Thirty-two years in service
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03-7956 7655 / 439.
Mabecs founders David and Carmen Guard.