A celebration of success

FIRST CITY University College’s (First City UC) 23rd annual graduation ceremony witnessed students across its diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes in Business Administration, Business Management, Accounting & Finance, Marketing, Design & Built Environment and Engineering & Computing, receive their education credentials.

The highlight was the presentation of the Student of the Year & Excellence Awards to 53 students who graduated with their First Class Honours Bachelor Degrees and six students who graduated with their Master and Business Administration Degrees with Distinction. There to present the awards was Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok.

Also present was the university college’s chancellor Tan Sri Dr Hj Yahaya Ibrahim and COO Yeong Yin Cheng, as well as First City UC vice-chancellor, Prof Dr Mak Chai who said in his welcome address: “In today’s highly technology-driven world of intense and unrelenting competition, survival requires one to be adaptable, forward-looking, innovative, technology savvy and possess a global mindset. My advice to you is to confront these challenges courageously and devote yourself to lifelong learning.”

Representatives from foreign partner universities were also there – Hotel and Tourism Management Institute Switzerland managing director Ian Larmour, Anglia Ruskin University pro-vice-chancellor Prof Trevor Bolton, Nottingham Trent University college international manager Dr Clare Newstead, and Sheffield Hallam University head of Department of the School of Design Clare Lockwood.

Having developed partnerships with many top universities, First City UC now offers Dual-Award degrees, apart from its “home-grown” degrees. Further emphasising the premier institution of higher education’s role as a trusted brand for academic excellence, Mak added: “We are continuously engaging, participating and collaborating with industries, professional bodies and business associations to provide up-to-date practical and real-world learning experiences.”

First City UC will be holding Open Days every weekend during the month of December 2018. Register on-the-spot and enjoy 50% waivers for tuition fees (terms and conditions apply). For more information, visit the website.

Jeffrey Cheah Foundation gives out RM72 million in scholarships

THE Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) disbursed RM72 million in scholarships to more than 3,000 students from 16 educational institutions under Sunway Education Group.

The amount is the highest scholarship disbursement, since the inception of the scholarship program in 2011. The total amount awarded is RM402 million, to date.

The Women, Family and Community Development’s deputy minister Hannah Yeoh presented the scholarship to the students at “Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Scholarship and Award ceremony 2018” at Sunway College, today.

Yeoh commended JCF’s founding trustee Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah’s effort to make quality education accessible and affordable.

“I hope that you (students) will learn not just the skills that are important to your future but also the values that will help shape your character,” said Yeoh to the recipients.

Sunway Group founder and chairman Cheah said: “It is my goal to disburse more than RM1 billion in my lifetime.”

During the press conference, Yeoh urged the parents of special needs or OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya) to register their children with the Welfare Department, in order to seek more allocation in the budget 2019.

She said the number of registered “OKU” in Malaysia is low with 480,000 only.

Five job-hunting tips for fresh grads

The transition after graduating from university and moving into the workforce can be a scary and daunting experience, which some may struggle with and have sleepless nights trying to figure out how to land their first job.

In this article, Dr Patricia Lau from Monash University Malaysia’s School of Business shares some tips and direction fresh graduates will find helpful.

Get out there and experience the impossible!
Searching for your first “real” job upon leaving school can be a daunting experience. For the most part, you may be having a difficult time trying to score that “dream” job the first time. Not to fret as there’s still time to build that career path.

Begin by equipping yourself with the necessary experiences needed. Look out for volunteering and internship opportunities or take up a part-time job that’s within your career interest in between your studies.

Try aiming for organisations that practise and foster a learning culture whereby employees of different ranks and disciplines are seen as equals, and can learn from one another. This will help you garner multiple skills quickly, allowing you to succeed in reaching your career goals.

Network, network and network
Make connections in seeking career opportunities. Continue building and maintaining relationships with friends, colleagues, professors or acquaintances as they can be important influences to your career.

Also keep your line of communication open with the people you know in the industry. It’s not just what you know, but also who you know. If someone is able to assist you during your job hunt, don’t forget to thank them by simply dropping a “Thank You” note or buying a cup of coffee. As they say, “a little goes a long way”.

Impress HR with a digital portfolio
Leverage on technology. Build an interactive e-portfolio that contains your values, goals and achievements, community work and hobbies to be presented to the interviewer.

Depending on the position you are applying for, be free in customising your presentation style accordingly. This will catch the attention of potential recruiters as your resume will stand out from the rest. For example, try Prezi for a change – save your e-portfolio online and on a CD to be presented to the interviewer.

Social media awareness
In today’s digital age, many employers scour through social media to see what your online presence is like. Hence, you may want to keep your profiles restricted against public view. The goal here is to prevent potential employers from discriminating or making quick decisions in judging your personality. If you want to keep it public, then be mindful of the content you post.

Right attitude matters
Depending on each individual’s attitude, some students can secure their jobs before graduation while others have to take several months, some up to a year after graduation.

If you’re worried about the gap in between graduating and securing a new job, start applying as early as possible. If you’re in the right place at the right time, and with the right attitude, you may be able to land yourself a job before you graduate.

If you are unable to do so, don’t delay your search, start applying as soon as you can until you get that position. It helps save you the time, having to explain the gap between completing your education and starting work during interviews.

Taylor’s World Class Scholarship

TAYLOR’s University awarded full scholarships to 21 students to pursue their undergraduate programme in various disciplines.

The Youth and Sports Ministry’s deputy minister Steven Sim presented the awards to the scholars, during the award ceremony, at the Taylor’s Lakeside Campus, today.

Taylor’s World Class Scholarship (TWCS) was started in 2006 and over the past 13 years has awarded RM15.3 million to groom Malaysia’s young minds into world-class graduates.

Taylor’s University vice chancellor and president Prof Michael Driscoll said the university will present RM13.6 million worth of full scholarships to 21 individuals.

“We believe that this is an investment not only in the future of these students but also for the future of Malaysia,” said Driscoll.

British Council IELTS available online

THE world’s most popular English test for higher education and migration, the IELTS test, can now be done online from Oct 9. It was first launched digitally, in Australia last December and is being introduced across the IELTS testing network this year.

“We are proud to announce the British Council’s launch of computer-delivered IELTS in Malaysia and are continually enhancing our IELTS services to improve the experience for our test takers and
stakeholders,” said British Council Malaysia Director Sarah Deverall.

“As we seek to make IELTS as accessible as possible to candidates across Malaysia, the test can currently be taken with us at over 15 test centres in 12 locations nationwide.”

The computer-delivered IELTS will not replace the paper-based iteration.

“British Council IELTS test takers in Malaysia now have a choice to take the test on paper or computer. Whichever format they choose, they can be assured of the same test security and global recognition. We are offering computer-delivered IELTS at the same price but with faster results turnaround of five to seven days after all test sections are taken,” assured British Council Director of Examinations East Asia Steve Adams.

With over three million tests taken in the past year and recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies, the IELTS is the most widely used test of English for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. It is also recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies, including all universities in Australia and the UK, and many of the leading institutions in the USA.

For more information, visit www.ieltsasia.org/my/choose-test-format