Renewed hope after college’s abrupt closure

SEGi University & Colleges has welcomed a group of students from FTMS College, which had recently closed down. The sudden closure of the college meant many of its students were left campus-less to complete their studies, particularly those in their final year.

“It is most unfortunate to hear the troubling situation of the FTMS students, and we are happy to have them at our campus,” said Stella Lau, Managing Director of SEGi University & Colleges.

Lau said SEGi had worked closely with the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) throughout the affected students’ credit transferring process. She then elaborated that the FTMS students are now enrolled in its Diploma of Psychology at SEGi College Subang, as well as Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Diploma in Hotel Management at SEGi College Kota Damansara. These students began their classes on 29 August and 3 September, respectively.

In recent years, many private higher education institutions (PHEIs) have faced many challenges in keeping their doors open. “Education is a highly competitive industry. All PHEIs should have a solid and sustainable business model, with achievable short- and long-term goals,” commented Lau. “Lack of quality accredited programmes or offering discounted fees for mediocre courses would only lead to poor student enrolment. As a result, a low-performing PHEI will have to close down or become dormant,” she added.

Lau also highlighted a reduction in student enrolment from 20% – 50% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent statistics indicating 72.1% of students are uninterested in continuing their studies beyond secondary school.

“We must not only prioritise academic excellence and research, but also pay attention to widening access and participation to learning opportunities, and providing holistic education experience to promote lifelong learning,” she elaborated.

On another note, SPM graduates should also do their homework before deciding on a higher education institution. “Look out for colleges or universities with a strong track record, and avoid too-good-to-be-true offers. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest, so don’t go cheap on your education,” Lau advised.

Being one of the leading higher education groups in Malaysia, SEGi University & Colleges has achieved over 45 years of excellence through its continuous delivery of quality, affordable and flexible programmes.

“SEGi’s strong presence and active role in transforming Malaysia’s education landscape are well-recognised locally and internationally. We stand committed to our brand promise, ‘The Best In You, Made Possible’,” Lau said.

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