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HELP eNews

OCTOBER 2012

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Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President HELP University and Datin Chan with staff.

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Dear Students and Staff

Online Learning Collaboration with University of Derby

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I am delighted with the launch of the HELP eNews. The aim of HELP eNews is not only to inform our fraternity of students and staff about whats happening at the HELP Group, but also to ignite enthusiasm about the happenings. HELP is full of vibrancy and energy. There is never a dull moment at HELP - whether its about academic events or social activities. The vibrations at HELP are felt nation wide and are now spreading globally. What we do influences others. HELP eNews is thus a timely platform for sharing and a powerful networking engine to spread what we believe in and what we do. You will enjoy the news and the write ups and the visuals. I congratulate the team: led by Tuck Cheong, they include Dharshini, Asha, Aizad, Sharilee, Natalie, Suzila, Mohd Khairi, Joanna and Connie exciting personalities from CMD (Customer Marketing Department), Corporate Communication and the Presidents Office. Datuk Dr Paul Chan Vice-Chancellor and President HELP University
Advisor Datuk Dr Paul Chan Editorial Wong Tuck Cheong Customer Marketing Dept Design Khairuazhar Sahabudin Dept of Communication Dharshini a/p Ganeson Dept of Corporate Communication Contributors CMD & Corporate Communication

Press conference: from left Dr Wendy Liow, Datuk Dr Paul Chan, John Coyne (Vice-Chancellor, University of Derby), Andrew Hartley and Dr Julie Stone.

HELP launched its latest initiative in providing access to online education in collaboration with the University of Derby, to deliver quality online distance learning, anytime, anywhere. Derbys wide range of online undergraduate and postgraduate programmes include the Bachelor of Science (Psychology) accredited by the British Psychological Society, an MBA top up programme for ACCA and CIMA, online counselling studies, MA in Education, BSc in IT, Masters in Hospitality Management and Masters in Environmental Management and an LLM in Commercial Law for those wishing to pursue professional courses. Dr Wendy Liow, Director of Online Learning, HELP University and Vice-President of Corporate and Operational Performance said, As a regional hub of education, Malaysia must build up its online education culture and technology. Otherwise, it will lose out to other education hubs.

HELP IT Department Engages with Secondary Schools


The IT Department launched a series of initiatives this year to push ICT into the limelight for the purpose of engaging with the IT industry as well as stimulating interest among secondary school students by tapping into their natural enthusiasm for playing computers. HELP University TechDay 2012 aka HELP TechDay, aimed at providing information and insight into the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and key emerging technologies, was a successful event. Datuk Fadillah Mohd. Yusoff, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation who attended the event, felt these events were important in promoting ICT as a career option for young Malaysians. Among the recent initiatives, a Digital Story Telling Competition and the launch of a microsite for the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM). Both initiatives, succeeded in raising awareness on cancer and also its causes, risks, symptoms and treatment. Among the ten selected schools, three were finalists with SMK Jinjang winning the competition. Dr Saunthari Somasundaram, President of NCSM, Malaysia, said it was a fantastic beginning to educate the little ones, in her speech during the Digital Story Telling Competition Prize giving.

HELP Spearheads First National English Debate for Chinese Independent Secondary Schools (CISS)
The English Debate for Chinese Independent Secondary Schools was organised as part of HELPs effort to upgrade the standard of English among secondary school students in the country. Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP University, believes that English is one of the ways to improve the ability of students from CISS to enter quality tertiary level institutions. The finalists Foon Yew High School, Johor and Tsun Jin High School, KL fought over the motion, The house will ban professional athletes from competing in the Olympics, with Tsun Jin winning the top prize. Two teams from secondary schools in Xiamen, China specially flew in to participate in the competition. Team leader Prof Jing Chen, Vice-Chairman of Xiamen Universitys English Department, remarked it was an amazing experience for the teams. HELP Universitys Chinese Education and Culture Director Lai Sin Siang hopes to organise the competition annually.

HELP senior management posing with winners of the microsite design and their school principals.

Members of the champion team posing with their teachers and Dr Choong Yeow Wei, President of HELP CAT

HELP Lecturers Dominate Malaysian Toray Science Foundation Awards


HELPs A-Level science lecturers proved they are top by winning the Malaysian Toray Science Foundation award yet again. This years submission for the annual competition was a project titled Dancing Parallel Wires - Integration of Demonstration and Teaching Model by physics lecturer Mr Seow Yoke Hock. Toray is a Japanese Foundation collaborating with the Ministry of Education to promote science and technology education through research and competition in schools and universities. The prestigious and lucrative Award is given each year to the most innovative and original projects submitted by science teachers and judged by leading professors from top universities in Malaysia. Since 2005, the Award has been won seven times by HELPs lecturers - five by Mr Ling Toh Woon and two by Mr Seow Yoke Hock - all of them first prizes with a cash value of RM6,000 each.

Mr Seow holds a BSc in Applied Physics with First Class Honours from Universiti Malaya

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Project Self-Help Gives Hope to Young Refugees

Joyful conclusion to a meaningful community project; with Datuk Dr Chan (centre) are HELP University Chancellor Dato Paul Leong (on Dr Chans right), and CEO Datin Chan Kam Yoke (on Dato Paul Leongs right).

Project Self-Help is an initiative to enable young refugees in Malaysia gain skills and training for the duration they are in Malaysia. The project was launched in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The first phase saw 174 students receive their graduation scrolls. Their joy was shared with parents and relatives in the presence of Project Director Adam Chan and UNHCR

representative Alan Vernon. This project is an actualization of HELPs mission statement to help people succeed in life and to live a life of significance though education. At HELP we feel that everyone, regardless of ethnicity, social or economic background should have equal opportunity to education, said Adam Chan.

HELP Scholarships to Benefit Indian Community


32 Indian students received scholarships worth RM393,655 to pursue courses at HELP University, HELP College of Arts and Technology and HELP Academy in Business, Psychology, Hospitality Management, Information Technology, Law, Accounting and Finance, Engineering, American Degree Program and Culinary Arts. They come from backgrounds which inhibit access to educational opportunities. The 32 scholarships are part of HELPs scholarship fund worth RM2.2 million to help Indian youths in education. Commenting on the scholarship initiative, Datuk Dr Paul Chan, ViceChancellor and President of HELP University, said it is part of HELP Universitys Corporate Social Responsibility. At HELP, we are always mindful of our commitment to the betterment of society through providing educational opportunities. Every year HELP provides financial assistance through scholarships and bursaries. The HELP MIC Youth Scholarship is another significant step in our effort to upgrade human resource capital in the interest of all-round development in Malaysia.

Scholarship recipients with Datuk Dr Paul Chan (centre), Mr Mahaganapathy Dass, Higher Education Bureau National MIC Youth.

Spontaneous display of affection as the young sibling of a scholarship recipient snuggles up warmly to Datuk Dr Chan. Page 3

World Tourism Day at HELP


One of the most colourful and joyous of events at HELP, in which students and faculty indulge with gusto and high spirits to celebrate the richness and diversity of the worlds cultures and ethnicities.

For Prof Simic, Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, staging cross-cultural bashes is second nature to him.

Mr Alastair McAlpine, Manager of Four Seasons Hotel in Pulau Langkawi, casts his vote for the Best Dressed Girl in the box held by Hi Yi Pink.

Early Literacy Conference and Childrens Book Fair


HELP University will launch two major Early Literacy initiatives in November 2012: the Early Literacy Conference 23-25 November, and the Childrens Book Fair 20-27 November. The latest best practices in EL will be presented, and concurrent sessions will allow parents and educators to master techniques to help the development of EL skills and abilities for children. The Childrens Book Fair, the first of its kind in institutions of private higher learning in Malaysia, will offer over 20,000 childrens titles imported from the US at affordable prices to parents, educators, kindergartens and schools. As part of HELP Universitys Early Literacy Initiative, a Childrens Library and a Childrens Museum will be launched at the conference.

HELP Team Grabs MAPCU Championship


The HELP table tennis team under captain Grace Chiu Soo Jiin beat the competition to win the MAPCU Table Tennis Championship. The diminutive Grace Chiu is a human dynamo, and a champion in her own right: she is a national player, and coaches HELP students in the sport.

Grace Chius own victory pose

The team in a champions pose.

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