Want to know how to pursue UK higher education during a pandemic?

The University of Reading’s international branch campus in Malaysia.

UNDERSTANDABLY, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, parents are concerned about increased health and safety risks when sending their children overseas to further their education.

According to the Higher Education Ministry’s statistics, 73,000 Malaysian students were studying abroad in 2019, with the majority seeking their education in the United Kingdom and Ireland (26.4%). But the numbers dropped significantly to 39,882 in 2020.

However, there may be a workaround that might prove beneficial so that students can benefit from an international education, while staying safe on home ground.

Those keen to pursue higher studies in the UK, in particular, can take a look at the international branch of the University of Reading, the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM), which offers a number of flexible pathways and options.

Ranked 75 in the world for international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, the University of Reading boasts several world-renowned centres of academic excellence, including the Henley Business School, the School of Built Environment, the School of Law, as well as the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences.

Flexible possibilities

At UoRM, students are able to start their studies locally and take advantage of its flexible mobility programme. This transfer option would allow students to complete their studies at the university’s UK campus in Reading, once international travel regulations are better hammered out.

Furthermore, studying at the local campus proves to be more affordable, with the overall estimated cost costing 40% less than studying three years in the UK, taking into account university fees and living expenses.

On top of that, students may be eligible to receive a merit-based High Achievers Scholarship worth up to 30% off their programme fees.

University of Reading’s beautiful award-winning campus in Reading, UK. University of Reading’s beautiful award-winning campus in Reading, UK.

The programmes at UoRM are identical to those on the UK campus, following the same curriculum and academic quality standards. Furthermore, UoRM’s state-of-the-art campus and digital learning suite will also provide students with excellent learning facilities and support.

The local campus is located in EduCity Iskandar Johor - touted as Asia’s first multi-campus education city - and offers a number of signature degree programmes in the following disciplines:

> Accounting

> Finance

> Management and business

> Law

> Psychology

> Quantity surveying

> Real estate

When students do eventually make their way to the UK, they would be pleased to note that the university’s main campus in the UK is set in 130ha of beautiful parkland and has won the Green Flag award nine times in a row, making it one of the UK’s best green spaces. It is also equipped with sports facilities, eateries, a supermarket and on-campus accommodation.

A bonus? The campus is just a short bus ride away from Reading town centre. With ample shops, restaurants and amenities, it happens to be a 22-minute train ride to London.

Flexible commencement

Students with A-level, STPM, UEC or equivalent qualifications may apply for UoRM undergraduate degrees, while those with SPM or IGCSE qualifications may enrol in the 12-month International Foundation Programme.

Upon successful progression, students may take on their undergraduate studies either in the Malaysian or UK campus. In the meantime, the local campus has three different commencement periods - April, July and September – to give students further flexibility.

The faculty is also expanding and accepting new faculty members who might be interested in joining the local campus. For more details, visit here.

For more information, visit here or click here for a virtual tour of the UK campus. Alternatively, call or WhatsApp 016-218 4012 (Nishen) or 016-206 4012 (Kristinah), or email my.enquiry@reading.edu.my.

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