Private university college cuts fees

Tan (left) presenting the scholarship award to one of the recipients, Marion Kua Mui Yee, while Southern UC president Prof Dr Teh Geok Bee looks on during the scaled-down ceremony held at the Southern UC campus in Skudai, Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Johor’s non-profit higher education institute Southern University College (Southern UC) has taken steps to relieve parents of their financial burden by reducing its fees by 20%.

Southern UC board of directors chairman Datuk Vincent Tan Meng Seng said that many families were facing greater financial constraints as a result of the movement control order (MCO), which was put in place due to Covid-19.

“As such, Southern UC decided to reduce its miscellaneous fees by 20% starting from June this year.

“Aside from that, we have decided to continue our tradition of offering scholarships to students from underprivileged families as an encouragement for them to further their studies,” he told StarMetro during a scholarship award ceremony held at the Southern UC campus in Skudai, Johor Baru.

Tan said Southern UC’s student intake had declined by about half since the MCO started, affecting the institute’s coffers.

“Coupled with the fact that some of our existing students are choosing to defer their studies after finding it difficult to catch up with lessons online, it has been quite a challenging year for Southern UC so far.

“However, we continue to hold firm to our belief of always giving back to society, no matter what,” he said, adding that since 2016, Southern UC had awarded some RM5mil in scholarship funds to 521 students.

For the latest batch of 15 recipients who received scholarships totalling RM250,000, Tan hoped that the award would be a good incentive for the new students to pursue their tertiary studies.

He said the student intake was expected to pick up by next year, as parents would be wary about sending their children overseas to study in the face of uncertainties over Covid-19.

“Hopefully, parents will choose to send their children to Southern UC as we offer a wide array of courses, from technical education to traditional Chinese medicine.

“We are keeping positive despite the current gloomy situation,” he added.

Southern UC is a private non-profit tertiary education institution that began operations from Foon Yew High School in Johor Baru in 1975.

Currently, it has around 2,400 local and foreign students enrolled in more than 50 programmes.

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