Driven to excel

Driven to excel

Mr Muhammad Solyh, 24, was an English teacher at secondary school level after his National Service for over a year. This teaching stint made him realise that his long-term dream was to become a lecturer.

To pursue his dream career, he chose Kaplan Higher Education Academy to gain the skills and knowledge that would increase his employability in a relevant private sector, which would boost his portfolio when applying to be a lecturer in the future.

He adds: "I would like to challenge myself and explore other career options through acquiring new knowledge gained from this programme."

He decided to pursue a course at the Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) as it is a premier educational institution with reputable research and collegiate pedigree.

The RHUL is ranked 17th overall in the United Kingdom by the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE). For citations by THE, it was ranked number one in the UK and 11th in the world, making it a world premier research institution.

Recognised degree, reputable university

Mr Ahmad Mahmood, 62, is proud of his son's decision to pursue his studies at Kaplan and wholeheartedly believes that his son will be able to receive a quality education from a prestigious university in the UK.

"In the past, parents had to send their children abroad to study if they wanted to have a degree from a reputable foreign university. Now, more parents like myself are aware that our child can study in Singapore and still receive a well-recognised degree from a foreign university," he says.

From his son's experience, the quality of learning in local private institutions has improved greatly compared to the past, he says.

Kaplan sets itself apart from other institutions and other programme offerings due to its "international focus". An international outlook is important for his son's choice specialisation - International Business.

Most importantly, the comprehensive nature of the programme allows him to opt for a full-time rather than part-time course and complete his course in 18 months.

"I believe in my son's choice to study at Kaplan. As his father, I fully supported his decision," he says.

Focused learning from overseas lecturers

Mr Solyh is now into his third year of studies in a Bachelor of Science in Management with International Business.

Mr Ahmad can see his son's educational pursuit progressing steadily and growing professionally and personally as the condensed full-time programme makes the best use of one's time and full concentration.

Firstly, lecturers from Royal Holloway University of London in the UK fly to Singapore to conduct workshops, an invaluable interaction that makes for a good learning experience.

Secondly, he is impressed by the quality of the study materials his son brings home and that he gets to learn from a global faculty with extensive teaching experience.

Broader perspective, future ready

The modules such as The Global Economy and Modern Business in Comparative Perspective approach economics from a broad perspective by incorporating culture and philosophy.

This approach will benefit him in the future when he re-enters the teaching profession as a lecturer - a broad-based approach, where examples can be made more relevant to students' daily life, will make economic theories and business concepts more applicable and easier to grasp.

Ultimately, a major challenge students like Mr Solyh face is time management and Kaplan's city campus at Wilkie Edge provides the academic and administrative support his son's needs in order to focus and excel.

One has to be responsible for one's learning and juggle studies with personal interests wisely to achieve the desired outcome.

He adds: "As long as the parents keep an open mind and give their child the support, he or she will succeed."

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