Nilai University Aircraft Maintenance Programmes

Nilai University Aircraft Maintenance Programmes

Nilai University Aircraft Maintenance Programmes

A Very Good Start to your Career

“If you really want to have a strong foundation for your career in aviation maintenance, the programmes on offer at Nilai University, which combine EASA mechanic training and certification with academic study, are a very good start to your career,”said Paul Chun, Vice President of KLM Engine Services.

Paul was referring to the unique package of aircraft maintenance programmes on offer at Nilai University which permits SPM holders to complete a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance in just three and a half years and with that also obtain EASA B1 and B2 certification and a BSc (Hons) in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from Kingston University, UK.

“If you only want to be an aircraft mechanic, a diploma and EASA certification will be sufficient. But if you want to move into upper management and supervisory roles, having a degree will help. Also, much of the work is very complex. If you really want to secure your future, then do both EASA and a degree I never hire people on the short term. I always look at how they can move forward with the industry.”said Paul

“This is a boom industry. I have been involved in it for over 35 years and it has only ever been growing, save for a dip in 2001. Over the next decade, the number of commercial aircraft will grow by more than 40% resulting in a great demand of aircraft maintenance engineers,”said Paul when he recently officiated the signing of an agreement by KLM UK Engineering and Nilai University for the provision of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) material and the conduct of the European Air Safety Authority (EASA) B1 an B2 examinations at Nilai University.

“The VLE is in addition to the normal lectures, tutorials and practical sessions that we already offer. Combining the VLE from KLM UK Engineering with the exceptional facilities at Nilai University will give our students an even better learning experience” explained Professor Datuk Dr Sothi Rachagan, Vice Chancellor of Nilai University.

Simon Rhodes, the Head of KLM UKE Technical College is effusive of the benefits of the VLE. “The VLE consists of course materials, quizzes, and forums. Students will also be able to interact with KLM UKE instructors in the UK. So if they don’t understand any particular part of a subject or lesson, they can ask questions. Our instructors will post textual responses or videos.”

“A key benefit of the VLE is that it allows students to share knowledge among themselves. They can ask each other questions and this helps with their social learning and this is where the VLE becomes really powerful.”

“The VLE is broken down into chapters and there are quizzes at the end of each chapter. Students put in their answers and the VLE will tell them if the answers are correct or wrong. This allows for self-assessment. Students can use forums if they are not sure of a concept, they can post questions for instructors, who will help them better understand. Students can also post pictures and create their own learning space. The VLE is powerful in the sense that it allows for social learning and tailors to a generation which is used to using social media platforms.”

Nilai U launched its Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in 2007 and obtained full accreditation from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) in 2010 (while the Advanced Diploma in Aircraft Engineering Technology received MQA accreditation in 2013). It has support from Kingston University which provides external assessors and advisors. The institution is located just 15-minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and is rated ‘Setara 5/ Excellent’ by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency

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Fasttracking your ACCA

Fasttracking your ACCA

Fasttracking your ACCA

Nilai U signs agreement with ACCA to offer ACCA Accelerate programme

“The Accounting and Finance degree is one of the more popular programmes at Nilai University (Nilai U). The vast majority of our students in the programme are focussed on becoming certified accountants. This agreement with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is designed to fast track their ambitions,” explains Assoc Prof Dr Celis Evelita, Head of Nilai U’s Department of Accounting and Finance. She states that this agreement will allow students to begin and complete their professional qualifications during their varsity years. Previously, students could only start on the ACCA programme after graduation. Under the terms of this agreement Nilai University’s BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance students will now be able to register with ACCA even before they graduate.

Nilai U’s BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Programme is an ACCA Accredited programme, as such, graduates of this programme get the full nine paper exemptions from ACCA. Now, with the ACCA Accelerate programme, our students have the option to complete their remaining 5 ACCA papers at the same time they are studying for their degrees. “Many students are very eager to join the work force and not spend any additional time studying,” states Dr Celis. “Many have expressed that completing their ACCA papers at university is much easier than studying part-time whilst juggling work commitments.”

On hand to sign on behalf of ACCA was David Chin, Head of ACCA Malaysia. He had this to say: “Undergraduates under the ACCA Accelerate programme will be able to graduate with both their accounting degree and ACCA qualification certificates in hand. This will make them more competitive in the employment market and be highly sought after by reputable companies both locally and globally.”

Students who sign up for the ACCA Accelerate scheme will be entitled to:

  • Waiver of ACCA’s initial registration fee (worth £79)
  • Free annual subscription fee worth £170 for up to two years after graduation (inclusive of graduation year)
  • Deferred exemption fee payment (up to 24 months after graduation)

These students can also look forward to further support from ACCA via the organising of informative events, meetings with ACCA members, and promotion of the ACCA qualification at Nilai U. Students who successfully register to study ACCA will automatically gain access to ACCA’s online resources including the ACCA Learning Community which connects over 455,000 ACCA students around the world offering support during study and training.

Nilai U’s business programmes are highly popular among school leavers and this move allowing students to fast track their ACCA qualifications is sure to be greeted positively. The Faculty of Business also offers Diplomas in Accounting and Finance as well as Business Administration. Apart from the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, students can get to choose Bachelors of Business Administration (Hons) in the fields of Human Resource Management, Finance, International Business, Marketing and Management.

Nilai U was established in 1997 and is located in the picturesque suburb of Putra Nilai, just 15-minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. All of its programmes are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and is rated as ‘Setara 5 / Excellent’ by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. For more information, please go to or call 06-8502308.

Nilai U’s Accounting and Finance degree students can now opt to complete the ACCA examinations whilst studying for their degree via the Accelerate programme. (L-R) “Prof. Dr. Sivakumar Velayutham (Nilai U Dean of Faculty of Business), Prof Dato’ Dr Sothi Rachagan (Nilai U Vice-Chancellor), David Chin (Head of ACCA Malaysia) and Hishamuddin Jalil (Head of Strategic Partnerships and Learning, ACCA).

Prof Dato’ Dr Sothi Rachagan (Nilai U Vice-Chancellor) and David Chin (Head of ACCA Malaysia) formalises the agreement to offer the Accelerate programme to the university’s accounting and finance degree students.

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Forget tuition centres; EDUKATE your children online

Forget tuition centres; EDUKATE your children online

Say goodbye to Malaysian traffic, waiting lists and other inconveniences that plague you when sending your child to the tuition centre.

The future of education is e-learning, and CEO of Learning Orchard, Murali Mano, wants you to know that newest e-learning portal EDUKATE is every bit viable as an alternative to the teaching of EMS (English, Math, Science) supplementing the standard Malaysian curriculum.

The E-Learning Edge

Traditional education methods incorporate little more than listening, reading and rote memorization, which can make subject matter appear dry, unappealing and inconducive to actual learning. The difference with EDUKATE is that it incorporates a whole host of interactive and visually-engaging elements such as brightly-coloured pictures, videos and quiz-like games. Furthermore, unlike other e-learning portals, it allows the student to ‘share’ things they have learnt to social media like Facebook or Twitter, allowing it to make use of social media as a learning tool as well.

EDUKATE thyself

Launched earlier in January at Connexion@Nexus in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, the EDUKATE e-learning portal is a collaboration between Learning Orchard, a local business that deals with online learning, testing, and assessments, and Excelsoft Technologies Pvt Ltd, an India-based company that is a global E-Learning company with more than 25 million users worldwide.

With the needs of primary-level students from Standard 4 to 6 in mind, EDUKATE offers students the choice to learn in English or Bahasa Malaysia, with English, Maths and Science topics covered in their database. All the contents are based on the current Malaysian curriculum.

Ten Points to Gryffindor!

A strong proponent of incentivised learning, EDUKATE uses a ‘point’ system to reward students for learning. Points are typically awarded during the child’s interactions with the learning portal, such as reviewing course materials or answering questions correctly. EDUKATE partners with local companies such as fast food chains, mobile and travel companies who sponsor products, which are then periodically offered as prizes and rewards to students based on their performance in the learning matter.

Progress growth and personalised reports

EDUKATE strives to provide a child more than just a learning method, but rather a learning ecosystem. Children are sponges of information, and learn best when education is made fun and interactive.

Parents will also be able to monitor the progress of their child through report cards, which will show a record of the child’s test scores, as well as how much time they have spent on the system with which subject, with a monthly report along with a summary of the child’s weekly lessons emailed.
A monthly report will also be emailed to parents, along with a summary of the child’s weekly lessons, so that parents can stay up-to-date with the learning of their child at a glance!

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Enrich your child’s education today starting at only RM 20/month.

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The Fulbright Focus: Sharanya Premanathan

The Fulbright Focus: Sharanya Premanathan

VOX.MK speaks to Sharanya Premanathan on her experience in New York as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient.

US law schools seemed so unattainable to me … as they seem to be expensive, elite, competitive and far away.

Sharanya Premanathan

Sharanya graduated from Columbia Law School in New York having completed her Master of Laws (LLM) in 2014 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and recipient of the Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law.

She has practiced as a corporate lawyer in Kuala Lumpur in the area of intellectual property, financial services and corporate/commercial law, and is back in Malaysia passionate to use her legal knowledge and skills in impactful work that inspires her.

The legal profession … is a continuous legal education – you are always being kept on your toes following the latest laws, cases and commentaries. A lot of what is important in law reflects what is going on in the world.

Well travelled from young

Sharanya’s childhood was an interesting one as her father was working in the Merchant Navy – unlike most children, she had the opportunity to travel extensively during her younger days.

This well-timed exposure ensured that Sharanya could nurture the confidence needed to fit in anywhere she wanted.

There was never a sense of fear of the unknown but a deep curiosity and sense of adventure about the world.

Sharanya feels fortunate to have a thoroughly supportive family as she was made to believe that all opportunities are accessible if she could ‘unlock her own potential’.

In spite of her privileges, she was taught to be grateful for her opportunities, to not feel entitled, and to work hard for what she wanted.

And work hard she did, eventually graduating from Gray’s Inn as a Barrister. As a student, she spent most of her holidays interning in Singapore, the UK and KL. She promptly returned to Malaysia to practice as an Advocate & Solicitor, working in IP, financial services, and corporate/commercial law.

A passion for humanitarian causes

Whilst working full time as a lawyer in 2011 – 2013, she continued to stay involved in community service projects. Sharanya is passionate about access to education, especially for impoverished communities.

Some of the things she has done included providing free tuition classes at a local primary school to students who could barely read or write in English and did not have literate parents to help them or funds to pay a tutor outside of school.

The effusive assistance and encouragement from Deepa was the turning point for Sharanya as she made the jump. Deepa also had the networking prowess and introduced Sharanya to other Fulbright alumni who helped encourage her during what she calls an otherwise ‘long and overwhelming process’.

Her successful application saw her being accepted into the Fulbright Scholarship Program, enrolling in none other than the prestigious Columbia Law School in New York.

Law School Part II

Attending an Ivy league law school and living in New York City was like having a (few) dreams come true!

Sometime in 2013, she learnt of the Fulbright programme through Fulbright alumni and lawyer Deepa Nambiar. Having thought for some time about pursuing a Masters, Sharanya had looked at various scholarships to top universities in the world, and would not settle for less than a top 10 university.

LLM at Columbia

The Masters of Law (LLM) at Columbia Law School is an intensive one-year programme over two semesters. She did not intend to specialise, but instead, to diversify her legal knowledge base, and was allowed to tailor her course to suit her professional and academic interests. Although US law strictly is not applicable in Malaysia, some courses she opted for covered a variety of international laws and policies, which are relevant here.

As Malaysian regulations and enforcement develops, I felt it was useful to understand and learn about the US laws for instance in the area of US securities laws or New York environmental laws.

The Fulbright experience has made me acutely aware of the common humanity that binds us and made me more confident in reaching out to people from various backgrounds.

She felt that the level of debate and discussion in such a global classroom was also elevated, which was truly valuable due to the aggregation of shared, global views.

Her classes at Columbia were eye-opening experiences, and soon after completion, she was exposed to negotiations, foreign diplomacy, world affairs, intergovernmental negotiations and cultural exchange when she interned at the Malaysian Mission to the United Nations at the UN headquarters in New York.

The stint overseas has helped me broaden my horizons to a global perspective in a very real way. I learnt to ask questions and be resourceful in seeking answers. Being surrounded by such highly motivated people in the pursuit of knowledge and executing their projects really inspired me to never ‘settle’ for mediocrity or to accept a situation because this is how it is always done

Invaluable trans-national experience

The programme allowed Sharanya the opportunity to collaborate with people from various cultures in course work, social events and cultural shows. To her, this provided an invaluable lesson in focusing on what unites people – and how differences could be utilized in a mutually beneficial way to reach a common goal.

By working with the local community in New York, she learnt a great deal about the unique struggles of disadvantaged communities in the developed world.

Currently, she is in talks about certain projects in the area of access to education and assistance to refugees that is in the very early stages. Meeting with other Fulbright Alumni and hearing about the initiatives that they are pursuing locally inspires her to do more.

The Fulbright experience has made me acutely aware of the common humanity that binds us and made me more confident in reaching out to people from various backgrounds.

Words of Advice

Graduate education in the US allowed Sharanya to be exposed to a lot of instructive, intelligent and welcome debates between students and lecturers that encouraged and inspired the seeking of knowledge and dispelled ignorance.

She believes this is a positive thing, especially so when it concerns the Asian mentality, where sometimes it is considered impolite or disrespectful to question authority or teachers.

… never compare your own background with someone else’s and assume certain opportunities are not available to you because you do not fit a ‘profile’.

Having successfully gone through the program and her successes in life, Sharanya has a (few) words of advice:

“Firstly, never compare your own background with someone else’s and assume certain opportunities are not available to you because you do not fit a ‘profile’.”

“Secondly, try and aim for seemingly unachievable goals. The Fulbright program in particular encourages a wide range of study objectives.”

“Thirdly, stay constantly intellectually stimulated by talking about issues that matter to you.”

Jamilah Lim

Jamilah Lim

Editor, VOX MK

Jamilah cares deeply about the human condition. A humanist, skeptic and feminist, she is a proponent of both human and animal rights. An avid gamer, she lives somewhere in PJ with her two cats and plays Dota 2 in her free time.

Minerva Schools: Revolutionising Learning

Minerva Schools: Revolutionising Learning


if you have yet to hear of Minerva Schools at KGI, then listen, and listen well.

Minerva is reinventing learning in a revolutionary way, giving the elite, established universities of the world a run for their money.

Forget the dated ads of yesteryear promising a “global” education overseas for your children – Minerva promises a literally ‘global’ learning experience where their students start at homebase San Francisco for their first year of University and travel to a different cosmopolitan city around the world every semester.

The institution’s apt namesake, Minerva, is the Roman Goddess of Wisdom, War, Arts and Commerce – and it isn’t a name to be taken lightly.

Speaking to one of only two Malaysian first-year students, Arvvin Maniam from Petaling Jaya, Vox.Mk learnt that at Minerva’s inception in early 2014, it received over 2,400 applications, but only accepted 69, making its 2.8% acceptance rate the lowest in the world.

Celebrating brilliance

To call its entrance method rigorous is an understatement.

Aside from submitting their SPM, STPM or A Level results, the applicant is required to undergo a battery of cognitive and aptitude tests in addition to a video evaluation and a timed and monitored [E] writing test.

Yet, this is not a barrier – in fact, quite the opposite. In lieu of typical entrance tests that students can cram for, such as the SATs, Minerva selects the cream of the crop by using proprietary cognitive, aptitude and personality tests that cannot be prepared for.

“The Princeton Review… can help you prepare for your SATs.”, cites Arvvin.

“They will even write the [E]s for you and submit it to the universities in the US for you.

“Thus Minerva doesn’t accept any SATs, ACTs, etc.”, he affirms.


Grades aren’t everything

Minerva wants to get to know you – and know you well, thus they do not just consider your academics and co-curricular activities and instead, seek to test your learning aptitude, knowledge, and even your personality.

This is where the most hardworking, passionate and brilliant individuals come together in a gathering of intellect and innovation, and the team at Minerva have a spectacular plan to bring their vision of world-ready leaders and innovators to fruition by meritoriously selecting only the best in the world to undergo their radical, experimental but accredited learning process.

In fact, Founding Students are treated more as partners in this endeavour instead of mere students – breaching the church and state divide that persists in much of academia. Aside from their studently responsibilities, they also provide feedback, mould the Minerva culture, create processes and continually evolve the Minerva curriculi.

The low acceptance rate reflects Minerva’s commitment to accepting applicants based purely on merit. Such highly-selective admissions rates are balanced by low tuition costs. The negation of admissions through affirmative action, favouritism or preferential admissions such as legacy preferences or athlete recruitment also ensures the quality of students attending.

Still relatively unheard of

While applying for Harvard in the middle of his A Levels in 2014, a friend informed Arvvin about an article he had read about an ex-Harvard Dean who went to Stanford and ended up starting his own university.

Intrigued, Arvvin read up extensively on Minerva and decided to apply.

His parents, however, were not too pleased with his decision, citing concerns about the institution’s lack of reputation. Minerva was, simply, bereft of the prestige associated with Oxbridge or Ivy League universities, which was a great appeal for discerning parents around the world.

For Arvvin, the decision to apply was relatively easy. The entire learning concept was, in his words, light years ahead of many institutions – if he got accepted, he would take it without hesitation. If not, he would continue applying to Harvard anyway.

Comparatively, Harvard’s acceptance rate is 5.9% (as of 2014).

Arvvin shared that he would be the first to attend an American university; his older sister read Economics and Philosophy at the London School of Economics, whilst the rest of his family traditionally went to universities in the UK, making his desire to attend far less appealing to his parents.

Affordable Global education

The upside of this, though, is that tuition fees at Minerva are relatively low.

While premier institutions such as Harvard or Princeton would see tuition costs of over USD 40 – 50K per annum, Minerva’s comes in at a relatively affordable USD 10K.

In addition, Minerva is needs-blind and tuition grants are available for those who really need it.

Literally a global campus, Minerva’s students enjoy access to shared/leased facilities such as gyms or libraries in the cities they are in.

“The best way to live life is to live in it.” – Minerva Schools

Typical varsity life at other universities is relegated to sheltered campuses and immediate experiences, with token overseas experiences thrown in every year or so for ‘selected’ students who have shown their academic (and often, financial) ‘mettle’ to qualify for exchange programmes.

Minerva is strictly not an exchange programme – students have to change city campuses every semester. This challenges them to engage and interact with a diversity of individuals, customs, views, communities and societies. From San Francisco and London to Buenos Aires and Seoul, Minerva takes students to many of the world’s most prominent technological, economic, political, and cultural centers.

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Life in the cloud

Classes at Minerva are not normal; at least, not in the traditional sense.

Minerva believes in imparting to students, the skills and knowledge essential to become leaders, innovators, broad thinkers and global citizens. The entire academic ecosystem revolves around strong intellectual and social development instead of typical rote-learning.

There are therefore no lectures, and students are graded in a continuous manner via active-participation in online ‘classrooms’, with all assignments within the cloud.

Additionally, they are given real-world problems which they are expected to navigate and solve.

Take for example, in San Francisco lies the famous Silicon Valley, yet students are not tasked to intern or work with SV companies.

Instead, they are given real-world issues to deal with, such as the growing homelessness of individuals in San Francisco, where they have to conduct research and speak to the homeless, for example, in order to gain a better understanding of the problem to come up with applicable, creative solutions.


The Application Process

All you need is an internet connection to apply.

After filling up a short application form, you will be required to take their assessment tests online, which should take around 45 minutes, at most.

Some time later, you will be asked to share your accomplishments, both in school and outside, together with the relevant supporting documents.

You then upload your academic transcripts and undergo a video assessment and then take a 10-minute written [E] test.

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Malaysian Founding Student Haziq shares his thoughts about Minerva:

Jamilah Lim

Jamilah Lim

Editor, VOX MK

Jamilah cares deeply about the human condition. A humanist, skeptic and feminist, she is a proponent of both human and animal rights. An avid gamer, she lives somewhere in PJ with her two cats and plays Dota 2 in her free time.

The Fulbright Focus: Cecila Louis, Educator, Change-seeker and Inspirer

The Fulbright Focus: Cecila Louis, Educator, Change-seeker and Inspirer

Having almost 3 decades of teaching under her belt, Cecilia Zamira Louis recently returned from her eye-opening experience in the US as a fellow of the Fulbright ILEP (International Leaders in Education Program).

The ILEP is a cross-cultural exchange opportunity for Malaysian educators to be posted to universities in the US in a semester-long cultural, professional and educational exchange program.

I had the pleasure of meeting Cecilia and a few others recently at a debriefing event for recipients of various Fulbright programs in Malaysia hosted by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE), a bi-national Fulbright Commission established by the the US and Malaysian governments in 1963 to promote inter-cultural understanding through education and educational exchange between the two countries.

Humble Beginnings

Cecilia is an educator and GKMP Bahasa (Guru Kanan Mata Pelajaran, or, Head of Language Department) at a school in Gelang Patah, Johor.

She started in the 1980s teaching music at the primary level, and, after a decade of moving around schools, she eventually picked up English from the headmasters of each of the 3-4 schools, and which saw her studying TESL to improve her proficiency in the language.

After her graduation, she was posted to a Secondary School in Skudai, Johor Bahru, which she recounts was a ‘huge cultural shock’. She felt a great emotional burden as she attempted to counsel students who were suffering a lot in their journey of self-discovery as they transitioned from primary to secondary school.

Through her ex-classmate, she learnt of the Fulbright program and was encouraged to try and apply as she was greatly concerned for the welfare of her students and sought to improve the quality of education she could provide.

Her successful application thus saw her move to the states for four and a half months as she was posted to St Rose College in Albany, New York. Her program comprised lessons and audit classes with a middle school in Albany.

I learnt that when planning your lesson, teachers must have a clear instructional routine that will help students practice the skills needed in future. Also, students need different routines, as different children learn in different ways.

As teachers we need to understand what is going on in the mind of a child, especially teenagers.

Cecila Louis

At the Neero Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

She was also exposed to different perspectives on education during her exchanges with academics and fellow educators such as through conferences and meetings.

Cecilia at an audit class on ‘strategies and middle school education’


Linked Learning

One of the things Cecilia was excited to share about was the method of learning employed in the classes she was at. Teachers of different subject matters frequently collaborated to approach the education of their students in a thematic manner.

Unlike in Malaysia, where students are ‘spoonfed’ information from textbooks and are forced to memorise and regurgitate them during exams, students in her classes in Albany were given a specific theme each month.

From Mathematics, to History, to Geography to even Science, their teachers would prepare teaching and homework material that revolves around a certain theme, say, the Civil War, and this theme would pervade most of their classes in creative ways.

Mathematics, for example, would have Civil War-themed problem questions, while English reading and comprehension passages would be about the Civil War. Literature would touch on Poetry during the Civil War, and so on and so forth.

This linked approach thus helps students to remember facts, concepts and theories more easily as they can relate more easily from the exposure. This makes learning and understanding less reliant on rote memorisation. Furthermore, classes are also more fun as teachers apply interactive elements such as energizers and refreshers during lesson time.

Cross-cultural Learning

Cecilia’s school experience saw her being partnered with Mrs Mickey Young from Farnsworth Middle School, Albany.

Mrs Young (right) is an excellent educator. She welcomed me into her class, and shared her knowledge, time and about herself.

A sweet welcome greeted Cecilia at Farnsworth Middle School

A sweet welcome greeted Cecilia at Farnsworth Middle School

One thing that I can boast about is that I actually taught in an American class. I taught all the four classes for a week. It was so exciting and the kids were lovely.

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Farnsworth Middle School, Albany

I used a strategy learnt during my Audit Class – Anticipation Guide, to teach about Batik.

The American Experience

Cecilia felt that she assimilated well into the campus and American culture in Albany. She had the opportunity to visit the Niagara Falls, dine at a posh Italian restaurant and even catch the Broadway musical, The Lion King!

Cecilia at the Broadway Musical, The Lion King.

Cecilia at the Broadway Musical, The Lion King.


“I felt at home, and did not feel homesick or lost. This can only be because of the way the American people behave.”, said Cecilia.

Cecilia at one of her Sponsor-a-scholar meetups at Albany High, NY

She was also free to join any society in college and she chose to volunteer her time with parents of autistic children (The Friday Knights program) and the ‘Sponsor-a-scholar’ program (an outreach program by St Rose students to interact and connect with High School students).

I guess when you are a first world nation, there are certain things that you do that set you apart from the rest. You can walk up to anyone if you need anything and they will try their very best to help. No matter who you are, anyone and everyone will greet each other.

Cecilia Louis

There was no shortage of things to do and places to go and sights to see in the US!


Cecilia did not just stay in Albany in her 4 months, though. The stipend provided to her for her time there was more than sufficient for her to travel around the country.

Back in Malaysia

Since coming back to Malaysia, she has only done one course, with a primary school in Kluang on Teaching Strategies. The generous stipend given was also enough to allow Cecilia to purchase much-needed electronic teaching aids and equipment such as a laptop, an LCD projector and a printer, which she has put to good use in her classes, making her lessons far more interesting.

As a determined and dedicated educator, Cecilia is always giving her 100% to her school and her students.

She has made attempts to reach out to offer her services to several primary schools and the PPD (Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah, or, Local Education Offices) to share what she has learnt, but sadly, none of them have actually expressed any interest in it, much to her frustration.

In Malaysia, they look not for qualification but “kulitfication”…

… so what I do is to share everything that I know, the teaching practices that I have learnt and tried out in my own classroom, on my Facebook.

I have quite a few junior and senior teachers who are my FB friends, and so that is how I am spreading my knowledge.

Cecilia Louis

The Fulbright-MACEE Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

It has accepted approximately 294,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.


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Jamilah Lim

Jamilah Lim

Editor, VOX MK

Jamilah cares deeply about the human condition. A humanist, skeptic and feminist, she is a proponent of both human and animal rights. An avid gamer, she lives somewhere in PJ with her two cats and plays Dota 2 in her free time.

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