THE options that await students who have completed their secondary education and plan to further their studies can be confusingly numerous. In Malaysia, a student generally has at least eight different routes to follow in their journey to achieving a dream career.
These routes include the nation’s Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), government matriculations, the United Kingdom’s A-Level certification, the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD), Australian Year 12, Canadian Year 12, and the American and Canadian transfer programmes and individual university foundation programmes.
As a country that also provides high quality education among its many well-established academic institutions, Australia is close enough to be considered near while providing a significant change in culture and environment that is so important in producing all-rounded students who are resourceful and independent in their quest for success.
The one-year AUSMAT programme is an Australian Matriculation that follows Western Australia’s national curriculum. Through AUSMAT, successful students receive the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) issued by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority on behalf of the Western Australian government.
AUSMAT is a world-recognised pre-university programme that provides a seamless transition into universities across Australia and around the world, which includes the most prestigious and highest ranked universities in Asia, Europe, the UK and the US.
The global nature of the programme has always been a key feature, making it appealing to parents who are keen to prepare their children for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society and job markets.
Pathway to a brighter future
AUSMAT opens pathways to a wide range of university courses and career opportunities. It embraces the philosophy of a balanced education in its curriculum delivery and assessment methods that distinguish it from other pre-university programmes.
The Australian curriculum emphasises both academic breadth and depth equally. It offers a variety of subjects, with hundreds of subject combinations and great flexibility for students to explore their diverse academic and career interests.
Study options also include non-traditional subjects such as computer science, psychology, politics and law, engineering studies and, career and enterprise.
Forward-looking and future proof
AUSMAT helps young adults successfully navigate and succeed in the ever-changing academic and work landscapes.
The AUSMAT curriculum maximises digital learning opportunities and prepare students for success in university and career. The initiative is implemented by highly trained lecturers and leads to personalised learning experiences for all students.
AUSMAT students are provided with resources and support to ensure that educational technology and digital learning align with their interests and aspirations.
Success begins at Sunway
The world-renowned Australian education system has produced scientists, designers, educators, entrepreneurs, artists and humanitarians who have changed the world.
Malaysian students are now able to study for a world-class qualification without leaving the country. And the parents are the ones who would attest to AUSMAT’s effectiveness in Sunway College Kuala Lumpur for moulding their children into students of calibre.
Take AUSMAT student Tan How Sern for instance. Tan was a Pre-University Special Scholarship recipient and is currently studying Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) at Monash University Malaysia.
His mother Susan Gan Mui Peng said: “My son’s choice for AUSMAT at Sunway proved to be his best decision. The constant internal assessment and presentations have groomed him to work independently, consistently and to become more critical and analytical in his studies."
She said the programme had prepared him for a smoother transition to enter university due to the various coursework and exam components undertaken.
“Throughout his studies, the lecturers were passionate and professional in handling student-lecturer consultations and have been a great help for him in problem-solving. Overall, he was delighted he chose AUSMAT,” Gan added.
AUSMAT alumnus Siveshan Silvam is currently studying Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in Monash University, Malaysia. He is also a Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) scholar and a Jeffrey Cheah Entrance Scholarship recipient.
His mother Sarojini Sindan attested: “Sending Siveshan to study AUSMAT at Sunway College has been invaluable. It is immensely rewarding to see him overcome shyness while developing confidence in leading others.”
Sarojini said that despite being busy with his studies, Siveshan managed to enjoy and embrace every single experience he gained throughout his time at Sunway College.
Sunway College’s AUSMAT programme intake is currently in progress.
¦ For details, go to Sunway College Kuala Lumpur’s website or call 03-5638 7176 (weekdays 8.30am-5.30pm, weekends and public holidays 10am-4pm). It is open every day until Jan 20. You can also visit the college in person or, if you are already committed, apply online.
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