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19 June 2016

[The Star] Study options for adults

SEGi University and Colleges has launched the PACE Centre of Excellence (CoE) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to advocate the possibilities of further education for today’s working adults.

PACE, which stands for Professional and Continuing Education, is a breakthrough method to enable adult learners to pursue further studies at their own convenience, anywhere and anytime with programmes from a consortium of global universities.

This enables matured students to learn at their own pace and complete their studies with the assurance that they can still attend to other obligations and maintain a fulfilling work-life balance.

SEGi University and Colleges group president Datuk Mohamed Azahari Mohamed Kamil launched the event.

“SEGi understands it is essential that working adults be equipped with the relevant skills to stay on top of competition. So to make further studies within reach, SEGi created PACE,” said SEGi College Kuala Lumpur acting principal Dr See Hoon Peow.

The consortium of global universities from the United Kingdom (University of Sunderland, University of Greenwich, York St John University, University of St Mark and St John, University of London), Australia (University of Southern Queensland) and also Malaysia offers wide-ranging undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Students have a choice to select which mode of study is best-suited for them.

They can choose between attending weekend or evening classes, or supported learning where instead of attending scheduled classes at a physical venue, students can log in for their online classes at any time of the day.

They only need to attend workshops at their nearest authorised SEGi location twice a month. The other mode is independent learning, where students study mostly online and only need to attend intensive revisions at their nearest authorised SEGi location every month.

“We have a long-standing working relationship with our partner universities in Australia and the UK,” said Dr See.

“Their postgraduate programmes have been very much sought-after for their flexibility, accessibility and quality.

“With our new CoE here in Kuala Lumpur, we want to extend our outreach to other states so that they can pursue their ambition to obtain a higher qualification.”

Mohamed Azahari said: “I believe learning is a lifelong experience. However, today’s working adults face problems – tough lifestyle schedules, demanding expectations at the workplace to perform well and the duty to be a son or daughter, husband or wife, father or mother.

“It is a presumption that they are not able to pursue further studies at this stage, and so they are at a disadvantage, and lack the confidence to look further.

“It was a situation that SEGi simply couldn’t afford to let continue, as providers of education. And it is a situation we were concerned about because we believe in nurturing every person’s unique talents.”

“Hence with the creation of PACE, SEGi can ensure working adults have the qualifications they need that demand the respect of employers.

“We want to produce a highly skilled workforce of the future – one that ensures that our working adults can compete with their peers on the global stage because they have gained the knowledge they need to succeed,” he added.

In conjunction with the official launch, SEGi also announced two regional centres in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru.

These regional centres serve as the hub for the university to provide course counselling to working adults who are interested to know more about the programmes offered, and as a venue for workshops and examinations.

PACE is offered at all five SEGi campuses – Kota Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya, Penang and Sarawak.

Unlike other programmes, there is no fixed intake so applicants can enrol at anytime, whenever they are ready.

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