THE past two years have been tough for parents and students after the 20% hike in foreign college fees due to the depreciation of the ringgit.
University of Reading Malaysia director of marketing admissions and communications, Madeleine Tan said it was time to re-think how to maximise available financial resources for a quality education.
“Would you want to spend half a million or just over RM100,000 for your children’s education?” she asked during her talk ‘UK Foreign Branch Campuses, British Experience and Degree at Half Price’ yesterday.
This decision, said Tan, was easier with the availability of the 2+1 programmes which allow students to complete their degree by spending two years in Malaysia and a year in United Kingdom for RM263,000.
“There are better deals in our campus in Iskandar, Johor, where you can complete the entire three years in Malaysia for RM163,000.
“It will be a great relief to parents as we also provide 100% scholarship for eligible students which covers living expenses, tuition fee and entertaiment expenses,” Tan said.
Meanwhile, International Medical University Malaysia Programme Foundation in Science director Sharon Chan touched on pre-university programmes in her talk ‘Foundation in Science: Gateway after SPM’.
“Foundation programmes are also meant to be self-discovering period which is why in our course, students have the chance to sit in on the science classes in our degree courses to gain better understanding of each particular subject.
“We are grooming future healthcare professionals to have a heart and sense of care when attending to their patients,” added Chan.
Roxana Aldea, the partnership manager of Coventry University and guest speaker from INTI University, said students should sharpen their soft skills to enhance their career prospects.
“Communication and analytical skills should be given priority,” she said during her talk ‘Introduction to Careers in Technology.”
Star Media Group Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan said applicants do not need to be academically excellent or from a needy family background to be eligible for a scholarship.
“Your result may not be excellent but it has to fulfill the criteria required for the course you are applying for.
“Applicants must submit an impressive personal statement describing why they deserve the aid,” said Kuan during her talk on Saturday.
This year, the fund is offering 295 scholarships worth RM16.1mil from 31 institutions.
Sharing insight into the future of multiple professions, SEGi College Penang head of American Degree Programme Dr Luke Moissinac said students should understand that one can have more than one profession in a lifetime.
“Keep your options open and think very hard about long-term interests because one needs passion to be motivated through difficult times,” he said.
Meanwhile, guest speaker from KDU Penang University College Richard Vickers also shared about the Media Production degree provided by the college in his talk ‘Media Production: Careers & Futures’.
Vickers, who is also the head of Lincoln School of Film and Media, said the Bachelor of Arts (Hons)in Media Production course gives students a chance to experience lots of different aspects of the media from design, photography, film making to multimedia production.
“Students can go on to a range of careers from working on very exciting films to working on television programmes or YouTube.
“They might even work for some big media companies like Google after completing the three-year course,” he said.
Also among the speakers were Quest International University Perak’s Programme Foundation In Arts head Ahmad Faindra Abdul Jabbar, Associate Professor Dr Sofiah Kadar Khan and Foundation in Science programme head Nur Mashitah Mustaffa Albasre.
Others who spoke were Dr Kevin Kane from MSc Project Management, University of Salford, UK, and Tan Leong Hooi, the Penang Skills Development Centre management advisor.