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Sunway College Partners with Carl Duisberg Centren (CDC), to Offer Intensive German Language Course for Students


Sunway College recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Carl Duisberg Centren (CDC), to launch the German University Preparatory Course (GUPC), allowing students to pursue the first module of an intensive six-month German language course at Sunway College. 

Students will subsequently head to the CDC in Cologne, Germany, for the second module for a period of five months. Upon completion of the course, students proficient in the language can apply to pursue their higher education at a German university. Germany offers free tuition fee education for students from all over the world. 

The course is open to students who have completed either one pre-university qualification from Cambridge A-Level, International Baccalaureate (IB), Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT), Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP) or Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysian (STPM). 

The Memorandum was signed by Sunway Education Group’s (SEG), Chief Executive Officer, Professor Elizabeth Lee and CDC Director, Dr Hanns-G. Loeber. 

The signing was witnessed by the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to Malaysia, H.E Dr Peter Blomeyer, Sunway College, Director of Pre-University Studies and Sunway International School, Executive Director, Dr Cheng Mien Wee alongside CDC Project Manager, Julia Schoenfeld. 

Also present at the ceremony were Sunway College, Assistant Director of Pre-University Studies and Director of AUSMAT programme, Vanitha Satchithanadan; Sunway College, Deputy Director of AUSMAT programme, Sumathi Balasubramaniam; SEG Head of Government & Corporate Liaison Unit, Norlela Abdul Rahman; Sunway College, Academic Quality Director, Annie Lim; Sunway College, Head of Special Projects, Sarah Chan; CDC Malaysia representatives, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Haji Yahaya Ibrahim and Dr Mohamed Rashid bin Navi Bax; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Director, Brian Trenaman and wife Maria Ternaman; and DAAD Information Officer, Idzaid Idros.

“Thorough knowledge of the German language will give you the opportunity to study at many German universities free of fees, provided that standard accession conditions to universities are fulfilled. Knowledge of the German language will also increase your job opportunities with German and international companies in Malaysia and abroad. There are more than 700 German companies operating within Malaysia alone. I trust that this collaboration between Carl Duisberg Centren and Sunway College will help pave the way for more Malaysian students to study abroad in Germany,” shared Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to Malaysia, H.E. Dr Peter Blomeyer.

“The sometimes difficult application process to German universities is streamlined and made possible through our organisation Carl Duisberg Centren organisation which is headquartered in Cologne, Germany,” shared Dr Loeber. 

German higher education offers a diverse range of study opportunities, where students can choose from 400 universities and Universities of Applied Sciences that have more than 19,000 different degree courses.  ‘Made in Germany’ is recognised as an international seal of quality, a top-class degree that is highly respected by employers worldwide.

Sunway College Director of AUSMAT programme, Vanitha Satchithanadan shared, “Students looking for affordable, high-quality education abroad should consider studying in a German university, as tuition is generally free, and Germany which is in the heart of Europe is one of the best overseas study destinations.”

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) students who wish to study in Germany can opt for the AUSMAT – German Pathway at Sunway College, where they take the language course after completing their AUSMAT studies.

“AUSMAT @ Sunway offers flexible subject selection with the opportunity to pace out exam preparations with 50% school assessment and 50% external examination. The school assessments allow students to hone their 21st century learning skills. This modular learning helps students to first focus on their academic success during their pre-university studies. Then students can focus on mastering the German language in Malaysia and Germany. An important aspect of this programme is the final five months of language learning and adapting to the culture in Germany,” said Vanitha. 

Since its inception in 2019 at Sunway College, around 50 students have succeeded in transitioning from Sunway College to a German University of their choice to continue their tertiary education.

Sunway College in collaboration with a reputable and experienced German partner, Carl Duisberg Centren will conduct the first intake of GUPC at Sunway College this July.