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Learning valuable lessons in life
THE Foundation in Science and Technology (FIST) programme at Sunway College impressed Jordan Kee Zheng Feng as a wellthought out programme that grooms exceptional students with applicable real life skills.
“Its success is entirely owed to the enthusiastic lecturers who are not hesitant to go the extra mile.”
He liked the balance of 50% coursework and 50% examination for academic performance.
He also said he chose Sunway due to the brand recognition; other factors include the world-class facilities, the generous scholarships available and his parents.
“We learnt important life skills such as making strong arguments to convince people, delivering captivating presentations, and having good moral values,” he added.
Critical thinking was one of the exceptional subjects that taught Kee to think on his feet and handle unexpected situations.
“The most important thing is that we all had a blast. Time flies when you are having so much fun. And because the programme is not fully exam-oriented, the various coursework assignments were enjoyable,” he explained.
But, people were the most important for Kee: “They were all from different backgrounds and walks of life. In the few months I spent with them, they enabled me to see the world in a different perspective.”
During his time in the FIST programme, Kee actively participated in extracurricular activities.
This included running for vice-president for Sunway Foundation Programme Student Committee, volunteering for the Sunway Foundation Programme July intake orientation, photographer for the Sunway Foundation Programme Talent Time, and committee member of the Sunway Foundation Programme Public Relations Department where he helped raise funds for charity. He was also voted Best Table Topic Speaker at the Sunway Toastmasters Club 2017.
Kee attended the Sunway Ambassador Leadership Trek in 2016 and the Asia Leadership Conference last year.
Kee is currently pursuing the BSc (Hons) in Computer Science at Sunway University under the Jeffrey Cheah Special Entrance Scholarship.
“Computing has largely been one of my best skills and this programme seems appropriate to hone in on the talent,” he said on his choice of degree programme. He aspires to be the first to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to malaysia.
For Kee, respect and appreciating others were the most important takeaways from the FIST programme.
The FIST at Sunway College offers more than academic learning – together with the Foundation in Arts (FIA), these homegrown programmes were developed to prepare students for tertiary studies and provide direct pathways to undergraduate programmes at Sunway University.
These foundation programmes emphasise the importance of holistic development of well-rounded students in both numerical and communication skills through structured subjects in mathematics and English.
Students also take specialist electives like information technology and accounting as well as enrichment electives like culture and ideas, and critical thinking skills, all which offer them exposure to multiple disciplinary thinking and analysis.
■ For details about the FIST, the FIA or other pre-university programmes at Sunway College, call 03-7491 8622, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to https://college.sunway.edu.my/
We learnt important life skills such as making strong arguments to convince people, delivering captivating presentations, and having good moral values. Jordan Kee Zheng Feng