Two places to call home

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 1800 186 867 or 07-268 26 n uir @read­ing. edu.m

The grad­u­ates dur­ing Univer­sity of Read­ing Malaysia’s in­au­gu­ral grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, which was held at the Educity Iskan­dar Malaysia cam­pus last week.

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