HELP University: Driving passion and success in communications

HELP University celebrated its batch of graduating students during its 30th Convocation this past April. With another year of success and academic excellence, the President’s Award was presented to HELP graduates with the most outstanding academic achievements at the departmental level. Among the ten graduates who were honoured with the prestigious award at this year’s ceremony is Hiew Kar Yee, a First Class Honours graduate with a Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations.

Hailed from Tawau, Sabah, Hiew followed her sister’s footsteps and decided to pursue her degree at HELP University. Her decision to enroll in the Faculty of Communication’s Public Relation programme was easy as she describes herself as a people person with an outgoing personality and is confident that communications is the right fit for her.

“My personal growth actually really helped me a lot in my career now, because, in my current work as a Community Manager, I deal with people every day. I will need to talk to people from different backgrounds, and that is when HELP refined my skills better,” said Hiew.

“I definitely think that the best parts of HELP are the lecturers and the people here. The lecturers from the Communication Department, they don’t spoon-feed us. They teach us as facilitators and make our lectures more interesting through storytelling and discussions.”

The Faculty of Communication staff and lecturers were all chosen based on their academic performance as well as working experiences. By having industry experts lead and facilitate classes, students will be able to tap into their knowledge of the industry allowing them to be successful in the various fields including video production, radio, journalism, social media, advertising, and public relations.

This ensures that students gain professional growth and personal enrichment. The faculty continuously evaluates and updates its courses so that they stay current and relevant to the evolving professional and personal needs of the students, and fulfils the expectations of the industry.

Students from the Faculty of Communication at HELP will also be able to participate in the many clubs and societies within the faculty that could develop and apply the skills and knowledge they learn through their classes. Among them are the BComm Voice Student Council, Radio Club, the Institute of Public Relations Malaysia Student Association (IPRMSA) at HELP and the Creative Productions Society. These associations and organisations help students build their skills in their preferred field and provides them with an opportunity to foster good relationships with peers and industry professionals.

“It’s been amazing studying at HELP because it was the place where I got to meet a bunch of good friends. All my lecturers have been so helpful. Even until this day, I still remember what they have said and the stories they have told. And the activities and experiences that I’ve gone through really build me to be a better person,” added Hiew.

The Faculty of Communication at HELP University aims to provide in its students an understanding of the practices of mass communication. With the rise of new media, the faculty is at the forefront of equipping its students with the relevant skills and teaching about digital technologies that evolve in a culture of innovation and communication technology.

The HELP Bachelor of Communication (Hons) Degree programmes in Marketing Communication, Media Studies and Public Relations, offer students a three-year honours programme that emphasises the practical applications in a contemporary communication setting. Its syllabus provides sufficient subjects in the specialisation and assures prospective employers that the students are prepared to fit into their future careers.

The Faculty of Communication also offers a Diploma in Communication where students are taught the basic foundations in critical thinking and creativity. Students will be able to explore a wide career scope through multiple communication disciplines such as journalism, filmmaking, design, public relations and marketing communication. Upon completion of the diploma programme, a pathway to HELP’s Bachelor of Communication (Hons) programmes are available to students, thereby shortening the duration of the student’s bachelor studies.

These programmes will prepare students through specialised course subjects related to their field of study, allowing them to build a balanced portfolio of communication theory, research and practice. Students will also be taught and led by lecturers and guest speakers, who are industry experts themselves, in an environment where they can learn theories and strategies beyond the classroom.

For more information on HELP University’s Diploma and Bachelor of Communication programmes, contact 03-2716 2000 to speak to a counselor or visit www.help.edu.my to learn more.

Hiew Kar Yee graduated from HELP University with a Bachelor of Communication (Hons) in Public Relations and was selected as a President’s Award recipient at HELP’s 30thConvocation this year.

The Voice of Early Childhood Education

The term “early education” refers to education for children from birth to age six. This period is considered by many child psychologists to be a crucial period of development in the life of a child. Children at this stage learn how to socialize and develop basic learning skills. They also learn how to communicate their thoughts and ideas to others, learn about respect and develop a sense of confidence in their ability to solve problems. Recognition of boundaries and learning about acceptable ways of behaving also happen at this stage of development. Early childhood education is therefore an important aspect of a child’s development and if facilitated well by professional early childhood educators in a caring and nurturing environment, it will greatly enhance a child’s successful transition to school, achieve better learning outcomes while at school and set the stage for a successful career and life in their adult years.

HELP University’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) and Diploma of Early Childhood Education (DECE) are highly sought after programmes for those interested in pursuing a career in working with children. It is the professional preparation for early childhood educators and carers. Two of HELP University’s recent Edu-Carers graduates, Rachel Tee Shao Yen and Denise Duar Xia Shing shared their experiences studying in the ECE Programme at HELP University.

Rachel Tee Shao Yen, 2018 HELP University graduate with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, First Class Honours.

“I chose to study at HELP University’s ECE because at the time of entry, there were not many universities offering the ECE programme and after some research, I found out that HELP University’s ECE programme is among the better ones around. That was the main reason why I chose HELP” said Rachel. She adds, “our curriculum enabled us to work with children from 0-8 years old. On top of this, the lecturers at HELP are very professional and helpful. They are very diligent and work hard to produce excellent and quality early childhood educators.”

According to Rachel, what she enjoyed most about working with children during her practicum was seeing the joy on children’s faces while she taught them. She was very much encouraged to move forward in the field when she saw how motivated the children were with every lesson they had with her.

“In my personal opinion”, said Rachel, “a successful preschool teacher would be one who is able to make an impact in a child’s life holistically, and ensuring that all children are ready for their future undertaking.”

Rachel Tee during her ECE practicum in a preschool.

Denise Duar Xia Shing, 2016 HELP University Convocation Valedictorian, BECE (First Class Honors)

Denise Duar always wanted to be an educator from a young age, and she chose to study in HELP University’s ECE programme in 2011. “I came across information about ECE in HELP University, which convinced me that HELP University is the university that will equip me with the knowledge and experience that I will need as an educator.” said Denise.

“The lecturers,” Denise added, “were like mentors to me. They’ve never turned me away whenever I had doubts or trouble with subject matters. They have always been most supportive and patient in guiding the students and I am extremely thankful for that.”

Denise found that the most rewarding thing about working with children, especially during her practicum, would be witnessing any form of development or growth in them, however minimal or gradual. “It is always a good and satisfying feeling when I am able to make a difference using the best of my abilities.”

Denise Duar at a pre-school during her internship session.

“We don’t just ‘serve’ as early childhood educators, “said Denise, “We care for the children and their family, too.” She believes that teaching is more than delivering knowledge and content to students. Teaching is about inspiring others in many ways, igniting imagination and instilling passion for lifelong learning.

About the HELP University ECE programme

The HELP ECE programme sets out to train early childhood educators to be passionate and committed about the work of educating and caring for children. There are two Practicum periods in the program. The first involves an 8 week placement in a Nursery followed by another 8 weeks in a Preschool, when they are in the final year of their programme. For the duration of the practicum, students would be expected to complete a stipulated number of hours and lessons based on criteria set by the university’s Department of Education.

Working adults who wish to enroll in the ECE programme but do not meet the minimum entry requirements can consult the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to see if they qualify for the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). This enables individuals who have work experience but lack the formal academic qualifications to pursue their studies at higher education institutions.

For more information on HELP’s ECE programme, visit www.help.edu.my or call Nisha Naidu, (Assistant Manager, Faculty of Education & Languages) at 03-2711 2000 ext 2012 or Punitha Ganesan, Programme Coordinator (Early Childhood Education) Department of Education, Faculty of Education & Languages at 03-2711 2000 ext 2011