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Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s (HWUM) Foundation Programmes Leading to UK Top Ranked Degree Courses

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia – Study at a Top Ranking UK University in Malaysia

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Those transitioning after SPM or IGCSE O-Levels towards their tertiary education will be looking forward to starting that next important chapter of their lives.  If you are fresh out of high school and still haven’t decided on an option that you are comfortable with, why not check out Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s (HWUM) foundation courses.

The HWUM Foundation Programme is streamed into two paths: business and science. Each stream helps students form a solid base of knowledge and learning, upon which they can build their career when they graduate.

The Foundation in Business prepares students who will later go on to major in fields such as business administration, management, actuarial science and more. Students who graduate from this course can proceed to specialise in Actuarial Science, data science, psychology and business.

The Foundation in Science focuses on subjects that will eventually lead students to actuarial science, engineering, psychology, quantity surveying and data analysis. It prepares students to take on any degree programme they wish to pursue after they graduate, including engineering.

These foundation courses will introduce students to academic subjects, the required study skills and proper English language training that will shape and prepare them for the next step in their study career in HWUM. Scholarships are available to deserving students and you can also save money with the Early Bird Tuition Waiver.

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Study Foundation in Malaysia & Enter into a Top Ranked UK University for Degree at Heriot-Watt

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Heriot-Watt University UK, as an institution, has been one of the many bright beacons in the world of higher education. Since its humble beginnings as the world’s first Mechanics Institute in 1821, Heriot-Watt today holds high ranks across key university league tables.

The University and their programmes are in the top rankings in the UK and globally. In 2021, Heriot-Watt was ranked at 301 by QS World University Rankings and Ranked in the top 250 universities worldwide (201-250) for Engineering and Technology by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

It is ranked 11th in UK for Mathematics (Data Science) by The Complete University Guide UK and Top 10 in UK for Mechanical Engineering by Guardian University Guide 2021.

In addition, 82% of their research ranked ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – REF 2014

See more top rankings.

In 2014, due to an influx of students from the Asean region, the university decided to establish a Malaysian branch.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) was set up in bustling Putrajaya, with the aim of bringing that same high quality UK education to Asean students, via its foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level courses.

Taking learning to another level

Heriot-Watt University is rated top in the UK for student experience

Heriot-Watt University is rated top in the UK for student experience

The Heriot-Watt Foundation Programme, which is the preferred course for high school students aiming to further study in Heriot-Watt University in the UK, Dubai or here in Putrajaya, paves the way for them to acquire skills and learning techniques required for proper degree-level studies.

HWUM has five main areas of interest, these include:

  1. engineering
  2. business
  3. psychology
  4. built environment
  5. actuarial and data science

The curriculum that HWUM adheres to is an international syllabus, created to meet the Scottish Credits and Quality Framework (SCQF) in Levels 6 and 7. It was approved by the Academic Senate of Heriot-Watt University and fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.

Although this curriculum and course learning outcomes will remain unchanged, the methods used to reach out to students have evolved. This is especially so in today’s globalised world where challenges appear to cut across different disciplines.

For that, HWUM foundation students are taught to acclimatise themselves with these issues through a challenge-based learning. This set of learning is presented to them in a structured, collaborative manner throughout lectures, tutorials and seminars.

Students are also guided and supported by a team of experienced lecturers who are also just a click of the mouse or a tap of a mobile device away.

Another important aspect besides the academic prowess of HWUM students is development of their emotional intelligence, through its commitment to produce future-ready graduates who will become the moves and shakers of the world.

Through its Positive Education approach – introduced in 2017 – HWUM aims to nurture purposeful, impactful, professional and resilient individuals by providing holistic development.

This takes the form of two extracurricular activities, the EmPOWER programme, which encourages students to hone their soft skills, such as developing positive personal qualities, building leadership qualities through group–, community– and industry-level activities.

There is also the Youth Transformation Programme that is introduced during freshman orientation, which helps students identify and achieve their full potential in areas such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking and communication.

Model of learning set for the future

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

HWUM has adopted technology that crunches out real-time data on each student’s academic progress. Using such analytics, lecturers can gauge, scrutinise and provide solutions to students that will enhance their performance.

This includes real-time access to the individual student’s performance, which enables him to gauge where he stands and allows him to better manage his study activities.

Similarly, most of HWUM’s learning activities are online, making it easier for students to take full control over their learning. This secure and non-intrusive learning analytics also helps lecturers perform an additional, important role.

HWUM introduces this new learning experience in its orientation programme to every new student joining the campus. Using this new platform, a student can hone 21st century skills and set up a roadmap to his success, as he progresses through his academic journey.

The student will learn how his brain reacts, manage relationships, set personal goals and more, as well as pick up a thing or two about online learning.

And like a social media platform, this new programme also lets him meet new friends in his programme. It even works the same way.

Beyond just teaching professionals, HWUM’s academic staff also act as mentors to the students and these analytics provide them with feedback on how to advise and offer counsel.

Technology is also integrated into the classrooms, which expands the capacities in the students’ learning experience. Students can create individualised and group activities, or to generate personal learning sessions with lecturers, making learning even more all-encompassing.

A UK Learning Experience for Malaysian Students

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Renee Tan, Mechanical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

The foundation programmes on offer at HWUM are tailored to suit a student’s pathway to their degree-level studies, with challenge-based learning provided by a team of experienced lecturers.

The courses encompass five main disciplines including engineering, business, built environment, psychology, and actuarial science and data science.

Taking into account the role technology plays in education, the internationally recognised courses at HWUM also integrate online aspects to learning, further encouraging active student participation through its new online platform.

“I find the new online platform to be user-friendly. There’s a range of services available for students such as ‘Coffee Chat’ sessions for online discussions,” said Foundation in Business student Jane Chek Zi Yan.

“I also like having a green energy bar that increases when I complete a task. It motivates me to continue completing my tasks.”

Most of the learning activities are available online, giving students more control over their studying, as well as having a platform that uses real-time data to provide student learning performance feedback.

Students and their lecturers will have access to data on their academic progress, allowing them to use these analytics to enhance their educational journeys at HWUM.

HWUM’s online platform also acts as a social platform for its students and lecturers, enabling them to interact and socialise with one another as well.

Lecturers are also assigned to students from their very first day and are just a click away via the online platform, providing guidance and support throughout their college journey.

Through their university-style teaching, students will be able to transition seamlessly into degree-level studies.

Don’t worry if you’re not too tech-savvy, just like Foundation in Science student Darren Lim, as HWUM will introduce this new online learning experience to every new student.

“It was really fun and exciting to join the Fit-for-Future programme on the online platform,” said Lim.

“It was my first time participating in an online class. I was nervous and concerned that I wouldn’t be able to connect properly or find the right tabs for my classes. After a few tries and with help from my professors the online platform is really convenient and easy-to-use.”

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation Learning Experience

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Courses in HWUM’s Foundation Programme are taught through lectures, seminars and group work over three semesters, each lasting 14 weeks. All courses taught are designed to relate directly to the progression degrees offered on their choice of programme.

After successfully completing the course, students will graduate with a Scottish Certificate of Higher Education in Foundation Studies, an internationally recognised qualification awarded by Heriot-Watt University UK.

From there on, the sky’s the limit. The option to pursue an academic career in any of Heriot-Watt University’s undergraduate degree programmes locally at HWUM, in the Dubai campus, at the headquarters in Scotland, UK or even another institution of higher education – the choice is endless.

With the right mindset, academic skills and knowledge, taking the next step towards a degree would not require a leap of faith.

What programmes are there?

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Mr. Yeo

HWUM foundation programmes offer tailored pathways in Business and Science to their undergraduate degree programmes.

The Foundation in Business, which is a total of three semesters, will prepare students progressing into specialised fields such as actuarial science, data science, psychology and business disciplines like business management and administration.

Foundation in Science, on the other hand, allows students to further their education to any degree programme they fancy such as data analysis, quantity surveying, statistical data science and engineering disciplines as well.

The programmes entail lectures, seminars and group work over the course of a three-month (14 weeks) period and will graduate with a Scottish Certificate of Higher Education in Foundation Studies from HWUM.

Upon completion of the Foundation programme, student can continue on to the relevant degree programmes below:

BUSINESS DEGREE PROGRAMMES AT HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA
DATA SCIENCE DEGREE PROGRAMME AT HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA
PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE PROGRAMMES AT HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA
ENGINEERING & BUILT ENVIRONMENT DEGREE PROGRAMMES AT HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA

Applications are Open for 2021

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s July 2020 intake is now open. Those who apply and pay for their first semester tuition fees by the end of the month will enjoy an early bird waiver worth RM4,000.

Early Bird Waivers for 2021 Intake

*Fee waiver will be deducted from the last semester of your first year of study. Number of waivers are limited for each tier. Not applicable for postgraduate intakes.

April 2021 Intake
Early Bird Waiver Deadline to apply
RM4,000 28 February 2021
RM2,500 31 March 2021
RM1,000 11 April 2021

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Intake Dates & Tuition Fees

Intakes for Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation programmes are in April, July and September of each year.

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How to Apply?

To find out how to apply or to book an online appointment with the university, please WhatsApp 01111408838

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