3 Sept 2008

MoU Signing Ceremony between HELP University
College and Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST), Suzhou

Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday 3 September 2008 - Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung, Deputy Minister of Higher Education witnessed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony between HELP University College (HUC) and Global Institute of Software Technology (GIST) from Suzhou, China.

The Deputy Ambassador from China Mr. Gu Jing Qi and other representatives from the China Embassy will also be present at the MoU Signing Ceremony. The collaboration between HUC and GIST will provide opportunities for students from GIST to transfer over to HUC to complete a HELP degree in information technology.

Students from China can also opt to come to HELP to obtain a Diploma and subsequently a Bachelor Degree in IT. The initial stage of the agreement will see students in information technology benefiting from this partnership. HELP and GIST will also collaborate on human capital development to provide opportunities for both staff and students to be able to acquire the international experience from working and studying in Malaysia and China.

GIST is located in the Suzhou Science and Technology Town, and is owned by Global EduTech Management Group (GEM), an educational investment holding and management group dedicated to developing education ventures in China and Southeast Asia.

GIST was jointly established by three parties, namely Microsoft (China), Suzhou Science and Technology Town in Jiangsu Province, and Global EduTech Management (Suzhou). GIST is the only independently established college of software technology that has obtained formal approval form the Jiangsu Education Bureau in 2007.

Datuk Dr Paul Chan, President of HELP University College says, “This collaboration with GIST is part of HELP’s internationalisation and expansion strategy. We are pleased to be working with GIST as both parties are keen to educate the workforce in China and to enhance their skills in information technology and business.

“Students and staff from HUC and GIST will be able to benefit from this collaboration as they will be able to study and work at both institutions which will expand their international expertise and outlook. China is an exciting and dynamic country and we
are excited about the possibilities for all parties.”

Dato’ Lai Pin Yong, Chairman of GIST says, “The location of GIST in Suzhou is strategic as it is the largest technological park in China. Students from both HELP and GIST will benefit greatly from studying and working in this city, and to contribute towards the development of information technology in China and Malaysia.

"It's a great place to be as it is not far from Shanghai, and the development in information technology and in the economy is dynamic and rapid. It will be an exciting place to spend some time here studying," says Dato’ Lai.

Information Technology is one of the fastest growing industries, with China producing most of the world's products.

"Where else to learn but in China?" enthused Datuk Dr Paul Chan.