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MORE HELP A-Level achiev­ers con­tinue to win schol­ar­ships from top-ranked uni­ver­si­ties. To name a few, Har­vard, Cam­bridge, Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity, Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don, Uni­ver­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Stan­ford have of­fered places for HELP A-Level stu­dents, with many be­ing awarded schol­ar­ships.

In 2016, a to­tal of 18 stu­dents were ad­mit­ted to top med­i­cal schools in Malaysia, UK and Ire­land.

The grow­ing num­ber of achiev­ers is a source of pride to HELP and HELP Uni­ver­sity vice-chan­cel­lor and pres­i­dent, Datuk Dr Paul Chan, con­grat­u­lates both lec­tur­ers (pop­u­larly known as the “A Team”) and stu­dents for their ex­cep­tional ded­i­ca­tion and hard work in con­tin­u­ally main­tain­ing high stan­dards, “The key to the im­pres­sive list of achieve­ments and cov­eted schol­ar­ships is the ex­cel­lence of the teach­ing team, headed by Jahn Cheah, who has over 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a Maths teacher. As the Fac­ulty of Uni­ver­sity Foun­da­tion Stud­ies Dean, he is a great leader.”

A to­tal of 85 World Awards have been given to HELP A-Level stu­dents who at­tained the high­est grades world­wide in spe­cific sub­jects.

HELP Uni­ver­sity has also been de­clared win­ners of the Malaysian To­ray Science Foun­da­tion (MTSF) award for 12 years run­ning.

HELP is the first cen­tre in the coun­try to of­fer full pro­grammes for both the Edex­cel In­ter­na­tional Ad­vanced Lev­els (IAL) and Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tions (CIE).

While both are top ranked ex­am­i­na­tion boards, the IAL is a mo­du­lar sys­tem that al­lows stu­dents to re-sit any unit for a bet­ter grade (with­out penalty, lim­ited re-sit per unit only) with­out hav­ing to re­peat the en­tire level as with CIE’s lin­ear sys­tem.

HELP was de­clared the “Best and Big­gest A-Lev­els Cen­tre in the World” at the Edex­cel World Con­fer­ence in Hong Kong on March 16, 2011.

HELP’s ac­claimed An­nual Drama Pro­duc­tion by the English Lit­er­a­ture De­part­ment, so well re­ceived by schools and the public, is such a great suc­cess that Datuk Jo­han Jaa­far of the New Straits Times com­mented, “Cre­ativ­ity knows no bounds. Stu­dents need such ac­tiv­i­ties to prove their ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Theatre is af­ter all the best ve­hi­cle to test the lim­its of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, self-es­teem, tenac­ity and more im­por­tantly, team­work.”

HELP’s A-Lev­els pro­gramme not only nur­tures stu­dents to achieve aca­demic ex­cel­lence but also equips them with strong lead­er­ship and or­gan­i­sa­tional skills, use­ful knowl­edge and rich ex­pe­ri­ences through par­tic­i­pa­tion in the unique Get­ting the Edge (GTE) pro­gramme.

Cheah ex­plains, “Soft skills like those ac­quired through our GTE pro­gramme will al­ways play an im­por­tant role in de­ter­min­ing the achiev­ers ac­cepted by top-tier uni­ver­si­ties, many of which not only look for aca­demic ex­cel­lence but also for ef­fec­tive speak­ers and lead­ers of the fu­ture.”

HELP stu­dents who en­tered Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity have at­trib­uted their suc­cess at the ad­mis­sion in­ter­views to the speak­ing and ar­tic­u­la­tion skills they ac­quired in the GTE pro­gramme.

Among the suc­cess­ful ad­mis­sions in one year alone are 18 for Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don, 39 for Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don, 24 for Uni­ver­sity of Edinburgh, 16 for Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics (LSE), 60 for Manch­ester Uni­ver­sity and 58 for Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol.

Av­inaash Subra­ma­niam was ad­mit­ted to Har­vard Uni­ver­sity on a Fac­ulty schol­ar­ship.

Tan Wei Jian, 4A* Achiever and win­ner of two World Top Awards, was ac­cepted into Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don as a JPA scholar, while Calvin Yeoh Kai Yuan, an A-Level achiever, was of­fered ad­mis­sion to four top uni­ver­si­ties – Stan­ford, Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don, Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity. Calvin fi­nally chose Stan­ford.

■ For more de­tails on the next A-Lev­els in­take in July, call 03-2094 2000, e-mail mar­ket­ or visit HELP’s web­site

Ju­bi­lant top HELP A-Level achiev­ers cel­e­brat­ing their re­sults.

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