Education group to offer degree courses

Ayub (right) presenting the Johor Mentri Besar Gold Medal Award to Nur Syaza during the convocation ceremony.

KOTA TINGGI: Kumpulan Pendidikan Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (KPYPJ) will offer undergraduate programmes to Malaysians as well as international students from 2019 onwards.

Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said KPYPJ would start by offering Islamic Finance and Business Administration degree course.

“We expect to have about 100 students for the first intake, of which 20% are targeted to be international students from Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia,” he said.

Ayub said a study showed that there was demand for such courses in other countries including in Indonesia and Brunei.

“Figures revealed that currently, most students were seeking qualifications in business and finance,” he said.

Prior qualifications would be necessary for those wanting to pursue the undergraduate programmes.

“Students are required to have either done A-Levels, foundation, diploma or Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) to take up the programme,” he said.

Ayub said this during a press conference, after officiating KPYPJ’s 20th convocation ceremony held at YPJ college in Kota Tinggi.

During the ceremony, a total of 1,000 graduates received their diplomas and certificates, including 414 who graduated from five Johor Skills Colleges.

Graduate Nur Syaza Ellyna Zainal, who completed a Diploma in Accounting with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.76, was overjoyed to receive the Johor Mentri Besar Gold Medal Award.

“I have always wanted to follow in the footsteps of my mother, who is a senior accountant at a higher learning institution.

“She often told me to focus on my studies and she would also constantly remind me of how important it is to plan for the future,” she said.

Nur Syaza, who is currently working as a substitute teacher, is looking forward to pursue a degree at University Teknologi Mara in Puncak Alam, Selangor.

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