HELP Matriculation Centre

Why Foundation @ HELP?

  • Recognition by universities in Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States of America and other countries
  • A flexible programme which offers a broad-based education providing exposure to a variety of disciplines, thus allowing students to make an informed choice when deciding on a future career
  • Experienced and committed teaching faculty with proven track records
  • Recognition by universities in Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States of America and other countries
  • Cultural exchange and networking opportunities from a healthy mix of international and local students
  • Value added subjects such as Critical Thinking Skills, Study Skills, Personal Development & Leadership and Culture, Arts and Politics to inculcate broader appeal and thinking
  • Leadership training specially designed by experienced psychologists and trained facilitators highlighting the following areas:
    • self-confidence and self-esteem
    • dealing with fear
    • dealing with change
    • team work
    • cultivating the right values in order to be an ethical employee
  • Community service emphasising the importance of being kind and empathetic towards others who are less fortunate
  • Small classes conducive for learning
  • Financial assistance available

Interesting Facts

  • Board base education which allows and encourages career exploration
  • A flexible programme which offers a broad-based education providing exposure to a variety of disciplines, thus allowing students to make an informed choice when deciding on a future career
  • Leadership and self-improvement series that Enhance Employability
  • Direct entry to world class universities in UK, Australia, and New Zealand. e. ANU, UQ , Leeds, and Liverpool.

Top Achievers from Foundation @ HELP

Evelyn Teh Jae Vienn

Assistant Manager (Projects) Price Water House Coopers University of Sheffield Masters in Occupational Psychology HELP Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours HELP Foundation in Science (2006)

“HELP University's Foundation in Science has been an eyeopening experience as it provides a holistic education, very different from the education system I've been used to. With a balance in knowledge and application, it fueled my curiousity in learning which was an important stepping stone to my further tertiary studies in Psychology. The focus on academic assessment and learning applications (ie leadership camp, term assignments) helped build my capability in absorbing learning from different perspectives."

Signature programme

HMC Leadership Programme

HELP Matriculation Center’s (HMC) leadership camp aims to nurture the students’ character. At the camp, students are motivated to uplift their sense of self-worth as well as encourage them to acquire important qualities such as self-ownership, effective communication, leadership, teamwork as well as planning and flexibility for future endeavors.

HMC Community Service

Students completing their foundation studies at HMC are required to contribute to the society by completing a minimum of 10 hours of community service. By engaging in the volunteer work, they have an opportunity to learn experientially. Not only does this experience allows students to make more informed choices about college and future career options, but also instills in them a lifelong interest to help others in need.

Top Achievers from Foundation @ HELP

Rachel Lai Suet Teng

Currently pursuing her PHD in Education at Cambridge, UK Master in Philosophy, Cambridge UK Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), Bachelor of Music (Hons) HELP Foundation in Arts (2010)

“Writing research papers gave me a strong foundation when I pursued my academic studies in UK. I've been very grateful to HELP for structuring the foundation programme in a way which focused not only IQ, but also the development of the students' EQ."

Academic Team


Dhanesh BalakrishnanDean,Faculty of UniversityFoundation Studies and Senior LecturerLL.B (Hons)(London),LLM (UKM)CLP,MBA(CSturt),Certificate inTaxation (HELP)

Dhanesh joined HELP University in 1994 as a Lecturer. He has taught various subjects at the pre-university and the undergraduate level. Dhanesh travels extensively locally and abroad giving talks on holistic education. In addition he conducts seminars for the benefit of teachers. The topics include handling difficult students, teaching and learning, classroom management and leadership in the education sector.

Senior lecturers

Alex Chin Yu TuckSenior LecturerBA Economics & Psychology (Swinburne)

Alex has been in the higher education field since the mid 90s. Prior to this, he worked with a Malaysian banking institution as well as firms in Australia. He is the Chairperson of the Department’s Academic Board which overseas the quality of the courses provided in the department.

Dr Chandra NanthakumarBSc (Chem) Hons, MSc (Chem) (USM), CELTA (Cambridge), Med (ELT) (Sheffield), PhD (Natural Health Science – Yoga Therapy) (BIU)

Chandra teaches English and Chemistry in the Foundation programme. With 20 years of teaching experience, mainly in Singapore, she has been a trainer in diverse areas like Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Academic Writing, and Reading Strategies.

Dharminder SinghSenior LecturerBA Hons (English), UPM, MaPP (HELP), Certified Professional Coach (ICF), Certified HRDF Trainer (TTT)

Prior to joining HELP University, Dharminder worked for a telecommunications and insurance company where he was trained in operations and team management. He has an extensive experience in training and development for youth and corporations.Prior to joining HELP University, Dharminder worked for a telecommunications company where he was trained in soft skills, report writing, presentations and team management. He is currently pursuing his Master of Applied Psychology in Coaching at HELP University.

Helena MichaelSenior LecturerBA Psychology (cum laude), BSec Education (cum laude) (De La Salle), MAppPsy in Coaching (HELP) Senior Lecturer

Helena has worked with young people for the last 10 years as a Youth Development Trainer and Facilitator specifically in group learning and leadership development. She is now a certified professional coach and also a recipient of the HELP CEO Scholarship award.

Irma HerawatiSenior LecturerBA (Eng Lit) (Tennessee),TESL (American Associate Degree)

Irma has taught English to both foreign and local students. She has about 18 years of teaching experience. She currently teaches English and Literature.

Iskandar Dzulkarnain Ahmad JunidSenior LecturerBA (English Lang & Lit) Hons (IIUM), MPAdmin (UM)

Iskandar acquired a Master’s Degree from UM with a research focus on Malaysian politics. He currently teaches Culture, Arts and Politics, Critical Thinking Skills and Study Skills in the Foundation programme.

Lim Cheau YannSenior LecturerBSc (Econs) Hons, MPA (Public Policy) (UM)

Cheau Yann obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Malaya. She has been teaching for over 7 years and currently teaches Economics in the Foundation program.

Melisa AmosSenior LecturerBSc (Industrial Math) (UTM)

Melisa teaches Finite mathematics and Calculus. She used to teach Cambridge A-Levels Pure Mathematics as well. She has been lecturing since 2008. She is also the adviser of the HMC Random Act of Kindness project.

Dr Mohd Fikree bin HassanSenior LecturerBEng (Hons) Electronics major in Telecommunications (MMU), MEng (Telecommunications) (UM), PhD (Engineering)(UM)

Fikree has 10 years of teaching experience that includes Mathematics and Engineering related subjects. He has published research articles on signal and image processing in international journals. He is also involved in the coordination and planning of HMC’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Mohd Najmuddin bin SukiSenior LecturerBCompSc (Software Engr) Hons (UM)

Najmuddin has been teaching for 10 years and has presented research papers locally and internationally, winning two Bronze medals and one Best Oral Presentation award for his research efforts. He teaches IT related subjects in the Foundation programme.

R Murali RajaratenamSenior LecturerBSc (Microbiology) Hons, MESL (UM)

Formerly a journalist with The New Straits Times, Murali worked in the Corporate Communication Department in HELP University before becoming a lecturer. He spearheads the annual Cosplay Comics Anime and Games Exhibition (C2AGE) as well as other projects like HELP @ The Coastline and Driving is a No Phone Zone. He teaches Communication related subjects.

Sangeeta S. MurthySenior LecturerBSc Biotechnology (Monash University) MBiotech (UM)

Sangeeta has been teaching biology and study skills since 2007. In 2010, her article “Laccase production from oil palm industry solid waste: Statistical optimization of selected process parameters” appeared in the Journal of Engineering Life Sciences.

Selina Nalini RichardsSenior LecturerBA (Eng Lit & Indo/Malay Studies) Hons (Monash), BSc (Psych) (cum laude) (Upper Iowa), MCouns (HELP)

Selina has been a lecturer for the last 24 years, teaching English and Psychology. She has completed a Masters in Counselling at HELP University.

Siva Subramaniam a/l NadesanSenior LecturerBSc Hons Comp & Inf Systems (Oxford Brookes), NCC International Diploma in Computer Studies (NCC, UK), MSc (Distinction) Technology Management (Staffordshire)

Prior to his academic career, Mr Siva Subramaniam worked in the IT industry in Software Development and IT Consultancy. Currently, he teaches IT related subjects in the Foundation program. Mr Siva has over 10 years’ experience in IT education.

William Gualbert Quah Siew BengSenior LecturerBBA (Bus Econ), MBA (Mk/Int Bus) (San Diego)

Bill has been lecturing for the past 16 years. He lectures in various area in Business at the degree and foundation level. A graduate from the US, he has a background in retail management and financial planning.

Syafiq Amri
BA (Linguistics & Lit) Hons, MA (English Literary Studies) (IIUM)

Winnie has taught for 11 years. She currently teaches critical thinking skills. In 2008, she initiated the HMC Yearbook, an annual publication. She was also involved in the coordination and planning of HMC’s Japan Cultural Exchange Programme in 2010.

Winnie Leong Wai LingSenior LecturerBBus (Info Sys) (Swinburne)

Winnie teaches critical thinking skills. She is in charge of HMC LEADS, the Student Council of HMC Foundation programmes.

Yu May LeenSenior LecturerBSc Computing (Oxford Brookes)MSc (Comp Sc) (Malaya)

With close to 15 years of teaching experience, May Leen believes that every student should be given the opportunity to excel and a supportive educator is the key to helping them achieve this.


Afiq Naim MohdLecturerBSc. (Hon) Physics (Malaya), MSc. Geophysics (Leeds)

Afiq tutored students while completing his undergraduate studies. He is currently doing a research collaboration with Universiti Teknologi Petronas and teaches Physics and Mathematics in the Foundation programme.

Chan Jin-VeiLecturerBLang and Linguistics (English (UM), MA (Lingusitics) (UM)

Jin-Vei graduated from University Malaya with a Degree in Languages and Linguistics majoring in English Language. He worked as a freelance translator and later as a teacher in a homeschool for 2 years before joining HELP. He recently obtained a Masters Degree in the field of Linguistics.

Dr Dalwinder KaurLecturerBEd. TEYL (Hons) (UUM) PhD in Curriculum and Instructional Technology (UM)

Miss Dalwinder Kaur was awarded the UUM Gold Medal for academic excellence by University Utara Malaysia for her undergraduate studies. She completed her Doctor in Philosophy (PhD) in University Malaya under a full scholarship programme from the Prime Ministers’ Department (Yayasan 1Malaysia).

Devaraj KanagarajooLecturerBachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management (Hons) (Taylors)

Devaraj had 10 years experience in the hotel industry before deciding to be a lecturer. Now he wants to share his experiences with students and to enlighten them. He currently teaches Tourism and Hospitality with the Foundation programme.

Kannan S/O ShanmugamLecturerDip Acct, BFinance (Hons) (UUM), MSc (Finance) (UUM)

Mr. Kannan graduated from University Utara Malaysia with a Masters degree in Finance. He worked with an auditing firm before joining the education industry. He wrote his dissertation on IPO Underpricing: Evidence from Malaysia. He teaches Finance and Accounting in the Foundation programme.

Kavitha V. GokulachandranLecturerBSc (Psychology) (Upper Lowa), MA (Educational Leadership) (Nottingham), CELTA

Kavitha V.Gokulachandran has more than 10 years’ experience in ESL teaching and training. She is currently teaching English and Critical Thinking Skills in the Foundation programme. She is also a trainer in the Leadership Training Series conducted by HELP Matriculation Centre.

Ng You MingLecturerBForestry Sc (First Class Hons) MSc (Youth Studies) (First Class Hons) (UPM)

You Ming worked as a research assistant/ assistant lecturer at the Institute for Social Science Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia for 2 years before joining HELP University in 2011. He has published three journal articles. He is currently teaching Statistics in Foundation programme.

Nicholas Teh Sek KitLecturerBCompSc (Information Sys) Hons (MMU)

Nicholas worked as a tutor previously in Multimedia University, Cyberjaya and currently teaches computing principles in HELP. He is also currently pursuing Masters in Information Technology and his research interests are in e-learning and learning styles.

Norzaireen binti Shamsul KamarLecturerBEd (ELT) Hons (Chichester)

Norzaireen has both education and corporate experience. She started her career as an English teacher before becoming a Corporate Communications officer at UMW Toyota Motors. She lectures English and Critical Thinking Skills in the Foundation programme.

Nur Shamila AbdullahLecturerBEd TESL (UM), MESL (UM)

Shamila has over 13 years of teaching experience in various educational settings. Her vast experience, combined with her passion for language teaching and learning makes her English lessons valuable and interesting. Apart from lecturing, she also conducts workshops on English language related subject areas on a regular basis.

Pak Wei-HanLecturerBSc Psychology, MSc Political Psychology (Queen’s University Belfast)

Pak Wei-Han previously studied in Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he had spent 4 years learning about conflict resolution and prejudice. He enjoys studying racial prejudice, and teaching psychologyrelated topics. He wishes to take the lessons he learnt in Belfast and put them to good use in the academic field.

Samantha Goh Yean MeeLecturerBSc (Actuarial Sc) (UKM), MAppStat (UM)

Samantha taught A-Levels Mathematics for 2 years prior to joining HELP University where she is currently teaching Statistics and Mathematics. She also worked as a Market Researcher and Data Analyst before joining the education sector.

Tee Loong Soon, NelsonLecturerBSc (Comp. Mathematics) (UMT), MSc (Mathematical Sciences) (UMT)

Nelson was a tutor on Real Analysis and Abstract Mathematics for the past 3 years while completing his Master Degree. He is a trainer for Malaysia’s International Mathematics Olympiad. He teaches Finite Mathematics, Calculus, Statistics and Mathematics for Sciences in the Foundation programme.

Thevarani LingamLecturerBSc (Stats) Hons,MA(AppStats) (Malaya)

Thevarani had 7 years of teaching experience before joining HELP University. She completed her Master of Applied Statistics at the University of Malaya. She teaches Mathematics and Statistics in the Foundation programme.

Vincent Paul Jordan RoderiquezLecturerBA (Hons) in English Language & Communication (UCSI)

Vincent Paul JR has been a language teacher for the past 8 years in various institutions. He s currently pursuing his masters in Applied Linguistics at a local university.

William Yeo Kim HongLecturerBSc (App Math/Comp) Hons (UTAR)

William worked as a tutor previously in a local university. He lectures Maths and Statistics in the Foundation programme. He has 10 years of experience teaching Mathematics. He is also currently pursuing his Masters in Education at OUM.

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