Friday, December 7

KDU Learners Cambridge Campaign

KDU University College 
Students Excel at Cambridge Learner Awards 2012

Since 1983, KDU University College (KDUUC)’s A-Level students have readily gained acceptance into prestigious universities in the UK, US, Australia, and Singapore, based on their excellent results.  Our students once again have done us proud by winning top honours at the recent Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards ceremony for June 2012 that was held at Armada Hotel, Petaling Jaya on 22nd November 2012.

Jolyn Tan Lay Shian with her parents
Heading the list is KDU UC’s Best Overall Student, Jolyn Tan Lay Shian (Arts), a JPA-sponsored student, who garnered two awards in the June 2012 examinations.  She won the Top in the World award for Accounting (A-Level) as well as the First Place in Malaysia - Best Across 3 A-Level Subjects award.  Jolyn is currently pursuing her Degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Warwick, Coventry.  Jolyn’s mother, Lily Neoh, who received the award on her behalf believes that her daughter’s success is due to the fact that “She is a very determined, self-disciplined, and self-motivated individual.”  Jolyn found the teaching methodologies to be extremely useful while pursuing her A-Level studies at KDU UC because they help equip her with research skills that are essential when pursuing a degree programme.  In an e-mail to KDUUC, Jolyn added, “I try to understand concepts rather than memorise them.  Also, I wish to express my gratitude to my lecturers for their willingness to guide me whenever I needed their help”.

Wong Jin Eu at University of Oxford
Another notable high achiever is Wong Jin Eu, a home schooled student through O-Levels who won the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award - Top in Malaysia for History (A-Level).  After much hard work and diligence, Wong Jin Eu is now living his dreams after being accepted to read History at the University of Oxford.

Song Cai Li on the left and Yvonne Ng Ee Lyn on the right 
Two others who made into KDU UC’s roll of honour are Yvonne Ng Ee Lyn, a JPA sponsored student and Song Cai Li, a Petronas sponsored student, who both won the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards-Top in the World for Mathematics (A-Level).  “I practised very hard and put my full concentration during classes.  The lecturers are indeed helpful and lessons provided are very organized. “It is not your aptitude that determines your altitude but it is by your attitude,” said Yvonne.

“I would love to further my studies in Chemical Engineering and I'm looking into pursuing my Masters later on.  I frequently visit the library to gain resources.  The lecturers in KDUUC are very passionate, thus giving us the motivation to study.  I believe that if a student wants to be successful, he or she needs to study hard and most importantly, believe in themselves” echoed Song Cai Li.

The Head of School for Pre-University Studies at KDUUC is Dr Todd Nelson, an American, who has been in Malaysia since 1998.  “Our school motto is ‘Learn Well, Do Well, Do Good’ “he says. “We encourage students to be curious, do their best, stay positive and serve others.  We’re keen for them to develop in confidence and character, as well as intellect.”  Dr Nelson believes in placing great emphasis on both pastoral care and learning excellence in his role as the Head of School.

According to Ms R. Sathyavathy, Academic Department Head for Pre-U Studies, which includes CIE A-Level and three foundation year programmes (UNSW, AUSMAT and KDU Foundations), KDUUC is very proud of the achievements of their A-Level students. “We are always pleased when students strike a good balance between serious academic studies and participation in extra-curricular activities.  And these A-Level students are excellent all-rounders” says Ms Sathyavathy, who has been with KDUUC for 16 years.
The A-Level programme at KDUUC is internationally recognised as the gateway to degree courses in various fields.  KDUUC has long maintained an impressive track record of a high percentage of  its students scoring straight A’s, since 1983.  The most recent June 2012 Examination Session saw 40% of students scoring straight A’s in the Advanced Subsidiary exam. 

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