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About

The Sunway Pre-University Conference

The 1st Pre-University Conference was held in 2009. The theme was ‘Innovative Thoughts, Invigorating Teaching’. Encouraged by response from the 1st Conference, the subsequent Pre-University Conference explored ‘Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom’ (2012), ‘Unlocking Borders in Education’ (2014) and ‘Teaching and Learning: Rethink. Redefine. Reinvent’ (2016).

Past keynote speakers include YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, Founder and Chairman, Sunway Group, Prof. Dr. Morshidi Sirat, Deputy Director-General, Department of Higher Education (Public Sector), Ministry of Higher Education, Dr Anne Mullen, Senior Tutor, Tutor for Admissions, Graduates and Research Fellows, Oxford University, Dr Eva Wong, Director of the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning, Hong Kong Baptist University.

This biennial Conference has been a resounding success with over 100 presenters and close to 1000 participants to date.

Join us in August 2018 for the 5th Pre-University Conference. The theme for this conference is Education in Challenging Times: Engage. Enrich. Empower. We look forward to your participation.

Key Dates

Conference Date

25 August 2018

Call for Abstracts

3 July 2017

Abstracts Submission

Deadline: 31 January 2018 (Extended deadline)

Registration of Presenters

Deadline: 2 April 2018

Registration of Participants

Deadline: 2 July 2018

Venue

SUNWAY UNIVERSITY
(DU025(B))
No. 5, Jalan Universiti,
Bandar Sunway,
47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan
Malaysia.

Tel: +6 (03) 7491 8622
Fax: +6 (03) 5635 8630
Alan Goon is the Executive Partner in Malaysia looking after CIOs enrolled in Gartner’s Executive Programs. He provides a CIO Perspective for Gartner’s CIO members and delivers Executive Advice, Consultative Problem Solving, Research Synthesis/Presentation and plays the role of Inside “IT Counsel” to help CIOs succeed. Alan helps Gartner clients on Digital Business Strategy, IT Strategy, Customer experience management, IT Cost Optimization initiatives.

Alan Goon joined Gartner from ING Insurance Berhad where he has been the CIO and Senior Vice President of the Information Solutions Services Division. In this role, Alan was a responsible for setting the Corporate IT strategy and the management of Information Technology services to support the execution of the business strategy. During his tenure at ING, Alan transformed IT’s focus from a traditional technology one to one focused on the delivery of tangible business outcomes.

Alan’s career commenced in the Finance and Tax arena but his direct experience in IT spans from the strategic to the technical. Alan has had direct experience in Service Oriented Architecture, Data centre planning and construction, business contingency planning, ITIL, and various storage technologies. Alan also led the implementation of e-business solutions to support General Insurance, Employee Benefits and BancAssuarance business strategies.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW majoring in Information Systems, Finance and Accounting. Alan is also a qualified CPA and a Certified Financial Planner.

 

Tengku Azian Tengku Shahriman
Executive Vice President PEMANDU Associates Sdn Bhd

Tengku Azian is currently the Executive Vice President and Partner of PEMANDU Associates Sdn Bhd (with effect from 1st March 2017), a management consulting firm, focused on public sector transformation and business turnaround with global experience. Previous to this appointment, she was the Director – Education & Strategic Reform Initiatives - Human Capital Development of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit, Prime Minister’s Department (PEMANDU) from 2010 to February 2017. Before joining PEMANDU, she was in Investment Banking for 18 years, the last position as Head of Corporate Finance in RHB Investment Bank Berhad, a member of RHB Banking Group, the 4th largest fully integrated financial services group in Malaysia.

Tengku Azian was appointed as an Independent and Non-Executive Director of Sunway REIT on 11 March 2016, a Real Estate Investment Trust listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, with total assets valued at RM6.69 billion as at 30th June 2017 and Dutch Lady Milk Industries Berhad on 25th June 2018.

Tengku Azian graduated with a law degree from the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London. After her graduation, she obtained her Barrister of Law from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and was subsequently admitted and enrolled as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court in Malaya.


Prof. Dr. Abhi Veerakumarasivam
Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science and Technology, Sunway University

Professor Dr. Abhi Veerakumarasivam is a University of Cambridge-trained educator, science communicator and geneticist. His research in cancer genetics involves the elucidation of components of the regulatory pathways that drive tumour recurrence and invasion as well as dissecting Asian genetic variations that confer differences in disease-risk and response to therapy. In recognition of his achievements, he has been awarded multiple awards including the National Cancer Council Malaysia Cancer Research Award and the Merdeka Award Grant. He was crowned the Best Science Communicator at the 2016 International Famelab Finals in the UK. He is currently the Chairman of the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) that represents top young Malaysian scientists who not only demonstrate academic excellence but also contribute towards nation-building through STEM promotion and advocacy. He is also currently the Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice Asia Steering Committee and a member of the Global Young Academy; where he co-chairs the DIY Biology Working Group. Abhi truly believes that the greatest healthcare challenges facing us in the 21st century can only be addressed through an interdisciplinary approach that promotes effective communication and translation of scientific discoveries and enabling technologies that improve the quality of life and promote social justice.


Dzameer Dzulkifli
Co-founder& Managing Director, Teach for Malaysia

Dzameer began his career in 2007 as a consultant at PwC, where he grew his experience in human capital development, process improvements, and project management in Malaysia and Indonesia..

Teach For Malaysia was founded in 2010 in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the private sector to impact the lives of students growing up in low-income B40 communities. Teach For Malaysia achieves this by empowering young people to be leaders in the classroom and beyond, and mobilising Malaysians to transform our nation through education. In 7 years, the movement has raised RM36 million to recruit, train and support over 350 Fellows and Alumni to impact more than 92,000 students in over 120 schools across 10 states..

Teach For Malaysia students have achieved a range of accomplishments such as securing prestigious scholarships, winning rigorous competitions and even inspiring and starring in a film that won the 2017 award for Best Film in Malaysia. Teach For Malaysia’s Alumni movement of over 250 individuals continue to drive systemic changes across school transformation, STEM education and 21st century teaching practices.

Teach For Malaysia won Best Graduate Programme at the Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015 and is currently ranked as the 37th Most Popular Graduate Employer on the Top 100 Graduate Employer list. It is also the only NGO and civil service employer on the list..

Dzameer had the privilege to attend a series of public, private and international schools for his basic education and holds a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, United Kingdom. Dzameer received the Pingat Ahli Negeri Sembilan in 2015 and is constantly curious about the intersection of emotional intelligence, mindfulness, leadership and the sense of possibility.


 

ALICIA LEONG HSUEH YAN 

 

Alicia is a senior lecturer teaching Mathematics for three pre-university programmes. She is also a former Mathematics lecturer from the Asia Metropolitan University. She obtained a Master's Degree in Mathematics Education from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Campbell University, USA. She is currently coordinating the Cambridge A-Levels programme. 

 

ALISON WONG

 

Alison Wong is a lecturer in corporate law and business law at Sunway College, Malaysia.  Her research interests are in pedagogical issues in the teaching of law subjects as well as refugee children and their accessibility to quality education. 

AMANDA MOLNAR

 

Amanda Molnar is a reformed accountant, having received her CPA, CA designation in Toronto, Canada. She was the Lead Technology Coach for Sunway's Canadian Programme and is currently teaching in Lanciano, Italy. Amanda approaches teaching and learning through the lens of democratic-critical pedagogy and social justice.  

 

ANGELINA ANNE BALASUNDARAM

 

Angelina, who is currently a chemistry lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru, is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from UTM. She is an experienced educator who has ventured into the administration, editing and teaching of chemistry and other related sciences. This has fuelled her interest to research an array of areas in her field of study so as to expound her knowledge as well as others with her findings.  

 

DR. ANJALI TIKOO

 

Dr. Anjali Tikoo (Dip.Ed; Ph.D.) has been a teacher of Chemistry and Biology at Monash College for the past four years. Before teaching foundation year students, Anjali was involved in tertiary teaching and biomedical research. She has worked at the cutting edge of cancer research at various institutes in Melbourne. Her work has resulted in numerous peer reviewed scientific publication. Anjali has recently embarked on research into improving learning and teaching outcomes.  

 

CECILIA GAN SHYUAN FEI

 

Cecilia Gan Shyuan Fei is a Lecturer in Sunway College Johor Bahru. Throughout the 10 years of teaching, she can provide guidance to students who are academically strong and weak. During these years, she has helped many weak students to complete their programmes successfully. Apart from being a lecturer, she is also a Coordinator for Business Diploma Programmes, overseeing all student related matters.   

 

CHONG CHAI HONG

 

Chai Hong is an English lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Universiti Putra Malaysia and Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She is interested in genre approach in teaching and learner motivation.   

 

CHUA CHING HAO

 

Chua Ching Hao is a Mathematics lecturer in the Pre-University department from Sunway College Johor Bahru. He has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in engineering. He decided to   pursue a career in education because he believes that education is the key to enable people to succeed in life.

 

CHYE MEI SIAN

 

Chye Mei Sian is currently a lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) and a Master in Engineering Mathematics. She has more than 6 years of teaching experience in Mathematics related subjects. 

 

DIANA ANN KAVITA THAVARAJAH

 

Diana Ann Kavita Thavarajah is a Chemistry Senior Lecturer for the Australian Matriculation Programme, Sunway College (KL) since 2009. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology from Monash University and a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from the University of Malaya (UM). 

 

DR. SIM WAN JIE

 

Dr. Sim Wan Jie, having obtained a first class honours in his Management degree, Sim went on to pursue his PhD with UTM on full scholarship and graduated in 2015. He has also presented in two international conferences and published two journal articles during his PhD studies. Sim has also initiated a number of interesting workshops for students, usually in collaboration with different colleagues and with diverse areas. 

 

EMMY JONG EE MEI

 

Emmy is a full-time lecturer in Sunway College Johor Bahru and holds a Master of English as a Second Language from University of Malaya. Emmy has 15 years of experience in teaching both local and foreign students. She is passionate about English, and she finds that helping her students gain mastery of it is a worthwhile effort as it makes a meaningful difference in their lives. 

 

ANGELICIA ANTHONY THANE

 

Angelicia is a English Language lecturer at the Sunway Foundation Programme, SCKL. She graduated with a degree and Masters in Applied Linguistics from University Malaya.

 

GLORIA SIVAKUMARAN

 

Gloria teaches English Language at the Sunway Foundation Programme, SCKL. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Linguistics and Masters in Applied Linguistics from University Putra Malaysia.

 

HII SHIUN LEH

 

Hii Shiun Leh is currently a lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru. She earned a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), as well as gained Master of Science (Mathematics) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She has 3 years of teaching experience and a passion for teaching mathematics and enlightening young minds.  

 

DR JASON CHEOK

 

Dr Jason Cheok specialises in Marketing and has more than 15 years of teaching experience.   His research interest is in cross cultural service interaction

 

 JASON SOH CHIAW KER

 

Jason Soh Chiaw Ker is the lead lecturer for Accounting and Finance in the Australian Matriculation programme, Sunway College Kuala Lumpur. He has a Master of Teaching and Learning from Taylor’s University, and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Extended Accounting from the University of Sydney, Australia.  

 

JAYNE LEE

 

Jayne Lee has worked in human resources as well as the education industry for the better part of the last decade. Her passion lies in the way humans interact with one another, both in person and across borders. Jayne currently teaches Business Management & Enterprise with Australian Matriculation. 

 

JEANIE LEE SHU SHEAN

 

Jeanie Lee Shu Shean graduated from the University of Putra Malaysia with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics. Currently, she holds the position of lecturer in the A-Level Programme at Sunway College.  

 

JEFFREY IGNACIO

 

Jeffrey Ignacio is a Student Services Executive at Sunway College JB and graduated with a Diploma in Tourism Management from Stamford College, Sabah and currently pursuing his Bachelors in Communications at Open University Malaysia. He has 16 years of working experience in the tourism and education industry. His current research interest is in the inter-personal communication and interactions between teachers and students.  

 

JOANNE PAN

 

Joanne Pan has a Master in Business Administration from the Management Science of University and her Bachelor’s degree is from the National University of Malaysia (UKM), majoring in finance. Before joining Sunway College Kuala Lumpur, she was involved in the field of sales and marketing with the banking and pharmaceutical industries. 

 

JOSEPH PANG KOK BING

 

Joseph Pang has a Bachelor of Science with Education (TESL) and a Masters of Education (TESL) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is currently teaching Critical Thinking, Knowledge Management, ESP and EAP subjects in Sunway College JB. Presently, his research interest is in the usage of video games in the classroom.

 

KARENJIT KAUR

 

Karenjit Kaur has been lecturing in Sunway College KL for 9 years and graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (TESL), with a minor in literature. She has also just completed her Masters in World Literature from Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is passionate about researching mixed cultures and depictions of hybrid communities in works of literature.  

 

KARTHIK KRISHNAN

 

Karthik Krishnan is currently working as a lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru. He received his Master’s Degree from University Teknologi Malaysia. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree of Education in Mathematics from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia as well. He has been teaching Mathematics to young adults since 2017.

 

KRISHNAVENI SRITHARAN

 

Krishnaveni Sritharan’s experience is both comprehensive and varied. With a Bachelor in Law and Masters in Management, her illustrious career has developed throughout the 16 years with lecturing, training, administrating and developing programs in the education sector. She has an engaging character and charismatic personality, coupled with superb communication and planning skills, has her considered by many as an interesting presenter and trainer.   

 

LAI SOK YEE

 

Lai Sok Yee is a senior lecturer at Sunway College (KL). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Statistics) and a Master of Science (Statistics) from University of Malaya. She teaches Mathematics in the Australian Matriculation Programme. 

 

LAM MUN HENG

 

Lam Mun Heng is a Mathematics lecturer in the Australian Matriculation Programme, Sunway College (KL). He received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Master of Mechanical Engineering from University Tenaga Nasional.

 

LAWRENCE TANG ENG LOONG

 

Lawrence Tang Eng Loong, is a mathematics lecturer in the Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) program, Sunway College. He has been teaching in the programme for 10 years. His research interest is related to self-regulated learning, psychometric properties, and mathematical problem solving.  

 

LEANNE MAGREE

 

Leanne Magree is an Economics teacher in the Foundation Year Program at Monash College, Melbourne.  She has taught senior secondary students locally and internationally for over 20 years. Leanne has a Bachelor of Business and Education and has postgraduate qualifications in student welfare, curriculum development and TESOL.  

 

LIM FUNG CHING

 

Lim Fung Ching teaches Information System for Business and has more than 18 years of teaching experience. Her research interests are in e-commerce, mobile payment and blended learning.  

 

MANGAIR KARASI MANICKAM

 

Mangair Karasi Manickam is a graduate from University of Wollongong of Australia with Bachelor of Internet Science and Technology (E-Commerce) and has completed her Master of Science (Computer Science) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) with her research in Artificial Intelligence. She has 14 years of teaching experience with unique teaching strategies to effectively engage all students and foster a fun and fascinating learning environment. 

 

MEERA RADA KRISHNAN

 

Meera graduated from University Malaya with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Microbiology and is currently writing up her Master of Science dissertation. Meera has been in the Pre-University Department of Sunway College Johor Bahru for the past 10 years, teaching Biology for the Cambridge G.C.E A-Level and Monash University Foundation Year programmes. Meera finds immense gratification in being an instrumental element for motivating and triggering students to explore every academic and non-academic experience with an open, analytical mind.  

 

MOY TOW YOON

 

Moy Tow Yoon is a senior lecturer with expertise in statistics and marketing research at Sunway College, Malaysia. She has a vast experience in teaching applied statistics and research methodology. Her main research interests are emerging social issues affecting students, students’ engagement and preparedness for employability, and development of e-commerce.  

 

NA-DHIRA KAMAL RIDZWA

 

Na-Dhira is an Accounting Lecturer in Sunway College Johor Bahru. She holds a degree in Accounting in Business and is currently pursuing her final ACCA papers. Engaging students in learning has always been her concern. She believes quality classroom time has the upmost importance over quantity. Every student has the opportunity to succeed.  

 

NUR FATINA SALWA BINTI A. JALIL

 

Nur Fatina Salwa Binti A. Jalil is currently a Lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru teaching compulsory subject. Graduate with Bachelor of Information Management (Library Science) and Master in Business Administration, she has 6 years of teaching experience and her passion to teach the youth has inspired her to write and present academic paper at both local and international conference.  

 

PAUL DAVIDSON

 

Paul Davidson is a Senior Lecturer at Sunway College Kuala Lumpur. He graduated with a Master in Science (National University of Singapore), and Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore). He teaches Grade 12 Biology in the Canadian International Matriculation Programme and is actively involved in training, creating e-learning materials and conducting educational psychology research.  

 

PAVINDER KAUR GIRN 

 

Pavinder Kaur Girn is a Lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in English Language from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Certificate (IV) Tesol and Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics from The University of Adelaide. She is interested in teaching and learning styles and systemic functional linguistics.

 

PHAN PHUI SAN

 

Phan Pui San is currently a lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Financial Engineering (Hons) and a Master of Business Administration. She has more than 7 years of teaching experience in accounting and finance related subjects.  

 

PHUA CUN UEI

 

Phua Cun Uei is a Marketing Lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru. Graduated in Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration majoring in Marketing holder, he is a highly dedicated, professional and an accomplished Marketing lecturer with 5 years of teaching experience. 

 

POH BOON LIANG 

 

Poh Boon Liang @ Poh Boon Lian who a passionate educator with 16 years of experience in the education field; teaching Economics subjects for Victoria University and Diploma in Business Administration programmes at Sunway College Johor Bahru.  As a person who believes in life-long learning, she is currently pursuing her PhD in Economics at University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). 

 

PREEDHA R.GOVINDASAMY 

 

Preedha Govindasamy received BSc. (Hons) in Computing from University of Portsmouth, UK. She is currently completing her MSc. in Software Engineering. She has close to 7 years of experience as an educator with Sunway Education Group, teaching various subjects in the field of Computing. Her past career experience includes holding managerial positions in several corporate companies handling software development projects.  

RACHEL CHAMBERLAIN

 

Rachel is the Learning and Teaching Development Leader at Monash College, Melbourne. She has previously taught humanities at Melbourne University and has worked in a number of learning and teaching roles in the tertiary and pre-tertiary sectors.  Rachel has a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons.) and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching. She is currently completing a Masters of Education (Policy and Leadership).  

 

RACHEL CHIN MAY YING

 

Rachel is a graduate from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics, emphasis in Statistics), Rachel also pursued a Master of Business of Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. With more than 15 years’ experience in the education industry, Rachel has taught a variety of subjects, from Mathematics and Programming to Marketing Research.  

RACHEL TAI MENG CHUI

 

Rachel Tai Meng Chui is an A Level Mathematics Teacher in a college located in Guangzhou, China. She has taught A Level Mathematics in Sunway College Kuala Lumpur and produced some video lectures to aid weaker students to cope with some challenging topics.  

REBECCA CHIN MAY PING

 

Rebecca is a graduate from the London Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computing & Information Systems. Rebecca has been lecturing for 13 years. As an educator, her aim is to kick-start ideas and encourage creativity in her students. She also enjoys stretching her creativity and artistic firm of expression through art and dance.

 

ROSIE ABBATE

 

Rosie Abbate is an Accounting and Economics teacher in the Foundation Year Program at Monash College, Melbourne. Rosie is a registered accountant and has worked in the corporate sector as an accountant before qualifying as a secondary teacher in 2005. Since then Rosie has taught Business subjects to senior secondary students. Rosie has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Business Law) and post graduate qualifications in education.  

 

ROY TANG KOOK KEN

 

Roy Tang Kook Ken has served as a Pre-U Mathematics lecturer in Sunway College Johor Bahru since 2011. He was a panelist in the Cambridge Expert Panel to review the mathematics syllabi in 2015. He is an expert in developing class activities and engages students of different levels to reach their potential. 

 

SAARAH MARIEE AROKEEYA SAMEY

 

Saarah Mariee is an Accounting Lecturer in Sunway College JB. Saarah obtained a Bsc. (Hons) in Applied Accounting (UK) and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration (Finance). Teaching is a passion of hers. She aims to mold and ensure continuous learning in students that will benefit their future. 

 

SALLY ANNE PARAM

 

Sally Anne Param is a lecturer teaching English at the Australian Pre-U Programme at Sunway College. In recent years, she has presented papers both internationally [Singapore (2015) and Prague (2016)], and locally [UKM (2015) and USM (2017)]. In the field of teaching, Sally’s interest is in assessing students’ leadership potential through basic classroom activities. 

 

SATHISSAN RAGAVAN 

 

Sathissan, a graduate from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) with a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Mathematics with Economics) and Masters of Science (Statistics) has always been intrigued by Mathematics and Statistics and constantly strives to spread the word about its’ diverse applications. Approaching his 10th year of teaching, Sathissan is still passionate about satisfying the educational needs of his students whilst ensuring their overall well-being. 

 

SANGEETHA MUNIANDY

 

Sangeetha graduated with Masters of Business Administration from Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. She is currently teaching Business studies in Sunway College. As a professional who had worked in the banking sector, she is now committed to understanding the different types of motivation and its impact on academic performance of students.  

 

SHEREEN KULARAJASINGAM

 

Kularajasingam holds a degree in Information Technology and a Masters in Business Administration. She is based at Sunway College Johor Bahru where she teaches Computer Science and Information Technology. She is a senior lecturer with more than 15 years of teaching experience. She is committed to teaching and believes she will make a positive contribution to her students’ lives. 

 

SIVASARANYA SIVABATHALINGAM

 

Saranya graduated with Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. She is currently teaching psychology in Sunway College and is a member of the student advisory team. She had also worked in non-governmental organization catered for stateless children and single mothers. Her areas of interest include child development and counselling psychology. 

 

SOON PEI SHAN

 

Soon Pei Shan is a lecturer in Victoria University at Sunway College since 2012. She has implemented blended learning in few subjects such as Integrated Business Challenge and International Trade Practices. Her current research interest is related to e-marketing and consumer behaviour.  

 

SUNITHA MATHEW

 

Sunitha joined Sunway College Johor Bahru as a Pre-University lecturer in 2012 and has taught Economics for the Monash Foundation Year Programme and the A-Level Programme. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Economics from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2012 and her Bachelor of Economics from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) in 2010. 

 

TAMILARASI B TAMIL SELVAM

 

Tamilarasi B Tamil Selvam is a Chemistry Lecturer for the Australian Matriculation Programme, Sunway College (KL) since 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology and a Master’s Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from the National University of Malaysia (UKM). 

 

TAN MAY SYUEN

 

Tan May Syuen graduated from Taylor’s University with first class honours in the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. Before joining Sunway College Kuala Lumpur, she was a finance executive in the banking industry. 

 

TEE CHWEE KIAT 

 

Tee Chwee Kiat has been teaching for more than 20 years in Statistics. His research interest is in education. 

 

TEOH CHENG SAN

 

Teoh Cheng San has been teaching Accounting for more than 15 years. His research interest is in education quality.  

 

THIRUCHELVI K. MURUGIAH 

 

Thiruchelvi K. Murugiah joined Sunway College Ipoh in 2004 as a Lecturer. She was the School of Business Programme Coordinator, from 2009 to 2017.  Currently she is a third year, Doctoral Candidate in Educational Management. In 2017, she published a book titled, The Development of 21st Century Skills for the Digital Economy in Malaysia. 

 

WINNY WONG KAI LI

 

Winny Wong Kai Li is currently a lecturer at Sunway Collejge Johor Bahru. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (Hons) and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree of Science in Chemistry. She has more than 7 years of teaching experience in teaching Chemistry for Pre-University studies.

WONG CHEE SENG

 

Wong Chee Seng is currently a Lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru. Equipped with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Postgraduate Diploma in International Management and a MBA, he has 4 years of teaching experience and he encourages active learning with youth.

 

WONG CHONG KENG 

 

Wong Chong Keng specialises in Economics and has been teaching over the last 15 years. Her research interest is in economic and social development. 

 

WONG SHAE LYNN

 

Wong Shae Lynn is currently a Senior Lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru. Graduated with a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and a Masters in Technology Management, she has 14 years of teaching experience and her love for teaching stems from her passion to work with youths.  

 

WONG SIN WEI

 

Wong Sin Wei is a Mathematics Application lecturer in the Australian Matriculation Programme, Sunway College (KL). She received her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics from National University of Malaysia (UKM) and Master of Science (Mathematics) from University of Malaya. 

 

WONG SOCK LENG

 

Wong Sock Leng has been teaching Mathematics at A-level since 1998. She has moved on to teach Further Applied Mathematics from 2012 onwards. She graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Science with Education (Mathematics) and holds a Master in Applied Statistics. 

 

YEOH SWEN HOO

 

Yeoh Swen Hoo has served as a lecturer at Sunway College Johor Bahru since 2010. Her passion for teaching and sharing has spurred her to research into experiential learning with students of different levels. She hopes to engage, motivate and inspire students to eventually create their own success stories. 

 

YIP SIEW HA

 

Yip Siew Ha is a Mathematics lecturer in the AUSMAT programme at Sunway College since 2012.  She has great passion for mathematics and would like to assist students to appreciate the beauty of mathematics. She is interested in exploring new methods that empower students to take ownership of their own learning. 

 

YONG YAU

 

As Head of Mathematics in the Cambridge A-Level programme at Sunway College KL, Yong Yau is a senior lecturer with over 40 years of teaching experience, both at A-level and Form 6 level, for which he was a principal examiner. He has also trained many Mathematics teachers in both Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

 

 

1

A CASE STUDY ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STUDENTS OF SPM AND O-LEVEL BACKGROUNDS IN STUDYING MATHEMATICS IN THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME

 

This study investigates the factors that contribute to the supposedly-different achievements of two groups of students (SPM and O-Level) in the CAIE mathematics subjects using a quantitative design. Attitude towards studying mathematics, language proficiency, and participation in tuition were examined. Attitude was found to be the pre-dominant factor. 

 

2

ESSAY-BASED ASSESSMENTS: PRE-U STUDENTS' PERSPECTIVE & STRUGGLES

 

72 students from Australian Matriculation Programme at Sunway College KL who responded to a questionnaire found mastering answering techniques as well as memorization challenging for essay-based subjects. Students felt that greater support through guided practices contributes to an improvement in their performance. This has implications on lecturers’ teaching process. 

 

3

PROMOTING STRATEGIC LEARNING APPROACH FOR PRE-UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN MATHEMATICS

 

The study attempts to overcome deficiencies of direct instructions by engaging in instructional activities, which involve interactions between students and the instructor, the role of students, and the questions asked by the instructor. At the end of the study, students’ use of strategies, motivation and communication of mathematical ideas are improved. 

 

4

IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON PEER RELATIONSHIPS AND INTERPERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (TO BETTER ENGAGE, ENRICH AND EMPOWER MODERN LEARNERS)

 

This study explored post-secondary modern learners’ learning experiences using the Padlet software and app. An interpretive phenomenological research approach was used to identify how Padlet improves peer relationships and interpersonal skills.  The preliminary findings found 80% of students increased in their engagements while 20% resisted change.

 

5

A CASE STUDY: STUDENTS’ PERCEPTION AND INTENTION TO USE BLENDED LEARNING 

 

This study examines students’ perceptions and intention to use blended learning based on the   decomposed theory of planned behaviour. Hierarchical multiple regression was employed to investigate the hypothesised relationships. Our students showed positive attitudes and acceptance towards blended learning, indicating blended learning is an effective tool. 

 

6

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES (SNS) AS A LANGUAGE LEARNING PLATFORM 

 

This paper aims to explore students’ awareness on the implication of social networking sites (SNS) alongside its impact on their English language proficiency. SNS has a significant impact on their language proficiency. Hence, SNS do not only function as a communication tool but also provides an opportunity to move alongside with advancement to enhance learning environment.  

 

7

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SUPPORT FOR SCAFFOLDING LEARNING IN CHEMISTRY 

 

The research was undertaken with international students, enrolled in Unit 1 Chemistry, Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) at Monash College in Melbourne. The students had low -level of English reading, writing and speaking skills, which often hindered their performance in Chemistry. Data shows that by using intervention strategies to address English limitations, a measurable improvement was seen on the students’ performance in chemistry assessments. 

 

8

A STUDY ON THE PERCEPTIONS OF EDUCATION QUALITY IN A TWINNING PROGRAMME IN MALAYSIA

 

The exploratory study uses qualitative investigation to interview dyad of lecturers and students from three specialisations. The aim is to identify the similarities and/or differences of perceptions ‘within’ and ‘between’ dyads to see congruence/incongruence in perceptions of education quality using Watty’s model (2006) and through satisfaction and dissatisfaction factors.  

 

9

RISKY BUSINESS: ENGAGING STUDENTS IN THEIR ACADEMIC PROGRESS

 

Risky Business sought to promote and develop independent learning and self-reflection skills with a cohort of Foundation Year students. This project piloted the use of a traffic light self-reflection tool, and an “independent learning cycle” resource to introduce, discuss and model reflective learning practices. 

 

10

FOOD AND FEASTING: A STUDY OF HYBRID IDENTITIES AND MIXED CULTURES IN CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS’ THE SLAP

 

A study of the relationship between food and hybrid culture in The Slap by Christor Tsiolkas. Homi Bhabha’s theory of cultural hybridity is used in the analysis of the characters and plot. It is evident that the concept of cultural hybridity is in constant change, which is displayed through the types of food consumed by people. 

 

11

NON-LAW STUDENTS STUDYING A LAW SUBJECT: THEIR PERCEPTION AND ENGAGEMENT WITH LEARNING METHODOLOGIES 

 

An overarching issue in the teaching of Business Law to business students has been the low level of student engagement with the subject. This research was done to determine students’ perception and experience of the combined lecture-based learning with the problem-based learning methodology adopted with the ultimate objective of improving academic competence. 

 

12

BEST PRACTICES IN TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE AUSTRALIAN SYLLABUS

 

This study aims to identify a list of instructional strategies that could be considered to be the best teaching practices for the Western Australian Year-12 Mathematics syllabus. The findings would serve as recommendations for educators to implement in their teaching to improve student learning and student engagement in mathematics. 

 

13

ENGAGING STUDENTS IN BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY CLASSROOMS VIA ACTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES

 

This article documents several active learning strategies employed to engage students’ interest in Biology and Chemistry conventional pre-university courses. It outlines the design of such activities according to the Multiple Intelligences (MI) Theory and presents preliminary student feedback.

 

14

ENHANCING THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE OF COMPUTING STUDENTS THROUGH AUGMENTED REALITY (AR)

 

Development in the Augmented Reality (AR) technology has shown great potential of its use in education. It has the ability to seamlessly combine the physical and virtual world to provide a more exploratory learning experience. This paper investigates the ways in which (AR) improves students’ participation and engagement in classroom and also assisting them with independent learning beyond classroom. 

 

15

REFLEXIVITY: THE PRE-CURSOR TO STUDENTS’ LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL

 

This paper focuses on students who resist leadership roles although they may have the potential to lead. This paper explores how teachers can help these students to break out from debilitating patterns of non-action. Reflexivity is the method suggested in drawing out leadership potential from students, through quotidian classroom activities. 

 

16

LEARNING MATHEMATICS IN STUDY CIRCLE

 

This study exposes students to study circle and its effects. Students are grouped into small groups.  One of the students serves as a tutor of the group and trains to facilitate the study circle. The expectation is that students will explore new concepts through this manner of studying.  

 

17

THE ADVANTAGES OF SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI) ON UNDERPERFORMING YEAR 12 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS IN AUSTRALIAN MATRICULATION PROGRAM

 

The objective of this paper is to examine the relationship between self-efficacy and student’s academic performance. The Supplementary Instruction (SI) program is used on underperforming students in AUSMAT. Participants are required to attend the SI sessions and will be assessed with a topic-test and The General Self Efficacy Scale (GSE).  

 

18

THE ADVANTAGES OF SAME AGE PEER TEACHING TO YEAR 12 CHEMISTRY MENTORS

 

This study examined the advantages of same age peer teaching according to Year 12 Chemistry (ATCHE) mentors of the Australian Matriculation programme. Data collection via a survey was done among mentors to identify the benefits and shortcomings of the mentoring system. The findings obtained would help improve the current peer teaching system among AUSMAT chemistry mentors. 

 

19

MS TEAMS AND GOOGLE CLASSROOM: PRELIMINARY QUALITATIVE COMPARISONS & USER FEEDBACK

 

This article presents a qualitative assessment of the unique strengths of Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom, two major education apps, from the viewpoints of instructors from both CIMP and ALE programmes. User feedback from the viewpoint of students is also reported. 

 

20

UNCONSCIOUS BIAS IN THE CLASSROOM: ARE YOU UNKNOWINGLY VICTIMIZING YOUR STUDENTS?

 

This research aims to look at the teachers’ perspective on unconscious bias in the classroom. This was done by studying the teachers’ perceptions on different cultural, religious and educational backgrounds, the correlations between the teachers’ perceptions and their unconscious actions while teaching.  

 

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ENGAGING, ENRICHING AND EMPOWERING HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION STUDENTS THROUGH PASTORAL CARE

 

This paper embarks on a study on the effectiveness of pastoral care provision to students who are academically weak, usually at the high risk of being drop out from the programme that they are pursuing in higher education institution. A research was conducted on Diploma in Business Administration students in Sunway College Johor Bahru. In evaluating the impact of the intervention trial, it is found that the intervention was a qualified success. The provision of pastoral care is desirable to aid these students to complete the programme smoothly and successfully. 

22

AUTHENTIC TEXTS VS. CURATED TEXTS: A CASE STUDY OF BUSINESS ENGLISH STUDENTS OF SUNWAY COLLEGE JOHOR BAHRU

 

This paper aims to review the effectiveness of authentic text in motivating learners in their learning process. The results suggest that by using authentic texts in English for Specific Purposes class, the acquisition of English for Business is more meaningful and impactful as it motivates learners, enriches their learning experience and lowers their affective filter.

 

23

ENRICHING STUDENTS WITH JIGSAW METHOD TO ACHIEVE 21ST CENTURY LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

This study explores the adaptation of Jigsaw method to achieve 21st century learning outcomes from the students’ perspectives. Lesson observations, surveys and interviews were employed in this study. This study shows that students have positive attitudes towards the use of Jigsaw method. Future improvements are also discussed.

 

24

STUDENTS’ PERCEPTION TOWARDS PEER LEARNING

 

This paper embarks on a study specifically to find out the students' perception towards peer learning and investigate the factors that influence the students' perception towards peer learning. The outcome highlighted more than 70% of them agreeing that they can improve their social and communication skills through peer learning activities.  

 

25

MOBILE LEARNING: READY OR NOT?

 

Using the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), this paper seeks to determine the acceptance level and the barriers that lecturers face as they consider the use of m-learning in classrooms besides highlighting the areas which an institution should take into account when implementing m-learning. This is significant as the successful adoption of m-learning will positively influence learning and benefit all stakeholders. 

 

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TEACHING STYLE PREFERENCES AMONG PRE-U STUDENTS

 

This study was carried out to investigate Pre-U students’ preferences in teaching styles, particularly in Mathematics. In this study, the teaching styles focused on are authoritative, facilitative, demonstrative and delegative. This will help the lecturers to know the students learning style well and provide effective teaching and learning methods for Sunway College JB students. 

 

27

CASE STUDY: INVESTIGATING THE ACCEPTANCE OF MOBILE LEARNING AMONG LEARNERS OF SUNWAY COLLEGE JOHOR BAHRU

 

This quantitative research utilised the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) as a theoretical basis to test the factors that influence students’ acceptance and use of mobile learning in Sunway College Johor Bahru. Performance expectancy, effort expectancy, facilitating conditions and social influence were the moderate determinants of mobile acceptance. 

 

28

TRANSFERRING LEARNING OWNERSHIP TO INSPIRE FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

 

This paper studies the effect of transferring ownership of learning to students on student engagement, motivation and competency. Essentially, this approach transfers ownership of learning and applying core concepts to students in order to promote a sense of accomplishment and individuality in context of understanding. The journey towards learning can be an enjoyable and memorable experience for students if they are given the freedom to think creatively. 

 

29

TECHNOLOGY IS NOT ENOUGH: ENGAGING LEARNERS IN MODERN CLASSROOM

 

This paper investigates the effectiveness of technologies as a tool to engage leaners and learning activities than solely using it only to instruct leaners. To support this, teacher’s assumptions were identified, students’ review were carried out and effectiveness of addressing teacher’s misassumptions were assessed. The outcome gave a more engaged learner and an improvement in their performances.

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OPTIMISING TEACHING STYLE

 

This paper aims to discover the implication of learning style preferences of students hailing from various undergraduate programmes. The results suggest that by identifying the imperative differences, educators will be able to optimise their assessment and teaching styles to meet students’ learning style preferences.  

 

31

EMPOWER, ENGAGE AND ENRICH STUDENTS THROUGH GROUP ASSIGNMENTS – A CASE OF ACADEMIC RESEARCH SKILLS OF DIPLOMA STUDENTS

 

This paper explores understanding of students’ campus life by engagement of students in group assignments and empowering them to generate topics for the subject of Academic Research Skill. Relevant topics could then be used as a basis to gauge students’ needs and concerns which could help to enrich their learning. 

 

32

CASE STUDY: ENGAGING IT STUDENTS WITH WORLD CAFÉ DISCUSSION AND KAHOOT! – SUNWAY COLLEGE JOHOR BAHRU STUDENTS’ AND TEACHERS’ PERSPECTIVES

 

The case study is focused on two tools of engagement: World Café discussion and Kahoot! quiz game to Diploma in Information Technology students. Self-administered questionnaires were used to determine the students’ perspectives for both tools of engagement. The teachers recorded their observations. Overall, the students and the teachers found both methods useful in increasing student participation and motivation.

 

33

DETERMINANTS OF STUDENT’S MOTIVATION: AN IMPACTFUL TEACHER

 

The purpose of this paper is to have a better understanding on factors that motivate students to ensure continuous learning. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation factors were considered. Intrinsically, students ranked challenging themselves as their highest motivating factor.  While extrinsically, students ranked enthusiastic delivery of lecture as the most impactful determinant of motivation. 

 

34

TECHNOLOGY - EMBEDDED ASSESSMENT IN MAKING LEARNING VISIBLE

 

The aim of this study is to examine the importance of technology-embedded assessments and its efficiency in assessing and assisting students’ learning as a whole. This paper focuses on implementation of various technology-embedded assessments in making students’ learning visible. 

 

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BLENDING PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING AND VISIBLE THINKING

 

The aim of this paper is to explore an integrated approach involving blending two learning styles to maximize student learning and fend off student disengagement. Student engagement involves the three dimensions comprising behavioral, cognitive and emotional engagement. This research will show that blending peer-to-peer learning and visible thinking will address all three dimensions of engagement thus promoting active learning and strengthening the overall learning process. 

 

36

STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF LEARNING THROUGH REFLECTION USING 3-2-1 STRATEGY

 

This study used a quantitative method to analyse the students’ perception of learning through reflection. The study obtained positive results, meaning that the students perceived learning through reflection as an effective way to enhance their learning habits. Students also responded that they have better control of their studies, in addition to an active participation in their learning. 

 

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INVESTIGATING THE BEHAVIOURAL INTENTION OF STUDENTS TO PURSUE PRE-U PROGRAMMES VIA DISTANCE LEARNING:A CASE STUDY OF SUNWAY COLLEGE JOHOR BAHRU

 

This paper aims to investigate the factors influencing the intention of students to pursue pre-university (Pre-U) programmes via distance learning at Sunway College Johor Bahru. The results showed a significant influence in most of the constructs on behavioural intention. Theoretical and practical implications of the research findings were discussed, particularly in terms of the factors that should consider before launching distance learning programme.  

 

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OUTDOOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

 

This paper focuses on the effect of outdoor experiential learning. The methodology has purposefully engaged students in learning hands-on via discovery and exploring information outside the classroom. Through direct experiencing and reflecting, the students are motivated to pursue their learning further besides gaining knowledge, developing communication skills as well as clarifying values.  

 

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FACTORS INFLUENCING STUDENTS' ENROLMENT IN ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE

 

The objective of this quantitative research is to examine the relationship of the following variables: personal interest, job prospect and social influence towards Australian Matriculation students’ choice of enrolment into the Accounting and Finance subject in Sunway College Kuala Lumpur. 

 

Call for Papers

Sunway Pre-U Conference invites educators/practitioners, researchers and scholars to submit abstracts articulating connections to the themes detailed below.

Theme:
Education in Challenging Times: Engage. Enrich. Empower.

Sub-themes:
  • Meaningful engagement through technology
  • Enriching the learning experience
  • Cultivating leadership in a learning environment

The conference welcomes submissions from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse.

All submissions of extended abstracts will be reviewed by the panel. Upon notification of acceptance, conference presenters may opt to use a poster to present their findings at the Conference.

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