Alliance that works

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 10 Oct 2004

HELP University College (HELP) offers affordable Australian 3+0 undergraduate programmes for students in collaboration with Charles Sturt University (CSU). 

Students can choose to study for the Bachelor of Business or the Bachelor of Information Technology. Students who prefer the business course can choose their major in accounting, finance or marketing. 

CSU, the “Australia University of the Year” for 1997, has established a proud record spanning more than 100 years. It also boasts of having the second highest percentage of graduate employment in Australia. 

With the 3+0 courses, even students from China, Indonesia, Thailand, the Maldives, South Korea and Finland have flocked to Malaysia to pursue their Australian degree courses at HELP. 

The CSU Bachelor of Business is designed to develop students’ critical analysis, scientific method and fundamental thinking capabilities; to develop students’ communication skills such as rational argument, critical evaluation and effective listening and writing skills; to help students become acquainted with the substance of business so that they can aspire to assume responsible positions besides learning to manage technical and organisational change; and to provide students with skills that will help them become effective managers, able to understand the needs of their subordinates, applying modern technology and be well informed of the political, economic and social environment. 

The CSU business programme has only been offered at HELP for the past six years but it has quickly gained popularity. Over 8,000 students have signed up for the course since. 

The CSU 3+0 IT degree at HELP is administered by the Department of Information Technology. The department has been actively involved in research over the years. Because of this, IT students at HELP are given the opportunity to conduct research and work on projects that are relevant to working life. 

The CSU Bachelor of Information Technology is designed to equip graduates with the skills and attributes of an effective and efficient IT professional.  

Students will have a solid grounding in object-oriented software design methods, and become competent in gathering, storing, analysing and presenting information. They will go through in-depth training in key areas of IT application. Students who wish to combine computing studies with other disciplines may do so. The preparation of students for postgraduate research in appropriate areas is also part of the objective. 

HELP’s IT students were also the gold and silver-award winners for the Ericsson Kacip @ Cut Edge Award Competition for two consecutive years, an indication of the capabilities of HELP IT students in producing quality projects.  

For both courses, CSU will send a team of moderators to train local lecturers on marking procedures and standards. There will also be constant checks to ensure that examinations scripts are marked in accordance with CSU standards.  

Students have an added advantage too, as overseas lecturers and professors will drop by to give revision classes and assignments. It is one of the bonuses of the courses where students do not have to go all the way to Australia to interact with Australian lecturers.  

No longer is HELP seen as a franchise by overseas universities which are confident of its ability to conduct the entire degree programme in Malaysia. This is because HELP has grown and developed as a responsible partner in line with local and international standards. 

For more information on the Australian courses offered at HELP, please call 03-2094 2000, fax 03-2095 7100, e-mail: or log on to 

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