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Kuala Lumpur, Friday, 26 April 2019 – HELP University has signed an agreement with Cambridge Assessment International Education to run the Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (Cambridge PDQ) in Malaysia.

Dr Ben Schmidt, Regional Director of Southeast Asia and Pacific of Cambridge Assessment International Education, Datin Chan Kam Yoke & Dr Gerard Louis, Founding Principal and now CEO of HELP International School

For the first time in Malaysia, HELP University will run the Cambridge International Award in Teaching and Learning (CIATL). The CIATL is an introduction to teaching and learning, which is targeted at those who intend to join the teaching profession as well as existing teachers in private and international schools who need to up skill their teaching qualifications. Cambridge Assessment International Education, was formed by the University of Cambridge over 150 years ago, and was once known as the Local Examinations Syndicate.

The CIATL is equivalent to two-thirds of the Cambridge International Certificate in Teaching and Learning (CICTL). Upon completion of the award, candidates need to complete one more unit to gain the certificate. They may also proceed to further complete 2 modules to obtain the Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching and Learning (CIDTL).

Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor of HELP University says, “This agreement reflects our strong commitment to teaching quality at our international schools and tertiary institutions. As there is a large number of international and private schools in Malaysia running the Cambridge curriculum we hope to be able to up skill the teachers by offering the Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (PDQ), so that we can play a role in improving the standards of teaching and learning in private and international schools in the country. The quality of tertiary education can also be improved if the teaching quality of teachers at the lower secondary education is enhanced.” Datuk Dr Paul Chan stresses that teaching excellence in the HELP Group is important. Recently HELP University organized a seminar on Critical Thinking for Teaching and Learning where many academics and experts shared their thoughts, experience, and research findings

Dr Ben Schmidt, Regional Director of Southeast Asia and Pacific of Cambridge Assessment International Education says, “Demand for international education is growing in Malaysia and across the entire ASEAN region. That is why we are pleased to introduce the Cambridge International Award in Teaching and Learning in collaboration with HELP University. It provides a rigorous foundation in classroom practice for those who wish to pursue a promising and satisfying career in international education.”

Dr Gerard Louis, Founding Principal and now CEO of HELP International School says, “The partnership with Cambridge began last year with the running of the pilot of the CIATL for teachers at HIS. This turned out to be a tremendous success. We are currently undergoing a second round of the CIATL at HIS, but this time with our local trainers playing an even greater role in the delivery of the program. This is part of the strategy to build a pool of local Cambridge trainers of the highest caliber who will be at the forefront of delivering the Cambridge PDQ programs in Malaysia. We are very proud of the fact that we have been able to identify and develop local teachers from HIS who meet the very stringent quality assurance standards for teacher trainers of the Cambridge programmes.”

There will be a new CIATL programme conducted for teachers at Crescendo-HELP International School (CHIS) in Johor Bahru this August 2019. This will be the last round of training programmes where the trainers from Cambridge will partner with the future HELP University Programme team to deliver the CIATL. The first intake run by the HELP University team of Cambridge trainers for the CIATL will be in March 2020. The programme will be offered at least five times a year in various locations throughout Malaysia, including in Sabah and Sarawak. It takes about 4 months to complete the CIATL and another 4 months to finish the remaining unit to complete the CICTL.


About the HELP Education Group

HELP University was founded in 1986 to provide affordable quality educational opportunities for Malaysians. It has since developed into a leading institution of higher learning in Malaysia with an international reputation among universities, research organisations, scholars, business, corporate leaders, and governments. HELP University offers a wide and diverse range of programmes covering business, law, management, economics, IT, the social sciences, and the humanities at undergraduate and graduate levels.

The HELP Group has won numerous awards. It was recognised by Forbes Asia in 2011 as one of the top 200 Top Performing companies in Asia Pacific with capitalization below USD 1 billion. It also won the KPMG Shareholder Value Award in 2010, and was ranked 43 among 1,000 public listed companies on the Malaysian Stock Exchange. HELP was also included in the Malaysian Corporate Governance Indext by MSWG, and won the Brand Laureate Award for Best Brand Award for Private Tertiary Education in 2012. In 2011, Group CEO, Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke, was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

About the Cambridge International Award in Teaching and Learning

The Cambridge International Award in Teaching and Learning is an introductory professional development programme that provides a rigorous foundation in teaching and learning. It is designed for both new and more experienced teachers who may need preparation for teaching in a Cambridge school.
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About Cambridge Assessment International Education

Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge.
Our Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for educational success from age 5 to 19. Schools can shape the curriculum around how they want students to learn – with a wide range of subjects and flexible ways to offer them. It helps students discover new abilities and a wider world, and gives them the skills they need for life, so they can achieve at school, university and work.

Cambridge International is the short name of Cambridge Assessment International Education.
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