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"The world we live in now is all about the flexibility to choose the jobs or projects we want," Johnson, INTI Education Group's senior vice president of marketing, explained.

Recognising the role of freelancers in shaping the Malaysian economy, and to better understand the growing adoption of freelancing as a career, INTI International University & Colleges commissioned a first-ever survey of 300 full-time freelancers representing various professional fields of work, including business, marketing, IT and computer science, culinary arts, and art and design.

The survey uncovered insights on the freelancing landscape in Malaysia, as well as the potential role of tertiary education institutions and the government in responding to the growth of this sector.

Commenting on the survey, Timothy Bulow, CEO of INTI International University & Colleges said, "The freelancing economy is changing the way we think about careers and has expanded job prospects beyond traditional employment.

"With young professionals opting to freelance in spite of the availability of full-time work, the impact of this shift must be given serious consideration if we are to leverage these talents in advancing Malaysia's economy," Bulow explained.

To further deliberate the survey findings and uncover the realities of the freelancing economy in Malaysia, INTI organised a panel session with Bulow and industry partners Wong Theen Chuan, deputy manager for the Strategic Management Department of EPF, Melvin Lim, CEO of Trisilco IT Sdn Bhd and an INTI alumnus, and Lau Chak Onn, editor-in-chief at Cilisos Media Sdn Bhd.

In addressing the advantages of freelancing, both survey and panel found that freelancers are in a unique position to make choices in what they want to do rather than being tied down to a scope of responsibilities. This creates diversified work exposure, enabling freelancers to learn new skills and insights from client to client.

As dynamic and versatile professionals, freelancers could become real assets to organisations and the economy as they leverage a broad perspective of ideas when engaged in projects. In spite of this strength, there are still gaps in the opportunities and development of freelance professionals in the country.

Lau, an established name in the Malaysia's digital media said, "The job market has changed. With few 'safe' jobs available, more Malaysians are now jumping on the attractively liberal freelance market. Calling your own hours, keeping 100% of the revenue, working from hipster cafes may seem like a dream job, but do freelancers really know what they are getting themselves into? Also, will this be good for the country in the long run?"

Despite the growing popularity of freelancing, long term financial sustainability remains one of the critical concerns for freelancers, with 66% of respondents to the survey not having a retirement plan, while 33% do not have a personal savings plan. These findings support EPF's recent call to the government for more incentives under retirement savings schemes.

Subsequently, 65% of freelancers ranked government recognition of freelancing as a formal career as the top of their Budget wish-list, indicating that this would enable them to apply for social security, loans and capital that would facilitate their financial sustainability.

Wong, whose efforts in EPF's Strategy Management Department includes working closely with the Malaysian government on policy formulation for financial protection in old age explained, "It is worrying that despite the growth of the freelancing economy in the country, these professionals do not save for retirement, as about 70% of Malaysians are below the global levels of acceptable financial literacy rates.

"It is important that freelancers should start equipping themselves with sound financial management knowledge as they are at higher risk of not having a long term retirement plan compared to full time employees," said Wong.]]>
Education Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:58:41 +0000 Mark Mathen Victor 503253 at
New ball game
Today, every country in Asia and South East Asia are investing in the football business. In Singapore, organisations such as the Goal Keeping Academy has a six-year plan to produce fast-paced talents developing them into players with world-class technical competency.

Other countries like Myanmar, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia are also seriously funding this sport through various stakeholders. India has started its own soccer league and with a population of 1.2 billion, one can imagine how this business will explode in the region.

The men in jerseys foresee a bright future playing the sport. The people and management who support the sport foresee profitable returns. With all the funding, the world of football is expecting the business to perform extremely well.

Cyberlynx International College's football programme was developed by a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals from academic institutions and football practitioners from the UK to meet the requirements of the industry. The programme's philosophy is to help students become mentally, technically and physically prepared as players and managers.

Therefore, emphasis is given on the importance of the game in sport science, coaching education, refereeing, facilities management, local community competitions management, talent development, elite player development, analytical mind development, grass-root support creation for calculating value, social bonding and development of life skills.

The Diploma in Football Studies dubbed as "the dream course" leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Football Studies and Business Management.

For details, visit them at Level 20, Unit 20-1, Oval Damansara, 685, Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. Call 03-773 34545 or 1800 88 0242 (toll free), email, or visit]]>
Education Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:39:30 +0000 theSundaily 503023 at
Acclaimed award
A reputed top international school in Kuala Lumpur, this achievement adds on to the already illustrious track record of SJIS, further displaying that the school produces amazing students with excellent results.

Though Chinese by descent, Isaac Lee Kian Min and Isabelle Lim Ning have successfully mastered the Malay language, and will be awarded at the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards ceremony on Nov 27.

Conveying their gratitude and acknowledgement to SJIS, especially to their teachers who were instrumental in their success, Isaac and Isabelle further extended their appreciation for the full support given by their parents, teachers and school throughout their studies and examinations.

The "crème de la crème" brilliant duo are of the opinion that other students should take up the IGCSE Malay language subject, and they view that these students could perform equally well in the subject, as SJIS provides the best possible conducive learning environment.

The aforementioned awards are only accorded to exceptional learner achievement in Cambridge examinations globally, as the primary intent of these awards is the celebration and recognition of the success by selected high-performing Cambridge learners, which include the "Top in Country", "Best Across" and "High Achievement" categories.

Prior to this, SJIS had been accorded "Top in Malaysia" for the IGCSE May-June 2016 examination for the Malay language subject. A non-Malay student by descent, Pavindran had demonstrated an excellent mastery of Malay under the coaching and guidance of the Malay language teachers at SJIS.

At SJIS, the school is committed towards achieving their vision and mission; to be leaders in the provision of a first-class, well-rounded holistic education within a stimulating learning environment.

Furthermore, the school endeavours to secure its mission in inspiring every student with the fortitude to grow into respected and trusted leaders of the community by accomplishing academic, personal and social goals founded on the holism of faith, knowledge, critical thinking, creativity and excellence.

Supported by a dedicated teaching faculty that walks the extra mile towards the achievement of academic excellence in its students, SJIS has formed a conducive and tight kinship network among the school's citizens that provides a thriving learning environment for potential talents to flourish.]]>
Education Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:34:09 +0000 Mark Mathen Victor 503022 at
Honouring scientific excellence
One of them is Dr Ho Weang Kee from the University of Nottingham Malaysia. The 35-year-old clinched the award for her development of a risk prediction model for breast cancer, which uses DNA and lifestyle information to identify those at risk of the cancer for early detection.

Another winner, Dr Jasy Liew Suet Yan from Universiti Sains Malaysia, is recognised for building a system that detects signs of depression by analysing emotional patterns on social media. The 32-year-old hopes that the emotion-sensitive technology will encourage early diagnosis and treatment.

Working on sustainable resource management, Dr Teh Su Yean netted the award with her unification of science, engineering, technology and mathematics to protect coastal resources in Malaysia.

The 36-year-old associate professor of the School of Mathematical Science at Universiti Sains Malaysia is building a model that will conserve groundwater, which may become crucial when other water source are depleted due to global climate change.]]>
Education Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:28:06 +0000 theSundaily 503021 at
Transforming life, enriching future
MSU has been accorded "Excellent Status University" twice on the national university-rating system SETARA, and The Most Entrepreneurial Private University 2016, both by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. The most recent recognitions to MSU include Best Brand in Education for Leadership and Human Capital Development 2017, awarded at the Asia Pacific Elite of Elites BrandLaureate Awards.

For its Teaching, Facilities, Graduate Employability, Social Responsibility, and Inclusiveness, MSU rates Five Stars on the QS World Universities Rating System. MSU recently entered QS World Universities Ranking for the first time, placing 217th among the top 1.8% of the best universities in the QS Asia Ranking 2018.

As Malaysia's best teaching and learning university, MSU gives top priority to building both students and faculty and enhancing graduate employability. Engaging highly qualified academics and international visiting professors, the university delivers compelling learning experiences within the framework of a holistic curriculum.

Collaborative, industry- and enterprise-embedded MSU blends global exposure with extensive industrial training to enrich the personal competencies of its graduates.

Its global mobility initiatives for student exchange, leadership development, and market immersion empower MSU graduates with the well-roundedness desired and sought after by employers.

A tracer study by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) shows 98.6% MSU graduates successful at securing employment within six months of their graduation.

Steeped in a culture of research and innovation as well as social entrepreneurship, technology-driven MSU comprises the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, the Faculty of Business Management & Professional Studies, the Faculty of Information Sciences & Engineering, the International Medical School, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Education & Social Sciences, the School of Hospitality & Creative Arts, the School of Graduate Studies, the Graduate School of Management and the Centre for Fundamental Studies.

For more information, call MSU at +603-5521 6868, fax +603-5511 2848, email or visit]]>
Education Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:24:58 +0000 theSundaily 503020 at
Academic destination
This has led to the alumni of the aforementioned universities who have become global corporate leaders, leading politicians, thinkers and professionals, and almost all of whom have had a significant influence or role on global issues.

IDP destination head (UK & NZ) for Malaysia, Indonesia and South Korea, Jayanthi Thevarajah explains why the UK is a great education destination, as she says, "Studying in UK for an honours degree is shorter in comparison to other countries, which can be cost effective in the long run for parents."

"Most UK universities are more flexible in accepting a wider variety of entry level qualifications. Professional degrees such as Accountancy, Engineering and Pharmacy are accredited by relevant regulatory authority which set and maintain internationally recognised standards of professional competence and ethics," Jayanthi claims.

The UK learning experience provides students with independent thought, encourages proactive problem-solving skills, enables development of intellectual skills and empowers creative and effective thinking.

These are skills globally recognised by employers as core qualities that are needed to meet the requirements of the global economy and to succeed in a competitive job market. The UK has been welcoming international students from over 100 countries for generations.

Having partnered with over 80 institutions in the UK, IDP Education Limited is the world's leading international student placement provider, assisting in more than 420,000 international students in fulfilling their goal of an overseas education for more than 45 years.

Boasting a network of over 100 international student placement centres, across more than 32 countries, IDP is also the co-owner of IELTS, the world's most popular go-to English language test.

At IDP Education Malaysia, specialised UK counsellors are trained to assist students throughout their journey to explore education opportunities in UK, effectively going beyond a counsellor merely matching choices of studies with appropriate institutions.

Being at the forefront of the education industry, IDP has pooled resources and invested in technology to help Malaysian students find the best institutions to study in. With access to exclusive innovative software, students are able to obtain up-to-date information on the institution of their choosing.

IDP Education Malaysia will be hosting "IDP Study in UK Exhibition" from Nov 11 to 21 in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru, Penang, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Students will have the opportunity to meet with some of UK prestigious institutions that will be in Malaysia for this open day. It is a golden opportunity to prepare these students and parents for the January/February and September intakes applications next year.

Prospective students at the upcoming exhibition will be able to get advice and gain information from IDP Education Malaysia's UK-trained and specialised counsellors, along with representatives from the institution on career pathways, study applications, student visa and International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Participating institutions will be accepting applications for various courses and UCAS application fees will be waived by IDP. Admission to the "IDP Study in UK Exhibition" is free and students are advised to bring the original and photocopies of their education certificates.

For more information or to register, visit or contact IDP Kuala Lumpur office at 03-2162 3755, IDP Subang Jaya at 03-563 6558, IDP Johor Bahru at 07-364 0080, IDP Penang at 04-226 1811, IDP Kota Kinabalu at 088-242 336, IDP Kuching at 082-577 645.]]>
Education Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:15:43 +0000 Mark Mathen Victor 503019 at
Mindfulness skill for success
This programme, with its tagline of 'We put mindfulness to work', teaches the tools for focus, self-awareness and resilience to individuals or organisations looking to ­improve their quality of life.

Based on ­neuroscience, the SIY was pioneered by Google engineer Tan Chade-Meng as an in-house ­programme for his fellow Googlers.

The programme harnesses the power of our mindfulness, an often-­overlooked quality that plays a prominent role in helping us achieve a better world, as well as taps into our emotional intelligence.

Through these two skills, participants will experience greater well-being and stress management; improve on performance, collaboration and empathy; as well as become more effective decision-makers and innovative, creative thinkers.

This two-day ­workshop programme, which has ­already blazed through 100 cities throughout the world, will take place on Nov 10 and 11 at the ­Advanced Global Institute of Learning Excellence (Agile), in Petaling Jaya, from 9am to 5pm.

Agile is a member of ­Taylor's Education, and also an approved Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) training provider in Malaysia and the region.

The two-day workshop will be ­facilitated by Peter Weng, along with Brandon Rennels and Karkheng Yeoh.

Weng has an MBA from the University of California in Los Angeles, and has been involved in mindfulness and meditation programmes in various settings.

Rennels is a teacher development manager at Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute while Yeoh is a SIY certified teacher.

Tickets for the workshop is priced at RM2,300 each, while groups of two to four can enjoy the discounted price of RM2,100 per ticket, and groups of five and more only pay RM1,800 each.

The first 80 who sign up for the workshop will be gifted with a free Search Inside Yourself book.

For more, visit­programme/search-inside-siy-mindfulness-programme/ or contact Agile at 03-7872 9408 or]]>
Education Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:18:21 +0000 theSundaily 501263 at
Global recognition
A natural step up in the right direction, MSU had previously opened 2017 with a QS Rating of Five Stars for Teaching, Facilities, Graduate Employability, Social Responsibility and Inclusiveness.

The QS World Universities Rankings, involving over 70,000 academics and 44,000 employers, are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments alike for both comprehensive-ness and balance.

The annual ranking of world universities by the London-based higher education analyst and career consultancy QS, or Quacquarelli Symonds, are based on carefully calibrated performance indicators including teaching, graduate employability, internationalisation and research.

The QS Asia Ranking 2018 used the same World Universities Ranking performance indicators but with recalibrated weightings that reflect Asian priorities.

Furthermore, MSU attained the double distinctions of Excellence in Quality International Education and Outstanding Contribution to International Education from the UK accreditation body, the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges & Universities.

Other accomplishments include the university being named the Most Entrepreneurial Private University 2016 by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, and accorded Best Brand in Education 2016 by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation.

Ultimately, the 2018 ranking of MSU not only jives with the university's aspiration for global prominence on the rankings rungs, but it also celebrates MSU's burgeoning commitment towards excellence in higher education.]]>
Education Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:18:41 +0000 Mark Mathen Victor 500801 at
Big graduation
A total of 3,227 graduates are Malaysians, while international graduates consist of students from other Asian countries and New Zealand; 1,276 of the total are postgraduates, while 1,951 are undergraduates.

Datuk Yong Teck Shing, one of AeU's distinguished graduates is a Sabahan who graduated in Master of Science (Management) By Research degree.

Having experienced a wide spectrum of researches, and coupled with a burning desire to achieve the highest academic degree possible, the former ambassador to Taiwan braved himself in enrolling into the PhD programme in Business Administration at AeU.

The most outstanding graduate of the year is Ho Ken Fatt, a Master of Business Administration graduate who won three Prestigious Merit Awards of Excellence.

"I've been running a diverse business portfolio since 1997. The MBA programme I enrolled for in AeU last year strengthened my business knowledge and skills, supplementing my real-life business experiences," says Ken Fatt.

"I enjoyed AeU's flexible mode of learning which allows me to study anywhere, anytime without giving up my own businesses and family time".

The president and CEO of AeU, Prof Datuk Dr Ansary Ahmed commended the graduates, saying, "Today is a celebration of which you are very much a part of too. My heartiest congratulations to all the graduating students and their families. The university is proud of your achievements."]]>
Education Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:12:30 +0000 Mark Mathen Victor 500799 at
Deleum and UTP ink MoU
The MoU was signed by group managing director of Deleum Berhad Nan Yusri Nan Rahimy and vice chancellor of UTP Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim. It was witnessed by general manager of Deleum Chemicals Anwarudin Saidu and director of strategic alliance office of UTP associate prof Dr Fawnizu Azmadi Hussin.

The MoU will see both parties sharing best practices and expertise to develop new technologies and products particularly in specialty chemicals and instruments to enhance the productivity of the oilfields and reduce flow assurance issues faced by the asset owners.

This collaboration signifies a great milestone for Deleum group in creating a culture of innovation in the forefront of the business.]]>
Education Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:14:41 +0000 Alex Chai 500800 at