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The Best Foundation Programmes Offered by Top Private Universities in Malaysia

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Students after SPM or O-Levels can consider taking the Foundation Programmes at top private universities in Malaysia. The Foundation Programmes are 1 year and is cheaper compared to the external Pre-University Programmes.

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Because of Eduspiral, I am able to pursue my studies at Asia Pacific University. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and even brought me to visit the university when I went to KL alone. Jeremy Lee, APU scholarship student

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Jeremy Lee, APU scholarship student

Many private higher educational institutions in Malaysia, have developed their own internal university foundation programmes.

These courses are accredited by the Malaysia Qualification Agency (MQA) and recognised by the respective foreign partner universities.

Unlike the external qualifications which focus on more general Science and Art-based subjects, the internal qualifications provide specialisation in precise areas of study such as the fields of businesscomputer IT, and engineering, and hence, cater to the specific needs of different students.

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Top Foundation Programmes in Malaysia at the Best Private Universities

Asia Pacific University's new ultra-modern University Campus

Asia Pacific University’s new ultra-modern University Campus

Study Foundation at Top Private Universities in Malaysia

The opportunity to obtain a world class top ranked UK degree in Malaysia at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

The opportunity to obtain a world class top ranked UK degree in Malaysia at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Malaysian private universities have been preparing students for study in top universities worldwide since the 1970s therefore they have the necessary experience to ensure quality for the Foundation programmes are adhered to.

Students after SPM or O-Levels should choose the foundation programme in Malaysia that best fits their career goals and needs. Students should choose Foundation programmes from prominent and established universities such as Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Asia Pacific UniversityKDU University College Utropolis GlenmarieUCSI University, First City University CollegeHELP UniversityCurtin University Sarawak, KDU University College Penang, others.

Students will take about 10-12 subjects in 3 semesters (1 year) for the Foundation programme at private universities in Malaysia.

If you are still not sure of what to study for your degree, the Foundation programme is a good choice and is

Curtin is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In 2014, Curtin’s position increased by more than 100 places to equal 303rd in the world and equal 10th in Australia.

Curtin is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In 2014, Curtin’s position increased by more than 100 places to equal 303rd in the world and equal 10th in Australia.

shorter in duration than the STPM and less difficult.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Entry Requirements: Min. 5 credits, inclusive of Maths and 2 pure Science subjects for Foundation in Science or Engineering. For IT, you must have a credit in Maths. Other courses just require 5 credits. For Medicine and Pharmacy, Min. 5B in Maths, Additional Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics but will vary from university to university.
  • Recognition: Mostly in Malaysia and some overseas. Will vary from universityto university.
  • Cost: Generally cheaper than overseas Pre-University courses and A-Levels

Assessment for Foundation programmes in Malaysia will vary from university to university. It will contain a mix of coursework, assignments, quizzes and exams.

The coursework could cover different assessment tasks such as projects, assignments, laboratory work,

Strategically locate in Kuala Lumpur, UCSI University is ranked in the top 300 universities in Asia by QS and Rated Excellent or Tier 5 in the SETARA 2013 by MQA

Strategically locate in Kuala Lumpur, UCSI University is ranked in the top 300 universities in Asia by QS and Rated Excellent or Tier 5 in the SETARA 2013 by MQA

presentations, tests, and others as assigned throughout each semester. The final examination is conducted at the end of each semester. The assessments are subject to quality assurance procedures to maintain high standards and ensuring fair assessment.

Unlike the external pre-university programmes in Malaysia which focus on more general Science and Art-based subjects, the Foundation programmes for private universities provide specialisation in specific areas of study such as business, computer & IT, or engineering, and hence, cater to the specific needs of different students.

If you are interested in Design, then you can just focus on taking the Foundation in Design course which would suit your needs rather than taking a Foundation in Arts course where you may not have the interest in the subjects.

However, there are also general Foundation programmes such as Foundation in Arts and Foundation in Science offered by the private universities. Foundation in Science programmes can lead to degree courses in engineering, computing, health sciences, applied sciences, medicine, pharmacy, etc. Students completing the Foundation in Arts can go for degree programmes in accounting, business, design, computing, mass communication, and other arts-related degree courses.

Foundation in Science graduates may choose to continue in the science-related degree programmes or change to arts-related degree programmes. Therefore, their choices are wider.

The Foundation programmes at HELP University and UCSI University are recognised by some top universities in Australia, UK and New Zealand for entry into their degree programmes. Asia Pacific University is the only private university in Malaysia where all students will study the same subjects for the first semester and then when they figure out which course suits them, they choose the stream for their second and final semester.

An Overview of Some of the Best Foundation Programmes in Malaysia

Foundation in Science Programme at Heirot-Watt University Malaysia

The Foundation in Science at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is a focused programme of academic subjects, study skills

When EduSpiral students tour the campus & see the environment for themselves, it helps them to decide whether the university fits them. Pic - Students touring the library at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

When EduSpiral students tour the campus & see the environment for themselves, it helps them to decide whether the university fits them. Pic – Students touring the library at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

and English language training designed to provide you with a direct route into a professionally relevant and internationally recognised degree at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

The Foundation in Science at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is accredited by MQA and approved by the Ministry of Education Malaysia

On achieving the required grades to complete the 2015 programme successfully, you will progress to your chosen degree in one of the following subjects in 2016:

Foundation in Science Programme content at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s Foundation in Science programme content is taught over three semesters (18, 14, 14 weeks) through lectures, seminars and group work. You will

Mechanical Engineering lab at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Mechanical Engineering lab at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

be supported and mentored throughout your studies to ensure a smooth academic and cultural transition to higher education, and the British university style of teaching and learning.

All the subjects relate directly to the progression degrees offered with strong emphasis on English language skills appropriate to the pathway (spoken, written and academic English).

You will develop an awareness of the links between the subjects and the world of work in general.

Academic English & study skills

You will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including learning and motivation, time management, reading strategies and communication skills across three courses:

  • Academic English
  • Academic English for Science
  • Study Skills and Transition to University Degree Study
  • Mathematics

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques and apply these to solving problems, frequently drawn from practical and relevant real-life situations. You will look at functions and their graphical representations and will develop the tools of calculus, matrix algebra, and differential equations to relate the properties of

Students at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia are taught by top professors and receive personal attention

Students at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia are taught by top professors and receive personal attention

mathematical models to the physical world.

Physics
You will cover electromagnetic and sound waves, wave properties (reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction) Newton’s equations of motion, energy, states of matter (solids, liquids and gases), and the structure of the atom.

You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of electrical charge and current and, potential difference, resistance, capacitance, transistors and amplifiers, electrical, gravitational, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields.

Chemistry

You will learn about atomic structure, the elements and the Periodic Table, chemical formulae and equations, and an introduction to chemical bonding, redox reactions, equilibrium processes, chemical kinetics and organic chemistry, particularly hydrocarbons.

Foundation programmes at Curtin Sarawak, a critical stepping stone to tertiary study

Curtin University Sarawak is a top ranking university in Malaysia with a 300-acre campus

Curtin University Sarawak is a top ranking university in Malaysia with a 300-acre campus

It is highly recommended that students completing their secondary school studies up to SPM level and thinking of enrolling at a top foreign university campus like Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) enter either of its foundation programmes.

It could prove a critical stepping stone to tertiary study not only at the Curtin Sarawak campus, which is Curtin University’s largest international campus, but also Curtin’s main campus in Perth or any of Curtin University’s other campuses in the region.

Curtin Sarawak’s foundation programmes comprise one-year (two semesters) courses:

According to Professor Dr. Ir. Yudi Samyudia, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of Curtin Sarawak, the foundation programmes are intensive, focused programmes that enable students to adapt easily to the Curtin academic system. They also guarantee them entry to Curtin’s undergraduate programmes upon successful completion.

“The programmes challenge the students to become active learners who can acquire, interpret, communicate and apply

Curtin University Sarawak is equipped with cutting edge engineering and science labs

Curtin University Sarawak is equipped with cutting edge engineering and science labs

knowledge within and across disciplines to cultivate the integrative thinking required in a complex and rapidly changing world,” said Professor Samyudia.

Low student-lecturer ratios in classrooms mean the students enjoy a friendly study environment with individual attention and pastoral care. All the academic staff in the foundation programmes are highly qualified and dedicated to ensuring their students get the most out of their programmes.

In addition, modern, diversified teaching methods are applied, which include workshops, introduction to research methods, modern laboratory projects, group projects, oral and multimedia presentations.

Students enjoy advanced technological support such as a modern library, well-equipped laboratories, ample supplies of learning materials, Internet access, and access to online resources at Curtin’s main campus in Perth, Western Australia.

The courses are aimed at developing academic diligence, critical analysis, and a raft of generic skills in students. They provide a solid foundation for the students to adapt to university education more confidently, both in terms of level and style of education. Both courses are recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Why Study Foundation at Curtin University Sarawak

Gym at Curtin University Sarawak

Gym at Curtin University Sarawak

  • Low student-lecturer ratio in classrooms
  • Academic support in the form of additional Teaching & Learning workshops, tutorials and mentorship with lecturers
  • Modern, diversified teaching methods: workshops, introduction to research methods, modern laboratory projects, group projects, oral and multimedia presentations
  • Advanced technological support: library, well-equipped laboratories, ample supplies of learning materials and internet access
  • Highly qualified and dedicated academic staff

Upon completion of the Foundation Programme, students can enter into any of the degree programmes at Curtin University Sarawak:

Bachelor of Engineering at Curtin University Sarawak

Bachelor of Science at Curtin University Sarawak

Bachelor of Technology at Curtin University Sarawak

  • Bachelor of Technology (Computer Systems and Networking)

UCSI University Foundation in Science

A UCSI University Pharmacy student giving a public demonstration about making medicines

A UCSI University Pharmacy student giving a public demonstration about making medicines

UCSI University‘s Foundation in Science programme is a comprehensive, flexible and dynamic programme specifically designed to prepare students to pursue their specific career path in various UCSI University’s science-based degrees such as BSc. (Hons.) Biotechnology, BSc. (Hons.) Food Science and NutritionB.Eng. (Hons.) PetroleumB.Eng. (Hons.) Communication & ElectronicsB.Eng. (Hons.) Electrical & ElectronicsB. Eng. (Hons.) Mechatronic EngineeringDoctor of Medicine, BN (Hons.) Nursing and BPharm (Hons.) Pharmacy and more. This one-year programme is the best choice for students confident of their chosen path of studies, and who are committed to attaining the best preparation for a university science-based degree programme at UCSI University.

UCSI University gives preference to their Foundation students for entry into the highly competitive Pharmacy and Medical programmes where seats are limited. UCSI is one of the first universities to offer the Pharmacy programme and their medical programme is the most affordable in Malaysia supported by state-of-the-art facilities.

UCSI University Foundation in Science Subjects

  • General Chemistry I*
  • General Chemistry II*
  • General Biology I*
  • General Biology II*/**
  • General Physics I*
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Algebra & Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Probability & Statistics
  • Introduction to Business
  • Computing Essentials

Asia Pacific University Degree Foundation Programme

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Because of Eduspiral, I am able to pursue my studies at Asia Pacific University. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and even brought me to visit the university when I went to KL alone. Jeremy Lee, APU scholarship student

After I finished my SPM, I felt confused about my further study. Because of Eduspiral, I am able to pursue my studies at Asia Pacific University. Eduspiral, was so patient to answer all my questions and even brought me to visit the university when I went to KL alone. Jeremy Lee, APU scholarship student

Students unsure about which degree to choose can go into APU’s Foundation Programme which is uniquely designed to guide students into the right degree course. 

Asia Pacific University academic staff will guide students each step of the way so that by the time they complete the Foundation, they know which area to focus on for their degree studies.

the Degree Foundation at APU is ideal for you because it is purposely designed to prepare you for entry into a degree in many areas of Information  Technology, Business or Engineering.

APU designed their Degree Foundation to ensure students gain the skills in communications, research, English, maths, technology (including Information Technology) and general study methods.

During the Foundation, APU provides an introduction to Business and IT or Engineering so that you can make an

APU's new ultra-modern University Campus located within Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) set to be ready in early 2015.

APU’s new ultra-modern University Campus located within Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) set to be ready in early 2015.

informed choice of degree when you have completed the Foundation. Depending on your choice you can go on to study full time for a 3-year Honours degree in ITGames, Media, Business areas or a 4-year Honours degree in Engineering, which is internationally benchmarked.

The modules studied help develop your study skills, introduce you to what you can expect on your degree and also allow you to discover what you can study depending on whether you choose a degree in Business, Accounting & Finance, Banking & Finance, Actuarial Studies, Media, Information Technology or Engineering. The modules are:

Subjects for the Foundation in Engineering at Asia Pacific University

Semester 1 (12 weeks)

  • Communication Skills
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Personal Development & Study Methods
  • IT Applications
  • Mathematics

Semester 2 (12 weeks)

Business & Finance Computing & Technology Engineering Design Journalism & Creative Media International Studies
Introduction to Business Introduction to Business Introduction to Business Design Team Project Writing Skills for Journalists Introduction to International Relations
Individual, State & Society Individual, State & Society Individual, State & Society Imaging / Production Skills for Design Introduction to Journalism History & Practice Individual, State & Society
Global Business Trends Computing & IT Engineering Mathematics Major Project 1 Global Business Trends Global Business Trends
Public Speaking in English Public Speaking in English Public Speaking in English Design Theory and Practice 1 Public Speaking in English Public Speaking in English

Semester 3 (12 weeks)

Business & Finance Computing & Technology Engineering Design Journalism & Creative Media International Studies
Academic Research Skills Academic Research Skills Academic Research Skills Academic Research Skills Academic Research Skills Academic Research Skills
Principles of Accounts Further Mathematics Mechanical Science History of Design and Media Critical International Film Studies Issues in Development Studies
Economics for Business Introduction to Multimedia Applications Engineering Science Major Project 2 Journalism and Society Geography and the Environment
Perspectives in Technology Perspectives in Technology Electrical and Electronic Principal Design Theory and Practice 2 English for Journalist Critical International Film Studies
Co-Curricular Co-Curricular Co-Curricular Co-Curricular Co-Curricular Co-Curricular

You may then proceed to Level 1 of a Degree of your choice in the following pathways:

Business & Finance Computing & Technology Engineering Design Journalism & Creative Media International Studies
PRIMARY PATHWAYS
  • Business & Management
  • Accounting, finance, Banking & Quantitative Studies
  • Media & Mass Communications
  • Computing & Technology
  • Engineering
  • Applied Technology
  • Design Innovation & Brand Management
  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Journalism
  • Creative Media Technology
  • International Studies and Sustainability
SECONDARY PATHWAYSStudents may also choose the following:
  • Computing & Technology
  • Design Innovation & Brand Management
  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Creative Media Technology
  • International Studies and Sustainability
  • Journalism
  • Business & Management
  • Accounting, Finance, Banking & Quantitative Studies
  • Media & Mass Communications
  • Design Innovation & Brand Management
  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Creative Media Technology
  • International Studies and Sustainability
  • Journalism
  • Computing & Technology
  • Accounting, Finance, Banking & Quantitative Studies
  • Business & Management
  • Media & Mass Communications
  • Design Innovation & Brand Management
  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Creative Media Technology
  • International Studies & Sustainability
  • Journalism
  • Computing & Technology
  • Accounting, Finance, Banking & Quantitative Studies
  • Business & Management
  • Media & Mass Communications
  • Creative Media Technology
  • International Studies & Sustainability
  • Journalism
  • Computing & Technology
  • Accounting, Finance, Banking & Quantitative Studies
  • Business & Management
  • Media & Mass Communications
  • Design Innovation & Brand Management
  • International Studies & Sustainability
  • Computing & Technology
  • Accounting, Finance, Banking & Quantitative Studies
  • Business & Management
  • Media & Mass Communications
  • Design Innovation & Brand Management
  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Creative Media Technology
  • Journalism

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Top Foundation Recognised Globally at HELP University and HELP College of Arts & Technology (HELP CAT)

HELP‘s Foundation in Science and Foundation in Arts programmes aim to provide

HELP University

HELP University

  • To incorporate a certain degree of flexibility where students can make their choice of selecting a discipline at a later stage rather than at the beginning of the course
  • Subjects such as Study Skills and Critical Thinking Skills are added to give the students an edge over others
  • Extracurricular activities as well as good pastoral care are emphasized to ensure that students obtain a holistic education

Semester 1 (5 Core = 18 credit hours)

  • Intermediate English (4 credit hours)
  • Calculus (4 credit hours)
  • Computing Principles (4 credit hours)
  • Study Skills (3 credit hours)
  • Personal Development and Leadership (3 credit hours)

Semester 2 (2 Core + 2 Electives = 16 credit hours)

  • Advanced English (Pre-requisite: Intermediate English) (4 credit hours)

    Science Lab at HELP University

    Science Lab at HELP University

  • Critical Thinking Skills (4 credit hours)
  • 2 Electives

Semester 3 (1 Core + 3 Electives = 16 credit hours)

  • Culture, Arts and Politics (4 credit hours)
  • 3 Electives

Science Electives (must complete two [2] sets)
(Each elective subject – 4 credit hours)

  • Biology I: Molecules, Cells and Energy
  • Biology II: Systems and Functions
  • Chemistry I: Elements, Compounds and Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry II: Thermochemistry and Organic Chemistry 2 (pre-requisite: Chemistry I)

    World-class chemistry lab at HELP University to produce top achievers in the A-Levels

    World-class chemistry lab at HELP University to produce top achievers

  • Physics I: Mechanics, Light and Optics
  • Physics II: Fluid Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism (pre-requisite: Physics I)

Electives (each Elective subject – 4 credit hours)

  • C Programming
  • Economic Principles
  • Engineering Mathematics Applications
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Internet Principles
  • Introduction to Human Communication
  • Introduction to Legal Studies
  • Psychology for Personal Development
  • Statistics
  • Visual Basic Programming

HELP’s Foundation in Science is accepted for direct entry into Medicine by the following universities:

Malaysia

  • International Medical University (IMU) 
  • Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed)

Russia

  • Auditorium at HELP University

    Auditorium at HELP University

    Moscow Medical Academy

  • Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy
  • Volgograd State Medical University

Duration: 6 years at the Russian university
Guaranteed first 60 admissions if students meet the following criteria:
Minimum 5 credits in SPM (B- grade in at least 5 of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and another subject
* Average score of Distinction in the HELP Foundation in Science programme

Partial list of universities for direct entry and will vary from programme to programme. Please contact EduSpiral for more details.

  • Australia
    HELP College of Arts and Technology, part of the HELP Education Group, is a new campus located strategically near the Chan Sow Lin LRT station in Kuala Lumpur.

    HELP College of Arts and Technology, part of the HELP Education Group, is a new campus located strategically near the Chan Sow Lin LRT station in Kuala Lumpur.

    • Bond University
    • Edith Cowan University
    • Flinders University
    • Macquarie University
    • Monash University
    • Murdoch University
    • Swinburne University of Technology
    • University of Ballarat
    • University of Queensland
    • University of South Australia
  • New Zealand
    • Massey University
    • University of Canterbury
  • United Kingdom
    • Cardiff Business School
    • Middlesex University
    • Northumbria University
    • Oxford Brookes University
    • Swansea University

      Recording Studio at HELP University for their Communication Degree students

      Recording Studio at HELP University for their Communication Degree students

    • University of Derby
    • University of Essex
    • University of Leeds
    • University of Liverpool
    • University of London (international programme)
    • University of Nottingham (Malaysian campus)
    • University of Portsmouth
    • University of Surrey
    • University of the West of England, Bristol
    • University of Sheffield

Students can take the Foundation course at HELP University at Pusat Bandar Damansara or at HELP College of Arts & Technology at Sungai Besi.

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Kian Yong (Mechanical Engineering) at UCSI University and Hong Ann (Software Engineering) at Asia Pacific University

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