Monash University: A world class institution with the convenience of proximity
Monash University Sunway Campus (MUSC) was first set up in Malaysia in 1998 at the invitation of the Malaysian government in its efforts to bring world-class international universities to its shores. What began as a humble campus of just a few hundred students has grown to more than 5,600 students today in a RM200 million state-of-the-art campus which underwent a massive expansion plan in 2007, and is continually upgraded to better meet the needs of its students.
The university is well equipped with some of the most up-to-date and high performance equipments to serve the many disciplines within its seven Schools. Among some of the facilities include 24 engineering laboratories dedicated to selected specialisations including robotics and mechatronics, and a Virtual Practice Environment for the training of pharmacy students. To enrich students' educational experience, new facilities such as the Monash Simulated Trading Lab, Neurobusiness Behavourial Lab and Focus Group Discussion Room have been recently set-up. Students will be able to see theory put into practice.
The campus houses research facilities including the South East Asian Community Observatory, a cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration that is piloting a study in south Malaysia on community health, and the Brain Research Institute Malaysia (BRIM) which is partnering with the Prime Minister's Department to look into medicinal and aromatic plants to fight brain diseases. The campus is also gaining ground in research in the areas of green electronics and the halal ecosystem.
Students also have access to over 420,000 electronic books, 85,000 print and electronic journals, and 1,100 networked electronic databases as well as online lectures, reading lists and past exam papers.
Monash University Sunway Campus is currently ranked 61 under the QS World University Rankings 2012, and continues to provide tertiary education of the highest order. Courses at Monash University Sunway campus are accredited in Malaysia and Australia, ensuring an education that is locally relevant and internationally recognised.
As a research-led university, the university also encourages and teaches its students to contribute ideas, create impact and change lives.
MUSC has more than 100 partner universities of stellar reputation around the world, as well as Monash University campuses in two other countries – Australia and South Africa – to select for international exchange studies which gives students an opportunity to experience the culture and environment of foreign universities while ensuring the quality of their degrees. Partner universities include the University of Warwick, UK; Glasgow School of Art, UK; King's College London, UK; Sun Yat-sen University, China; Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, China; National University of Singapore, Singapore; Boston College, USA; University of Bologna, Italy; University of Florence, Italy and Science Po, Paris.
The Sunway Campus itself is a hub of cross-cultural and international influences, with thirty per cent of the student body comprising students from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Pakistan, Australia, China, Africa, Korea, Maldives and many more. Coupled with highly experienced academics from all over the world, MUSC is an ideal destination for an international study experience.
“I learnt a lot from my friends from all over the world and the different ways of seeing the same thing from different point of views. I personally felt that this was something that really helped me to grow,” said Bangladesh national Amid Hossain Chowdhury, who graduated from Monash University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce majoring in Accounting, Banking and Finance.
Amid, who is currently working for international audit firm KPMG back home, said the cross-cultural learning experience in Monash University Sunway Campus left a lasting impact on him, and has made him “wiser” in making decisions at his workplace.
“I loved the campus, my course outline and the lecturers. The lecturers were really helpful and friendly and helped me a lot when I first went there and throughout my course,” he said of his experience at MUSC.
In selecting the best university for tertiary study, major considerations often include geographical and cultural factors. Located in majority-Muslim Malaysia, MUSC is an ideal choice for Bangladeshi students due to its proximity to home, as well as similar religious practices.
Malaysia also shares similar cultures, values and even food, thus making it easier for students from Bangladesh to adapt. Topped off with affordable tuition fees and an excellent academic record, MUSC has proven to be a very popular choice for Bangladesh students seeking to pursue their tertiary education in a world-class institution.
For Tazkia Arusa, 22, the fact that one of the top-rated universities in the world was located so close to home was one of the main reasons for her decision to take up her Bachelor of Business and Commerce studies at MUSC.
“Malaysia is closer to Bangladesh than Australia, the weather is more or less similar to my country and as Malaysia is an Asian country, its culture and food is similar to ours.
“I was eager because as Malaysia was closer to home I could travel back to my country more frequently on holidays or ask my family come to visit me here as this country is a good destination for holidays,” said the first year student.
“But most importantly, receiving a degree which is taught by brilliant lecturers in a nice environment and recognised by the Australian governing bodies was the most fascinating part,” she said.
Upon her arrival at the Sunway campus in 2012, Tazkia said she felt “alive and satisfied” upon discovering the many facilities and infrastructure in the university, and pointed out that her lecturers were extremely qualified, and very helpful when approached for consultation.
Tazkia stayed at the Sunway-Monash Residence, a well-equipped hostel facility for students which can accommodate 2,000 students and is connected directly to the campus via a double-decker bridge.
MUSC is located strategically in a township, and is just a stone's throw from numerous parks, hotels, shopping centres, healthcare facilities and schools.
Students will be able to enjoy top-notch facilities and quality academic learning at the university, and be spoilt for choice for food, entertainment and leisure activities just outside the campus.
For more information about Monash University Sunway Campus, please visit www.monash.edu.my.
Contact in Bangladesh:
Fast Track Education Services Ltd.
44/12 West Panthapath (1st floor), Dhaka-1205
(Opposite Samorita Hospital)
T: +880 2 8113171
M: +880 01730 066 341,
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