A high-powered delegation from Monash University met with partner ANC Education to discuss study opportunities for Sri Lankan students at the Australian University's campus in Malaysia.
The delegation consisted of the Heads of the Schools of Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, and Science. This was the first time since the establishment of pathway programmes for Monash University where the Heads of Schools have visited its education partner.
ANC Education Chief Executive Officer Dr Punarjeeva Karunanayake said the Monash advantage was two-fold. "One advantage is that the degree is obtained from one of Australia's prestigious Group of Eight universities, recognised for excellence in research and teaching, and is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world," he said.
The second advantage, he pointed out, was the close proximity between Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Parents, he said, were more comfortable to send their children to a country with similar culture and traditions.
"I see so much knowledge and skill among our young people today, who simply need the right guidance to gain maximum potential. That is why ANC has brought in this diverse portfolio of degree programmes and options," Dr Karunanayake said in a joint Press statement by Monash University Malaysia and ANC Education.
Monash University Malaysia, located in Bandar Sunway in the state of Selangor just 18 kilometres away from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, was the first foreign university campus in Malaysia. It has a student population of over 4,500 and members of staff number around 500.
After O/Ls, Sri Lankan students are able to pursue the Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY), a world recognised equivalent to A/ Ls. For those with A/ Ls, ANC Education provides the equivalent of the first year of university through the Monash College Diploma Part 2. As long as students meet the entry requirements, they would be able to pursue a Monash University degree upon completing the MUFY; or study a Business or Engineering degree course if they meet the entry requirements after completing the Diploma Part 2.
"Another advantage is that students will obtain a degree from one of Australia's prestigious Group of Eight universities, recognised for excellence in research and teaching. Monash University is also ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and is the highest ranked university operating in Malaysia today," Dr Karunanayake said.
The visit was made possible after Monash University Malaysia President and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Pollard visited ANC Education last October.
Head of School of Business Professor Mahendhiran Nair
"The range of programmes at the School of Business is ideally designed for those seeking a rewarding career in business. As a leader in business with strong links to industry and an alumni network of over 250,000, our graduates are well-equipped with leading edge skills for the global knowledge economy."
"With the school's international focus coupled with Monash University's access to exchange partners in over 130 partner institutions around the world, students can acquire international experience and cutting edge knowledge. These are all pre-requisites for this increasingly integrated global economy."
"Our Bachelor's degree in Business and Commerce is accredited by professional accounting bodies including Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia to name a few, which gives you an idea of the quality and standing the degree programme enjoys among its peers."
Head of the School of Information Technology Dr Saadat M. Alhashmi
"The School is the catalyst for innovative teaching and research and is the natural head hunting ground for business and industries seeking the best. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Computer Science and Information Systems with the option to do minors.
"Even though we are one of the smaller Schools on campus, we have shown trends of growing very fast with about 10% of our students pursuing the Master of Philosophy and Doctorate programmes. I strongly believe this is because our diverse curricula nurture creative thinking, which is a must for preparing students for productive and rewarding careers."
Head of the School of Engineering Professor Anthony Guo
The world looks for sustainable solutions from policy makers as well as from technology providers. The engineering community faces great challenges to not only develop solutions, but also to educate and train future engineers to meet demands in emerging areas such as renewable energies, nano-materials, biodegradable structures, designs of low-carbon products and systems and bio-mimic robots. The School of Engineering at Monash University Malaysia embraces these challenges with rigorous curriculums to equip our students through outcome-based programmes in Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechatronics Engineering. Students are not only trained with specialised knowledge in their field, but also with leadership skills."
Head of the School of Science Associate Professor Song Keang Peng
"Science is a rewarding discipline that provides career opportunities in industry, clinical, government, business and academic environments. The School of Science at the Sunway campus is a dynamic school - we have grown from strength to strength in both the quality of teaching and research output."
"At the School of Science, our educational philosophy is to nurture our students and provide an academic community that allows them to grow intellectually and socially. We provide a high quality educational experience that instils strong basic knowledge of science and prepares our students to become independent, responsible, open-minded, self-motivated and critical thinkers. Our innovative approach to education helps students to develop a passion for life-long learning."
About Monash University Sunway Campus
Monash University is an energetic and dynamic institution committed to quality education, outstanding research and international engagement. Established in 1958, the University was named after the prominent Australian, Sir John Monash. To date, it has grown into a community of more than 59,000 students, 15,000 staff and 250,000 alumni.
The Monash University Sunway Campus was established in Malaysia in 1998. As a full-fledged campus, the Sunway campus offers scholars a rich and international learning experience, supported by collegial processes and comprehensive first-class infrastructure, as we aspire to an intellectual achievement of the highest order.
The Sunway campus offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in: Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Business, Engineering, Information Technology and Medicine and Health Sciences.