Two places to call home
STUDENTS at University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) can enjoy the best of both worlds, as they can choose to study entirely at the Educity Iskandar Malaysia campus or travel to the United Kingdom to continue the second or third year of their programme.
The Malaysian campus offers programmes under the Henley Business School (Henley’s), which is a renowned business school that has a triple accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Association of MBAs and EQUIS.
They offer four bachelor programmes including the Bachelor of Science in Finance and Business Management, Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Bachelor of Arts in Management and Business.
The first cohort of graduates was awarded its bachelor's degree during UoRM’s inaugural graduation ceremony on last week.
Henley’s head Dr Susan Rose said the school has been operating at UoRM for three years and already enrolled more than 200 students in its programmes. “We have a very ambitious target as we aim to have 500 to 600 students by year five and, in due course we will develop more in terms of programmes that we deliver,” said Rose in an exclusive interview with The Star recently.
She noted that Henley’s strength is predominantly in three areas particularly in real estate, in line with the University of Reading being one of the top schools in the UK for real estate, land management and property.
“We, therefore, are following on that tradition and it is particularly relevant given that we are here in the Iskandar region, where there is so much development going on and there is a demand for young people in the workforce with the skills and experience in real estate,” said Rose.
The school is also expected to offer a new master's programme in investment banking and Islamic finance in September this year. “For this programme, we are partnering with International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance, which is the leading institution in Kuala Lumpur for the delivery of Islamic finance both in teaching and research.”
The campus started offering master's of business administration in February last year with 40 students registered. It is a blended learning part-time programme, where its students are usually executives and middle managers who are seeking to continue their employment at work and study at the same time.
The employability for graduates from the school in the UK is at a remarkable 96%, which means graduates are likely to secure a job or pursue higher education within six months of completing their programme.
The employability rate for graduates from the school in the UK has recorded a remarkable 96%, which means graduates are likely to secure a job or pursue higher education within six months of completing their programme.
According to Rose, the school provides students guidance and support in getting the right skills for the workforce as well as encourage them to gain work experience from the beginning of the course.
“We run workshops and support classes for them to learn how to conduct themselves during an interview, prepare their resumes and about the expectations of employers for young people, so they are way ahead and can hit the road running once they graduate.”
She also said the programmes offered at the school at UoRM is the same as the ones in the UK and as a result of this, students are able to start their programme here and then travel to UK to continue studying at the main campus.
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The graduates during University of Reading Malaysia’s inaugural graduation ceremony, which was held at the Educity Iskandar Malaysia campus last week.