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UPSI Aims To Be Top Education University In Southeast Asia

Last update: 23/01/2018
PUTRAJAYA, Jan 23 (Bernama) -- Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) aims to be the top education university in Southeast Asia through its Prodigy Programme that has been effective in tackling the problem of students' lack of interest in studies and has now been accepted in several countries.

Its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran said UPSI's Prodigy Programme has been successful in rehabilitating and nurturing a student who almost dropped out of school to become a youth leader after completing school.

"In fact, one juvenile delinquent who participated in the Prodigy Programme for rehabilitation is now a chief executive officer," he told reporters here today.

According to Mohammad Shatar, the Prodigy Programme comprised 18 modules which have been widely used in upper secondary schools in Indonesia.

UPSI is currently holding talks with Brunei to take the programme there, he said.

Mohammad Shatar said UPSI hopes to commercialise its Prodigy Programme and become the regional training centre for training and certification of wardens, teachers and counsellors who take the course.

One factor for the programme's effectiveness was the use of the 'cool-and-catchy' approach in teaching students which could be applied on problematic employees without using any form of punishment as which could affect a person's emotions.

He said the 18 Prodigy modules related to personality, communication, relaxation, creative thinking and discipline management.

He added that after 10 years, there are now more than 20,000 alumni members of UPSI's Prodigy Programme in Malaysia, including juvenile delinquents, wardens, teachers and parents of problematic children.