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Farewell to Mid-Year Foundation students

Canning College has congratulated a group of international students on their completion of the Mid-Year WA Universities’ Foundation Program during 2021-22.

Jamielynn Wong, who is from Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, won the Top Student Award as well as the subject awards in Computer Science and Maths Applications.

She also gave a valedictory address in which she described the challenge of studying mostly online before moving to Perth recently.

Only two students – Riho from Japan and Irene from Korea – completed the entire program on campus. They started in August 2021 and were joined in Perth by another five students during second semester following the opening of Western Australia’s borders this year.

Twenty more students completed the program in the virtual classroom online.

Students in the graduating class of 2021-22 came from Malaysia, India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Congo Democratic Republic, China, Iran, Philippines, Maldives and Singapore.

Acting Principal Maria Leslie and Director of International Operations Lisa De’Ceglie thanked the students for their dedication and hard work.

Award winners

Top Student: Jamielynn Wong Shin Yew (Malaysia – International Education Consultancy, Kota Kinabalu)

Chemistry: Josephine Ng Wei Tong (Malaysia – Xceleration Higher Education Consultancy, Kota Kinabalu)

Computer Science: Jamielynn Wong Shin Yew (Malaysia)

English Language and Australian Cultural Studies: Esther Seow Min Jin (Malaysia – AUG, Ipoh)

Accounting and Finance: Ma Wenjia (China – Bright Can-Achieve Limited)

Human Biology: Esther Seow Min Jin (Malaysia)

Mathematics Applications: Jamielynn Wong Shin Yew (Malaysia)

Mathematics Methods: Hein Kyaw Paign (Myanmar – Intel-Bridge Education, Yangon)

Physics: Joshua Chua Hanwei (Singapore – Jack Study Abroad)

A successful Foundation

The WA Universities’ Foundation Program provides international students with direct access to leading Australian universities.

The WAUFP is managed by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre and students can determine their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank by using a simple conversion chart. This system is recognised by Australian universities, including Group of Eight institutions such as The University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne.

In 2021-22, students unable to travel to Perth due to COVID restrictions, studied the WAUFP in the virtual classroom. They were required to log on daily and engage in live lessons conducted via webcam.

For some students, this meant re-scheduling their daily life so that they could align their studies with the live lessons. This was a particular challenge for Garryl, in Congo Democratic Republic. For students in the +8 timezone, there was little disruption to their daily routines.

Applications are open for the next Mid-Year WA Universities’ Foundation Program, which starts in August. Students can also start the WA Universities’ Foundation Program in February and April each year.

WAUFP is an academic program, aligned to the Western Australian school curriculum, which has been designed specifically for international students. All students study English Language and Australian Cultural Studies for nine hours per week. They must also study at least three other academic subjects.

Find out more about the WA Universities’ Foundation Program here.

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