KDU Once Again Struck Triumphant Tone In Producing Top Of The World Cambridge Learner

Rachel Goh Mun Yee (right) receiving her award of Top in the World in Sociology, Cambridge International AS Level, from Puan Marzita binti Omar, Principal Assistant Director from Private Education Division of Ministry of Education. KDU student Rachel Goh Mun Yee (standing 3rd from left) posing with other award-winners during Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards Ceremony. Puan Marzita and Dr Ben Schmidt (standing at centre) sharing their joyful moment.
Mr and Mrs Jeffrey Goh Peng Soon proud of their daughter’s achievement.  
In getting her passport to global success, Rachel Goh Mun Yee, a KDU student of Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) A Levels, made her family, friends and lecturers extremely proud when she was recognised as the Top in the World (Sociology) recipient for Cambridge International AS Level, at the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards Ceremony, Malaysia.

Held at Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya on 25 April 2017, the awards ceremony organised by the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), recognised the outstanding achievement of 52 students from 19 schools around Malaysia who obtained the highest marks in the world, in the November 2016 examination series. There were also another 23 ‘Top in Malaysia’ award recipients at this ceremony.

According to Mr Ng Kim Huat, CIE Malaysia and Brunei Country Director, more than one million students sat for the Cambridge examinations in over 10,000 schools around the world last year, including the UK, the USA, China, India and Singapore, as well as throughout Europe, South America and the Middle East.

Being the first level of Cambridge International A Level full examinations, AS Level contributes 50% of the overall grade. It is important as students will usually use AS results to apply for universities whilst waiting to complete their A Level studies. In other words, having ‘Top in the World’ achievement in AS Level gives Goh a definite advantage in university application. Goh will be taking her GCE A Level examination in May/June 2017.

“We share this proud moment attained by Goh in winning this award,” said Ms. Shirley Tiew Shuet Ling, Academic Department Head at KDU’s School of Pre-University Studies. She strongly believes that this achievement should be a solid testament to prove that the Cambridge International A Levels programme, offered at KDU College, is indeed on par with the global standards of other well-established institutions across the world. “After all, the syllabus used here is designed based on University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) programmes,” added Tiew.

Speaking her thoughts of receiving this award at the ceremony, Goh stated, “I'm very grateful to have a great, encouraging sociology lecturer in Ms. Jenny Goh Lay Choo @ Mrs Jenny Maganran, as she emphasised the essence of the subject by constantly challenging us to practice the sociological imagination, so I believe that this has helped me in the application of my knowledge and critical analysis which somehow led me to achieve this award.”

Goh elaborated that besides motivation from her family, peers and lecturers, the atmosphere of the study areas available at KDU was not only convenient but also conducive for her to study comfortably. “One example would be the small class size setting which allows me to engage in deeper and more thought-provoking discussions with my peers and lecturers,” she added.
At the ceremony, Goh received this award from Puan Marzita binti Omar, Principal Assistant Director from Private Education Division of Ministry of Education. Also present was Dr Ben Schmidt, CIE Regional Director, Southeast Asia and Pacific.

Goh’s parents, Mr and Mrs Jeffrey Goh Peng Soon were also at the ceremony to witness  this proud moment. “As A Level has a very short period to complete, I think Rachel should focus her studies in a conducive environment, and I felt the spacious environment in KDU helped her very much in excelling at her studies,” said Mr Goh.

Witnessing the qualities Rachel has as a Cambridge learner at KDU, evolving to a confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged young adult, Mrs Goh expressed her hope on her daughter, “She is matured and I believe she will go far. I hope she will be happy in everything she does and in whatever she decides to do.”