What does 'HELP' stand for?
HELP is the acronym for “Higher Education Learning Philosophy”. HELP University was set up to complement the government’s efforts in expanding the educational opportunities in the country. Our mission is to help people succeed in life and to live a live a life of significance through education.
What is the reputation and standing of HELP University?
Since its inception in 1986, HELP University has firmly established itself as one of the leading private colleges in the country. HELP University is locally and internationally recognised for its high and uncompromising academic standards. This is evident from links with world class universities, such as London School of Economics and Political Science, Cardiff University of Wales, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, Australian National University, University of Waterloo.
Currently, HELP has a student enrolment of more than 11,000. Our staff and our reputation for excellence all work together to ensure that students make the most of their higher education in what has become one of the country’s premier centres of learning.
Every year our students achieve outstanding results that are the best in their class worldwide, including First Class Honours from the University of London and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). These students usually secure prestigious scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at premier institutions like Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Chicago and the top 8 Australian universities.
When were we awarded the MSC status and what does this signify?
HELP was awarded the MSC Status in April 1999. This status is awarded to companies which have reached the prescribed industry standards stipulated by the Multimedia Development Corporation in terms of facilities, research and commitment towards promoting the IT age in Malaysia.
Is HELP University an approved institution of higher learning?
Are your programmes approved?
All programmes offered by HELP University (HU) are approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Are your programmes accredited?
Programmes are required to achieve provisional accreditation at the point of commencement and receive accreditation at the end of the first full cycle by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. At HELP, all programmes with full cycle are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and are listed in the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR).
How do you ensure the quality of your programmes?
HU has the Centre for Quality Assurance which continuously monitors the programmes and carries out audits on a regular basis. Surveys such as Students’ Experience Survey and training provided to academic staff are carried out to ensure that teaching and learning meet international standards and is relevant to students. HU is certified under ISO 9001:2008 standards by NQA. For this, regular audits are conducted twice a year by the internal audit team and once a year by the external auditors.
Can I apply for PTPTN loans?
All programmes at HELP are approved and accredited. This makes it easier for students to apply for the PTPTN loan. Please refer to the terms and conditions laid down by the government: (http://www.ptptn.gov.my/).
Is HELP University allowed to recruit foreign students?
HU is approved by the Ministry of Education to recruit foreign students.
Are the HELP University's degrees recognized internationally?
HELP University’s degrees are recognized locally and internationally as all our programmes are benchmarked internationally.
Students enrolled in our Foundation programmes are able to continue their studies at leading universities such as in the United Kingdom, Australia, United States and Russia. Our accounting graduates are given maximum subject exemptions into professional examinations leading to professional qualifications.
Our undergraduate programmes are recognised internationally and thus our students are able to pursue postgraduate studies oversees or to articulate via credit transfer into their second or third year of undergraduate studies in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Are HELP University degrees accepted by professional bodies?
HELP University degrees are recognized by many professional accounting bodies. For example, the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Hons was the first accounting programme offered at a university college in Malaysia to be accredited by CPA, Australia.
In addition, graduates of the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) Hons are exempted for 9 out of 14 subjects for ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and 8 out of 15 subjects for ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). Further information on these exemptions as well as recognition by other professional accounting bodies can be obtained from the Department of Business Studies.
The HELP United Kingdom(UK). Degree Transfer Programme (Law) has a consortium of nine (9) partner universities in the UK. This programme has been validated and recognised by the UK Joint Academic Stage Board (JASB) which is a body established by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the Bar Association. The validation is done once in every five(5) years. This programme is also recognized by the Malaysian Legal Profession Qualifying Board for the purposes of pursuing the Certificate in Legal Practice after the graduates have completed the respective programme.
HELP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science programme (i.e. Flinders-HELP joint degree) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) that oversees all psychology programmes offered by Australian universities. This recognition allows students who have completed the 3-year Bachelor of Psychological Science programme to apply for Honours / Post-graduate Diploma programmes at any Australian and New Zealand university. This recognition also allows students who have completed the additional Honours year (i.e. Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) programme) to apply for Masters and PhD programmes at any Australian and New Zealand university.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) has granted students from the Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) programme the Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership on a case-by-case basis, thereby allowing them to pursue their Masters and PhD studies in the United Kingdom. Graduates of the HELP Masters in Counseling programme have successfully applied to be licensed as counselors by the Malaysian Board of Counselors.
Completing the HELP Masters in Applied Psychology in Coaching will enable the graduates to apply for membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) – a professional body that oversees coaching in over 100 countries around the world. Graduates of the HELP Masters of Clinical Psychology have successfully applied to and received acceptance as members of the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology.
How do I know that HELP University is the right university for me?
HELP continues to innovate and provide the best for its students. HELP graduates are sought out by large multinational companies. The recognition of HELP University is also evidenced throughout its history, where HELP and its officers have won or been granted accolades in academic and non-academic fields. Some recent awards won are:
- Brand Laureate Award for Best Private Tertiary Education 2012
- Forbes 2011 List of Asia Pacific 200 Companies below US1 billion
- Malaysian Corporate Governance Index 2010 by MSWG: one of 100 (only education institution)
- KPMG Shareholder Value Award 2010: Ranked 43 among 1000 public listed companies on Malaysian Stock Exchange (only education institution in the top 100 list)
Where is HELP University located?
HELP University is conveniently and strategically located in Damansara Heights, an affluent suburb of Kuala Lumpur that is rapidly becoming a centre of high commercial activity. Served by an excellent system of roads, it is easily accessible to the residents of Petaling Jaya and Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Shah Alam and Kelang via the North Kelang Valley Expressway (NKVE). Its proximity to Bangsar provides easy access to the upmarket shops, cafes and restaurants there.
HELP University is located 15 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 5 minutes from Petaling Jaya and 30 minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. To refer to location map, click here.
HELP University is a city campus, a concept which is similar to many renowned city universities like the London School of Economics in the city of London, and George Washington University in Washington D C.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, HELP University is able to turn its city location into a position of enormous advantage. Apart from being able to select the best sporting and recreational facilities in the vicinity for the enjoyment of its students, HELP is able to conveniently and speedily access the best human and physical resources and facilities from top corporations and agencies in the city as part of the education and training of its students.
On campus, students are able to commute with great ease between the main campus at Damansara Town Centre, other departments located at Wisma HELP and Damansara Commercial Centre via the university buses plying frequently between three main points.
Location Map of HELP University, click here.
What are the advantages of studying in a city campus like HELP University ?
Amongst the many inherent advantages of being a city campus are:
- Ease of transportation & accessibility as the University is conveniently located along the routes of public buses plying the Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya routes.
- Accessibility to many upmarket shops, cafes, and restaurants particularly in the Bangsar neighbourhood.
- Access to the best sporting and recreational facilities in the neighbouring multi-cultural suburb.
- Access to the best human and physical resources and facilities from top corporations and agencies in the city for the benefit of students, ie industrial placement, guest lectures, training, and others. An example of this would be, one of the largest accounting firms, Ernst & Young, and an international PR consultancy firm, Ogilvy & Mather, are located next to the University.
- HELP is located in the heart of a vital government and business town centre in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.
Location Map of HELP University, click here.
What are the facilities provided at HELP University?
HELP University consists of three main areas ie: the ELM Business School in Jalan Semantan, Wisma HELP and Kompleks Pejabat Damansara. Amongst these are:
- 3 Lecture Theatres
- 6 Lecture Halls
- 20 Seminar Rooms
- 2 Tutorial Rooms
- Technology and Innovation Labs, Centre and Space cater for project requirements of our IT students and for research and development.
- A WAP and web-based scheduling and communication system for students to have online access to subject enrolment, outstanding fees, results, timetables, message board and e-trade.
- Learning Resource Centre
HELP University ‘s resource centre provides a comfortable and conducive atmosphere for study. Students have access to this up-to-date lending and reference resource centre which houses a collection of over 60,000 volumes of books along with a variety of magazines, journals and newspapers. The resource centre management is all computerised. Students are able to gain more knowledge and information through the Internet facilities available in the resource centre.
The resource centre also contains an audio-visual room that provides students with the facilities to view educational programmes and documentaries.
The resource centre is further equipped with a reading room comprising local and international magazines and newspapers in order for students to obtain up-to-date political and economic data.
Internet access in the Centre is free. Students at HELP University are given access to Lexis-Nexis, an on-line database and an electronic library of resources. It has over 24,871 information sources, of which 18,871 are news and business and 6,000 are legal articles. The Lexis-Nexis database allows students to search for information from practically all areas and disciplines such as business, engineering, economics, legal, social sciences, etc.
- Multipurpose Court
- For volleyball, indoor hockey, street soccer, basketball, netball, sepak takraw and other outdoor activities.
- Dance Studios (Centre for Performing Arts)
- Personal Counselling Offices
- 2 Main Student Lounges
- 1 MBA Lounge
Center for Psychological and Counseling Services (CPCS)
Students of HELP can assess the International School Facilities, which includes Premier league standard football field , semi Olympic standard swimming pool, futsal, tennis, indoor basketball stadium and a gymnasium.
How do I get to HELP by bus or LRT?
You may take any of the following Rapid KL bus services to HELP University
|T634||Bangsar LRT||Pusat Bandar Damansara|
|U82||KL Sentral||One Utama via Pusat Bandar Damansara|
How are the career prospects upon graduating from HELP University?
HELP graduates are popular candidates for employment with leading multinational companies such as Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Co, Ernst & Young, Accenture, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers and others.
Which are the universities that HELP is affiliated to?
HELP University is affiliated with top ranking and innovative universities, namely:
- London School of Economics*
- University of London*
- University of the West of England, Bristol
- Cardiff University
- University of Birmingham
- University of Greenwich
- University of Exeter
- University of Liverpool
- University of Wales, Aberystwyth
- University of East London
- Loughborough University
- Oxford Brookes University
* HELP University offers tuition support to students of the University of London Programme with the Lead College London School of Economics & Political Science
- University of Adelaide
- University of Queensland
- University of Melbourne
- University of New South Wales
- Australian National University
- University of Tasmania
- University of South Australia
- Curtin University of Technology
- Griffith University
- Deakin University
- Macquarie University
- University of Ballarat
- Murdoch University
- University of Otago
- Auckland University of Technology
USA and Canada
- American University (Washington D.C.)
- Bemidji State University
- Upper Iowa University
- DePaul University
- Drake University
- Drexel University
- Michigan Technological University
- Montana State University
- Pepperdine University
- Purdue University
- University of Oregon
- Iowa State University
- University of Mississippi
- Central Michigan University
- Towson University
- University of Oklahoma
- University College of Cariboo
- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- University of Waterloo
- Université Francois-Rabelais de Tours
- Université de Nice – Sophia Antipolis
- Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers
- Université de La Rochelle
- Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL – Handelshochschule Leipzig)
People’s Republic of China
- Shanghai International Studies University
- Shanghai Teacher’s University
- Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics
- Fuzhou Napier College (FNC)
- Bidakara International Education Institute (BIEI)
- Esbjerg Business Academy
What are the extra curricular activities (ECA) available at HELP University?
HELP University has over 40 clubs and society ranging from sporting clubs and hobby groups in rugby, soccer, badminton, basketball, bowling, table tennis, drama, literary pursuits, photography, dancing, community service etc.
Amongst the very active sports clubs at HELP University are soccer, badminton, table tennis, basketball and bowling.
HELP has also consistently garnered the overall champion of the MAPCU Sports Championships from 2003- 2008, and from 2011-2013.
In addition, HELP University hosts several annual international events of prestige such as the European Film Festival, French Film Festival, South Australian Wine & Food Festival, Fete de la Musique and many international musical performances. These events are important avenues to expose and educate our students to the finer qualities of balanced personal development.
What is the international student population at HELP University?
HELP is an international college. It has a large foreign student population numbering more than 2000, drawn from more than 80 countries like Australia, Indonesia, China, the Republic of Maldives, Mauritius, Finland, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Denmark, France, Tanzania, Kazakstan, Nepal, and India, reflecting the prestige and recognition that HELP has gained in the international arena. The presence of these students contribute to a rich and fascinating cultural mix on campus, and helps foster an open and global frame of mind among the home students.
Where will the international students at HELP University stay?
The international students at HELP University advised to stay is advised to stay in the HELP Residence. The HELP Residence is a purpose-built student residential area developed to provide a clean, comfortable and conducive living environment to students.
Are scholarships or financial assistance available for students?
HELP Scholarships & Bursaries are available for all pre-university and undergraduate programmes. They are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. More than RM20 million worth of scholarships & bursaries are awarded on a yearly basis.
Apart from HELP’s own Scholarships & Bursaries, there are also corporate scholarships and book prizes available from our partners.
Does HELP University provide study loans?
HELP University also provides Financial Assistance to student who face financial difficulties but who are not eligible for scholarship awards based on academic achievement. This financial assistance will be in the form of interest-free study loans which will be granted at the discretion of the Awards Panel to assist students in financing their studies at HELP.
In addition, many banks and financial institutions offer study loans at relatively affordable rates and with flexible schemes. Banks like Standard Chartered, HSBC, RHB, and many others have study loan arrangements. You can refer to any of these banks for a suitable loan package.
More details on scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance.
Does HELP University assist me in career and job placement after I graduate?
Yes, the CareerSense Department conducts the Graduates Career Placement Programme which assists participating corporations to identify suitable jobs and training opportunities for graduates. It also organises workshops for graduating students to learn the finer points of writing resumes, attending interviews and selecting the most suitable jobs.
What is the range of mental health and personal development programmes provided at HELP University?
HELP University’s resident counselling psychologists conduct mental health and leadership programmes to help students in their personal growth and development. Students can participate in various self-development programmes offered in sessions throughout the year. These programmes include:
- Time and stress management
- Personality testing
- Emotional intelligence
- Interpersonal skills
- Study techniques
- Exam taking skills
- Communication skills
- Counselling skills
- Conflict resolution
In addition, students have access to personalised counselling to help them overcome difficulties and to cope with their problems in order to achieve their fullest potential. Other students are also encouraged to come for counselling in order to find deeper meaning and significance in life and to discover their deeper potential and work towards self-realization. With 6 qualified full-time counselling psychologists and counsellors, HELP is the only private college that offers such a comprehensive range of mental health and personal development programmes.
More information on services offered by the Department of Psychology.
What are the '3+0' degree programmes offered At HELP?
HELP Academy collaborates with University of Derby to conduct the following 3+0 programmes
University of Derby ( UOD)
BA Hons Accounting & Finance
BA Hons Business Management
What is the normal duration required to complete a degree programme at HELP University?
For SPM leavers, it usually takes about 4 years to complete a degree in Business or Information Technology from a university in Australian or the United Kingdom. For the American Degree Program, it takes from 3 to 4 years to complete a degree in business, psychology, computer science and management information systems.
What are the majors and degrees that I can study at HELP University?
HELP University offers degrees and majors in
- Business (which includes Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, International Business, Hospitality Management, Business Management & Business Psychology) (BUS)
- Information Systems (ECONS, IT)
- Economics (ECONS)
- Information Technology (IT)
- Multimedia Studies (IT)
- Computer Science (IT)
- Psychology (PSY)
- Engineering (ADP)
- Actuarial Science & Natural Sciences (ADP)
- Humanities & Social Sciences (ADP)
- Mass Communication
- Law (LAW)
- Tourism and Hospitality (BUS)
- Early Childhood EducationEarly Childhood Education
- Various Postgraduate Programmes
What programme should I take after completing my SPM examination?
Upon completing your SPM, you are required to complete a pre-university programme before embarking on your undergraduate studies (except for the American Degree Program). At HELP University, we offer Foundation courses in Arts and Science, the GCE A-Levels (London Examinations) and Diplomas in Information Technology & Business.Or you can choose to enroll into the American Degree Program for the US pathway after your SPM.
If I have completed my Diploma at another college, can I get any exemptions?
Yes, you can get exemption if you can provide the subject outlines from your previous college and we will carry out the subject matching exercise. In accordance with MQA, subjects that 70% have contents and above similar shall be exempted.
If I want to transfer for Year 2 or Year 3 to another university, is there a pathway for me?
Yes, there is. Kindly refer to the department for more information
Is the HELP University Bachelor of Psychology program accredited by MQA?
This program has received full accreditation by MQA.
Can I do my postgraduate studies overseas upon completion of the local BPsych program?
Yes, you can choose to continue your post graduation studies in various countries (including Australia, NZ, UK and the US).
Is the degree in psychology a specialized program (i.e., can I focus on early childhood education/ special needs instead of learning all areas in psychology? I'm not interested in all of them.)
It is a general degree in psychology and students will be exposed to all areas in the field of psychology. Like the HELP program,top psychology programs in major countries do not specialize in their first degree. You will learn about early childhood education as part of your degree. HELP also offers a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education for those interested to pursue it as a full time or part time course.
Can I transfer all my credits to universities abroad if I am enrolled with the Bachelor of Psychology program at HELP University?
Yes. This program is recognized by over 40 universities in Australia, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.
Are internships arranged or made available while studying at HELP University?
Yes. There are many leading multinational companies (e.g., General Electric, AC Nielsen, and Shell) that are recruiting HELP University students as interns and employees.
What are my career options? How much can I expect my salary to be? Will it be tough for me to find a job related to psychology?
Career options are very wide for psychology graduates because wherever there are people, there is a need for psychologists. Psychology after all is the study of human behavior, thoughts and feelings. No other graduate understands people better than a psychology graduate. Options include: human resource management, marketing, customer service, research analyst, advertising, counseling, clinical psychology, child psychology, training, social work. The salary of course will depend on which company you are working for. But it is not true to say that a psychologist is poor. There are trainers who are earning over $4000 a day for training. The good thing about psychology in Malaysia is that the competition is very limited; so the chances of jobs are higher than other degree options.
May I know what does BSc, BA, BSc Hons and BA Hons mean? What is the difference between these?
Different universities refer to their psychology degrees different names. Usually degree name reflects which faculty the psychology program is from. For example; a Bachelor of Arts in psychology means that the psychology program is from the arts faculty. The important thing is that IT DOES NOT MATTER. As long as the psychology degree is recognised by the local psychology accreditation board (for example APS in Australia and BPS in the United Kingdom) it is really the same thing. It has no long term implications for your area of specialization or post graduate studies. In the end you study the same thing. In Malaysia, HELP is offering a Bachelor of Psychology which is the most appropriate name for the degree. In Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom, Hons stand for Honors which is an extra title you earn if your grades are above a certain level. In Australia, New Zealand, the United States only the top 20% of students can get into honors.
What is the difference between the A-levels and the Foundation program?
The A-Levels program is a more academic oriented program suited for degree courses like Law, Medicine and the Specialised Sciences. The Foundation program prepares students who wish to take practical oriented degree courses like Business, Communication, Psychology, and IT. Both are good programs but the whole purpose of a pre-university education is to prepare students before entering into their degree program. Therefore, the student’s choice of degree pathway determines which program will be best suited for them.
So, why choose the Foundation program?
The Foundation program is known for its flexibility because it allows students to explore and expose themselves to the different areas in choosing their electives (Arts: 4 electives & Science: 5 electives). Also, the Foundation program is designed to prepare students to familiarize themselves with the university structure; where courses are semester based and assessed continuously through coursework, assignments and examinations. We also pride ourselves in preparing students academically and providing soft skills training as part of a holistic learning opportunity for students. Students will be required to work in groups and individually; which expose them to teamwork environment and written communication, presenting their reports; which enhances their verbal communication and public speaking confidence, and overall encourages better planning and time management within the classroom.
How many students are transfered to UQ and University of Melbourne every year?
All 2 universities are in the Group of Eight ( Go8). The Group of Eight (Go8) is a coalition of leading Australian tertiary institutions, intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education.
a) UQ- arrangement of 2+1, We have about 100 students transfer to UQ for each year. Most of them are ourly our Business students.
b) Melbourne- Arrangement is 1+2, the requirement for the entry into Bachelor of Commerce is 3.6/4 which is considered high. About 10 students transfer every year.
Where are the classes held for the different departments ?
KPD- A-levels, Foundation, UOL
Wisma HELP- Law, Psychology, ADP, DOME
ELM Business School- Business, Information Technology, Postgraduate
By going through HELP University, is there a chance to get scholarship with a Foreign University?
You can apply scholarships if you meet the minimum requirement set by our partner universities but it’s competitive. Different universities offer different kind of scholarships. Therefore, it depends on the university on giving away the amount and type of scholarships to students
What is the employment rate of HELP graduates?
Employment rate is 100%, some could get hired before graduation while some will take up to 1 year. This is determine by their efforts in job seeking. Upon graduation is usually about 75-80%.
Where do I park my car? Is there a discount rate on parking for students at the hostel?
Parking bays are available at the hostel compound. Monthly parking rate is RM100. Payment should be made to hostel management.
If I want to stay outside, are there any agents that can help me find accommodation?
The are no specific agents for student accommodation. Other alternative choice of student accommodation is Duta Vista Apartment or Lensa Villa. Other than that, students may deal directly with Real Estate Agents for house/apartment rent.
Can I cook in the hostel? If yes, Where to buy the groceries?
No. There is a cafeteria available at hostel.
Is there any Shuttle bus available from nearest LRT?
Currently there are shuttle service from from LRT Bangsar at 7.30 am, 8.15 am and 9 am. It is advisable that students make use of public transportation as it is easier and more frequent.
What leisure activities are there at HELP?
Other than studies, we encourage students to get involved in ECA i.e. clubs/societies, sports, community service and charity work. Our past students have volunteered for a lot of charity work. An example of this would be the “Gotong – royong” activity (activity of cleaning and tidying up).
Are there any sports clubs and societies available in HELP? If yes where do they usually train without the sports facilities?
We have a range of 70 clubs/societies – namely: social, religious, entertainment and charitable clubs. An example of this would be the Bhangra club, We have 2 multi-purpose courts for volleyball, netball, dodgeball, basketball and futsal. For venues not within our premises, the Department of Student Affairs ( DSA) usually finds a way to rent these venues for our students to train. Students can also make use of the HELP international school campus for sports at designated times/periods. The facility of HIS includes a premier league standard football field , semi Olympic standard swimming pool, futsal, tennis, indoor basketball stadium and gym, feesbie .
HELP is not gated. How is the safety here?
The students are safe. We have placed security guards at all the bus embarkation/disembarkation points. We are not gated but we do have security measures in place. We have placed security guards along entrances, exits. the bus embarkation and disembarkation points.
Is ELM Business School your new Campus?
The ELM Business School is our flagship school, which belongs to a part of the integrated City Campus of HELP University. It is the largest school at HELP and may be one of the largest business schools in Malaysia.
What does ELM stand for?
ELM stands for entrepreneurship, leadership and management (elm). It reflects our understanding on the multifaceted role of both individuals and the organisations that at any one time the trinity role of entrepreneurship, leadership and management interplays to create, manage and sustain a business over different phases of its life.