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The Common Challenges Students Face When Studying Abroad

Many of us dream of travelling world, exploring everything that this planet has to offer while embarking on the journey of a lifetime. This may seem like a pipe dream to some but to others, this is dream is transformed into a goal that is well within grasp. I’m talking about students. Studying abroad is one of the most fulfilling life-changing experiences you can ever undertake which is why an increasing number of students are getting involved every year.

So, you’ve planned your destination, you’ve enrolled in your course and you’re getting ready to explore the Great Unknown. Now what? Well, as with all things in life, studying abroad doesn’t come without its problem. To give you a head start so you can make the best out of your experience, here is a list of common problem most migrant students face and how to deal with them effectively.
Feeling Alone Easily the most common problem with students travelling abroad, it’s easy to feel like you’re an outsider. The people around you may be…
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Primary School Student Physically Abused by Teacher, Yet Headmistress Defended Abuser

Malaysiakini: A police report has been lodged against a Mathematics teacher who allegedly heated a metal sharpener and placed it on a pupil's cheek after the boy played in the classroom during lessons. [...]

"He heated up the metal sharpener by vigorously rubbing it on the floor and when it became heated, he placed it on three different spots on my son's cheek. This caused blisters to the extent of the skin peeling off.

"The teacher did not stop there. He also slapped my son several times on the spot where the wounds were," Said claimed. This is so sickening! This teacher abuser must be sent to jailed on top of banning from ever becoming a teacher again. Glad that the parent has lodged a police report is determined that this incident must be brought to justice.

Tamiler Otrumai Kudumbum on Facebook:
Guru besar sekolah rendah kebangsaan Port Dickson hendak mencuba settle dengan ayah mangsa yang telah dipukul oleh cikgu, Pandai pula guru besar dia berkata kesian…

Report about Sexual Assault at University of Malaya (UM)

[Update: we do not link to the source forum post containing the leaked report as it contains the victim's full name and personal details]

From the leaked report:
I has been assaulted by another international student living in same resident on April 30 th in my room. I reported this incident to the authority in the University of Malaya called ISC, UM security, and the resident. Although I reported and I demanded for the safety of other students. Nevertheless, another incident by same person happened and that student who’s been attacked had gone back to his own country because of that. Today, I am writing this report to tell how University of Malaya treats its own international students and trying to warn others including new students coming in the future that they are not very reliable as they said “College reputation is more important than student’s safety.” One believes that the sexual assault incident is true from reading the full report and also news on this reported by variou…

Is the Malaysia Education System effective?

Do you think Malaysia's education system (from Form 5 to University) suits students well? Edison Ngu on Quora: As a Form 5 student this year, I would strongly say that the Malaysia education system is ultimately flawed. I do have one thing or two to say about it, though.

It is quite sad that to my observation, SPM (Malaysia Education Certificate/GCSE) is no far different from the ancient Chinese level one general exam.

Moral Studies is outdated. It has been decades since students are needed to memorise the 36 moral values. Even a single word misspelled or left out leave students with zero marks. If one doesn't memorise, don’t even expect a B+. Basically, it's rote learning (in China!) where we have to understand the content as long as the right moral values and definitions are matched to the questions.

The History textbook is poorly written. The arrangements of facts are in total snafus. Trying to locate a fact takes quite me sometime since it is flooded with fillers an…

Cara Unik Perkenalkan Diri Semasa Temuduga - Guest Post

Guest Post by Syed Shaff

Percaya tidak, tips untuk perkenalkan diri semasa temuduga, atau pun cara anda persiapkan resume untuk alam pekerjaan, memang kurang institusi yang akan beri fokus. Contoh di tempat pengajian saya dahulu, penekanan bergantung kepada salah satu subjek yang hanya meliputi dasar persediaan tips temuduga sahaja.

Lebih baik kalau dijemput penceramah yang bertauliah untuk berikan sedikit panduan dan tips terbaik untuk setiap pelajar dapat manfaatnya.
Keadaan Normal Sesi Temuduga Ahli Panel: Boleh kenalkan nama dan butiran diri anda.

Anda: Ya, nama saya Ali, umur 28 tahun. Sekarang bekerja di Osram, Pulau Pinang sebagai technician sejak 2013 lagi.

Ahli Panel: Minta kongsikan pengalaman atau peranan anda di Osram?

Anda: Di Osram, saya bekerja sebagai Proses technician. Antara tanggungjawab saya adalah menjaga ‘produk hold’ atau produk yang memerlukan untuk saya pastikan sendiri kualitinya.

Ahli Panel: bagaimana produk yang hold tadi boleh dikenal pasti?

Anda: Produk i…

Kenapa Kita Perlu Belajar? Why Do We Need to Study - Guest Post

Guest Post by Syed Shaff

Soalan ‘kenapa kita perlu belajar’ walaupun dianggap sangat asas, tapi masih lagi belum tentu ada yang boleh menjawabnya dengan baik. Kebanyakan jawapan tiada fokus utama atau pun maksud yang kita boleh rungkaikan secara meluas kenapa kita perlu susah payah, habiskan masa untuk belajar di Sekolah, Politeknik, Universiti, mahupun mana mana tempat pengajian.

Dan dalam artikel ini, persoalan ini akan dirungkai sebaik-baiknya.
Ada yang kata, kita mesti belajar supaya jadi orang pandai. Bila sudah pandai, nanti sudah besar tidak dibuli. Boleh jadi orang berguna. Belajar pun bagus, boleh dapat kerja elok.

Kesemua itu ada betulnya, tapi bagi saya sendiri.

Kita belajar adalah supaya ‘mampu membuat keputusan dengan baik’.

Kalau anda belajar, untuk dapat kerja yang diinginkan, bukan lah salah. Tapi kalau tak dapat bagaimana? Apa langkah seterusnya? Sedangkan daripada 10 orang kawan saya, lebih separuh yang bekerja bukan pada bidang yang kami belajar dahulu, iaitu Mechan…

University of Malaya (UM) Engineering Direct Intake Bachelor Programmes: 4 Years RM90,000 Total Fees

Why is Universiti Malaya (UM) offering direct intake when it already has a private university: International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW)? Is this a direct response to the government's budget cut in higher education funding? Or is it a faculty specific (money-making) initiative to take advantage of top 35 in the world university rankings by faculty: engineering & technology? In particular the top 23 in the world university rankings by subject: engineering - electrical? COME AND STUDY ENGINEERING AT ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST FACULTIES
Direct Intake to UM for Malaysian Students in September 2017
UM Faculty of Engineering Direct Intake ProgrammesBachelor of Civil EngineeringBachelor of Electrical EngineeringBachelor of Chemical EngineeringBachelor of Biomedical EngineeringBachelor of Mechanical Engineering Total Fees RM 90,000
Duration 4 years
Reasons to Study engineering @ UMStudy at one of the world’s best Faculty (ranked 35 under the latest QS World University Rankings 201…