5-Stars for HELP online learning

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  • Sunday, 07 Jun 2020

Tops in Asia: Prof Chan (left) and Prof Williams are proud of the recognition given to HELP’s online learning system. – File photo

WITH its recent 5-Star award for Online Learning, HELP University is now the only varsity in Asia to have accomplished that in nine Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Stars Rating System categories.

HELP was previously awarded five stars in Teaching, Internationalisation and Employability as well as Academic Development, Facilities, Social Responsibility, Inclusiveness, and Programme Strength for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme in the ELM Graduate School.

“HELP is the only private university in Southeast Asia to get 5-Stars in eight categories in the QS Stars Ratings.

“With the recent 5-Star rating in Online Learning, it becomes the only university in Asia to get a 5-Star rating across nine categories.

“Congratulations from everyone at QS for this world-class accolade, ” said QS Intelligence Unit regional director (Southeast Asia) E Way Chong.

The QS Stars Rating for Online Learning covers a range of indicators which emphasise critical performance in a quality university.

For the Online Learning Award, the QS Stars Ratings team provided a formal, independent audit of HELP’s performance across 14 indicators in the Online Learning category. This is benchmarked against international standards of excellence.

Congratulating the varsity on its latest rating, Shiloh Rose from the QS Intelligence Unit in the United Kingdom said having 5-Stars across nine QS categories that benchmarks HELP against global leaders is a “great achievement”.

HELP Management Information Systems (MIS) department director Liz Quah said: “We have invested in the development and implementation of our online learning management system over the years using our expertise to meet the online learning needs of the varsity.

“This achievement is the result of the teamwork shown by everyone at HELP. We are inspired to broaden the application of online learning concepts and technologies to excel in the delivery of quality education to our students under the Transformation Task Force on Digitalisation and Technology.”

HELP vice-chancellor and president Prof Datuk Dr Paul Chan said the 5-Star rating is a strong recognition of the varsity’s excellence across nine key areas.

“These awards are the results of our effort in transforming HELP University into an analytics-driven entrepreneurial university.

“We have initiated our ‘4R Transformation’ to reframe, restructure, revitalise and renew all aspects of our teaching culture and university management for the IR 4.0. I am proud that I have a good team to do this, ” he said, adding that the 5-Star rating gives stakeholders, particularly students, an “objective, independent insight” into how HELP measures up to international standards.

Prof Dr Geoffrey Williams, who leads the QS Rating programme at HELP, said the QS rating achievements have put the varsity on the world map for transitioning to online learning professionally.

HELP, which has been awarded the Premier Digital Tech University (PDTU) by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and is collaborating with Alibaba in e-commerce, is now on par with American colleges in online learning with the latest QS rating, said ELM Graduate School digital learning specialist Prof Dr Mohan Gurubatham.

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