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Evelyn Teh Jae Vienn

“The Foundation in Science programme at HMC was an eye-opening experience as it provided me with holistic education, very different from the education experience I had had before. With a good balance of principles and application, it fueled my curiosity with learning that was an important step for my tertiary studies in psychology. The focus on academic assessment and learning applications, (i.e., leadership camp, term assignments), helped build my capability in absorbing learning from different perspectives.”

Profile

  • Completed Foundation in Science at HELP University Matriculation Centre (HMC) in 2007, receiving the HELP Foundation Distinction Partial Scholarship Award for her studies.
  • Completed the HELP Bachelor of Psychology programme, 2007 – 2010, under HELP Merit Partial Scholarship Award and graduating with 1st Class Honours, (Evelyn is also featured under Psychology category in the Academic Achiever section).
  • Advanced to postgraduate study at The University of Sheffield, England, graduating with Msc in Occupational Psychology with Distinction in 2012.
  • Career:
    – Assistant Manager to Manager (Special Projects/Behavioural Change) at PwC from 2016 from the present in 2020.
    – Talent Accelerator Manager with Leaderonomics, 2013 to 2016.
  • Studied at SMK Damansara Jaya, Selangor, scoring 10 As for her SPM in 2005.

Larissa Ping Liew

Profile

A student of St. Joseph’s Private School, Kuching, Larissa was awarded 100% School Achiever Scholarship Award (SASA) totaling RM 20,000 for her HELP University Foundation in Arts programme. which she completed in 2018, scoring 8 High Distinctions and 5 Distinctions.

Awards & Achievements

  • Malaysian Model, Sarawak Tourism Ambassador, 2019
  • Miss World Malaysia 2018 (Winner), (Miss Photogenic and Miss Talent)
  • Miss World 2018 (Top 30)
  • World Best Designer Awards (Top 5)
  • Miss World Talent (4th Runner-up), Miss World Top Model (Top 32)
  • Miss World Multimedia (Top 10)
  • Winner Head to Head Challenge (Group 9), Winner Head to Head Challenge Round 2
  • Beauty with a Purpose (Top 12), Dance of the World (Finalist)
  • Miri Division Keligit Orang Ulu 2018 (Winner)

Avid advocate for children’s education, Larissa spends her free time teaching Myammar refugee children at Zomi Education Centre in Malaysia. 
Aspiring to build a positive impact in the lives of the indigenous communities via education, Larissa spearheaded the “Indigenous Digital (Education) Outreach Programme” in October 2018 in Long Seridan, Sarawak

Rachel Lai Suet Teng

Profile

  • Programme: Foundation in Arts
  • Years of Attendance: 2010-2011
  • High School: SMK Damansara Jaya, Selangor
  • Scholarship(s): SASA Scholarship student
  • Current work/study: Currently pursuing her PhD in Education at Cambridge, UK
  • Education: Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), Bachelor of Music (Hons), Master in Philosophy, Cambridge UK
  • Extra-curricular Activities: Vice-President, SASA Board
  • Hometown: Damansara Jaya, Selangor

Awards & Achievements

  • Recipient of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship

John Han Yeong Chuan

Profile

  • Programme: Foundation in Arts
  • Years of Attendance: 2006-2008
  • Current work/study: Associate at CIMB Investment Bank
  • Education: University of Queensland, Bachelor of Commerce with Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement (2009)
  • Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Khairul Arif bin Razali

Profile

  • Programme: Foundation in Arts
  • Years of Attendance: 2011-2012
  • Scholarship(s): HELP University Scholarship Award
  • Current work/study: Currently pursuing his Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Flinders University
  • Education: Australian National University, Bachelor of Psychology and Philosophy

Awards & Achievements

  • HELP Matriculation Centre Lecturers’ Choice Award (2011)

Low Pei Zhen

Profile

  • Programme: American Degree Programme. Currently Majoring in Psychology in the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Programme: Foundation in Arts; Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • High School: SMK Kepong Baru, KL
  • Scholarship(s): University of Queensland International Economics Scholarship
  • Current work/study: Bachelor of Economics at the University of Queensland
  • Hometown: Kepong, Kuala Lumpur

Awards & Achievements

  • Member of the team that won the HELP-QUT Case Competition in 2014

Natasha Chong Ee Shin

Profile

  • Natasha commenced her Bachelor of Commerce studies in 2019, at the College of Business and Economics (CBE) of the Australian National University (ANU) which is ranked in the top 50 of global universities in the Times Higher Education 2019 World University Rankings. Natasha’s is recipient of the Southeast Asian Merit Scholarship, and her major is in International Business but has taken Design as a minor elective, giving her the opportunity to explore ideas between business and design, a passion she has had since she was young.
  • In 2018, she completed Year 1 of HELP University Bachelor of Business (International Business), under the Dean’s Partial Scholarship Award, achieved a CGPA of 3.54 and transferred to ANU.
  • Completed her Foundation in Arts studies in 2016 at HELP’s Matriculation Centre under HELP’s School Achievers’ Scholarship Award (SASA).
  • Studied at SMK Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, scoring 7 As and 2 Bs for her SPM.

“I did the 1st year of my degree at HELP and decided to do a credit transfer to ANU for the remaining of my undergraduate studies. I wanted to study at ANU primarily for the exposure I would get by studying in another country”, adding that, “I was eager not to be too comfortable in Malaysia and decided to go to ANU for its high university ranking, and the challenges of studying at CBE”. She also shared that, ““Taking the design course was a real eye-opening moment as there was so much more to design, e.g., the design thinking approach and perspective, exposure to which, is making me develop a more all-rounded view on how businesses may be impacted or improved”.

Chin Wen Jie

Profile

Chin Wen Jie is Table Tennis Men’s Singles Gold Medallist at the 2019 Higher Education Sports Fest (HESF), 29 Oct to 2 Nov, 2019, held at the Technical University of Malaysia, Melaka (UTeM), Malacca, with almost 700 athletes from 31 Malaysian Institutes of Higher Learning (IPT). HESF comprises 5 events: swimming, volleyball, table tennis, basketball 3 versus 3 and pétanque which is a game of boules or bowls, that originated in France Held annually since 2018, HESF is a major sporting event of the Ministry of Education, in addition to the biannually–held SUKIPT (Higher Education Institutions Games).

Wen Jie, a Malaysian national table tennis player, is progressing, at HELP University’s Matriculation Centre (HMC), since 2019, in his Foundation in Arts studies for which he was awarded a full HELP sports scholarship.

He had represented Malaysia at various international tournaments:

  • 2015 S E Asian Junior & Cadet Table Tennis, winning the Doubles Gold & Team Silver
  • Asean School Games, 2017 and 2018
  • Asian Games in Jakarta Indonesia, 2018
  • World Table Tennis Championships, Halmstad, Sweden, 2018
  • Nikon Cup table Tennis Championships, Hong Kong, 2015.

He schooled at Chung Hwa Independent High School, Kuala Lumpur, and completed his SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2018.

Idayu Izreen Ismail

Profile

Previously HELP PSI CHI Tutor and English Teacher, Idayu Izreen is currently a Freelance Content Writer and Early Childhood Educator.

In 2018, Idayu completed her Foundation in Science at HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC), scoring a CGPA of 3.52/4.00, after which, registered for the HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology degree, completing it in 2018 with a CGPA of 3.75/4.00 and graduated with 1st Class Honours.

Recipient of HELP-STAR Education Fund Full Scholarship Award for both her Foundation and Psychology studies.

Studied at SMK Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, for SPM, scoring 7As and 3 Bs. She was awarded the Pelajar Cemerlang, (Student of Excellence) Award. Recipient of Ministry of Education Biasiswa Kecil Persekutuan (Federal Small Scholarship) Award, 2009-2013, and the PMR (Middle Secondary Examination) Excellence Award by Branding Education Charity Foundation, 2012.
HELP HMC Student Representative, Student Facilitator, Peer to Peer Mentor, Movie Channel Video Editor, Director and Hon Secretary, 2014-2015.
HELP Psychology Peer Supporter Welfare Assistant 2015-2016 and PSI CHI Social Media Officer 2018.
HELP Choir 2015-2017 and had performed at public and diplomatic social events.

With over 600,000 members, PSI CHI is the largest student psychological organisation in the world. It was founded for encouraging and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science. HELP University is Psi Chi’s first chapter in Asia.

Jonathan Choo Kam Kitt

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Graduate Tutor, HELP University, since 2019.
Core member since 2018 of HELP’s Cerebro Lab (EEG Lab). An initiative of Jonathan and his course mates, the EEG Lab began operations in Jan 2019 for tutorials and preliminary research with Jonathan spearheading a pilot study on Bilingualism and Inhibitory Control using EEG Techniques. While EEG equipment focuses on research, it can be used to diagnose brain disorders.

Jonathan studied at SMK Setia Alam, Selangor, scoring 7 As and 2 Bs for his SPM, completed his Foundation studies under the HELP Distinction Partial Scholarship at HELP Matriculation Centre. He then undertook HELP University’s Bachelor of Psychology studies in 2015, under HELP’s Loyalty and Merit Partial Scholarships, completed it in 2018 with a CGPA of 3.87, and graduated with 1st Class Hons.

Jonathan received the US Global Undergraduate Exchange (UGRAD) Scholarship and spent one semester of studies at the end of 2017 at Montclair State University, New Jersey. He achieved a CGPA of 3.75 and volunteered at Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, a social organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs.

In collaboration with colleagues and UGRAD alumni, Jonathan hosted a forum/workshop on LGBTQ+ issues relevant to Malaysia on 5 June 2018 and 13 Feb 2019 as part of Gender Studies Coursework, working closely with PT foundation and Justice For Sisters. Using materials from Montclair State University’s Safe Space Training workshop, Jonathan spearheaded the event to promote inclusivity and acceptance of the LGBTQ society in Malaysia and hope to impact society through education.

Chin Wei Jean

Profile

Wei Jean, with core competencies in auditing, financial services, product/social media marketing and business development, joined Deloitte’s in 2019 as a Mergers & Acquisitions Associate. Her passion is to spread awareness related to Gender Equality, and Women Empowerment, one of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Through social media, she advocates against sexual harassment/assault, and rape, planning to eventually end the culture of misogyny and victim-blaming. Wei Jean is also a member of the Women’s Aid Organization (WAO).

Her previous roles and industry exposure include Project Coordinator with SEATech Ventures – international capital investment company, managing projects, resources, facilities and equipment, communication, IPOs and fundraising, and Corporate Finance Engineer with Greenpro Capital -global provider of professional services to emerging businesses and high net-worth individuals to capitalize value and maximize wealth, and on IPOs and mergers/acquisitions.

Wei Jean studied HELP University’s (HELP) BBus (Accounting) (Hons) programme, 2015-2017, under HELP bursary, then transferred to The University of Queensland (UQ), graduating in 2018 with UQ’s BComm (Accounting and Finance) (2nd Class Hons). She completed Foundation in Arts in 2015 at the HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) under HELP CEO partial scholarship. She studied at SMK Aminuddin Baki, K. Lumpur, scoring 9 As for SPM in 2013.

She was active in extracurricular activities. At HMC, she was Vice President for the Leadership and Development Sphere and Chairperson of the Prom Committee. In Australia, she actively participated in activities of the Australia Malaysia Business Council, Queensland (AMBCQ) and Singapore Business Group (Australia) (SBG), and had organized SBG workshops for international students to advise them on employment in Australia.

Vincent Tan Kah Chun

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In 2019, Vincent Tan, from Kuala Lumpur (KL), was engaged as Audit Associate with BDO Malaysia at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, member of BDO International, the world’s 5th largest network of professional firms providing audit, assurance, business advisory, tax and professional services to a wide spectrum of public and private businesses, including multinationals and conglomerates. Before BDO, he was with Ivan & Co, Chartered Accountants, assurance and tax specialists, and consultants, at Desa Park City.

From 2015 to 2018, Vincent was a candidate for HELP University’s (HELP) Bachelor of Business (Accounting) (Hons) degree at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting, receiving HELP’s bursary for his studies. He completed it and graduated in 2018 with 2nd Class Upper Hons, thereafter succeeded in passing his ACCA final professional examinations in 2019. He earlier obtained his Foundation in Arts qualification in 2015 at the HELP Matriculation Centre. Vincent completed his secondary school education at SMK Kepong Baru, KL, and obtained his SPM in 2013, scoring 4 As and 5 Bs.

At HELP, Vincent was highly active in volunteer, marketing and student activities, including:

  • Organising fund raising for the Society for the Blind in Malaysia (SBM);
  • Participating in the ICAEW Regional Business Challenge 2017;
  • Being Project Team Lead/Student Ambassador for Institute Onn Ja’afar (IOJ), a non-profit organization that provides relief/material aid to the underprivileged through private/public institution volunteers;
  • Being Student Ambassador for Deloitte’s Malaysia (2017-2018);
  • Being Vice President of HELP University Investment Club, involved in managing many events, and collaborating with the Bursa Malaysia Young Investors Club; and
  • Being the 2019 Champion of the Business Line Boardroom Challenge, a unique competition for undergraduates and postgraduates to resolve boardroom-level business problems.

Chong Wei-Yi

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Wei-Yi from Kuala Lumpur (KL), joined PKF Australia (PKF) since 2018, as an Insolvency Accountant in Sydney. PKF is a group of independent firms focused on providing accounting, business advisory and professional services in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and many other locations across Australia. During her time with PKF, she has managed a variety of insolvency administrations, including court liquidations, voluntary administrations, receiverships, and bankruptcies in a broad range of industries. Prior to her journey with PKF, Wei-Yi was a sales assistant with Uniqlo Australia in Sydney.

In 2015, Wei-Yi registered as a candidate for HELP University’s (HELP) Bachelor of Business, (BBus) (Finance) (Hons) degree at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting, (FBEA). She received a HELP bursary for her studies, successfully completed Year 1 in early 2016, after which she transferred, with subject credits, to HELP’s Australian partner university, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), to complete her tertiary education, and graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), majoring in Finance and minoring in Information Systems.

Earlier, in 2014, Wei-Yi had registered with the HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC) for her Foundation in Arts pre-university studies and received a partial HELP scholarship for the programme. She completed her Foundation qualification in early 2016 and progressed to undergraduate studies at FBEA, as a candidate for the BBus (Finance) programme. Wei-Yi completed her school education at Sri Sempurna Secondary School in Cheras, KL and obtained her SPM (Malaysian Certificate of Education) in 2013, scoring 8 As and one B.

In Australia, Wei-Yi is a student subscriber of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) and is looking into obtaining ARITA’s Advanced Certification over the coming years. During her time at UNSW, she was an active member of the Malaysian Students’ Organisation and volunteered in support of the Malaysia Festival 2016 in Sydney.

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