Choosing where to study is one of the most important decisions you will make. Although it can be hard scrawling through the net looking at all your options, you will find that there are some key differences between universities despite all the talk that paper qualification is just a paper no matter where it’s from.
The most important thing to do is to determine what sort of character and focus the university has, and ensure that it aligns with your own personality, interests and goals. Every university has its own persona, and if you’re looking for an institute of higher learning with an edge, the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) could be for you.
Last year, IUMW held their fourth Convocation Ceremony and reflected on their achievements in 2018. Not only did the university see 257 graduates receiving their degrees across a range of disciplines including professional communication, business administration, accounting, psychology, project management, internet engineering, computer science, and biotechnology, but also the proclamation of Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes, co-founder of AirAsia, as Chancellor of IUMW.
In his speech to the convocation, Fernandes said that education in the 21st century is about embracing digital technology. The Government’s aspiration for the future generation is for them to be tech-savvy. Technology is moving rapidly and educators are required to keep up with the fast pace and endure it as part of their teaching and learning. It is imperative that students are equipped with ICT and collaborative skills and be interested in lifelong learning.
So if you’re ready to try new things, improve your career and education, and travel to new places, scroll down to see the four reasons why IUMW could be the ideal university for you!
1. They achieved a high employment and further-studies rate for their graduates
In this day and age, finding a job after graduating can be hard. But IUMW’s graduates have been proven to be attractive to employers. Based on the Ministry of Higher Education’s Graduate Tracer Study results as of 8 Feb ’18, they have a 94% graduate employment rate, where graduates were employed or enrolled in other academic programmes six months after graduation. If you’re into stability, this one’s for you.
2. Improved awareness of itself in other countries
When you think about IUMW, the first thing that pops into your mind is that you may get the chance to study abroad in Wales. What you didn’t know is that, IUMW is not only renowned in Malaysia and Wales, but also internationally!
They’ve made their presence felt through various education fairs in many places, such as Mauritius, Sudan, Egypt, Myanmar, Indonesia, Brunei, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Algeria, India, Uzbekistan, Somalia, Guinea, Tunisia, Morocco, United Arab Emirates… the list goes on. They also saw an increase in international students from various countries.
From here, you can expand your mind by meeting friends from across the world. It’s always interesting to learn new cultures from the people who actually practice them.
3. Beneficial collaborations for students from various stakeholders
IUMW have been establishing collaborations with several institutions such as Avisena Specialist Hospital, President College, Akademi Usahawan Maju Malaysia, Cluster of Social Development and Well-being under Majlis Profesor Negara, and Widyatama University.
Last year, part of the agreement between Avisena and IUMW included joint workshops and training programmes, as well as joint research and development projects between the academic and healthcare-clinical community, one of which resulted in a team of visiting psychologists from IUMW’s Faculty of Health and Social Science setting up a Psychology Clinic at Avisena. The Psychology Clinic is expected to delivery psychological services such as assessment, counselling and therapy for adults and children or adolescents who may be experiencing emotional or behavioural problems including anxiety, fears and phobias, depression, stress, and coping with health conditions.
The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences recently also organised a Forum on Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in collaboration with Cluster of Social Development and Well-being under the Majlis Profesor Negara (MPN).
These are just two example of the many wide range of forums, conferences, and programmes that were held in collaboration with these institutions. From this, students got to learn new information obtained from live situations.
4. A vibrant student life
Besides being immersed in their charming campus located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, IUMW makes sure that the campus is a place everyone can call home. Life at IUMW is not all work and no play. The campus is bursting to the brim with exciting student activities for everyone.
2018 saw a wide range of activities that were organised and participated by IUMW’s students. At the same time, some of the university’s students made accomplishments in events such as Miss World University Malaysia and Hacker Film Challenge. These accomplishments illustrate IUMW students’ abilities and determination to succeed in real life situations.
For example, IUMW’s Rheanna Deandra Tara made it to second runner-up in World Miss University Malaysia ’18. This event, billed as a global peace festival, is held annually by female college students from world-renowned universities who compete in aspects such as intelligence, virtue, and fitness. The goal of the event is to harmonise different religions, ideologies, languages, skin colours, and cultures.
Activities such as science fairs, self-defence and digital media workshops, bonding events, and video showcases livened the campus grounds and brought staff and students together. With fun events as well as sports, dinner parties and even travelling, it’s no wonder students there are always happy to be around the university.
The activities create new memories and experiences as you study and have a great time too!
While reflecting the past year as you create new resolutions, you should set you sights on new goals too. If treasuring your loved ones, organising your time well, attaining good health, improving your career prospect, achieving financial independence, trying new things, and travelling to new places are on your list. Then, you are already hand-in-hand with IUWM’s goals.
Ready to make that transformation happen fo’ real this year? Discover how you can do exactly that by visiting IUMW’s Open Day event at the IUMW Campus on 25-27 Jan ’19, 10am- 5pm. Let your new year transformation begin!
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