Malaysian College And University Scholarship Comparison Site
Author’s Blurb: Most of us would remember a time when we were hunting in college. Going to college fairs with our parents, collecting brochures, talking to student ambassadors and advisers about what and where to devote the next 3-4 years of our study life. It was a tiring process and I usually ended up speaking only to popular institutions.
One of the big challenges in the college enrollment process, according to Rickson, is how it’s still mostly offline-based.
Another is that most students tend to make their decisions about what is best for them.
Financially, this affects parents as students are generally unaware of the budget required for their options, making them feel lost and unsure of where to begin their research.
“The decision on what and where to study is driven primarily by subjective reasons such as recommendations from teachers, friends and family, appointed offline academic officers who represent a handful of institutions, or simply by choosing the brand the most. most popular or best known, ”he said. .
Uni Enroll was therefore launched to overcome this.
It is an end-to-end digital registration service that includes research, counseling, virtual campus tour, and online registration through the platform itself.
Digitization of university fairs
When a student fills out a short quiz about their education and program history, Uni Enroll will match them with appropriate universities, courses, and scholarships in Malaysia based on their preferences.
“For example, one of our most popular tools is Pathway Match. It is capable of passing through 4,000 courses and 300 types of scholarship eligibility from over 60 universities and companies we work with without any human interaction, ”explained Rickson.
They differ from other university listing and comparison sites like Edu Advisor and Study Route in their emphasis on finding scholarships that match a student’s eligibility.
Indeed, these decisions must be financially feasible for them and their parents.
“Scholarships are one of the main areas of focus in ensuring that more students make decisions based on what is best for them from an employability perspective and not just affordability. “, did he declare.
In doing so, the company aims to reduce cases where students have to give up their first choice even if it is better in the event of a budget deficit.
They keep giving
Since its launch in January 2018, the team has provided students with scholarships worth a total of RM20 million.
Uni Enroll seeks scholarships from three main sources:
- Universities: University scholarships are informed and updated by them. Uni Enroll simply acts as a place to promote and match opportunities to eligible students based on the results and financial background provided to the platform.
- Government and business: The Uni Enroll team is aimed at government agencies and businesses that have funds for CSR and marketing. Uni Enroll focuses on encouraging them to allocate the fund based on household income, personal accomplishments and other disadvantaged conditions such as single parents or students with disabilities.
- High net worth individuals: Similar to the first, it is based on a case-by-case discussion with the Uni Enroll team.
These funders can benefit from the granting of scholarships because they view students as potential clients and even potential hires in the future, according to Rickson.
To further help a student’s finances, Uni Enroll is distributing RM300 scholarships to students who enroll through their platform.
“We also offer sponsorship of laptops up to RM2,000, sponsorship of full or partial accommodation up to 1 year, sponsorship of transport such as buses and flights depending on availability,” he said. he adds.
The platform is able to afford all of this, from monetization to passing fees, when students apply to universities of their choice on their website. This earned amount is equivalent to 10% of a student’s first year tuition.
Traffic tripled during the MCO
Adopting an end-to-end digital approach to higher education enrollment is still a new experience for most students and parents.
Many are used to attending educational events, meeting counselors in person, and touring campus.
But the team is hoping that will become the norm, and more so because of the pandemic.
“Nonetheless, with the digitization of many services such as e-commerce, banking and transportation, this has definitely opened up the acceptance of online interaction and the overall trust of students and parents,” he said. he declares.
With students forced to take virtual courses nationally and globally, you might think high school graduates won’t be looking to apply to universities just yet.
On the contrary, traffic has increased for Uni Enroll across MCO. In fact, Rickson said he increased more than 3 times.
“Although class registrations were delayed, it also worked in our favor as there was more research and decision-making time for students and parents,” he said.
“Additionally, we have developed sophisticated online tools and used our trial and testing processes for online engagement purposes, which enabled us to deal with the extreme behavior change when the pandemic hit.”
To date, the team has paid over RM 50 million in tuition fees to partner institutions.
He also said their income is on track to grow 100% this year.
“Currently we have over 70 universities listed on Uni Enroll. Although for most private institutions, 5 of them are linked to the government, ”he said.
The team intends to include public universities on their platform as well, and there are already more to come in the coming months.
Conclusion: It would be great to see them include all higher education institutions on their platform, without any limitations, whether public or private. It would be even better when they manage to include international programs as well.
- You can read more about Uni Enroll here.
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