Jan 8th 2016, Friday
KUCHING: FAME International College (FAME) Malaysia and University of Cumbria (UoC) of United Kingdom (UK) signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) at Pullman Hotel here yesterday.
FAME was represented by its CEO David Chew while executive dean professor Robin Talbot signed on behalf of the university, witnessed by guest of honour, Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Lo Khere Chiang.
According to Chew, with the MoA, they had made available the ‘3+0’ honour degree programmes from UoC namely Bachelor of Science (Hons) Business Management, Accounting and Finance as well as Bachelor of Arts (Hons) International Business Management.
As this is a UK degree programme from UoC, the syllabus and education methodology is UK-based with some Malaysia aspects.
“This is a high quality honour degree programme. There has been a lot of scaling up within FAME International College in this collaboration, and we will ensure students in these degree programmes get to experience the UoC learning experience at the campus in Kuching,” he said.
He assured that they would work closely to achieve the requirements of Malaysia Qualification Agency and Ministry of Higher Education for local students to enjoy quality UK-based qualification programmes recognised by the Malaysia authorities.
He said enabling the ‘3+0’ UoC degree programmes in FAME Kuching campus would provide equal educational opportunities to all.
The two degree programmes coming at the right time would help reduce the financial burdens of many families as students can complete the entire three year degree programmes locally.
“There will be various financial aid such as study loans, easy payment schemes and scholarships to enable more people to take these degrees.”
Lo hoped other colleges and universities would also merge with international universities with a view to provide quality international degree programmes locally.
This move would enable more local students to get quality education that contribute to human capital and economic development.
“Sarawak is rich with natural resources and has huge opportunities to attract investors to bring their industries here.
“As such, we need sufficient human capital. It’s important to prepare more Sarawakians to face the global business market,” he said.
Present yesterday were UoC head of department Dr Caroline Rouncefield and principal lecturer Dr Raye Ng as well as FAME’s head of academics, Voon Boo Khoon.
FAME is a private higher education provider in Malaysia providing Foundation in Management, Diploma in Accounting and Finance, Diploma in Business Administration, Diploma in Entrepreneurship, Diploma in Business Information Systems, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Certified Accounting Technician (CAT).
The college located in Brighton Square at Jalan Song is open from 8.30am to 7.30pm on weekdays, and from 8.30am to 5pm on Saturdays.
More information can be obtained from the college website at www. fame.edu.my or call 082-285 777.