Easing the financial burden of higher education

Easing the financial burden of higher education

Easing the financial burden of higher education

Nilai U provides a number of scholarship and financial aid schemes to facilitate higher education.

Nilai University understands that funding a tertiary education is a significant financial investment. Even with the loan provided by the Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Negara (PTPTN), it is still a struggle for many families to fund their children’s studies to fulfil their dreams of university graduates. This is especially so since PTPTN does not cover the fees for the Foundation programme.

To help ease the burden, Nilai University has introduced a special financial aid scheme to help the SPM/O-Level certificate holders to achieve their dreams through the foundation to degree pathway.

The scheme is offered to all students who meet the entry requirements for the Foundation programme with tuition and accommodation waivers of 20% at the Foundation level. Upon progress to the degree programme, students are eligible for a 10% waiver of the tuition fee for the first year of degree studies.

“In this tough economic climate, schemes such as these are indeed welcome, especially for families who have to finance more than one child through higher education,”

says Dr Saw Sor Heoh, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Nilai University.

In addition to this special scheme, Nilai University offers the Education for All scheme which is meant especially for diploma and degree students with a family income of RM4000 and below. This scheme grants waivers of up to 50% of the tuition fees that are not covered by PTPTN as well as accommodation fee waiver of 50%.

Added to the financial schemes are the various scholarships offered to students with outstanding results. Students with 9As in SPM / O-Level, 3As in STPM / A-level or 6As in UEC are automatically eligible for the High Achiever Scholarship where 100% waivers of both tuition and accommodation fees are granted. For those with 5-8As at SPM/O-Level, the waivers granted amount to 25% of the tuition and accommodation fees. Both scholarship schemes are applicable to foundation + degree, diploma, degree and the American Degree Transfer programmes.

Scholarship schemes are also offered to those who are progressing to the advanced diploma or degree programs. Students with a CGPA of 3.5 and above from any foundation or diploma programmes accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and intend to progress to the Advanced Diploma, Degree or American Degree Transfer programmes are eligible for tuition fee waivers of between 20 to 30%.

“Nilai U has always recognised students’ extra-curricular achievements, believing it to be crucial toward producing well-rounded graduates,”

says Dr Saw. Hence, students who have represented Malaysia at sporting events will be entitled to 100% waivers of tuition and accommodation fees while those who represented their state are eligible for 50% waivers.

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Similarly, those who have exemplary extra-curricular records at school level can apply for the Enrichment for Life award. Students who have been office bearers of clubs and societies, been a prefect or represented their school at the district level will be entitled to a 15% waiver of tuition fees for the foundation programmes, 10% for diploma programmes or 5% for degree programmes. “All this is to encourage well-rounded students to further their studies,” emphasises Dr Saw. (The Enrichment for Life award is only applicable for the first programme that a student enrols in and the positions must be held in the previous academic year).

Nilai U is appointed the Centre for Sports Focus – Fencing by the Ministry of Higher Education and has among the best training facilities in the country for this niche sport. In an effort to support national and state fencers further their education, Nilai U has also introduced a special scheme for fencers who will be eligible to 100% waivers of tuition and accommodation fees.

“I believe there is something for almost every category of students. All these scholarships and financial aid schemes are designed to encourage students to continue their personal development and growth in an institution that has been rated as Excellent in the SETARA rating exercise by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency,” explains Dr Saw.

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Real-Life Working Experience at Nilai Springs

Real-Life Working Experience at Nilai Springs

Real-Life Working Experience at Nilai Springs

Hospitality and tourism students at Nilai U get to taste real-life working experience at Nilai Springs Resort Hotel and Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club

“In the hospitality and tourism industry, hands-on experience is highly valued,” states Edward Felix Joseph, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism at Nilai University (Nilai U). Nilai U offers an added advantage in that hospitality students hone their craft at the nearby Nilai Springs Resort Hotel and Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club, both of which are part of the Nilai Resources Group to which Nilai U also belongs.

Edward says that having a four-star hotel and 27-hole golf course a stone’s throw away from campus is hugely beneficial to his students.

“They get to learn first-hand how these organisations function. The Nilai Springs staff makes sure that our students are exposed to real-life working experience, adding responsibility and building confidence, thus making internship placement highly fulfilling.”

Senior staff of Nilai Springs Resort Hotel and Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club serve as Adjuncts for the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism. This allows for greater and faster feedback from them which is immediately used, especially for the practical portion of the curriculum.

Students complete their On-Job-Training at Nilai Springs. GK How, General Manager of Nilai Springs Resort Hotel, points out that students get to experience working for a variety of events.

“From weddings to corporate team building sessions, students experience what it takes to plan, organise and successfully run events at a four-star hotel. Hands-on experience is invaluable in this industry. This is a win-win situation for both the university and Nilai Springs. For the hotel, we get a first- hand look at potential employees.”

Nilai U’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism has been in operation since 2003. It currently offers a BA (Hons) in Business and Hospitality Management and three Diploma programmes in Hotel Management, Tourism Management and Culinary Arts.

All the programmes are designed to have good balance of theoretical and practical skills. Students initially learn the basics at the on-campus Flamme Restaurant as well as the mock hotel room and check-in counter before moving to the hotel and golf resort for the real-life working experiences.

Edward says that employers in the hospitality and tourism industry prefer graduates with working experience.

“Having real working experience such as provided by Nilai Springs highlight to employers that Nilai University graduates are career ready. ”

Students from Nilai U’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism are also entitled to earn added certification from the Malaysian Food and Beverage Association (MFBEA), further boosting their employability. For more information, please visit www.nilai.edu.my or call 06-8502308.

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Campuskini’s easy to understand writing class earns praise

Campuskini’s easy to understand writing class earns praise

Entertaining. Educational. Easy-to-Understand. Practical. Hands-on.

These are a few words that 30 public relations executives and Managers used to describe the Press Release Writing Workshop at Campuskini.

Coached by senior editors, like Steven Gan (Founder and Editor of MalaysiaKini) and senior journalists, they were taught how to write newsworthy press releases and the best way to pitch them to editors.

The participants from blue chip companies to SME companies attended this course the one day workshop. They came from Organizations like Tenaga Nasional, Malakoff Corp, Sapura Group, Sunway Group, Essence Burson-Marsteller and HELP University.

International and experienced journalist M.Krishnamoorthy who coached the participants by projecting various group’s press release drafts and correcting them on the board said the exercise was practical and educational as they noted in their evaluations.

Sunway International School assistant manager Marketing and Communications said: “No regrets of spending my Saturday to attend Mr Krishna’s sharing session. I have learned that writing is not difficult and how to properly angle the press release with media in mind, what ticks and what doesn’t. After this workshop, I am really inspired to write more.

“The session was hands on and useful. I am now able to understand from the media point of view and press releases that would appeal to the media. Thanks for sharing your experience, notes and the simple way on how to write press releases,” she said in her evaluation.

Bar Council’s Anneliz George said: “Thanks for taking time off on Saturday to conduct the course. The importance of bringing a press release a as a key component of this course was well highlighted.

Sunway Properties Lydia Thong added that the workshop was very beneficial for first timers. “Additionally, it also served as a good session as a refresher course for those in the communications industry. Krishna was hands on and case studies were well discussed during the workshop. Lessons conducted was witty and entertaining. Bravo!”

Alliance For Financial Inclusion strategic communications writer Chareen Lo remarked: “It was taught in a very practical way to get the newsworthy angle. Trainer is experience and well connected but humble and kind hearted. Well planned in administration and logistics. Different activities in the class was well used to break the monotony of the training which was very effective.”

The participants also actively participated in the interactive workshop and learned the best ways to garner better publicity for their organization on how to write effective and winning press releases.
HELP University’s deputy director corporate communications Juliet Chan said: “The workshop was good and served as a practical refresher course from a journalist who is willing and passionate to share his knowledge and experience with others.” She noted that three other speakers at the session provided variety to the course.

Her colleage from HELP University, David Thye said: “This workshop is interactive, everyone had a chance to share ideas in the making of an excellent press release.”

Essence Burson-Marsteller Public Relations executive Liyana Binti Ahmed Rasly said: “What I loved most about the training is that it was informative and insightful. It taught us a lot about how press releases should be written and how we could write it in a way that would appeal to the media.
“The training also taught us how to enhance our media relations and things to consider when dealing with pitching to the media. Overall it was an informative session.

Her colleague Annisa Mustika added that the workshop really simplified the process in press release writing from editorial’s perspective. “This actually helps the PR practitioners in managing the expectations from both sides, deliverables/key messages from clients and at the same time making it relevant and newsworthy for the media.

“The session with Krishna is entertaining and as we had fun learning discussion and practise. It really helped us to spot the mistakes and make the corrections. This way we immediately understand our mistakes.”

Former Astro’s TV host Pooja Saini said that the workshop provided a good platform to learn, understand and served as lessons on how to write newsworthy press releases. “It was fun and provided a good opportunity to network among the participants.”

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Nilai U’s Faculty of Business offers a number of professional certifications to boost graduate employability

Nilai University’s Faculty of Business offers a number of professional certifications to complement students’ degrees and diplomas. These are linked to professional organisations which many students aim to join in the future. The latest is from the Malaysian Financial Planning Council. Students from the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and the BBA (Hons) in Finance will be able to become a Registered Financial Planner by completing just one module (the students will receive exemptions from six modules). In fact, students will be able to complete the remaining module at Nilai U and the requisite training will be provided on campus, allowing the students to leave as a career-ready graduate.

As registered Financial Planners, students will be entitled to apply for a Financial Advisors’ Representatives license from Bank Negara. They will also be eligible to apply for Capital Market Services Representatives license from the Securities Commission Malaysia which is required to provide financial planning services to the public.

“A key factor in attracting students to Nilai University (Nilai U) is the number of professional certifications athta are designed to boost the graduate’s employability,”

explains Prof Dr Sivakumar Velayutham, Dean of the Faculty of Business. He says that many students already have a firm idea of their career paths. Hence, Nilai U has arranged for a number of professional certifications from the relevant organisations to be available to these students. They will highlight that these students have undergone extra training in specific areas.

The areas where added certifications are available:

Accountancy

The BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance and Diploma in Accounting are two of the most popular programmes at Nilai U. Many of the students join these programmes with a view towards becoming professional accountants. Students are entitled up to nine exemptions from the three major accounting bodies – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Institute of management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).

The latest initiative is the ACCA Accelerate programme which will allow students to complete their professional qualifications at the same time as they are studying for their degree. This time-saving programme will allow students who want to become professional accountants to fast track their careers. “Being able to complete their studies during their undergraduate years is an advantage. It is much easier than having to work and complete the ACCA papers part-time,” says Prof Siva.

Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

“Chartered Secretaries are highly trained corporate professional with a unique set of skills allowing them to work with a company’s board of directors and the management team of a company. Their areas of specialty include corporate law and practices, corporate finance, corporate governance and corporate secretarial practice,” explains Prof Siva.

Students from Nilai U’s Diploma in Business Administration will be entitled to six exemptions from the Professional Diploma in Corporate Administration programme, awarded by the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA). They will only need to complete two papers during the final semester of their Diploma in Business Administration programme in ‘Corporate Compliance and Practice’ and ‘Law and Practice of Meetings’.

Accounting and Finance degree students will be entitled to four exemptions for Part 1 of MAICSA’s International Chartered Secretary and Administrators (ICSA) programme.

Human Resource

“Human respurce is a key component in any organisation and students from the BBA (Hons) in Human Resource Management will undergo 64 hours of training with specialist human resource trainers to have them career ready in this highly specialised field,” says Prof Siva

The training is conducted by the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM). Other Business faculty students can also earn enhanced certification from MIHRM by completing the relevant modules.

These enhanced certifications allow students to gain specialist knowledge and also act as a time-saving device. By the time they graduate, these students will have both academic qualifications as well as specialist knowledge in key areas allowing them to forge an exciting career. “We firmly believe in equipping our students with all the necessary qualifications to allow them to carve out a successful career. After all, that is the gist of higher education,” says Prof Siva.

All of Nilai U programmes are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education. The institution is rated ‘Setara 5’ by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
For more information, please visit www.nilai.edu.my or call 06-8502308.

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Nilai University Meeting Demands of ICT Industry

Nilai University Meeting Demands of ICT Industry

Nilai University Meeting Demands of ICT Industry

New computing programmes designed to meet latest innovations

“There has been a giant leap in information technology the last decade or so,” says Harlina Harun, Head of Nilai University’s Department of Computing.

“We have moved from people using PCs and laptops to where everyone has a smart mobile device. It therefore should come as no surprise that there is a great demand for graduates who possess the requisite skills and knowledge.”

Harlina is also keen to dismiss the notion that computing graduates are finding it difficult to get jobs.

“This is an ever-evolving industry and there are new players making waves in new markets. The demand for skilled and qualified graduates is definitely there.”

A study done by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) showed that there is still a shortage of ICT graduates.

The Eleventh Malaysian Plan 2016-2020 focuses on several ICT capabilities and niches namely digital content, software development and testing, Internet of Things, data centres and cloud services, cyber security and big data analytics. The MSC and Non-MSC companies expect their employees to have these skill sets in the future.

To meet the demands of the constantly-evolving IT industry, Nilai U has introduced five new programmes:

Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) Internet Engineering and Cloud Computing

This degree focuses on the relevant knowledge and skills to plan, design, implement, manage and securely maintain computer networking of cloud and internet systems. It contains significantly more internet-related courses with emphasis on understanding internet and cloud computing principles, big data technologies and use of Hadoop and MapReduce.

Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) Software Engineering

This degree focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to develop and maintain high quality and secure software that is built to customers’ specifications and delivered on time and within budget. It has more software related courses with emphasis on software process. Students learn a variety of programming languages and how to design, analyse and maintain software.

Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) Graphics and Interactive Media

This degree allows students to explore various facets of graphic design including advertising, publication, packaging, motion graphics and more. It is also designed to provide students with a strong foundation in computing and multimedia which enables graduates to create exciting, interactive multimedia systems, such as sophisticated websites, animation, games and ecommerce software.

Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) Computer and Communication Systems

This degree provides a thorough grounding in the concept and underlying principles of communication systems. It is intended for those who wish to focus on a career in telecommunications. In addition, it equips students with a good command of the communication aspects such as performance, security and the quality of service

Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) Information Systems

This degree equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse information requirements and business processes of specific organisations. It focuses on how to view technology as an instrument for generating, processing and distributing information. Students will become proficient in managing hardware and software used in computer systems.

All of Nilai U programmes are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education. The institution is rated ‘Setara 5’ by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
For more information, please visit www.nilai.edu.my or call 06-8502308.

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Many companies and government agencies often complain their press statements are not picked up by the media.

They state that media has ignored their press releases and it’s because public relations professionals lack the skill in writing. For this reason, corporate organisations are unable to get their press releases published or aired as news in the media. It is because their public relations executives are not trained to highlight newsworthy issues and events in the press releases.

Press Release Writing is an art which is not taught in depth in colleges and universities by professionals. If the press releases are not being published, then CEOs should ask themselves have they send their staff for training to enhance their skills in writing.

Malaysiakini’s CEO, Premesh Chandran, said if the corporate communications executives ​ could not articulate themselves then the chances are press releases would not be published.

“It’s time their staff got experience in writing press releases that is newsworthy. They need to understand how to write for the company’s target audience. And, in the press release they must deliver a sharp story angle that will interest the public,” ​said Premesh, adding that a practical PRESS RELEASE WRITING workshop would held at Campuskini on April 16th.

Malaysiakini’s general manager, K.Manohar said senior editors would also provide tips and some practical lessons on writing press releases.

“Participants can master ways on how to garner better publicity for their organisation, especially through writing of effective press releases in class group exercises.”

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A free copy of Flying Through Crisis MH370 Lessons in Crisis Communications (Retail Price RM 45) will be given to all participants. The book has more than 150 case studies on better media relations and samples of press releases with tips on how write newsworthy press releases.

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