An exclusive session designed for parents to expose them on the US education and answers some of the common questions raised by parents such as reasons for choosing US over other countries, the cost of tuition and living, as well as things to expect.

Date: 28th July 2012

Time: 2pm – 6pm (Be there by 1:30pm to check yourself in)

Venue: Lecture Theater 9 Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus (Venue Sponsor)

Fee: RM 10

Eligibility: Parents Only

Tentative Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Ong Shien Jin and his father

Ong Shien Jin’s background and experience spans finance, computer science and mathematics. He graduated from Harvard with a PhD in Computer Science (2007) and MIT with a bachelors degree in Mathematics (2003). He worked at Goldman Sachs in New York City from 2007 to 2011 as a quantitative strategist.

Ong Chong Wee was a principal of St Francis Institution, Melaka from 1999 to 2009. He has over 30 years of teaching experience in Additional Mathematics at the Form 4 and 5 level. He believes that every child can learn and should learn at their own pace.

We will be talking about our education “Talent Academy” project, which will commence in Jan 2013 and to be located in the Klang Valley area.

Talent Academy (http://www.educationtalentacademy.com/) provides a novel education concept in Malaysia, attempting to bridge the many gaps in our current education system. (We are not affiliated to TalentCorp Malaysia.) It will run on the weekends, complementing full-time schools. We are targeting students who will be in Form 4 or 5 by Jan 2013. Our selective admissions process starts in Sep 2012; only about 30 students will be admitted to our first batch.

If you have a (quantitatively/mathematically) talented child who is in Form 3 or 4 this year (2012), we are confident that Talent Academy will be of interest to you and your child.

  • Mark Lee

Mark graduated with a simultaneous B.Sc. (Computer Science) and an MBA from University of Houston. After working for KPMG Consulting and IBM, he returned to graduate school. He graduated with an S.M. from MIT. Thanks to MIT/Harvard cross-registration, he studied at Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School, which fulfilled a childhood dream.

He is the President of the MIT Club of Central Florida, and also serves on the MIT Alumni Association’s STEM K-12 Education Network sub-committee. He, along with a fellow MIT alum, are co-hosts of the Malaysian version of the Khan Academy (www.khanacademybm.org). He co-founded, together with an NUS computer science professor, a startup that will launch in the US in late 2012.

Mark will share his parental insights on helping students, including his 12-year old daughter, on preparing themselves to apply to academically rigorous US universities. He wonders whether her B+ on a mathematics course might have doomed her opportunity to apply to MIT … sigh … Oh well, perhaps she can apply to the crimson-hued school up the Charles.

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