University partners with Thai education group


Prof Mienczakowski (third from right) and Kusolcholada (third from left) at the partnership announcement in Bangkok, Thailand.

MIRI: Curtin University Malaysia is partnering Thailand-based The Global Education Group Co Ltd (Gegco) to offer Curtin’s Intensive English Programme for Thai and international students.

Curtin Malaysia pro vice-chancellor, president and chief executive Prof Jim Mienczakowski said the partnership was significant as it allowed students from the region to have access to any of the university’s global campuses.

The partnership involves offering Curtin’s 12-month accredited pre-university programmes Gegco’s campus in Bangkok.

“Once students have reached the required academic levels, they will have guaranteed entry into a wide number of Curtin University degree courses offered across its global campuses in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai,” he said at the partnership announcement in Bangkok.

Australian ambassador to Thailand Paul Robilliard, Curtin Malaysia deputy pro vice-chancellor professor Beena Giridharan, representatives of Gegco headed by directors Faye Kusolcholada and Ky Cao were among the dignitaries present at the ceremony.

“Curtin University’s global footprint offers a number of affordable courses for students to obtain a quality international degree,” said Kusolcholada.

She said there was no difference between the pre-university courses taught by Gegco and those taught at Curtin Malaysia, adding that their academic quality was tightly controlled and monitored by Curtin Malaysia.

As part of the partnership, students of Gegco will have access to Curtin’s Internet resources and will receive Curtin certificates of completion upon passing their courses.

Prof Mienczakowski said pursuing an undergraduate degree at Curtin Malaysia costs roughly a third of what it would cost doing the same degree in Australia.

He said students at Curtin Malaysia would have the option of transferring to Curtin University’s main campus in Perth after a certain period to complete their degree.

He said Curtin Malaysia was committed to providing quality education and research and students were assured of not only a quality Australian education at affordable rates but also a global learning experience in a Malaysian setting.

Curtin Malaysia is the group’s largest international campus and global hub in Asian countries with students from some 50 nations studying a wide range of courses.

It is one of the top 1% of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017.

Gegco offers education pathways for students who aspire to study undergraduate degree programmes internationally.

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