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  • Sunday, 07 Dec 2014

Jane Austen festival

UNIVERSITI Malaya (UM) is proud to present The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, a special lecture on the life of Jane Austen by Dr Paula Byrne, an eminent biographer, on Dec 11 at 1030 am.

The talk explores what Jane Austen was really like by focusing upon the forces that shaped the interior life of one of the world’s most beloved novelists.

Dr Byrne is the author of best-selling biographies of Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh, as well as the book of the recent acclaimed movie Belle. She is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College at Oxford University.

For more information contact Dr Surin Kaur at, or to register your attendance call 03 7967 3177. Admission is free.

In conjunction with the special lecture, a Jane Austen Arts Festival, organised by UM’s Faculty of Languages and Linguistics will be held from Dec 8 to 11.

The festival will feature a poster exhibition; screenings of film adaptaions of Northanger Abbey, Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion; a stage performance of a dystopian version of Pride and Prejudice; and a colloquium.

Entrance is free to all the above events.

For more information call 010 220 5821 or email surinder@um.

Taylor’s open day

DECIDING on where and how to start your tertiary education isn’t easy.

Students first need to understand their interests, passion, skills and abilities.

Start right with Taylor’s Open Day, held today, Dec 13 and 14.

At the open day, held at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, you can find out how you can own your future though the Taylor’s Career Profiler and SHINE Programme.

Come and see how our students learn in X space – a technology rich collaborative classroom which facilitates the development of creative and critical thinking skills.

Sign up during these dates to enjoy a RM500 tuition fee waiver. Terms and condition apply.

For more information, contact (03) 5629 5000, e-mail to or visit

Intensive drawing and painting workshop

THE Extra-Mural Studies Department at the Malaysian Institute of Art is offering an Intensive Drawing and Painting Workshop for secondary students and adults on Dec 14.

Prior registration is required and places confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For enquiries or registration, contact MIA Art Centre at 03-2163 2337 or e-mail

TAR UC open day

TUNKU Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) is having an Open Day at all its campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah from 930am to 5pm from Dec 12 to 14.

The programmes during the Open Day in the Kuala Lumpur Main Campus include academic counselling, career guidance talks, cooking and baking demonstrations, campus tours and more.

For further information, contact the institution at 03-4145 0100/23 ext 227 (Ms Teo) or ext 475 (Rajesry) or visit the website at

Science fun

Develop or enhance a love for science by checking out Petrosains, The Discovery Centre’s wide range of activities for this school break.

Children and their families can explore the “Face Your Fears!”, thematic programme that runs until Jan 4.

The programme showcases the science behind fear and paranoia as well as how we react to fear. All in a safe and fun environment.

There will be hot-spots located throughout Petrosains called ”Space”, “Sparkz”, “Exploration”, “Platform” and “Refinery” with activities related to fear. Petrosains is also organising a promotional campaign tie-up with the Warner Brothers’ movie: “The Hobbit – The Battle of The Five Armies”.

In the interest of road safety education and awareness, the Petronas StreetSmart exhibition will be held until the end of May.

The exhibition is to educate the public, especially school children, through interactive exhibits and activities that simulate real-life situations on the road.

For more information, visit

Anniversary celebrations

ST Joseph’s School, Johor Baru is celebrating its 60th grand reunion dinner with their former teachers and students on Feb 14, 2015.

The event will be held at the Persada Johor International Convention Centre at 7 pm.

For details on the anniversary grand reunion do, contact Paul Netto 012 722 5218, Donald Culas 012 711 3992 or Ng Chai Meng 016 794 0335.

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