Lim Kit Sheng

Nilai U’s affordable fees make it a prudent destination for accounting and finance student.

For Lim Kit Sheng, the question of affordable education was not just an issue of financial prudence but one of necessity. “My father passed away from a stroke when I was just nine-years old and he was the sole breadwinner,” says the former student from SMK Telok Datuk, Banting. The youngest of five children, his family survived by having the elder siblings join the work force. These elder siblings have also undertaken the task of ensuring Kit Sheng has the opportunity to fulfill his potential via higher education.

“I was actually enrolled in another college prior to joining Nilai University (Nilai U). I had to quit my studies there as there were too many hidden costs alongside the high tuition fees,” he explains. Kit Sheng then went online to seek out affordable alternatives. His search led him to Nilai U’s programmes and he was pleased to hear positive feedback from friends who were alumni. “All of Nilai U programmes are recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education and are also recognised by employers and universities abroad. Yet, the fees are much lower than many other higher education institutions. So I thought to myself ‘why pay more?’” opines the well-spoken lad.

The route Kit Sheng opted for was via Nilai U’s Foundation in Business programme. The reason he chose this programme was that it offered the fastest route into the degree of his choice. Having decided to pursue Nilai U’s BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, the one year pre-university programme was the most sensible choice as well as being significantly cheaper than his previous institution. “From my online research, some institutions are actually charging more for a diploma programme compared to the bachelor’s degree that I am currently pursuing,” he notes. “I made the mistake once, I don’t intend repeating it. I am the first from my family to have the privilege of higher education; I am not going to be frivolous about it.”

Kit Sheng’s endevours to be financially prudent also extends to him working part time as a student helper at Nilai U’s campus. “I do not want to over burden my mother and my elder siblings. The student helper duties allow me to have some pocket money and to be a little bit independent,” he confides. But fortune has smiled upon the young man as he has received a scholarship from a Chinese daily newspaper covering his tuition fees for the degree programme at Nilai U. Kit Sheng smiles modestly saying that he is pleased that his hard work in secondary school has paid off when he scored an admirable 9As in SPM.

Now that the financial burden has been eased, Kit Sheng is fully enjoying his varsity experience at Nilai U. “The campus is really peaceful and ideal for my studies. I like the life style here too - there is none of the hustle and bustle of a big city.” He has also been elected President of the Nilai U’s Scholars’ Club, whose exclusive membership consists of students who have received scholarship awards.

“Truth be told, my mother was fine even if I had decided to quit high school and go to work. But I wanted her to be proud of me as being the first from the family to earn a university degree. The affordability of Nilai U programmes has given me the opportunity to do just that,” says Kit Sheng. “Anyone with a tight budget should check out Nilai U. The programmes are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and are very competitively priced. Why pay more?” he concludes.

Nilai U’s School of Business students have benefited from tie-ups with  professional organisations such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the  Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) as they will get industry-recognised certification, relevant training and paper exemptions from professional examinations from these organisations.