Boost for early childhood education


Prof Chan and Prof Mariani at the MOU signing ceremony.

HELP University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Council to work towards providing quality early childhood education to pre-service and in-service teachers in the country.

The MOU aims to promote HELP University’s Diploma in Early Childhood Education to ECCE Council members.

ECCE Council president Prof Datin Dr Mariani Md Nor and HELP University vice-chancellor and president Prof Datuk Dr Paul Chan were present at the signing ceremony, which was attended by key members of both organisations.

With this collaboration, HELP will offer the diploma to ECCE Council members in the form of blended training mode and certificate courses on weekends.

Through this collaboration, both parties aim to lay a strong foundation for meaningful early childhood experiences.

To that end, they will continue exploring collaborations in other areas of mutual interest as well as joint research projects.

HELP University Education Department head Prof Dr Goh Lay Huah said, “The department continuously seeks to improve the quality and implementation of its early childhood education programmes through joint cooperation with industry partners and experts like ECCE Council members.”

Currently, two academic staff from the Education Department at HELP University are active members of the ECCE Council.

Some students from HELP University have also joined the council as student members.

Prof Mariani said, “By having this MOU and with the training programme made much more affordable, I hope the ECCE Council members will be motivated to upgrade themselves with the Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme or the Bachelor in Early Childhood Education programme with HELP University.

“In addition, the ECCE Council will collaborate with HELP University to train quality teachers.”

HELP University is a digital tech institution and aspires to be an analytics-driven entrepreneurial varsity.

It has established itself as a premier institution of higher education in Malaysia, and its programmes are especially strong in majors such as Psychology, Law, Business, IT, Education and A Levels.

It also offers graduate programmes, from master to doctorate level.

Its main mission is to help people succeed in life and to live a life of significance through education.

The ECCE Council, an initiative under the Economic Transformation Programme, was established on Dec 30, 2010 to serve the interests of the industry.

Its main function is the professionalisation of ECCE and quality control as well as to form a link between the industry and relevant government bodies and agencies.

HELP University has always been a varsity that shares its success with the communities it serves.

It will continue to share its quality talent pool as well as its innovative learning resources and educational technology with relevant stakeholders, such as the ECCE Council members.

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