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  • Friday, 06 Mar 2020

A DECISION that affects your future is not one to be made lightly. Something as seemingly simple as choosing your course of further studies will have a major impact on your career and life.

With STPM results already out and SPM results scheduled to be released soon, many school leavers are hard-pressed to figure out what their next step will be. For those looking to pursue higher education, an excellent way to get a feel of your university of choice and what it has to offer is to attend open days.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s Open Day provides an opportunity for visitors to learn more about their areas of interest.Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s Open Day provides an opportunity for visitors to learn more about their areas of interest.

Come March 14 and 15, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia will be opening its doors to school leavers, giving them the opportunity to explore its state-of-the-art campus in Putrajaya, learn about the courses on offer, gain first-hand insights from lecturers and students, and even tour the accommodations provided.

As a bonus, there will be an array of career talks that will be held on both days, allowing visitors to obtain in-depth information on their fields of interest as well as the career prospects ahead.

As a pioneer in positive education, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of its community of staff members and students. This is especially important in this day and age, which has seen a decline in mental wellbeing, particularly among our youth.

As such, one of the featured talks on March 14 is “Keep Calm Under Pressure: Stress and Coping Strategies” by School of Social Sciences (SoSS) Asst Prof Dr Zuhrah Beevi. Dr Zuhrah is a Psychology programme faculty member at the university and clinical psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist by training.

This interactive workshop aims to create awareness of stress and its harmful effects and teach coping strategies that can be adopted during stressful situations as well as giving participants an opportunity to find out more about the psychology programme at the university and how knowledge of psychology is helpful in managing their everyday life.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia provost and chief executive officer Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi is a passionate educator, innovator and agent of change who pioneered one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Asia (the very first in Malaysia) in 2013 and has authored several publications, among them ‘Think Like an Engineer’ and ‘Driving Performance’.Heriot-Watt University Malaysia provost and chief executive officer Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi is a passionate educator, innovator and agent of change who pioneered one of the first Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Asia (the very first in Malaysia) in 2013 and has authored several publications, among them ‘Think Like an Engineer’ and ‘Driving Performance’.

Among others, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s provost and chief executive officer himself Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi will be on hand to give a special Open Day Provost Talk titled “From Engineering to CEO: How an Engineering Degree Can Take You Anywhere in Today’s Fast-paced World” on March 15.

With engineers being known for their detail-oriented, analytical and systematic problem-solving nature, and more than 30% of chief executive officers from the world’s top 500 companies being engineers, this talk will help you discover how an engineering degree will take you places in today’s rapidly evolving world.

If you are considering a career in engineering, the “Build a MECaR” workshop on March 15 will give you a chance to sample what an engineer does.

In this workshop which will be conducted by Dr Steven Hoo from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS), participants are expected to design and construct a small-scale vehicle powered by chemical reactions within a tight schedule and fixed budget.

Other talks and workshops in the line-up include “Start with the Right Foundation” by Asst Prof Tsung Kheng Yew, “Construction Industry – Building of a Nation” by Dr Ibrisam Akbar and “Be a Catalyst for Change with a Business Degree” by Dr Praveen Balakrishnan Nair on March 14 and “The Future of Work for the Accounting Profession” by Dr Foo Yin Fah, “Start with the Right Foundation” by Assoc Prof Jasmine Low and “Data and the New Frontiers in Humanity and Business” by Dr Alistair Wallis.

Through the years, Heriot-Watt University has garnered consistently high rankings across a number of key university league tables. Most recently, it was placed among the top 300 universities worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, and 314th in the world, 38th in the UK and seventh in Scotland by the QS World University Rankings 2020.

All are welcome to visit the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia campus at Precinct 5, Putrajaya, on its upcoming Open Day on March 14 and 15 to find out more about the university’s range of programmes and scholarships on offer.

Go to http://bit.ly/opendayhwum to register for the event and/or get the full schedule for the career talks and workshops. Those who apply and pay for their first semester tuition fees immediately will be entitled to an Early Bird waiver worth RM4,500. You may also visit the campus during regular consultation hours (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday/ 10am-4pm Saturday). Alternatively, log on to www.hw.edu.my or call 03-8894 3888/e-mail hwum@hw.ac.uk

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