SCHOOL-LEAVERS choose their undergraduate courses for different reasons. Mostly, they are motivated to select university degrees for career concerns, intrinsic interest or passion in the area of study, an opportunity to help others, or they are looking for an easy option to get into the institution of higher learning.
In the past, secondary school leavers and their parents would visit a campus in person, speak to an education counsellor and attend career talks by professors before they decide to apply to the concerned university or to a specific programme.
This way, school leavers could get a feel of what it would be like to study there, see all the facilities and have a general feel of the campus.
But with the Covid-19 pandemic raging and the movement control order in place, many school leavers and parents are left feeling lost and uncertain.
With almost a month since the STPM and SPM results were released, many students have yet to decide on where or what to study since visiting university campuses are simply impossible.
Understanding this challenge, the University of Cyberjaya (UoC), formerly known as Cyberjaya University College of Medical Science, launched its Digital Open Day to make it easy for school leavers to learn more about their programmes and to virtually tour the university’s brand new campus including its 1,500-seater grand hall, the 18,000sqft (1,672sqm) modern library, science laboratories, and Anatomy Gallery, all from the comfort of their home.
The university’s 1,500-seater grand hall frequently hosts concerts, international conferences, student events, annual dinners, examinations and more.
Students can research and get more information about the university’s most sought after programmes in the fields of medicine, psychology, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational safety and health, international business, accounting and more.
The university’s library holds a collection of close to 20,000 books and access to over one million e-journals articles and almost half a million e-books.
For those who have yet to decide on a suitable programme to study, the university has prepared a slate of online webinars (seminars conducted via the Web) by reputed academicians and industry practitioners.
A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements which allow the ability to give, receive and discuss information in real-time.
Prospective students and their parents can also engage with experienced education counsellors live, directly at the Digital Open Day site through several communication channels of their choice including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and a Live Chat and Video Chat tool. They can also schedule a return call at a time that is more suitable for them.
Additionally, students can also take a free personality-career mapping test to identify which career options would suit them best.
The test which is aptly named “CareerTest.my” was developed by the university’s Psychology department and is based on the proven Holland Occupational Codes method.
“We are delighted that our educators at the University of Cyberjaya are committed in helping more young people realise their ambitions while complying with the movement control order, ” said UoC vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Abd Razak.
“The moment the MCO was announced, we knew that many parents and school leavers would be dismayed as this would definitely delay their plans to enrol at a university and start their tertiary education journey.
“The faculty and our technology teams got together and quickly devised the Digital Open Day platform to address these prospective students’ and parents’ needs”, added Prof Mohamad.
The Digital Open Day isn’t the only online solution developed by UoC to help prospective students and parents.
It is no secret that tertiary education can be expensive for many families, thus forcing many prospective students to aim for scholarships.
Therefore, UoC has published Malaysia’s ultimate scholarship e-book 2020 for free, offering students a vital guide through their scholarship application process.
The free e-book includes a comprehensive list of over 100 scholarships offered both locally and abroad including invaluable tips on “Getting Ready for Scholarship Interviews”, “How to Write a Scholarship Essay” and “Frequently Asked Scholarship Interview Questions” among a trove of other helpful tips.
UoC in its 15 years of education excellence has helped thousands of students to embark on a fulfilling career as leaders and innovators of the society.
With a Higher Education Ministry’s Setara (Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions) five-star excellent rating, and the international QS five-Star rating for the categories of Teaching, Employability, Inclusiveness and Facilities, UoC is ranked as one of the pre-eminent private universities in Malaysia.
The university boasts an excellent faculty consisting of professors, clinicians, industry practitioners, and scholars, who possess a high-level of insight into their respective subject areas. This includes an in-depth understanding as well as knowledge of the industry.
To find out more about UoC’s well-rounded programmes and scholarship, visit the Digital Open Day at http://cyberjaya.edu.my/digitalopenday or message its education counselors via Whatsapp at 011-1112 3344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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