Despite the ongoing global pandemic, Yes2Malaysia, the biggest Malaysia education exhibition, is determined to provide Bruneian students with a virtual pathway to the country’s top-ranking universities from the comfort of their homes.
Organised by REXPO, Education Malaysia Global Assist (EMGA), Jenko Mindworks Education Centre and MEG Education Services, the Yes2Malaysia event coming this weekend, will be its first virtual edition held in the sultanate.
General Manager of REXPO Steve Santhosh, in an interview with The Bruneian, said that this virtual edition of Yes2Malaysia represented a way to tell Bruneian students that they can pursue and explore educational pathways abroad even in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Through our Yes2Malaysia virtual edition, they (students) can visit the expo from the comfort of their homes either through mobile or laptop,” he explained.
He added that students may also chat directly with representatives from the universities for free assessment and consultation as well as look over the MQA certificate of each programme, which has already been uploaded on their respective E-booths.
As many as 23 top ranking Malaysian universities are set to take part in the education expo, according to Santhosh, featuring a diverse set of courses, from the field of engineering to medicine including business and law.
Each university said the general manager, is not only internationally accredited but also recognised by the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council.
According to data by Yes2Malaysia, the top three courses rated by students from Brunei, Myanmar and Indonesia offered by Malaysian universities are in engineering, health sciences and information technology.
Furthermore, Santhosh explained that all universities in Malaysia including public institutions are conducting their lectures online while the nation’s borders are still closed.
Therefore, he added, Bruneian students who wish to study in Malaysian universities can start their education immediately via online at their respective homes.
“Once the borders are opened officially, only then are they required to attend the classes physically, but until then the classes will be carried out online,” he continued.
Santhosh went on to say that Yes2Malaysia has representatives based here in the sultanate, in partnership with MEG Educational Services where applicants will be assisted according to the rules that have been set by Brunei’s Ministry of Education.
Senior Partner at REXPO and member of the EMGA advisory board, Farah Diyana noted how the Yes2Malaysia expo has been organised in Brunei Darussalam for 12 straight years and expressing gratitude at how the reception has grown gradually over the decade.
“When we started this expo, honestly there were some reservations expressed by Malaysian universities, mainly on how small the Bruneian market is, however, we realise there is so much potential here,” she explained.
Farah revealed that as of last year, almost 450 students from Brunei are studying in various universities throughout Malaysia, in both public and private-owned institutions.
“As neighbours, Brunei is quite close and familiar with Malaysia, along with the expat communities and fellow Malaysians residing in Brunei,” she said.
Farah then assured those interested in taking part in the Yes2Malaysia virtual edition, that they will be guided from start to finish, to ensure that students are matched with the right courses and are able to proceed with their studies in Malaysia smoothly.
“We will also be looking through fees, underlying costs and accommodate (if applicable) with them, so the students will be in good hands,” she continued.
If you are interested in continuing your studies in Malaysia or need more information, please register yourself at the Yes2Malaysia website at http://www.yes2malaysia.com
The virtual education expo will commence this Saturday until Sunday, from 4pm to 8pm.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN