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Maeesha Ibrahim

Getting Acclimatised
Maldives student has no regrets coming to Malaysia to pursue her business degree.
“I keep being mistaken as a local, especially at the night markets where the vendors insist on speaking to me in Malay!” states Maeesha Ibrahim, who hails from Fuvahmulah, Republic of Maldives. The 21-year old first arrived in Malaysian four years ago to pursue a Diploma in Business Administration at Nilai University (Nilai U). “In the beginning, the language barrier made it pretty difficult. But through the mandatory Malay language classes and learning from local classmates, I now am able to communicate with these vendors,” she laughs while displaying her rudimentary haggling skills.
The journey to these shores began when Maeesha’s mother began to plan for her eldest daughter to study abroad. Maeesha’s step-brother had actually graduated with a BBA (Hons) in Management from Nilai U and had given them a glowing account of the institution and the quality of the programmes. Decision was made for Maeesha to follow in her step brother’s footsteps into Nilai U’s Business Faculty. The former student of GN Atoll Education Centre says she initially thought about enrolling in the Diploma in Culinary Arts programme as she is an avid baker, having helped her mum run a bakery in her hometown.  But after giving it some thought, Maeesha decided she wanted to learn more about the business world and opted for the Diploma in Business Administration, before joining the BBA (Hons) in Human Resource Management programme.
“Many have asked why I chose the longer diploma route over the one-year Foundation in Business programme. Truth be told, I did so because I believed that the Diploma in Business Administration would give me a more solid groundwork on many of the business modules, which are also taught at a higher level in the degree programme,” she explains. “I have been proven right as I am finding many of the subjects in the Human Resource degree programme easier to follow because of my Diploma in Business Administration background.” The young lady also says that she chose Human Resource Management as her business major as she is very much “a people person” and that she hopes to use this knowledge to help expand her mother’s businesses in Maldives (apart from the bakery, also includes a clothing store). Having a Diploma in Business Administration also allowed her to enter the degree programme straight into the second year. 
Apart from the initial language difficulties, Maeesha says that she has settled in very well. “I have made many friends here and revelling in the multi-culturalism of the campus. I also got my own apartment which allows me to cook and bake in my spare time,” she says. She has absolutely no regrets joining Nilai U as her step brother had assured her of the quality of the qualifications as well as the teaching staff. Maeesha is confident that having dual awards, one from Nilai U and a similar qualification from Oxford Brookes University, UK, will stand her in good stead. “The teachers have been wonderful. They are always providing extra consulting hours and extra classes, especially towards exam time,” she states. 
She is also keen to stress that the ambience of Nilai U’s campus is perfect for studies. “When I first arrived here, I was struck by its peace and quiet. I absolutely love the sound of birds chirping in the morning when I walk to classes,” she recalls. “The quality of the teachers here are great and the campus is so peaceful and serene. I would absolutely recommend Nilai U to any of my friends and relatives.”
Nilai U was established in 1997 and is located just 35-minutes south of Kuala Lumpur City Centre and a mere 15 from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. All of its programmes are validated by the Ministry of Education and accredited by the Malaysian Qualificatiosn Agency. For more information, please go to or call 06-8502308 / 07-2262336 / 03-79603089.  
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