Sunday, January 17, 2010

How about the college/university for Deaf students in Malaysia?

How do you choose one that's right for you? It's a big decision when when you finish your SPM, you will start to think about your future and career on your first time, right?

Don't worry, you can begin looking at what colleges/universities you want to study if they offer the degree or diploma that you want to study.

Let me tell you about my experience when I went to the MAPCU Education Fair in Mid Valley, TheStar Education Fair in KLCC, and others. I also learned so many things about degrees and diplomas when I am working in the private universities and colleges.

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Remember, academics and courses, while important, are only one aspect of the college/university's experience. You sure make check on every colleges and universities before you decide to study...

1. Limkokwing University has opened its doors to the hearing-impaired students so, it is very famous for Deaf community in Malaysia. Limkokwing Deaf Students Society is for the hearing-impaired, they also help each other to improve their skills and work together to understand what they needs for their studies... There are the diploma (3 years) and degree (3 years) programmes also be available for Deafs. Mostly, they study the diploma Graphic Design course. They can accept Deafs after you graduate in SPM/certificate vokasional. When you enroll in Limkokwing University, you must take English class to pass this exam before you go to study diploma. I heard from my friends that the tuition fees discounts also given to them and scholarship is offered for the best student only. *But, I still feel the tuition fees still is very expensive. I suggest you better to take Foundation if you want to study in LimkokWing University, Cyberjaya because it help you to save money and time.

During TheStar Education Fair 2010, they explained about how to study Master... When you study Master, you can choose which campus in Cambodia or UK or Bali, Indonesia or etc. And you can complete your studies in 2 years. But, my deaf friend told me that when he is studying a master, he don't have an interpreter in his classes. Don't worry, the lecturers can communicate with deaf students through pen/paper, and computer tools.

Entry Requirement: who are interested in studying at Limkokwing University that only those with 3 Credits for SPM, have Vokasional certificate or polytechnic certificate can enroll there.

2. University Malaya(UM) and University Kebangsaan Malaysia(UKM)

I heard that University Malaya(UM) and University Kebangsaan Malaysia(UKM) got few Deaf students who study in Education before. It is not easy to apply to University Malaya because you must to get pass results in Bahasa Malaysia (BM) - it is very important. If you don't get a pass in BM, you can re-take SPM to get grade A, B and C only. Maybe the service interpreter will be available for the hearing-impaired. Now, hearing-impaired students still study in UM and UKM. *My mom said it is very good chance to study in UM and UKM..She wants me to become teacher. Haha

3. KDU College, Damansara Jaya and Penang

I am still working for KDU College after 2 years ago...^^ Long time, KDU College Damansara Jaya already have three Deaf graduates before. They were studying Information Technology degree and diploma before. See my post, "Deaf Graduates in KDU Campus Newsletter". Now, there are few Deaf students still studying Design diploma in KDU College, Penang. If you interested in Design diploma, you can apply to Penang Campus. And it will provide the hostels for you if you stay so far from your place, such as KL, Perak and others. I think that the hostel fees are cheap and it is very near Penang Campus.

If you want to study degree or diploma Information Technology(IT), you can choose which campus in KDU College Damansara Jaya or Penang. My colleague and I already went to check the hostels KDU Teratai Court, at Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya so, I think that it is great because FREE Wi-Fi is provided for the students and there are facilities such as 24-hours secuirty guards, CCTV cameras for the safety of residents, T.V. lounge, study room, computer room and badminton court. The hostel also provides buses to the college.

5. Politeknik Johor Bahru, Politeknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh and Politeknik Shah Alam

It is very old and known for Deaf Community, Malaysia. Normally, the students will know it when teachers told them about the Politeknik JB, Ipoh and Shah Alam. As I know, it provided the certificate for Deaf students only if they want to study graphic design, electronic, and others, also with the training skills. They can get the pay elaun on every month and stay in FREE hostels. They don't have any problem when they can communicate with the lecturers because the lecturers are understanding and help to teach the students to improve their skills. The lecturers also know the sign language abit.

6. Multimedia University
I recommenced Multimedia University because I studied MMU so, this is very good for you get more experiences and learn something that you never see... than graphic design! FCM uses technology in various ways to teach you, to create new media forms, so it show looks deeply into the nature of that “experience”on your own. Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM) get four degree majors (3 years); Interface Design, Media Innovation, Digital Media, Virtual Reality and Film & Animation. If you want to apply a Foundation (1 year) for MMU, you need pass in SPM with 5 credits with English, Maths and any subjects. But, English is very important.

You can stay in the hostels or apartments with provided FREE internet, TV room, study room, kitchen, and many... Many condos and shops are around MMU campus, it take 10-15 mins only. Every hostel get a food court get many Chinese, Indian and Melayu foods, include Western foods. Its foods are cheaper because I stayed in hostel in 4 years already. When in labs and classes, it is harder for me because no service interpreter. So, I have to be hardworking and also write down on my notes in classes and labs. Luckily, the lecturers and friends understand my situation, so they
always support me. *You have to be hardworking to achieve your good results!
Updated in 2010: 2 deaf student, Farhan and Rachel accepted in the Multimedia University. They are studying the Information Technology course in the Diploma.

7. HELP University
My deaf friend said HELP is very old and famous of University College in Malaysia. You can try to apply for Information Technology (IT) since two Deaf graduates who studied IT in HELP University before. They have to do work assignments so hardworking and show what they can do with IT in HELP without interpreter services. There are Foundation, diploma, and degree programmes also offered...You need to pass SPM with 5 credits with Bahasa Malaysia and any subjcets if you take Foundation, before continue to do degree. The hostels also be available for HELP students, so I not sure about this accommodation. For me, the tuition fees sure is expensive. ;)
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You will challenging opportunities to enhance your talent, exceed your potential and discover your skills when you start to study in any college or university that maybe can interest you... In Deaf Education, many deafs took Design, but why you not try to see other courses; Engneering, IT, Education, Accounting, Law, Culinary and Hospitality & Tourism? They are all learning experiences for you when you will step in the Colleges/Universities.

*If you know other unviersity or college can accept Deafs in Malaysia, please comment here or email me ooiselina[at]gmail.com if you have any question about them.

6 comments:

  1. I wounder there no deaf student study in fashion or fashion retail course in other college or university expect LUCT & Politeknik?

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  2. Got some colleges and university provided the fashion courses in Malaysia. I still don't heard that other Deaf can study fashion in another college or university.

    I heard that get 1 Deaf student study in Engineering and some Deafs study in IT, MMU.

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  3. Hi

    Pls need some help. I'm looking for admission for my deaf brother.

    I tried contacting almost all the universities and KDU college you mentioned above, but unfortunately they all declined. Some said they used to have deafs before, but now because of lack of facilities they stopped admitting deafs. KDU said the lecturers they used to have for sign language before are no longer there, that means no one can handle deafs now.

    Can you pls render any assistance in this regard?

    Thank you

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  4. Hmm, you try University Malaya(UM) and Limkokwing university, Cyberjaya?

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  5. Thanks for your response

    I tried UM, like i mentioned, they declined giving excuse that they cannot cater for deaf right now. For the case of Limkokwing, they promised to respond to me later, but till now no any response.

    However, all the contacts i made were via phone because of the reason that i'm residing far away from many of them and have no personal transport, hence thought easier. It could be that the staff on the phones then did not have enough info about deaf admission, not sure.

    But if you can do me the favour of confirming with any of the institutions (being that you may have better contacts with them), i can set out to meet them in person.

    Thank you and anticipating ur response

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  6. I will prefer UM or other less expensive institution than Limkokwing, unless otherwise unavailable.

    Thank you

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