Thirty-two years in ser­vice

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THIS year marks the 32nd an­niver­sary of the estab­lish­ment of Mabecs (Malaysian Bri­tish Ed­u­ca­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Ser­vices). Mabecs was set up in 1985 to pro­vide ad­vice and as­sis­tance to stu­dents ap­ply­ing to UK uni­ver­si­ties.

The founder of Mabecs, David Guard – a Cam­bridge grad­u­ate him­self, set up Mabecs to ad­dress the needs of Malaysian stu­dents for ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing ed­u­ca­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties at UK in­sti­tu­tions. Mabecs was one of the ear­li­est stu­dent ad­vi­sory agen­cies to be es­tab­lished in Malaysia.

UK uni­ver­si­ties are pre­ferred by many Malaysian stu­dents due to the sim­i­lar­ity be­tween Bri­tish and Malaysian ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems. The high qual­ity of teach­ing and re­search at UK uni­ver­si­ties and in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion given to UK grad­u­ates are also among the rea­sons many Malaysian stu­dents opt for a UK de­gree.

De­pend­ing on the dis­ci­pline, many UK hon­ours de­grees are also three years in du­ra­tion, shorter than hon­ours de­grees of­fered in other des­ti­na­tions.

To prospec­tive Mabecs ap­pli­cants, free ad­vice and as­sis­tance are of­fered by UK ed­u­cated con­sul­tants at Mabecs. The con­sul­tants pro­vide one on one con­sult­ing to stu­dents, en­sur­ing the stu­dents ob­tain re­li­able in­for­ma­tion about rel­e­vant cour­ses and uni­ver­si­ties with re­gards to en­try re­quire­ments, con­tent and struc­ture of cour­ses, uni­ver­sity en­vi­ron­ment, uni­ver­sity rank­ings, fees and such.

In ad­di­tion to the Mabecs con­sul­tants, the Mabecs net­work also in­cludes a range of pro­fes­sion­als such as lan­guage ex­perts, Oxbridge alumni and re­tired teach­ers who pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port to Mabecs ap­pli­cants in the form of mock in­ter­views, per­sonal state­ment work­shops and ref­er­ence writ­ing work­shops. A range of other sub­ject and ca­reer based sem­i­nars are also or­gan­ised by Mabecs from time to time.

As­sis­tance to Mabecs ap­pli­cants in com­plet­ing uni­ver­sity ap­pli­ca­tions, mon­i­tor­ing ap­pli­ca­tion sta­tus and li­ais­ing with the uni­ver­si­ties on the stu­dents’ be­half, should the need arise is also pro­vided. Mabecs also of­fers its ap­pli­cants free visa ap­pli­ca­tion coun­selling ser­vices.

An­other ser­vice Mabecs pro­vides is con­nect­ing stu­dents with uni­ver­sity rep­re­sen­ta­tives visiting Malaysia, in or­der that stu­dents may have the chance to meet di­rectly with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the uni­ver­si­ties of their choice.

For those look­ing to sit for an English Lan­guage test like the PTE Aca­demic (Pear­son Test of English Aca­demic), you may sit for it at the Mabecs of­fice, as Mabecs is an of­fi­cial PTE test cen­tre. Mabecs is also a test cen­tre for the UKCAT (UK Clin­i­cal Ap­ti­tude Test), re­quired for ad­mis­sions to some med­i­cal de­grees.

Ad­di­tion­ally, in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing tak­ing the IELTS (In­ter­na­tional English Lan­guage Test­ing Sys­tem) at the Bri­tish Coun­cil can be ob­tained from Mabecs, as it is an autho­rised Bri­tish Coun­cil IELTS reg­is­tra­tion agent.

The Mabecs of­fice also holds a re­source li­brary that in­cludes uni­ver­sity prospec­tuses, course leaflets, and schol­ar­ship in­for­ma­tion. Stu­dents are wel­come to visit the of­fice, browse through these re­sources and chat with the ex­pe­ri­enced Mabecs con­sul­tants on hand (no ap­point­ment needed).

■ For de­tails, visit Mabecs at www.mabecs. com, e-mail ukde­ or call 03-7956 7655 / 439.

Mabecs founders David and Car­men Guard.

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