A passion for law

IT was her interest in criminal dramas like The X-Files and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation that propelled Maylin Leong Mei Ling into pursuing a law degree. 

The Institut Perkim-Goon (IPG) student said: “I love movies and stories where evidence needs to be analysed and I always find it a challenge to solve puzzles.” The Penang-born from Butterworth is pursuing the a Bachelor of Law and Lettering programme at the college. She is among 17 Star Education Fund recipients who obtained scholarships worth a total of RM95,000 for IPG's law, accountancy, business, secretarial and marketing programmes this year. 

Maylin said although she was a science student in secondary school, she switched disciplines as she was more fascinated with law. “This field has a wide scope and I don't have to end up being a lawyer, she added. 

THANK YOU: IPG principal Ong seen here with Maylin and the Star Education Fund scholarship pledge.

She said she made the decision after attending several counselling sessions in her school, SM Convent Butterworth, and the Star Education Fair. 

She also said she was impressed with IPG's dedicated lecturers who often ran informal tutorials and extra classes for the students. 

The only child, whose father is a retired factory worker and mother a clerk, also thanked The Star and IPG for her scholarship which was worth RM10, 000. 

“Upon graduation, I hope to work in a legal firm and pursue my Certificate of Legal Practice (CLP) simultaneously,” she added. 

IPG principal Michael Ong said the college planned to offer a 3+0 Computer Science degree programme in April next year. 

Conducted in collaboration with the University of East London, the programme would cover topics such as multimedia and software engineering. Ong added that it was currently pending approval by the National Accreditation Board (LAN) 

“We are targeting 50 students for our first intake. Technological support will not be an issue as we already have nine computer laboratories here. 

“Apart from that, we have a video conferencing facility and e-library. We are also negotiating with IBM to upgrade our 72 computers before the end of the year,” he said.  

The college was established in 1981 and now has more than 3,000 students. It operates from three campuses located along a 1km stretch of Jalan Burma.  

All the college’s programmes comply with LAN's stringent quality requirements which includes an annual assessment and monitoring by Britain’s Universities and Professional Bodies, the implementation of Teaching Portfolios and Learning Portfolios and IPG’s own internal Quality Assurance Policy (QAP). 

A feature at IPG is its free-of-charge one-on-one tutorials given to students. Lecturers identify those who need extra tutorials and they are conducted frequently to ensure the continuing success of the college’s students. 

To date, the institute has produced 257 world and Malaysian award winners. Since 1981, IPG students have won international awards every year in Britain's professional examinations. 

IPG also offers the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Economics and Management and Bachelor of Science (Honours) Information Systems and Management degrees from the University of London External Programme. 

Students aspiring to be lawyers can opt for LLB (Honours) from the University of London External Programme, where all three years can be completed at IPG. 

However, students who wish to complete the final year in Britain can undertake the 2+1 LLB (Honours) twinning degree with Northumbria University at Newcastle. 

Students pursuing courses offered by the National Computing Centre (NCC) can proceed to Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing and Information Systems from London Metropolitan University which can be done locally. 

Since 2001, students who have passed Part 2 of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) programme, can opt to do a research paper with Oxford Brookes University and will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Accounting from the University.  

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