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IUMW is owned by two prestigious universities, Universiti Malaya (UM) and the University of Wales (UW); truly offering the best of both worlds

Madihah binti Dato Seri Setia Haji Johar, Intern @ The Energy Source, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology, Final Year 

The reason I chose IUMW

Ever since I discovered that IUMW is owned by two prestigious universities, Universiti Malaya (UM) and the University of Wales (UW), I knew that IUMW truly offers the best of both worlds. The vast selection of programmes they offer, especially the unique Dual Award programmes that give the chance to study in the UK at a reasonable price, was the reason I chose IUMW. The KL campus also has a great strategic location.

Favourite IUMW memory

I have been studying at IUMW ever since foundation, and although there’s a lot of memorable events and activities I’ve gone through with my friends, to mention a few; I spent 4 days at Langkawi with my Foundation batch and had dinner at the beach there, the trip to Port Dickson, travelling around KL with other international students, and many more. The memories that I will always hold onto during my time at IUMW would be the everyday routine and experience of being a student here. Coffee breaks with my friends in between classes, going to the library to do work or have meetings with groupmates, hanging out at the cafeteria, the nervous wait before entering the exam halls, going to field trips with my friends, the nervous/excitement feeling collecting exam results and ultimately attending the fun-filled (and very engaging!) classes.

Life at IUMW as a Bruneian

One obvious difference I can point out as a Bruneian studying in IUMW, KL is the people. Being surrounded by people from different states, countries, races, religions, and backgrounds was something new for me, and I am still in awe of that. 

Studying the BSc in Psychology at IUMW

My programme offers a variety of subfields. I like how IUMW can offer that for their students. Having the opportunity to learn those subfields inevitably triggered my interest in almost every subfield — if anything, it made me more intrigued and eager to learn more about them!

Favourite Class 

Answering this question would be unfair to everyone because, to be honest, I enjoy all of my classes. Each of them always has something to offer and I can’t deny their charms! However, if I had to choose one, I would say Expressive Art Therapy as it feels therapeutic for me with the practical activities we did in the class.

IUMW as a platform to take the next step into my career

I believe all that I’ve learned throughout my time at IUMW will always become handy for my future, nearest or distant. From the knowledge to social skills and teamwork ethics I have gathered and honed during all of these years, I know they will be of benefit when I implement these skills in my career.

Advice to other Sabahans / Sarawakians / Bruneians looking to study at IUMW.

It may be difficult at first, especially to adapt, but first times are known to be uncomfortable. You’re not growing if you always feel comfortable in your bubble. All it takes is a leap of faith and trust in yourself!