Kuala Lumpur : The Malaysia project which led to the formation of the Northern Consortium (NCUK), in 1987 is back in town, just in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Initially set up to help Malaysian students to do their foundation year here, before proceeding to do their degree in the United Kingdom, the programme, was stopped by the Malaysian government during the 1997 financial crisis.
Some 6,000 Malaysians managed to progress from the programme, but when the Malaysian government stopped it’s involvement in project, the NCUK transformed itself by offering the same set of programme in countries such as China, India, South Korea, Japan, Ireland and even in the United Kingdom.
Today, the NCUK offers some 4,000 programmes, and have the distinction of being labelled by the university of Manchester as the best foundation programme in the world, which allows students to do their foundation year in their home country.
Education Malaysia understands that Fairview School Kuala Lumpur, has now started offering the programme exclusively in Malaysia, with a promise of cutting more than RM100,000 of your cost.
It seems, that the old boys who benefited from the programme are backing the school to turn the programme into the most successful foundation year programme in the country.
Insiders say that efforts are being made to set up an alumni to welcome back the “Malaysia project” with a bang.