A ‘one-stop app’ for students to search, and apply, for courses within minutes, will be launched soon.
Like the online hotel booking app, Agoda, GoMyStudy or ‘Go Malaysia Study’ - a locally-developed software, can be used on mobile devices and desktops.
The software allows students to fine-tune their search for specific learning institutions and courses, without having to comb the Internet, chief software designer Foo Haw Jan told The Star.
Foo, who’s also the partner of Informinent Sdn Bhd - a Malaysian company which recently expanded to the United Kingdom, said GoMyStudy will be available for free download from mobile apps stores by November this year.
“Students are faced with information overload when searching for education information.
“With GoMyStudy, they can customise their search according to fields, location, and budget,” he said.
They can even upload and submit their transcripts, certificates, and cover letter, to several institutions at one go.
“So instead of wasting time searching the web, e-mailing for details, and waiting for a reply, before they can submit their application, students can now narrow their search, get all the info at a glance, and apply to universities of their choice - fast and hassle-free.
“GoMyStudy, a first in the region, will even alert them on the status of their applications,” he said, adding that the software was developed to promote Malaysia as the region’s education hub.
Recently, the GoMyCampus education management system, which was also designed by Foo, made its way to the Maldives.
In March, a handing over ceremony was held with the Islamic University of Maldives.
Plans are also underway to export the software to growing education markets like South Asia and Asean countries, said Informinent CEO Ng Teng Yao.
“These nations are starting to focus on education because they know it’s the only way forward.
“They’re willing to invest but are in need of a fully-integrated software system, which Malaysia can provide,” he said, adding that there are less than a handful of companies in the region offering similar cloud-based software which lets parents monitor their children’s progress, and allows students to communicate with each other, learn online, and access campus facilities like the library, hostel, and public transportation.
The software’s already in use in many local learning institutions.
“GoMyCampus digitally improves, simplifies, synchronises, and integrates operations. This allows more efficient management of the university.
“In line with the 4th Industrial Revolution, it automates labour intensive tasks like data entry. This frees up manpower to focus on students’ needs,” he said, adding that GoMyHostel - a software for accommodation management, has also been released.
When contacted, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) said the recent National Export Council (NEC) meeting had discussed strategies on improving the country’s higher education exports.
“The NEC highlighted the importance of public and private sector collaborations in areas like branding, and marketing, of Malaysian education globally.
“These include joint promotions at education fairs overseas and the introduction of incentives to local higher learning institutions to enhance infrastructure and establishment of international research labs,” it said in a statement.
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