Erik Presley (USA)

Visit to Malaysia

by Erik Presley | December 1, 2010 | Erik Presley (USA) 0 Comments

When I left for Kuala Lumpur from our corporate office I had a single agenda – increase ELI 360 effectiveness in helping young Malaysians gain a U.S. education as part of their career preparation. I believe that goal was fully met with new articulation agreements in place and partnerships crafted with high schools in KL and Penang, Malaysia.

While I was in KL I visited with our associate Lawrence to discuss our ability to deliver one of our service products, ELI 360 Guidance, to a network of home schooling centers that have already worked with us to provide families university placement services. Ps. Kevin who is the director of the home schooling program believes this service will fit well with their new eLearning initiative. Together we hope to be able to offer ELI 360 Guidance to high school students starting sometime mid year 2011.

All students who participate in the program will be well prepared for their professional career and have a solid idea of what their personal blueprint is.

IMG_2418During my visit in KL I interviewed several applicants and spoke with very interested parents who wanted to personally learn more about the university partners we work with. This coming January we will receive one of those applicants who has already gained his F-1 visa. Additionally, I had an opportunity to visit with a new partner, ImmaginUSA,  whose director herself studied in the U.S. to finish her MBA.

After completing interviews, providing seminars to students and parents, meeting with home schooling center directors and discussing strategy with our new partner I headed to Penang.

While in Penang I visited with two exceptional private schools and Dr. Seow, the founder of one of them, who now runs edugate. Both private schools were K-12 and have a long track record of high quality education and whole person development. IMG_2437IMG_2440IMG_2442Fairview International provides an International Baccalaureate (IB for short) that is well suited as a pathway for U.S. university study. Our associate and I discussed with Ms. Lin and Mr. Lee how our Admissions 360 service would benefit the parents of their school. Both were very enthusiastic and asked in Jin Koe could return and speak directly with parents.

While in Penang I had an appointment set to complete our agreement with a local college called DISTED. We were warmly greeted by Dr. Koo, President and CEO of the college and Ms Lyn. During our visit we discussed the completion of an articulation agreement with Hardin-Simmons (HSU now listed on their web site) and a plan to further build pathways for DISTED students to enter US higher education. Dr. Koo was very pleased to learn of the other high quality private universities we work with that have interest in articulating with DISTED. IMG_2429As a college their mission is very much in line with those of our partners to equip students with well rounded skills, knowledge and values for their future success – a whole person education philosophy.

The time in Malaysia was well spent with students, families and institutions who have a real sense of the international climate we now live in regardless of place. IMG_2443This coming fall ELI 360 should see a number of new students from Malaysia on our partner’s campuses. More importantly I believe that new relationships were forged on the trip that will benefit both sides of the world for many years to come.

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