Buxton Is Number One Choice For Malaysian Student Sing Er
Date posted: 3 February 2012
When Sing Er Teo, 22, from Malaysia, completed her Diploma in Hospitality Management at her local college, she decided to turn it into a bachelor degree by undertaking a top up year at University in the UK.
Despite having never visited the UK before, Sing Er, spurred on by her sister who had been at Liverpool University, made the decision to complete her studies there. She ended up choosing the University of Derby's award winning Buxton campus, set in the Peak District and worlds' apart from the state of Johor where she had grown up.
Sing Er explained her decision: "When I decided to complete a top up year I had a big selection of universities to choose from. My sister had told me how much she'd enjoyed studying in the UK so I knew that I would too, I just had to decide where to go.
"The University of Derby's Buxton Campus really appealed to me because its courses are high quality and there's a much more personal approach to teaching. You get plenty of one-to-one time with your lecturers and if you have a question or need to meet with them then you can do this quite easily."
The University's links to employers and the importance they place on real world and work based learning also appealed to Sing Er.
"I think that it is important to combine a degree with work experience as you certainly have an advantage when it comes to securing a job. I was really pleased to find out that the University has lots of links with well known employers and that work placements were actively encouraged as part of the courses," she added.
The University of Derby Buxton welcomes students from all cultures and backgrounds and the growing number of international students are well catered for. Not only is there a dedicated International team in place to offer support and guidance, a multi-cultural society organises activities for students looking to explore the UK and socialise with their peers.
This level of support was something Sing Er found very appealing; especially as she was moving to a completely different country with no friends or family present.
"Moving to the UK and so far away from home was really scary at first but with the help of the international support team I settled in very quickly. There's a multi-cultural society on campus that organises trips and parties for international students and I found taking part in these activities to be a really good way of making friends.
"Everyone I met around the campus was also very friendly and the fact that Buxton is a small, quiet town has definitely helped as I would have found being in a big city very overwhelming."
Sing Er is due to finish her course in June and is looking forward to making the most of her visa by staying in the UK and securing work experience, ideally in the hotel and event management industry.
"I didn't quite know what to expect when I first arrived in the UK but knew I wanted to experience something totally different to what I was used to, and I haven't been disappointed. From the moment I arrived, the University provided me with a friendly and welcoming environment in which to study, as well as an opportunity to improve my English. I'd definitely recommend coming here to study to my friends back home," concludes Sing Er.
Dr Peter Dewhurst, Dean of Faculty at the University of Derby Buxton, added: "Our location, courses and size makes us very popular with international students looking for a place where they can settle in quickly and concentrate on their studies.
"We're delighted that Sing Er is having an enjoyable experience here and we look forward to welcoming new international students interested in furthering their education in the UK."
At the heart of the University of Derby's Buxton campus is a focus on delivering the highest quality of student centred experiential learning, providing all students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills within real working environments.
Students interested in the University of Derby's Buxton provision can study foundation degrees, bachelor degrees and masters courses in the areas of Events Management, Travel and Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Sports and Outdoor Recreation, Beauty, Spa and Hairdressing, and Countryside Management.
For further information on the University of Derby Buxton, the undergraduate and postgraduate courses available or to order a prospectus visit www.derby.ac.uk/udb, call (0)1298 283 21 or email: email@example.com
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