Commencement at Cordis Hong Kong at Langham Place
Jesselton College Sabah’s partner institution, European University, held its 2017 commencement ceremony at Cordis Hong Kong at Langham Place on 21 April 2017. A total of 127 graduates from Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Philippines and Hong Kong received their academic scrolls from the President of European University Business School, Dr. Dirk Craen witnessed by the Kota Kinabalu mayor, Datuk Yeo Boon Hai. A total of 69 were awarded Bachelor of Business Administration, with 18 from Jesselton College. Another 35 international graduates received their Masters while 22 their PhD.
European University-Jesselton College partnership
European University is a triple-accredited tertiary institution with campuses in Barcelona, Geneva, Munich, and Montreux. The academic partnership between Jesselton College and EU was approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), allowing students to complete a Bachelor’s degree in business administration at Jesselton College.
This program helps substantially decrease student expenditure, thus promoting Malaysia as a hub of tertiary education. It requires local students to register in both Jesselton College and European University; follow the same syllabi, undergo the same assessment methods, and finally obtain the same qualifications as their European counterparts. In brief, both international and local students are now able to obtain a Bachelor’s degree from European University by attending classes in Sabah without the need to live in Europe.
The Jesselton College-European University collaboration makes it possible to for Malaysian students to pursue a degree within an international environment that integrates both North American and European academic curricula. Partnership with European university allows Jesselton College to provide business students with a wide range of opportunities to become exposed to western business theories while integrating local cultures in their research. It also attracts international students to expand their personal and educational horizons in Sabah.
Sabahan student, Kevin Goh, who completed a BBA with European University said, ‘I joined EU Business School because it equips graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to face the challenges of globalization. It broadens our minds to venture into the real world as proactive contributors. Its curriculum incalcuates the managerial skills, business ethics, and entrepreneurial initiative vital to finding jobs in the current global markets especially in Malaysia.’