NOW that the first week of 2018 has kicked off, it’s time for those who sat for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) the previous year, to do some serious thinking about the direction they should take in terms of post-secondary school studies.
With exam results coming out in March, school-leavers and their parents should take this lull period to do some research on the choices out there where tertiary level education is concerned.
Apart from the many higher education institutions and their locations in the country, school leavers might want to take a look at the courses available, the duration of the courses, the requirements to apply for a place and costing involved.
What would usually be done is for students and their parents to scour over the many websites and attend as many education fairs or open days organised by the respective higher education institutions.
But wouldn’t it be convenient to get all that information at a one-stop centre and preferably without that much physical legwork?
This is exactly what MindCampus offers. A free-to-download mobile application from Media Prima Berhad (MPB), it is an online one-stop destination for students who are looking at pursuing tertiary education. It equips users with a list of universities, courses and scholarships that is available in Malaysia.
“This application allows users to compare courses and universities easily and efficiently before making a final decision. Besides that, interesting articles and insights are also available on the application to allow users to get up-to-date information on current education trends out there,” MPB education digital products manager Nufazlina Mohd Radzi said.
MindCampus is available for download at Apple App Store and Google Play Store and is 21.03MB in size. It features listing on universities around Malaysia including private and public institutions, university courses and local scholarships.
“Since its soft launch on Dec 17, there have been more than 20,000 downloads. We are aiming to get 60,000 downloads in three months. There are 160 institutions listed in the application. Users can use the filter to search for their ideal institution by location and level of study. In the pipeline is a filter for course category,” added Nufazlina.
There are also plans for it to be a platform for crowdfunding for deserving underprivileged students who find difficulty in paying for their education.
“In addition, interested corporate bodies can also offer their scholarship programmes and expand their network through a two-way technology integration.
“We want MindCampus to be a place for the student community to share and reach out to each other in all things related to education,” she added.
At the soft launch of MindCampus, The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid said the MindCampus app is yet another effort by Media Prima to become the country’s one-stop education reference centre.
“Not only it is compact with the required educational information, but it also gives students who are less fortunate an opportunity to realise their dreams on a digital platform that we have provided. This can indirectly help build their self-confidence, in addition to improving their market value in the actual working world,” he said.
“Education is a social issue that is dear to our hearts. Thus, we are honoured to be a part of the student’s reference after MPB’s involvement of over 30 years in the country’s education system from primary, secondary to tertiary.
“Enrolling in a university is an important phase which navigates the direction and survival of the younger generation of our country and realising the significance of this, is why we came up with MindCampus,” he said.
At the same event, the NSTP also launched the new look for its educational product FullAMark. Among the highlights include an overall improvement in user experience along with a new interface in addition to articles on primary and secondary education which can be surfed through FullAMark’s website.
FullAMark, which was launched in May 2016, is an interactive educational portal developed specifically to help students complete intensive new exercises which are uploaded every week.
The portal offers four core subjects for Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and Penilaian Tingkatan 3 (PT3) levels which include Bahasa Melayu, English, Science and Mathematics, while for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) level, subjects offered include Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics and History.