February 17, 2009

海外升学新途径 ( HKU Space Global College Suzhou ))


一般上,打算出国留学的学生们,都会先想起欧美澳等国。再者,就会考虑先在国内的私立院校就读双联课程,两三年后再把学分转移至海外大学,继续完成最后的一两年学士课程。相对于前者,这种途径是比较实惠及可行的;因此,每一年都有一批又一批的学子通过此沟道出国留学,追求他们人生的美梦。近年来,随着中国经济社会的蓬勃发展,再加上全球学习及运用中文的热潮,已经有不少的学生及家长们开始把目标转移至这个海外升学的新据点。

隶属于世界名校香港大学辖下的香港大学专业进修学院(HKU SPACE港大思培),已经在2005年落户中国江苏省苏州工业园区独墅湖高等教育区。苏州港大思培学院重点开发的2+2海外留学课程(商科副学士学位),更是凭着香港大学及港大思培的良好声誉以及与世界各知名大学的密切合作关系,提供了学分转移的直接沟道。这项课程的设置(包括会计、工商行政管理、市场营销、国际金融、国际贸易、物流管理、酒店管理、商务英语等专业)相等于一般海外大学第一及第二年的课程纲要。因此,毕业生可凭着国际广泛认可的港大副学士学位(Associate Degree),直通学院的海外教育合作伙伴大学就读本科学士学位最后一至二年的课程。

在苏州港大思培学院,我们提供纯英语的学习环境,所有的教材与教学内容均以英语为主。所有的老师都掌握精准的英语,无论是课上教学,还是课外的交流,都能够让你在纯英语的环境中有进步的空间。在日常生活中,学生们又有很多机会锻炼自己的中文。这种双语的学习与生活环境,将会给学生们带来更具竞争力的条件。师资方面,学院聚集了来自英美澳、马新、香港及中国等地的老师们所组成的强大而完善的教学团队。这种种的优势让我们满怀信心地向学生们推荐及提供专业、优质、完善的教育。

在2+2海外留学及学分转移的教育衔接安排中,我院已经和英美澳等国共四十多所大学建立教育合作伙伴关系。现阶段,我院正积极地与更多的海外大学安排及签定升学协议书,让我们的毕业生在“升学直通车”的概念下,在港大思培两年的学习毕业后,可以直接到这些大学继续追求更高的学位和梦想。在学院的指导下,成绩出类拔萃的学生,更能够申请就读其他世界一流的名校,甚至直接进入学士课程最后一年就读。为了提供全方位的服务,协助学生出国,学院也安排了免费的雅思(IELTS)培训课程以及海外升学辅导服务,定期为学生进行咨询和提供海外升学资料,以最全面的资源为学生们提供专业的升学辅导。

人称“上有天堂,下有苏杭”,位于江南地带的苏州是一座以园林及水乡而著称的文化古城。在苏州两年的学习生活中,学生有机会亲身体验到这个人间天堂的的无限魅力。苏州位于中国经济最繁荣的长江三角洲地区,距离上海仅不到1个小时的车程,交通便利,景色宜人。这座历史悠久的古城正好集古典传承及现代科技和经济发展为一体。学院所处的苏州工业园区更是中国境内一个未来发展方向的高端科技发展区域。至目前为止,已有超过14,500家各国企业进驻本区,同时也设有设施齐全的繁荣商业区和幽静住宅区。在这样充满活力及创造力的氛围和环境中,苏州港大思培学院正迅速地发展及壮大,为学生们提供更理想、完善的学习环境。

计划出国留学,不能不考虑现实的经费问题。在马来西亚,一般两年的双联课程收费为4-5万零吉左右;再加上生活费,两年下来全数大概需要6-7万零吉。在苏州港大思培学院,两年的学费为5万元人民币(约2万5千零吉),再加上材料费、生活费及住宿费,两年的费用约4万5千零吉左右。单单就费用而言,相对于国内的双联课程,港大思培学院的课程是非常实惠的。在获取副学士学位后,通过学分转移的教育衔接安排,前往海外大学继续就读的同时,学生们也有机会亲身体验中国,特别是苏州这个一年四季气候不同,有别于马来西亚四季如夏的生活经验。

Award winning architect to be awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Melbourne




World renowned Malaysian architect Hijjas bin Kasturi will be honoured by the University of Melbourne with an honorary doctorate during a graduation ceremony on December 17.

Mr Kasturi, who graduated from the University’s then Faculty of Architecture in 1965, will take part in a public graduation ceremony in the University’s Wilson Hall at 2.30pm on Wednesday December 17, alongside graduating Engineering and Architecture, Building and Planning students.

Professor Tom Kvan, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, says the award will recognise Mr Kasturi’s long standing contributions to architecture across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as architectural education.

“Mr Kasturi has contributed numerous iconic buildings across the Malaysia and helped shaped key aspects the Kuala Lumpur skyline – he is often referred to Malaysia’s first architect hero.

“His contribution to architectural education has also been very important. He was instrumental in establishing Malaysia’s first professional degree in architecture at MARA Institute of Technology from 1967. Hijjas has maintained his connection with the Faculty through regular return visits and fostering the fledgling careers of new Melbourne graduates through work experience or continuing positions. He continues to actively engage in architectural education through occasional lectures and as an external examiner in Malaysia.”

February 16, 2009

Demand for New Generation courses surges – and Arts tops the pops!



The University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Arts - a cornerstone of the University’s Melbourne Model - is by far the most popular course in Victoria and probably Australia, according to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Committee’s December ‘Pop Polls’ data.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter McPhee the Bachelor of Arts has a significant lead of around 800 over the next University of Melbourne course and, in fact, over any course offered at another institution.”

The University of Melbourne has seen strong demand for study at Melbourne in 2009 – with the December ‘Pop Polls’ showing a substantial surge in demand for Melbourne Model New Generation courses in 2009.

First preferences for the six Melbourne Model courses are up 11 per cent on 2008 and total preferences up 14 per cent. Melbourne has received 6208 first preferences for New Generation degrees in 2009 compared to 5608 last year with total preferences for these degrees at 20445 for 2009 compared with 17864.

Professor McPhee says that in order to provide an accurate comparison of all 2008 and 2009 preferences for Melbourne it is necessary to remove data on seven courses, including Medicine and Education, which are not offered in 2009.

”Those courses accounted for more than 1600 first preferences in 2008. Taking those first preferences out of the equation, Melbourne's first preferences for all courses offered in 2009 are actually up by over 1000.”

Professor McPhee says that using first preferences as a measure of popularity, the success of the Melbourne Model is evident with five of the new generation degrees ranked in the top eight courses, and Melbourne Arts, Science and Commerce are three of the four most sought-after courses in Victoria.

“We are delighted that our Science first preferences up by 30 per cent and Biomedicine by 46 per cent.”

Professor McPhee points out that the ‘Pop Poll’ figures are for preferences expressed by prospective students. “The real evidence of success is the offers we make on Tuesday 20 January 2009 and which are accepted. We are confident the offers and acceptances will again show the strength of demand for our Melbourne Model undergraduate programs.”



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February 02, 2009

Why study abroad?

TOP 10 reasons why you should study in a foreign country
Have you considered studying abroad, but are not sure whether it's worth your time and money?

Those who has studied abroad will most certainly tell you it is a rewarding, life-changing experience they have ever had! This is why ...


1. Enhance the value of your degree

2. Opportunity to break out of your academic routine

3. Develop communication and problem-solving skills

4. Know yourself & discover your potential

5. Enhance employment opportunities

6. Great way to learn a language

7. Opportunity to make friends around the world

8. A chance to travel

9. Experience different cultures

10. Expand your world view