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On their way to becoming scholars
A REMARKABLE 98.7% of this year’s graduating students from Kolej Yayasan UEM (KYUEM), Malaysia’s premium A-Levels college, received conditional offers from some of the finest universities in the world.
A total of 241 students received their completion of studies certificates in the annual Awards Day graduation ceremony in Lembah Beringin, graced by Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin.
They follow the proud example of the 2017 graduates who obtained the best results in the college’s history, with 90% obtaining A* to B grades at Cambridge A-Levels. These excellent results exceed those of many top quality UK colleges and confirm KYUEM’s standing as an outstanding academic institution for students intending to study at prestigious universities overseas.
The college’s chief executive officer Datin Nor Rubaiha Mohamed Nor said, “KYUEM is a uniquely Malaysian institution – we treat everyone here as well as we treat ourselves.”
KYUEM is not merely an “examination factory”. The policy of student-centred, holistic education aims to produce well-rounded graduates able to compete academically, socially and culturally on the world stage.
Seven students were presented Special Awards.
Scholar of the Year was awarded to Ng Xuan Yi, Academic Excellence Award (Science) to Joseph Ooi Boon Han, Academic Excellence Award (Arts) to Nabil Thoo Min Ren, Academic Excellence Award (Mathematics) to Gai Min-Qi, Best Progress Award to Muhammad Afiq Samsudin, while Mohd Azrai Zain Ariffin and Azreen Marissa Adif received the Male and Female Sports and Co-Curricular Awards respectively.
Individual students who achieved the greatest success in specific subjects were also presented with awards – Yasmin Athilah Zainal Abidin Yeoh (Accounting), Azra Adanni Aidisham (Bahasa Kebangsaan), Ng Seow Qi (Biology), Darren Lean Zhi Yang (Chemistry), Chan Zhen-Yen (Economics), Nuramin Hakimi Nurhashim (English), Sara Nadirah Azizi (English Literature), Ng Xuan Yi (Further Mathematics), Ahmad Arman Al-Huzaifi Sakir Husein (History), Nazrul Adrian Abdullah (Islamic Studies), Joseph Ooi Boon Han (Malaysian Studies), Farah Diana Mohamed Faizal (Marine Science), Lee Yu Qian (Mathematics), Ang Jia Shun (Moral Studies), Muhammad Jafni Tajuddeen (Physics) and Nazrul Adrian Abdullah (Psychology).
The Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) International Award (Silver) was presented to six students, while another four received the DoE (Bronze) Award.
KYUEM headmaster, Dr Paul Rogers, congratulated all the graduates.
“Their achievements today set them on the path to academic excellence and a rich and fulfilling life ahead as the leaders of tomorrow.”
The college boasts a world-class record of A-Levels success that has been improving every year. In 2017, 90% of students obtained A-levels grades A*-B, 74% were A* or A, 62% gained at least three A grades or above and 30% managed to obtain four A grades in their Cambridge University A-Levels examinations.
These results rival the best international colleges and KYUEM is proud that its students routinely gain places in the finest global universities. Ten students gained either Best in the World or Best in Malaysia’ awards from the Cambridge International Examinations Board.
Nine students this year received conditional offers from the Oxford and Cambridge Universities, while many others have already received multiple offers from top-ranked universities in the UK, Australia and the US, including two from Hong Kong University and three from Canadian University.
Approximately 55% of KYUEM students are sponsored by both government and private organisations. The college has an enviable record of preparing students to read accountancy, actuarial science, architecture, dentistry, economics, engineering, IT, law, life sciences, medicine, pharmacy and many other undergraduate programmes.
KYUEM provides a safe and secure learning environment in a beautiful campus about 70km north of Kuala Lumpur. All students live on site in modern, shared accommodation and benefit from excellent teaching plus enviable resources and learning facilities.
The college is a non-profit educational institution established by Yayasan UEM, a charitable foundation under UEM Group Berhad.
The mission statement of the college says, “KYUEM aims to allow every student to make the best of his or her individual abilities and talents and to develop all aspects of his or her character so that they can become fulfilled in their academic, professional and personal lives, and good citizens of Malaysia and of the world.”