Choosing the right place to study

Examination results are out. What is next? Obviously, the difficult decision making process of choosing the right institution to further our studies. Here, we touch on the possible factors which influence our decisions on the institution of choice.

Finance

Almost every product or service in the world requires some amount of fees and this includes education. In reality, education is a heavy investment that all parents have to cope with for the future of their children.

Is money an issue for you? If money is not an issue for us, then our lives would be terribly easier as we can choose whatever universities we are interested in, assuming that we have the minimum requirements for admission.

If money is an issue, then our choices of institution would be limited to local public institution which offers the cheapest mode of education compared to the private and overseas institutions. Then again, if we are able to obtain some form of financial aid (education loans or scholarships), we will have more options for where we would like to pursue our studies.

Peer Pressure

Are you afraid of being alone? This is a question which troubles some of us. If loneliness is an issue, then we would have the tendency to follow our friends to a particular institution for studies and in extreme cases, enrolling into the same course.

But is it wise to do so? This is a rather personal question which only we, ourselves have the answer. As we will all lead our own lives in the future, some people would believe that we should make decisions best for ourselves. We should not go to a place where we would not be able to enjoy the best of education just because we wanted to be with our friends. Others would think that we should enjoy our lives and if studying together with our friends will serve that purpose, then we should follow our friends wherever they choose for studies.

Quality

Many institutions brand themselves as providers of good quality education institution to attract students. And many of us also look for such places to make the best out of our education, hoping to gain the best skills and knowledge from our education training. The quality of the education institution is defined by the environment, lecturer, facilities, course structure, etc.

Generally, there is always more than one institution that provides a particular course. Sometimes, this causes a headache as we need to weigh out which of these institutions would be our final choice for education. Here is where factors such as quality, peer pressure and finance come into play.

Although many would go for quality education, but not everyone believes in this. Some people think that it is just important to get a paper qualification for easy job application and does not believe in the education training process. Such believes are hard to dismissed especially when many successful businessmen do not possess a university qualification.

Education Model

Different universities employ different education models. Some believes in specialization in the field which we are majoring hence the course modules/subjects to be taken during studies are controlled to ensure you know every bit about the field we are studying.

On the contrary, other universities allow more flexibility in the course modules/subjects which we are allowed to take. Such education model allows us to know a bit of everything in different fields but may reduce our specialization.

The mode of delivery and emphasis during lecture may also differ between universities. Some universities have video recording of the entire lecture for revision purposes, some universities emphasize heavily on critical thinking rather than loads of theories. Some institutions offer the option of having double majors whereas others have double degree programmes. All of these would influence which university we decide to go to in the end.

Supremacy Regional Scholarship Award

Introduction
This scholarship is open to all Malaysians to pursue their first degree courses and who have obtained or in the process of gaining admission to any of the 13 specified universities in China. The 12 specified universities are Peking University (PKU), Tsinghua University, Nanjing University (NJU), Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), Renmin University of China, Shanghai University of Finance & Economics, Xiamen University, Wuhan University, Jinan University, and Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU).

Courses of Study:
1. Accounting
2. Business Administration
3. Actuarial Science
4. Finance
5. Economics
6. International Trade

Value of Awards *
RM35,000 per academic year.

Tenure of Award
Minimum period required by the recipient to complete the course

Requirements:
Applicants must:
1. be below 21 years of age as of the year of application
2. possess good academic result in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) for Independent Chinese Secondary School in Malaysia and active in sports and extra curricular activities.

Provisional offer of scholarship will be made subject to the confirmation of acceptance by the abovementioned educational institutions.

Conditions of Awards
1.Award holders must not be bonded to or holding any other scholarship or receiving financial assistance from any other institutions or organizations.

2.Award holders will be required to enter into a 5-year bond with Great Eastern immediately upon successful completion of their course.

How to apply?
An interested applicant can download the application form during the period when the awards are on offer.

Human Capital Department
Great Eastern Scholarship 2010
Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad
Menara Great Eastern
Level 7 303 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Please indicate "Scholarship" on the top left hand corner of the envelope.

Shortlisted candidate would have to undergo a selection interview conducted by panel interviewers from GELM.

Closing date: 31 May 2010

Source: Great Eastern

Supremacy Local Scholarship Award

Introduction
This yearly scholarship award is open to all Malaysians who are policyholders or children of policyholders of Great Eastern whose policies have been in force for more than three years to pursue the following first degree courses at any of the recognized local public or private universities:

Courses of Study:
1. Accounting
2. Business Administration
3. Actuarial Science
4. Information Technology
5. Law
6. Mathematics
7. Economics

Value of Awards *

Public University
Maximum RM13,700 per annum for academic fees and living allowance per academic year.

Private University
Maximum RM16,700 per annum for academic fees and living allowance per academic year.

*Terms and Conditions apply.

Tenure of Award
Minimum period required by the recipient to complete the course

Requirements:
Applicants must:
a)be below 21 years of age as of the year of application.
b) possess good academic result in STPM/equivalent and active in sports and extra curricular activities.
c)be able to gain admission to the local public or private universities for approved courses of study. Applicants to be considered from local private universities must have completed their matriculation or the first year in their degree programme.

Provisional offer of scholarship will be made subject to the confirmation of acceptance by the abovementioned educational institutions.

Conditions of Awards
(a)Award holders must not be bonded to or holding any other scholarship or receiving financial assistance from any other institutions or organizations.
(b)Award holders will be required to enter into a 3-year bond with Great Eastern immediately upon successful completion of their course.

How to apply?
An interested applicant can download the application form during the period when the award is on offer.

Human Capital Department
Great Eastern Scholarship 2010
Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad
Menara Great Eastern
Level 7 303 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Please indicate "Scholarship" on the top left hand corner of the envelope.

Shortlisted candidate would have to undergo a selection interview conducted by panel interviewers from GELM.

Closing date: 31 May 2010

Source: Great Eastern

Supremacy Scholarship Award (Overseas)

Introduction
This biennial scholarship award is open to all Malaysians who are attending or have obtained confirmed or conditional admission into top-notched universities overseas pursuing their first degree in either Actuarial Science or Information Technology.

Value of Award
RM70,000/- per academic year

Tenure of Award
Minimum period required by the recipient to complete the course.

Provisional offer of scholarship will be made subject to the confirmation of acceptance by the abovementioned educational institutions.

Conditions of Award
1. Award holder must not be bonded to or holding any other scholarship or receiving financial assistance from any other educational institutions / organizations

2. Award holder will be required to enter into a 7-year bond with Great Eastern upon completion of his/her course.

How to apply?
An interested applicant can download the application form during the period when the award is on offer.

Human Capital Department
Great Eastern Scholarship 2010
Great Eastern Life Assurance (Malaysia) Berhad
Menara Great Eastern
Level 7 303 Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Please indicate "Scholarship" on the top left hand corner of the envelope.

Shortlisted candidate would have to undergo a selection interview conducted by panel interviewers from GELM.

Closing date: 31 May 2010

Source: Great Eastern

JPA Scholarship 2010

It's the time again when students of SPM try to grab a piece of the cake from JPA. The scholarship information will be made available next month. All straight A's students can have a go at it...

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Get scholarships to study in top-notch universities
By Marc Lourdes
Source: NSTOnline, 04/02/2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Think you're going to ace your Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)?

Well, better start brushing up on your communications skill then.

The Public Service Department yesterday said government scholarship offers for tertiary education would be published on its website, www.jpa.gov.my, as well as in major newspapers next month.

Up for grabs will be spots in top-notch universities locally and internationally, including 30 places in the best varsities in the world.

The 30 best scholarships, awarded under the National Scholarship Programme, will be open to candidates who obtained straight As for a minimum of nine SPM subjects.

They should also be under 18 (19 for remove students) and will have to perform well during the interview session with the scholarship panel.

Overall, the international scholarships will be very competitive.

One reason is because there were more SPM candidates (455,317) last year compared with 2008 (442,936).

Also, there is the calibre of the candidates themselves to contend with.

For example, only 1,469 out of 15,084 applicants received last year were from students who scored all As.

Most of the them were vying for engineering and medical courses. And most of them aimed to study in the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand.

However, not everybody will get to study overseas, therefore places will still be made available at local universities, including the four main research institutions -- Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

STPM Top Student Didn't Get A Place In IPTA

Top scorer in STPM yet didn't get any offer to study in IPTA?

This is totally unbelievable. Though he is deaf and mute himself, but that didn't stop him from being one of the top students. He has also been helping other deaf & mute students since April last year through tuitions.

Really hope he can get a place to study.

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No place for top STPM scorer
Source: TheStar Online, 13/07/09

KUALA LUMPUR: Chai Wei Xiong graduated as top STPM special needs student in 2008 and hopes to teach deaf and mute children. He is deaf and mute himself.

But after checking online, he discovered that his application to a local university to study special education had been rejected.

Chai has appealed but has not received any response so far.

He was told by officers in the Ministry of Higher Education that his application was rejected because he did not attend an interview. But Chai maintained he did not receive any notice to attend any interview.
Still hopeful: Chai (right) with his parents looking at the rejected application to study special education at their home in Cheras yesterday.

Higher Education Deputy Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung and Transport Minister’s private secretary Woon Yong Teai have written to the Higher Education Ministry and the Department of Higher Education to help Chai.

Chai told The Star through writing that he was hopeful of getting a place in the university during the next intake. He has been giving home tuition to deaf and mute students in Malay, English, Mathematics, Science and History since April last year.

Chai has been deaf since he was three years old and started his special education at SKPK Jalan Peel.

He had his secondary education at SMK Dato Ibrahim Yaacob and did Form 6 at Methodist Boys School.

In Form Five, he studied in the United States for about 6 months at the Alabama School for Deaf and Blind as part of a cultural exchange programme.

Taylor's University College - Bumiputera Study Scheme

Bumiputera students who wish to further their studies at Taylor's can apply for up to 30% study grant and 0% interest study loan made available by Government sponsoring agencies.

The 0% study loan scheme is offered to all qualified Bumiputera applicants for the duration of their study at Taylor's. For students who excel in their academic study and meet the terms and conditions set out by the sponsoring body, the loan can be converted into a scholarship.

Programmes offered under 30% study grant + 0% interest study loan:

ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING, DESIGN
• Diploma in Architectural Technology
• Diploma in Construction Management
• Diploma in Interior Design
• Diploma in Quantity Surveying
• Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Architecture)

BUSINESS
• Taylor's Business Foundation
• Diploma in Business Studies
• Bachelor of Commerce
• Bachelor of Management (Marketing)
• Bachelor of Applied Finance
• BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance

COMMUNICATION
• Foundation in Communication
• Diploma in Communication
• Bachelor of Arts (Communication & Media Management)

COMPUTING
• Foundation in Computing
• Bachelor of Science (IT)
• Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
• Diploma in Culinary Arts
• Diploma in Tourism Management
• Diploma in Hospitality Management
• Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Hons)
• Bachelor of Tourism Management and Engineering (Hons)

Programmes offered under 0% interest study loan only:

AMERICAN DEGREE TRANSFER PROGRAM
• Business
• Computer Science
• Engineering

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM
• Professional Master in International Tourism and Hospitality Management

Source:
- http://www.taylors.edu.my/

Taylor's-RMIT International Computing Scholarship

Introduction:
- Five 50% and 100% scholarship is open to all international students enrolled for full time study at Taylor's School of Computing.

Courses with Scholarships:
- 3+0 Bachelor of Applied Science(Information Technology)
- 3+0 Bachelor of Applied Science(Computer Science)

Source:
- Taylor's Scholarships & Financial Aid Website

Yayasan Tenaga Nasional Scholarship 2009

Yayasan Tenaga Nasional (YTN) invites qualified Malaysians to apply for scholarships to pursue study programmes at local public institutions of higher learning for the year 2009 intake.


Field of Study: (Bachelor Degree)
- Electrical Power Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering

Academic Requirements & Qualifications:
- Pass STPM 2008 with at least grade B+ in 4 subjects
or
- Pass Diploma or Matriculation/Foundation with at least CGPA 3.33

General Requirements:
- Must not be more than 23 years of age in year 2009
- Possess strong personality and leadership qualities
- Active in co-curricular activities
- No other sibling currently receiving scholarship from YTN
- Specifically for new student who had obtained admission into a local public institution of higher learning

How to apply:
- Applications should be made 'online' at the website address as follows: http://yayasan.tnb.com.my/sam

Closing date for applications is 19th July 2009.

If you do not hear from YTN within three (3) months of the closing date, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.

Source:
- New Straits Times (27th June 2009)
- www.tnb.com.my

MY Education Fair 2009

MY Education Fair 2009

Venue: Danga City Mall Johor Bahru

Date: 27th & 28th June 2009

Time: 10am - 7pm

Some of the exhibitors include:
- TM
- ICAN
- Sime Darby Healthcare
- Universiti Kuala Lumpur
- Asiaeuniversity
- Masterskill
- Open University Malaysia
- Metropoint College
etc...

For Enquiries:
- +603 - 2035 5777
- www.myevents.com.my

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