Fourteen graduates from Malaysia's HELP Institute (Higher Education Learning Program) travelled to the Australian regional city of Wagga Wagga this week to experience a graduation ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU).
The students, 12 from Malaysia and two from Singapore, were among a record number of CSU Master of Business Administration (MBA) students who graduated at the HELP graduation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur in March.
The graduates expressed a wish to travel to Australia to visit their alma mater and take part in the Faculty of Commerce graduation ceremony at the Wagga Wagga Campus on Thursday 11 May at 2.30pm.
Each graduate received a Certificate of Participation from the MBA Course Director, Associate Professor Mark Farrell.
Their earlier graduation ceremony in Malaysia was one of the largest overseas graduation ceremonies held in the country. More than 400 of the 1 500 students were from CSU - the largest number of graduates the University has educated in partnership with the HELP Institute.
The visit to Wagga Wagga is the first undertaken by a group of HELP graduates and was organised by the HELP institute's parent company, IRI Group (Intellectual Resources International).
Charles Sturt University - Australia's largest university distance education provider - has a growing relationship with the IRI Group in Malaysia with the partnership also forging new developments in Singapore, China, Africa and India.
Vice-Chancellor of CSU, Professor Cliff Blake, said the University's recruitment of international students was continuing to grow with over 5 000 students currently studying offshore, including 3 500 from Malaysia.
Professor Blake said that CSU has made a name for itself as a flexible, progressive university that can work hand in hand with industry, the professions and government to deliver courses suited to the individual needs of its students.
Referring the CSU MBA program, Professor Farrell said it was particularly attractive to overseas students because it was extremely flexible and offered practical assessment based on the Harvard case-study method. "In addition, the high quality staff have a range of practical experience in industry that they bring to the program," he said.
He said CSU was continually developing cutting edge specialisations, such as one of the first MBA courses in Internet marketing and e-commerce to be offered by an Australian University.
The occasion concluded with a dinner in the city for the graduates and their accompanying guests hosted by the CSU Faculty of Commerce.