Iromie of Edlocate gets first hand knowledge on studying in Malaysian universitiesView(s):
I got the opportunity last week to visit the four universities in Malaysia, Edlocate represents in Sri Lanka. My hind sight was right. I found the four universities to be very professional, maintaining very high standards and considered to be trusted education providers. Before I went over to Malaysia I had my own reservations as I had done my tertiary studies in Australia. I thought that they may be good universities but won’t be of the same standards as those in Australia. I was proved to be wrong and I am glad that I got to see for myself what the four universities could offer. We at Edlocate represent;
- Swinburne University
- Monash University
- Taylor’s University
- INTI International University
Let me tell in brief my own experience of each of the universities resulting from my visit.
Swinburne University’s – Sarawak Campus in Kuching is a campus filled with multicultural social groups. Sri Lankan students are the highest number of social group present at Sarawak – Swinburne. Most students who want to pursue their higher education in the fields of Engineering, IT, Commerce and Design choose Swinburne. The facilities the university offers are up to the international standard. Especially Engineering and IT students are provided with industry level equipment, which helps students to learn and work with such cutting edge technology which would certainly come in handy when they pursue their own careers. All courses have transfer arrangements with Swinburne University in Australia.
Monash University’s – Sunway Campus provides an international experience, which will make foreign students feel that they are not in an Asian country but in a western developed atmosphere. Students have various pathway options such as foundation programmes and the ability to transfer to Australia on 2+1 and 1+2 program options. Monash also offers cutting edge technology especially for Medicine, Engineering and IT students, which will give the industry experience while learning. Students are also provided with excellent on- campus accommodation with access to excellent recreational facilities.
Taylor’s University’s – Lakeside Campus is a versatile campus, where there are many international students and is also named as a small city by many international students. Taylor’s is equipped with industry level machinery for Engineering and Hospitality. The students following courses in hospitality get the opportunity to work in some of the University’s own restaurants giving these students first hand experience and knowledge to work in a real work environment. Taylor’s also provides a range of on-campus accommodation from single rooms to apartments and off- campus accommodation, which is only 10 to 15 minutes away from the campus.
INTI International University has a wide variety of study options such as twinning degrees and very attractive overseas degree transfer programmes. The degree programs at INTI in high demand are the business, computing and engineering programmes, which offers direct affiliation to a number of overseas universities but more particularly to University of Wollongong in Australia.
The university also offers a free shuttle service to its students to and from the campus to the nearest shopping mall and train station. Students who enroll in Hospitality courses at INTI are provided with practical experience in the full range of associated skills from culinary to house keeping. The high achieving students also get the opportunity to be sent into various hotels through the University including the Hilton and Grand Dorsett to be trained in their respective areas.
My final conclusion was that the academic and recreational facilities at all four universities, the quality of teaching are not second to those in Australia or New Zealand but the advantages are that the environment, culture and food in Malaysia are more to our liking and also students pay about 1/3 of the cost to get a well accepted degree.
Edlocate is already enrolling students for all 4 universities in Malaysia for the February 2013 intake. Ms. Lina Toon of Monash University’s Sunway campus will also conduct a special counseling session for students on 20th September from 2pm to 5pm for the February 2013 intake at Edlocate’s Colombo Office. (Contact us for appointments on 5235148/ 5219129). Written by Iromie Rajaratnam – Assistant Manager Edlocate.
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