­i­can De­gree Trans­fer Pro­gram ( ADP) to Malaysians in 1983. As a pi­o­neer in the Amer­i­can higher education learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, KDU has en­abled thou­sands of stu­dents to trans­fer to over 500 univer­si­ties and col­leges across the United States, Canada, the UK, Aus­tralia and New Zealand for over 30 years.

A year or two in KDU’s Amer­i­can De­gree Trans­fer Pro­gram pro­vides a good foun­da­tion for con­tin­u­ing stud­ies in the US at a univer­sity of the stu­dent’s choice.

The pro­gramme im­ple­ments the Amer­i­can cur­ricu­lum, teach­ing meth­ods and cul­ture, re­sult­ing in the stu­dents be­ing well- pre­pared – per­son­ally, aca­dem­i­cally, so­cially and men­tally – to adapt to univer­sity and life in the United States.

“The pro­gramme it­self was dif­fer­ent from what we were used to in school,” said Vivi­enne Beh, 1984 alum­nus, vice- pres­i­dent, cor­po­rate and mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Etiqa In­sur­ance and Tafakul.

“The ex­po­sure to sub­jects not nor­mally of­fered in Malaysia, like so­ci­ol­ogy, an­thro­pol­ogy and phi­los­o­phy, helped shape my think­ing and my ap­proach to is­sues and chal­lenges,” said Beh.

ADP’s aca­demic depart­ment head Dr Tang Wen Ji­unn added, “This ap­proach is de­signed to pro­duce well- rounded grad­u­ates who know how to think crit­i­cally and in­de­pen­dently and com­mu­ni­cate con­fi­dently.”

KDU Col­lege’s ADP se­nior lec­turer Karen Lee said hav­ing re­ceived an Amer­i­can education at un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate lev­els, she was well ac­quainted with the US higher education sys­tem.

“Start­ing univer­sity with two years of ‘ lib­eral arts’ stud­ies be­fore I trans­ferred to the US gave me the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a broadly based education,” said Lee.

KDU lec­tur­ers, with their vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the Amer­i­can higher education, use meth­ods and ex­am­ples sim­i­lar to those of Amer­i­can univer­si­ties, which in­clude a wide va­ri­ety of on- cam­pus and off- cam­pus projects and ac­tiv­i­ties.

The teach­ing meth­ods de­velop stu­dents’ abil­ity to think crit­i­cally and in­de­pen­dently, and at the same time, KDU stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to achieve their fullest po­ten­tial and are able to thrive in mul­ti­cul­tural en­vi­ron­ments that cel­e­brate di­ver­sity on a global set­ting.

“I’m able to step out of my com­fort zone be­cause my lec­tur­ers en­cour­aged me to do so,” said stu­dent Da­nial Imran.

KDU’s ADP dif­fers from other in­sti­tu­tions in sev­eral ways:

Small class sizes are com­mon and there may be as few as 10 stu­dents in a class, giv­ing each stu­dent the per­sonal at­ten­tion they need to suc­ceed. There are times when the dis­cus­sion ses­sions and ex­change of ideas are con­ducted over coffee. This close re­la­tion­ship be­tween stu­dents and lec­tur­ers serves to mo­ti­vate stu­dents and foster a per­sonal ap­proach to the cur­ricu­lum.

Aca­demic free­dom is one of the hall­marks of an Amer­i­can univer­sity. This is im­mersed in the stu­dents’ learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Stu­dents are trained to ob­serve and an­a­lyse a prob­lem, then solve it. They will be ex­pected to lis­ten to their class­mates and chal­lenge their points of view.

The goal is prag­matic, so that stu­dents will gain con­fi­dence and the abil­ity to or­gan­ise and present an ar­gu­ment.

An­other unique fea­ture of the pro­gramme is the in­tro­duc­tion of the KDU- ADP WOW – Col­lege Suc­cess Se­ries ( CSS) to new stu­dents.

This pro­gramme eases the tran­si­tion to col­lege life, creates an open com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­form to en­gage stu­dents with col­lege life, fac­ulty and peers and de­velop a strong sense of be­long­ing.

Along­side aca­demic stud­ies, stu­dents are en­cour­aged to or­gan­ise and take part in a range of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties – com­mu­nity ser­vices, field trips, sport­ing events and Amer­i­can cel­e­bra­tions.

Stu­dents can choose cour­ses from a wide va­ri­ety of fields, rang­ing from ap­plied sci­ences to the lib­eral arts.

The cur­ricu­lum at KDU of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to de­velop in­tel­lec­tual breadth of sev­eral fields of knowl­edge in prepa­ra­tion for an in- depth pur­suit of a spe­cific dis­ci­pline in the US.

Stu­dents will com­plete ap­prox­i­mately half of the de­gree re­quire­ments in KDU while the re­main­der of their stud­ies will be com­pleted in the US univer­sity of their choice.

Start­ing at KDU and trans­fer­ring to the US, the op­tions are wide, the education is ex­cel­lent and the cost- sav­ings are sig­nif­i­cant.

To find out how you can hit the ground run­ning with KDU, visit www. kdu. edu. my or call 03- 5565 0538 ( KDU Univer­sity Col­lege, Utropo­lis, Glen­marie) / 03- 7953 6688 ( KDU Col­lege, Da­mansara Jaya).

The Kdu- AdP WOW work­shops help ease the tran­si­tion to col­lege life.

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