5 Things to Consider When Choosing a University

Knowing which academic course to study and where to study can be a confusing period for SPM school leavers as well as working adults. You may be wondering, “How do I know what university is right for me?” when there’s no foolproof university guide to tell you the answer.  

But don’t let that prevent you from pursuing higher education! There are many ways to choose the right university.

Here are 5 helpful things to consider when choosing a university:

 

 1. Think about your career interest first

Similar to standing in front of multiple rows of ice-cream flavours, you might have many interests that make it hard to settle for one. If this is you, it’s best to decide on your career interest first before thinking about what to study at university.   

This is because choosing the right career will lead to a rewarding, fulfilling end goal for the graduate while achieving organisational success and sustainability. Being uncertain about what job you want to apply for after graduation can result in switching careers too often.

Once you have decided on your career interest, it’ll be much easier to choose an academic programme and university. 

 

 2. Look into university rankings, awards & recognition

Knowing the university’s reputation and background such as university rankings, awards and past achievements is usually a good place to start. You’ll want to study at a university that has a standard.  

At UNITAR International University, we aren’t short of accolades and recognition:

  • Recognised as one of the leading institutions to receive the Putra Brand Awards 2021 in the education and learning category
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) for quality assurance and enhancement, student welfare, marketing and recruitment, learning and teaching, course delivery and other categories
  • Employer’s Top Choice by Talentbank

Settling for a university that testifies its academic excellence and management gives assurance to students that they are getting only the best for their higher education needs.

 

 3. Online learning availability & accreditation

Online education offers flexibility and easy access to students who prefer a slower pace of learning and the convenience of learning anywhere. So, how to choose a university that has a credible online learning platform?

Essentially, it boils down to the combination of the instructor and the platform itself: What qualifications do the instructors have? Is the online degree course MQA-certified? Does the online learning platform allow student interaction and collaborations?

One of the universities to fit into these criteria is none other than UNITAR! It is the first university in Southeast Asia to be awarded a QS 5-star rating for the online learning category.

 

 4. Course affordability

One of the ways to choose the right university is to look for course affordability. There’s a misconception that quality higher education has to be exorbitant. With financial assistance from the government and the university itself, pursuing further studies is possible. Students at UNITAR have access to a variety of financial aid and scholarships to assist their education journey.

 

 5. Explore the hostel environment, varsity clubs & societies

Those who want to stay near the campus should explore the hostel surroundings based on cleanliness, management and fees. Do check out the varsity clubs and societies as well to experience the communal side of university life.

 

Now that you know how to choose a university that equips you for your future career path, why not add UNITAR to your list of university choices? Inquire about UNITAR and our academic programmes today!

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