Earlier this year 12 Malaysian Government Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) sponsored students started their Bachelor of Laws program at Bond University, Australia’s leading private, not-for-profit University, located on the Gold Coast.
Now in their second semester the students have settled into their studies and immersed into Bond University student life – living on campus and accessing the facilities including the Graduate Development Office, the multi-million dollar Balnaves Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre, the prayer room and the student learning support centre.
Beginning their university program at Taylor’s College, these students are part of the Malaysian Government’s JPA program where students are given an unparalleled opportunity to be sponsored to study law abroad in Australia and England.
Choosing Australia for its warm sunny weather, multi-cultural attitude and large Malaysian population was an easy decision for Qiu Gee Lee, one of the current JPA students at Bond University.
“I had heard a lot about Bond University and I knew it was one of the best private universities in the world. The focus on practical law skills, the high quality international mooting competitions, and smaller class sizes is really what attracted me,” said Ms Lee.
“The weather on the Gold Coast is very similar to Malaysia. The beautiful beaches give me a sense of living in my home town Penang and they are so close to university,” she said.
Another current JPA student Ms Nurul Anyza Fauzi, from Seremban has always wanted to study law and is grateful to have been given the opportunity to study a practical focused program in Australia.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity the Malaysian Government has provided to me to study law abroad. The law program at Bond University is like no other in Australia – it has a fast-tracked structure and small classes, with a strong emphasis on developing the legal skills, not just the jury theory,” said Ms Fauzi.
“The presentations, practice moots, and direct access to my teachers have really helped boost my confidence and made me feel welcomed.
“When I have an assignment to complete my teachers and the learning support centre are always available to check my structure or edit my grammar, I have found them very friendly and helpful,” she said.
Ms Lee would recommend studying law in Australia at Bond University to all Taylor’s College students.
“Law applies to every part of life – from understanding world news to purchasing a house. Studying law will open many career doors and will develop your thinking, speaking and reasoning skills,” said Ms Lee.
Internationally recognised for its ‘legal skills focused’ law program Bond University offers a trimester schedule meaning students complete their Bachelor of Laws studies in two years, eight months - one year earlier than at other Australian universities. The small class sizes ensure all students are encouraged to participate and have direct and regular access to their teachers. And the state-of-the-art Moot Court facilities provide students with ample opportunity to practice what they learn in the classroom.
Prospective JPA sponsored students can find out more about studying at Bond University by visiting bond.edu.au or www.taylors.edu.my to enquire about the programs.