Kuala Lumpur – UCSI College, the sister institution of UCSI University, is offering the much sought-after Australian matriculation pathway, the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) International. This is in light of its move towards internationalisation and broader educational objectives.
Through the SACE International, UCSI College will also spearhead its efforts towards an increased global outlook integrating its goals of producing capable, confident and industry-ready graduates with values of diversity and inclusiveness.
The SACE International (formerly known as the South Australian Matriculation) programme is an internationally recognised pre-university programme equivalent to the Year 12 Australian high school course. Students who have completed this programme are eligible for entry into universities in Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, the UK and the US.
Recently, UCSI College celebrated its first cohort receiving the SACE International Certificate in December 2020. Subsequently, UCSI College also received the Recognition of Excellence based on the excellent results received by SACE International graduates in 2020, endorsed by the Government of South Australia.
“I found the final exams to be both challenging and exciting, as rather difficult application questions in Chemistry and Specialist Mathematics were asked. This required a firm understanding of the subjects,” says Gokarnath Lingam, who obtained an ATAR score of 93.40, placing him in the top 6.55% of students who took the SACE International examination.
Cathy Schultz, Director for SACE International, South Australia, congratulated UCSI College on the achievements of its inaugural cohort in this Australian matriculation programme:
“The high academic standards you have set for your students, and your forward-looking approach to education which allowed students to make the most of the contemporary curriculum the SACE International provides. Your determination to focus on learning, coupled with a student-centred approach, meant students were supported and guided to achieve highly in this Australian matriculation programme, despite the challenges of 2020.”
SACE International Programme Coordinator Sylvia Lee was thankful for the tremendous support from the SACE International Board in South Australia throughout the pandemic saying that many training sessions and discussions were conducted online over platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. She went on to say that the 70% internal and 30% external assessment structure of the Australian matriculation programme was well-suited and catered to the moments of uncertainty during the year.
In December after the results were released, the College announced that 44% of its first cohort scored an ATAR of 80 and above, with an overall pass rate of 90%.