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 EDUCATION

Up close and personal with Oxford International College

17th July, 2017

England’s Oxford International College recently held a free mentoring session for school leavers and parents at the Hilton Hotel, Kota Kinabalu with a lineup of mentors from the world’s leading universities as part of its Goodwill Ambassador Programme.

“This unique initiative combines work observation, cultural explorations and mentoring for the students from Oxford International College with a full programme of outreach activities run by the highly prestigious mentors to support local students with applications for universities around the world,” said Sarawak-born Ms. Yasmin Sarwar, the programme creator. She is also the founder of Oxford International College which is UK’s top performing A-Level educational institution.

The visiting mentors were Dr Simeon Masmanian (B.Sc. MIT, M.Sc. Imperial College London), Dr Zoe Lundy (DPhil Biochemistry Oxford University), Miss Sian Allen (BA Philosophy Politics and Economics Oxford University) and Miss Nadia Chaudhary (Undergraduate Medicine at Oxford University).

“The programme invites any interested students to join a free masterclass session which covers all aspects of applications to elite universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,” Yasmin said.

Students will have the opportunity to receive free one-to-one career counselling with a mentor to discuss options where a student is still unsure of their career goals, and to discuss strategy to achieve the goals already set by students.

As well as receiving personal advice, the session focused on gaining a place at university. Mentors will guide the students through the three most important elements of an application to a top university- personal statement, admissions test and interviews. They will share with the students their own personal tips as to what makes a personal statement stand out from the crowd, showing example personal statements that have been successful as well as explaining the need to start early, seeking out work experience as knowledge beyond the classroom.

In addition to this, students will learn about which admissions test they will have to sit for their chosen subject and will then have the opportunity to work through some practice questions with the support of a mentor.

Finally, there was a session on interview technique, where the students may be surprised by some of the interview questions posed by Oxford and Cambridge universities. There will even be the chance for some brave students to be interviewed in front of their peers.

The mentors from the trip will also visit specific schools in the area to run challenges that will help students develop the skills that potential employers and universities are looking for: teamwork, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking. The challenges will range from an entrepreneurship challenge where students design their own business and then pitch it to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel to STEP themed challenges which ask students to use their scientific knowledge to solve a problem.

And finally, the students from Oxford International College will also get involved in the local community by volunteering at outreach activities and sharing their English language skills with the children.

To request a free individual career counselling session, please contact us on admissions@oxcoll.com / sabah@gesglobal.co or call 013-8211989 / 016-8865561 / 016-8895218. Places will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. – (PR)

   
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