IF you are a fresh school leaver who intends to pursue a university degree, then a foundation course is the best route to follow.
But no thanks to challenges that have emerged due to the Covid-19 pandemic, new norms have been formed and your education is no exception.
At Heriot-Watt University (HWU), some of these seemingly adjunct practices are integral to the university’s overall long-term plan to instil flexibility.
Besides helping everyone to deal with the current situation, it also helps to prepare students for a future rife with heightened technological progress and redundancy in manual labour.
From the start, HWU students have the option to study full-time at the Malaysian campus or split their learning experiences locally and abroad at HWU’s other campuses in the UK and in Dubai, thanks to HWU’s Go Global incentive.
Students who sign up for the April intake but whose final secondary school year has been disrupted can also “restart” their foundation studies in the July intake at no cost.
This flexibility also allows for students to change their mind on their programme of study.
HWU’s fee structure is also unique, as it aims to provide a worry-free commencement.
For example, HWU in Malaysia (HWUM) offers 70% refund of tuition fees should students change their mind and decide to withdraw by July 5 and do not wish to restart their studies in July or September intakes.
Those who aim to continue can spread out their full tuition fees over six instalments, or opt to pay full first semester fees which entitles them to an early bird waiver, while available.
The university and all its campuses worldwide adopt a studying mode called Responsive Blended Learning or RBL.
It combines active, supported online learning with contextually appropriate face-to-face learning opportunities – responding dynamically to the changing external context.
Students can then start studies or continue alongside their peers as a cohort despite distances to follow the academic year schedule from anywhere in the world.
As conditions change, some students may be able to go for face-to-face learning while others may continue with online learning.
To ensure HWUM students develop into purposeful, impactful, professional and resilient individuals, “positive education” was introduced in 2017 using holistic development of extracurricular activities.
One such activity is Fit For Future, a youth transformation programme that has recently been adapted to a digital format.
It forms part of the freshman orientation and helps students identify and achieve their full potential in their creativity, innovation, critical thinking and communication.
Another programme that helps hone students’ soft skills, EmPOWER, is a four-level structured programme aimed at future-proofing graduates.
Become “FutureMade” with a successful tertiary education today. Drop by for the HWUM Open Day at the HWUM Putrajaya Precinct 5 campus on April 17 and 18, from 10am to 5pm. Visit the Open Day website to register.
HWUM is usually open Monday to Friday (9am-5pm), and Saturday and Sunday (10am-4pm).
You can also call 03-8894 3888, WhatsApp 012-651 2599, follow on Facebook at HWUM@hw.ac.uk facebook.com/hwumalaysia or visit the website here.