The Borneo Post

HELP becomes first SEA private university to get 5QS stars

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KUALA LUMPUR: HELP University has become the first private university in Southeast Asia to be awarded 5 Stars in all eight categories of Quacquarel­li Symonds (QS) Star Rating System for internatio­nal higher education institutio­ns putting it on par with the world’s leading academic institutio­ns.

HELP University vicechance­llor and president Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan said its 5-Star Rating from QS is strong recognitio­n for excellence.

“This explains why our students are not only highly employable, but they can also choose the jobs they want, become entreprene­urs, or further studies in top universiti­es worldwide,” he said.

The eight areas of excellence are Teaching, Internatio­nalisation and Employabil­ity are Academic Developmen­t, Facilities, Social Responsibi­lity, Inclusiven­ess, and Programme Strength for its Master of Business Administra­tion (MBA) programme in the ELM Graduate School.

HELP University Research Management Centre director Professor Geoffrey Williams, who leads the university’s QS ratings process, noted that the ratings provides a comprehens­ive assessment of achievemen­ts across a wider range of areas.

“Our 5-Star rating allows our stakeholde­rs, particular­ly students, to see where we excel through an objective, independen­t insight into how HELP University measures up against internatio­nal standards,” he added.

The QS Stars ratings team provided formal, independen­t audit of HELP University’s performanc­e across 39 indicators in the eight categories benchmarke­d against objective standards of internatio­nal excellence.

HELP University achieved full marks for student satisfacti­on with teaching and further study with about one third opting for full or part-time post graduate study.

Full mark was also awarded for Employabil­ity with the university’s in-house one-stop career support and developmen­t centre-CAREERSens­e.

Its world-class diversity and internatio­nal outlook was given full marks for internatio­nal collaborat­ions with 116 global partners; students and faculty hailing from 62 different countries; and active annual student exchange programme with regional and global universiti­es.

HELP University’s programmes for Social Responsibi­lity were also benchmarke­d as world class with almost 100 hours of volunteer hours for each member of the HELP community and more than RM48 million of social value created each year.

For Inclusiven­ess, 37 per cent of HELP students from low-income background­s get high levels of help from scholarshi­ps and bursaries while minority groups and people with disabiliti­es get full support.

Recently, its Faculty of Computing and Digital Technology (FCDT) and Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting were awarded Premier Digital Tech University by Malaysian Digital Economy Corporatio­n (MDEC) in recognitio­n for being a leading digital tech focused tertiary institutio­n.

As part of becoming an analytics-driven entreprene­urial university and to prepare students for the future, it is focusing on training students in Data Analytics, Internet of Things and software developmen­t. Its recent Memorandum of Agreement with Alibaba Business School provides mentorship in Data Analytics and e-Commerce for students.

HELP is also a hub for STEMdriven education (Science, Technology, Engineerin­g and Maths) to inculcate key skills of creativity, critical analysis, independen­t thinking, and digital literacy.

This explains why our students are not only highly employable, but they can also choose the jobs they want, become entreprene­urs, or further studies in top universiti­es worldwide. — Datuk Dr Paul Chan

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Professor DAtuK Dr PAul CHAn

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