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Tan Hui Ying

The Science of Accounting
Student has no regrets abandoning dreams of pursuing a science degree for accounting and finance degree at Nilai U.
“I was a pure science stream student. I excelled in chemistry, biology and maths and had never done any accounting,” declares Felicia Tan Hui Ying. Her initial lack of accounting experience certainly did not hamper her as she was recently awarded the Graham Upton Achievement award. This award is dished out annually at Nilai University’s convocation for the outstanding graduate of the 3+0 Oxford Brookes University degree programme at Nilai University (Nilai U).
She admits that her first choice was to pursue a degree in pharmacology but she was put off by the high tuition fees for that programme. She decided to switch streams based on the advice of her many relatives who were accountants. “One of my cousins graduated as an engineer from an Australian university but he, too, has switched to accountancy. He advised me to pursue accountancy as jobs were abundant,” she recalls. 
The petite young lass who hails from Puchong, Selangor also ended up enrolling in Nilai University (Nilai U) based on a relative’s recommendation who also studied the Accounting and Finance degree programme. Starting in the Foundation in Business programme, Felicia was pleasantly surprised when she was offered a High Achiever’s scholarship based on her exemplary SPM results. Covering her tuition fees, it helped lighten the burden on her parents. “This was important as I did not want to be a burden on my parents,” she states. “Also, the fact that the Oxford Brookes accounting and degree programme was quite short (two years and four months) meant that I could finish early and join the workforce as soon as possible.” 
Though having no background in accounting, Felicia was able to adapt to lessons in the subject fairly quickly. “I just did what I always did which is to pay attention in class,” she states matter-of-factly. “This was followed by daily revision of the lessons.” The 21-year-old also believes in the adage of ‘work hard, play hard”. She joined a number of clubs and societies which included the Leo Club, Foundation Union, Athletics Club and Table Tennis Club. She also took part in the Future Leaders Camp as well as Youth Empowerment Symposium, even serving as a facilitator in the former event. “I strongly believe that for students to truly enjoy their varsity experience, they need to be involved in various extra-curricular activities,” she advices. “These activities allow you to mingle and make new friends and also serve as a platform for you to learn new soft skills. Most importantly, these activities can act as a pressure release valve from daily studies.”
Felicia admits she is thoroughly surprised to be given the Graham Upton award, saying that she cannot quite believe that a person with no accounting background could come out tops of the programme. Currently employed at an audit firm, she is also trying to complete her professional accountancy papers in the shortest time possible.  “This award is proof that a person need not have a background in accounting to excel in this programme. I am very proud to have won it and I have absolutely no regrets choosing Nilai U and the accounting and finance degree programme,” she says.
The Graham Upton Achievement Award is an annual award honouring Professor Graham Upton who served as the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University from 1997-2007. Nilai U administrators firmly believe in providing various opportunities and platforms for students to fulfil their true potential. Known as its ‘Blueprint for Success’, this philosophy focusses on strong courses, character building, holistic development and industry internship to produce well-rounded graduates. For more information, please go to or call 06-8502308 / 07-2262336 / 03-79603089.
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