BECAUSE BIRDS ARE IMPORTANT: Hear it from the experts!

It’s going to be a big weekend for birds when the 4th Sarawak Bird Race kicks-off on 29th October 2011 at the Permai Rainforest Resort, and then ‘migrates’ to the Borneo Highlands Resort on 30th October 2011.

It’s also promises to be a big weekend for bird and nature lovers alike.

John Arifin will run a workshop on using photography to capture wildlife and bird pictures. John is a Singapore-based nature and wildlife photographer and educator who travels across Asia to document wildlife, and the culture of Asia in search of a perfect moment to freeze in time. John had been to various parts of Sarawak & Sabah to explore the nature and birdlife of Borneo. One of the highlights of his trip to Sarawak was to photograph the extremely rare Dulit Frogmouth.

John believes that bird races have tremendous value. “They create awareness about birds and nature, they create fellowship between the keen and new birders, and they build friendships among bird lovers internationally,” he says, adding excitedly, “It’s great for tourism promotion!”

As a young lad, Nils Müller was enthralled by the eerie but fascinating Raptors while travelling through the Pyrenees, and his love for ornithology was sealed forever. A Biology graduate from Lund University in Germany, Nils specializes in Bird migration and Genetics, and will share his knowledge and experience about bird migration: why, when and how far they migrate, and how they orientate themselves along their migration route.

Nils believes that bird Races are a great way to draw attention to the diversity of birds that surrounds us. “Birds have the largest range of species on Earth and many of them are found in our own backyard! I like to think that learning about birds means learning to appreciate nature and its value to the society,” he says. Nils believes that having a majestic bird like the Hornbill on the Sarawak Flag shows the inspirational power birds can give. With their capability to fly and cover great distances, birds can serve as a great indicator of the state of nature for example, the effects of global warming and human impacts to the fragile environment. “As we struggle to save endangered birds, we may find that they could possibly provide solutions to save humankind from ourselves,” he concludes.

Other speakers who will be on hand to share their knowledge and experiences include:

a) Dr Pilai Poonswad from Mahidol University in Thailand who will speak about Hornbill conservation and especially about her work on building artificial nesting boxes for these majestic denizens of the tropical rainforest.
b) Dr. Charles Leh, Curator of Natural History & Zoology at the Sarawak Museum will present a talk about the “Sustainability of Swiftlets”.
c) Dr. Lim Chan Koon, an edible nest trader and producer who will speak about ‘Edible Nest Trading”.

Schedule of nature talks & workshops:

Saturday, 29th October 2011, Permai Rainforest Resort
Nils Müller: Bird Migration
Dr Pilai Poonswad: Hornbill Conservation
Dr Charles Leh: Sustainability of Swiftlets
John Arifin: Workshop on how to capture wildlife and bird photos

Sunday, 30th October 2011, Borneo Highlands Resort
Dr Lim Chan Koon: Edible Nest Trading 


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Headwinds for education stocks

This article appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, October 17, 2011.

KUALA LUMPUR: The education sector was once an investor darling, but counters like HELP International Corp Bhd and Masterskill Education Group Bhd have headed south due to sector-wide over-expansion, rising competition and lower student intake.

Last month, RHB Research downgraded the sector to “neutral” on fears of a weak market outlook.

“We are turning cautious on prospects for the education sector in the coming quarter given rising macroeconomic headwinds, illiquidity of the stock in the sector, the relative small market cap of education stocks, and high foreign ownership,” it said in the Sept 29 report.

It downgraded HELP and Masterskill to “underperform” from “outperform” and “market perform”, while maintaining an “outperform” call on SEG International Bhd (SEGi).

RHB Research said education stocks were driven by Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) news flow in the past, but now the excitement has begun to recede.

“Entry point-projects (EPP) involving SEGi, such as the establishment of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) hub and the SkillsMalaysia INVITE programme, are already underway, while the announcement of the gradual liberalisation of the education sector under the Strategic Reform Initiatives is already priced in,” it said.

The research house has cut its FY12 price-earnings ratio (PER) by one or two times for the sector as its previous valuations were “overly optimistic” given the bearish outlook.

The poor outlook for the sector may be evident from the poor showing in financial results for some companies.

For 3QFY11 ended July 31, HELP’s net profit dived 92% to RM245,000 compared with RM3.24 million a year earlier. Its revenue, however, was flattish at RM23.96 million compared with RM23.38 million a year ago. For the nine months to July 2011, HELP’s net profit fell 25% to RM9.48 million, despite a 2.3% increase in revenue to RM79.63 million.
Similarly, Masterskill’s net profit fell 48% to RM11.58 million for 2QFY11 ended June 30, compared with RM22.43 million a year earlier.

Adam Chan Eu-Khin, HELP director of corporate planning, said the drastic fall in profit was mainly due to a one-off RM5 million cost to relocate its HELP ICT College from Klang to Fraser Business Park in Kuala Lumpur.

“As a result, we had to delay enrolment for our new courses as well,” he said.

Analysts, however, have noted that HELP’s earnings would still be flattish on a year-on-year basis without the RM5 million relocation cost.

“The delay caused HELP to postpone enrolment and marketing campaigns for new courses for the January/March intakes this year, which were reflected mostly in the 2QFY11 numbers,” said InsiderAsia in a recent report. It added that with HELP’s promotion to university status, it had to increase its manpower costs.

HELP was elevated to full university status in September, joining the ranks of the country’s 26 private universities.

HELP also saw its intake in Vietnam postponed due to a quality test by the government earlier this year, and had to incur cost to transfer its twinning programmes from HELP University College to HELP Academy.

Despite these headwinds, HELP is optimistic for better days ahead.

“The Vietnamese government has given the green light and we now have 50 students. We are beginning to market and recruit more students and hope to enroll 200 students by end-2012,” said Chan. He added it will also begin marketing to recruit more students after the relocation of its facility to Fraser Business Park.

Chan noted that the weakening US dollar has caused many Chinese students to pursue their education directly in the US and UK instead of Malaysia, and this will be a continuing trend in the future.

He added that given the recent termination of the joint-venture (JV) with Asia Pacific Land Bhd (AP Land), HELP will postpone its expansion plans in China indefinitely.

OSK Research analyst Kong Heng Siong said the termination of the JV with AP Land is a blessing in disguise as HELP would then be able to focus on marketing and improving its operations in the local and Southeast Asia markets.

“If you look at HELP’s operations, it has a firmer presence in Southeast Asia than China. It should definitely focus on recruiting students in this market as Malaysia will become a very attractive destination for tertiary education for those who cannot afford to go to US and UK,” he said.

Kong said he is unperturbed with the RM5 million relocation cost and expenditure to hire new staff, as the “short-term pain” is necessary to secure long-term growth for the group.

“However, HELP is still a niche player and it needs to diversify its offering in order to be able to attract more students in the future. HELP is expanding now, but it needs to ensure that it has enough students to fill the capacity,” he said.

An analyst with InsiderAsia noted that SEGi had experienced a similar gestation period when it expanded in the past, and is confident HELP’s earnings growth will recover in the future.

He said SEGi took a long while to digest all its acquisitions, brands and products.

“It was only in early 2010 that investors really took notice of SEGi’s turnaround and the stock price surged,” he said.

Earlier in the decade, SEGi’s profitability was low. Between 2001 and 2005, it offered courses under different brand names, such as Prime and Systematic. In 2006, the company streamlined its operations and consolidated into six large branches, including its flagship campus in Kota Damansara and used a single “SEGi” brand name.

By 2008, the fruit of the exercise was reaped, as SEGi’s pre-tax profit soared to RM9.88 million from RM2.48 million in 2007. It rose further to RM14.61 million in 2009 and RM54.31 million in 2010.

While the opening of the Fraser Business Park branch this year and the new Subang 2 campus in 2013 could cause some volatility in HELP’s medium-term earnings, the analyst is optimistic it will set the foundation for stronger growth in the future. “HELP is investing for the future,” he said, adding that another avenue for growth is its planned diversification into the lucrative private secondary education segment.

Kong said there are few catalysts that would re-rate HELP at the moment but there could be a minor improvement in profit for 4Q, depending on student intake in September. He added that HELP could propose a capital exercise to raise funds to build its flagship campus at Subang 2, which would also make its shares more liquid. OSK Research has a fair value of RM1.99 for HELP.

As for Masterskill, Kong said the stock has been battered down due to late student intake and reduction of National Higher Education Fund  (PTPTN) loan approvals. About 95% of Masterskill students depend on PTPTN for funding.

“Masterskill has also seen some new competition in the healthcare education business. Just like HELP, Masterskill will need to diversify its offering,” he said.

OSK Research has a “trading buy” call on Masterskill with fair value of RM1.91.

Masterskill now has to contend with a new competitor in the form of KPJ Healthcare Bhd, Malaysia’s largest private hospital operator.

In July, KPJ’s education subsidiary, KPJ International College of Nursing and Health Sciences (KPJIUC), attained university college status, giving it a boost in academic standing and the ability to grant its own degrees. KPJ plans to invest RM120 million to expand its Nilai campus and aims to see a student enrolment of 10,000 by 2015.

Datin Siti Sa’diah Sheikh Bakir, KPJ managing director, has said the institution aims to acquire the status of a full-fledged university by 2016.

KPJ has a large infrastructure of hospitals, doctors and nursing staff which can support its courses, provide its students on-the-job training and give them future employment opportunities.

While Masterskill has no hospitals, it may have better economies of scale, with a revenue base about 10 times higher and a student base seven times larger than KPJIUC’s.

HELP has lost 40.5% from its 52-week high of RM2.84 to last Friday’s close of RM1.69, while Masterskill has fallen 66.3% from its year-high of RM3.49 to RM1.18 last Friday.

Among the education stocks, SEGi stands as both OSK Research and RHB Research’s top picks.

“In the education business, size does matter. SEGi currently has a very diversified offering and is focusing on the middle-income group that forms a large population here. There is also room to grow its student number from 25,000 currently to its full capacity of 30,000,” he said.

SEGi saw its net profit grow 78% to RM36.25 million for 1HFY11 ended June, on the back of RM137.7 million in revenue. Its share price, however, has fallen 19.2% from a recent high of RM2.08 in July to RM1.68 last Friday.

“SEGi is still our pick for the sector, due to its good track record and resilience in riding out market uncertainties. SEGi deservedly trades at a premium to its peers at 12.8 times FY12 PER (HELP at 12.6 and Masterskill 8.8 times), supported by its superior compound annual growth rate of 26.3% (HELP 7.7% and Masterskill -19.6%).

We continue to believe that SEGi is best poised to deliver growth going forward,” said RHB Research.

Apart from SEGi, OSK Research is also upbeat on Bursa Malaysia newcomer Prestariang Bhd, which offers ICT certification and distribution of software licences.

“Prestariang has a very secure business model with a good response to its courses by both graduates and undergraduates. Other stocks are expected to see gradual earnings growth, but Prestariang is expected to see its earnings grow by more than 50% for FY11,” said Kong, who added the counter has an attractive low single-digit valuation.

Listed on July 27, Prestariang posted RM12.99 million in net profit and RM45.99 million revenue for 1HFY11 ended June 30. However, its stock has since fallen 25.6% from its IPO price of 90 sen to Friday’s close of 67 sen.

Prestariang currently has an order book of RM280 million, with projects until 2015. It also counts international players such as Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Autodesk as partners.

Alexander Chia of RHB Research said in the midst of waning global market sentiment, investors are more inclined to invest in defensive stocks.

“With a global recession looking possible next year, defensive stocks are in favour. In addition, investors looking to bottom fish to benefit from a near-term market bounce, would likely gravitate to higher beta issues that have seen a sharp selldown,” he said.

He added that although there is long-term growth potential for the education sector, HELP is a rather illiquid stock, which does not make it attractive for investors given the bearish market environment.

Although education is a non-cyclical sector, the headwinds faced by some players have been a drag on their performance and it remains to be seen when these will blow over.

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University of London - September 2011 Newsletter

University of London International Programmes
Dear Colleague,
Welcome to the September newsletter. In this issue, we have included various developments which we hope you will find informative. We look forward to receiving your feedback and hope you will inform us of any success stories that you would like to share with us.

The University of London International Programmes issued thousands of examination results last month. Many of our teaching institutions performed well, with a high percentage of International Programmes’ students passing their exams. The Institute of Law in Jersey, achieved a 97 per cent exam pass rate in their first year of teaching.  Director of Studies Professor Andrew Le Suer said, ‘The students worked very hard and this is a great result for them, as well as being a tribute to our team of tutors.’
A new student intake and second year students at the Institute of Law are now looking forward to a successful year ahead. We would like to say congratulations to the staff and students at the Institute of Law for their efforts and achievements. We also extend our congratulations to staff and students based at our teaching institutions worldwide for their examination successes.
Picture from the Jersey Evening Post showing successful LLB students: Amy Wilson, Carla Plater, Kate Ferbrache and Stephanie Troy with Professor Andrew Le Suer, the Director of Studies. Article includes extracts from the Jersey Evening Post newspaper. 

Dr Keith Sharp officially took up his post as Director, University of London International Programmes at LSE on 1 September. Keith has 20 years’ experience of working in British universities, including Coventry University, De Montfort University and the University of Gloucestershire, where he was Dean of Faculty and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor. In 2009-10, he spent a year as Head of the UK Higher Education International Unit based at Universities UK. Keith is very familiar with the area of international partnerships and transnational education. Keith is no stranger to LSE. He took his undergraduate degree at the LSE between 1984 - 87 and he graduated with a first in sociology, as well as being awarded the Hobhouse Memorial Prize.
There is a one month overlap between Dr Sharp taking on the post and Rosie Gosling retiring on 1 October, Rosie will then take up her new role as Director, Institutional Liaison for the University of London International Programmes at LSE for a fixed-term period. She will continue her work in supporting and mentoring institutions teaching the EMFSS programmes.
Dr Maggie Cooper took up her post as Director, University of London International Programmes in Computing at Goldsmiths on 1 September. Originally from an arts background, and with a PhD in computational lexicography, she started work as an editor for the Oxford English Dictionaries before moving to a career in research, teaching, and programme design and management in computing.   Maggie also has a special interest in globalization in Higher Education, and extensive experience delivering lectures, seminars, conferences and workshops around the world.  She reports that the computing team is currently working on expanding the computing portfolio to showcase the interdisciplinarity, creativity and innovation for which Goldsmiths is renowned.

Olly Chapman, formerly Programme Manager in CPQ has recently been appointed as the Head of Institutions Assurance within the Corporate Performance and Quality Directorate at the International Programmes. He will be working closely with colleagues at the Lead Colleges, the International Academy and naturally candidate and recognised centres on matters relating to annual and periodic monitoring and the Institutions Policy Framework (IPF). Olly has a long involvement with the University of London, having completed his undergraduate studies at the University of London Institute in Paris and more recently a postgraduate qualification in management at Birkbeck, University of London.  Olly can be contacted on

Today we have launched the first yearbook for alumni. Graduating students of 2011 will be able to go online at  to fill in their entries.
We hope that this will be a successful initiative, especially as it will have a contact list section which alumni have requested. There will also be pages on the Alumni Association, postgraduate studies, messages from the VC and Course Directors. We hope to update institutions on the progress of the alumni yearbook in future newsletters.

In development: University of London undergraduate psychology programme
The University of London International Programmes is currently developing an innovative undergraduate programme in psychology that may be taken via distance learning with local teaching support on a full or part-time basis.
Pathways are being developed for:

• Students who wish to progress to postgraduate training in order to become professional psychologists

• Students who are pursuing a wide range of other careers including law, business, management, security,  education and healthcare. 

The programme will:

• Provide a thorough grounding in the issues, debates, theories and research methods that underpin contemporary psychology

• Pay particular attention to the cross-cultural aspects of psychological theory and methods

• Offer opportunities to explore the application of psychological theories and methods in a range of settings from industry to international development

• Give access to the research expertise of the three Colleges of the University of London who will deliver this programme in partnership (Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, Royal Holloway)
The intention is for the programme to include:

• A single honours degree

• Combined honours degrees [major / minor and joint]

• Electives in psychology for students on other programmes

• Certificates and Diplomas of Higher Education in psychology
We are currently seeking input from recognised centres to inform the design of the programme. If you would be willing to answer some brief questions to inform the design of the programme please contact: by Friday 7 October.

The International Programmes has published a policy regarding special examination arrangements for students with a disability and/or other specific access requirements. The policy informs students who may need special examination arrangements how to apply for such arrangements. Students who are eligible must make an application and provide up-to-date medical evidence and/or other supporting documents. Please note, applications must be made by the individual student and before the published deadline. To read the policy, please go to:

Conference - Adapting to disruptive Times: Emerging models for Higher Education provision
The University of London International Programmes will host a conference on 3rd November 2011 based in London. The conference is titled, Adapting to disruptive Times: Emerging models for Higher Education provision. The aims of the conference are:
• To explore the technological, international and socio-economic challenges to traditional Higher Education
• To debate the extent to which these challenges necessitate structural change within institutions
• To consider how universities and private providers are responding, and further likely changes.

The speakers include university Vice Chancellors from various institutions, including Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Vice-Chancellor University of London. 
Please view the link for more details and to register.

Research in Distance Learning - Wednesday 26 October 2011
The CDE’s annual Research in Distance Education conference will be held on 26 October 2011, and we are delighted to announce that our two keynote speakers for the day will be Professor Eileen Scanlon, Associate Director (Research and Scholarship) at the Open University, and Professor Richard Noss, Co-Director of the London Knowledge Lab.
Networking and discussion will be promoted during the seminars and panel discussions that span our three parallel strands: design for learning; supporting teaching and learning; and assessment.  The conference in October will also feature extended workshop sessions looking at mobile learning, virtual learning environments and progression/retention.
The conference will be of interest to anyone involved in distance learning research and practice, within the federal University of London and beyond.  We will be streaming sessions and making podcasts available for anyone outside the UK interested in taking part remotely.  Visit our conference page on the CDE website for more details and updates:

Tangjie Ward and Tim Gore attended the European Association of International Educators (EAIE) conference in Copenhagen. EAIE is the most prominent European event of its kind and attracts many thousands of participants.  As well as meeting many institutions and educational service providers, there was an opportunity to listen to prominent international speakers.  One talk that seemed very relevant was from Jo Ritzen, who was President of Maastricht University until earlier this year and a former Dutch Minister of Education and Sciences. He spoke eloquently of a growing polarisation in the labour market between jobs that require the ability to work with great complexity, integrity and creativity and those that are more local or routine.  There is a scarcity of talent for the former and a glut in the latter.  He connected this with the changing expectations and learning styles of students who are getting more interested in working together; are motivated to do away with ‘intellectual property’; often work and study at the same time; increasingly devise their own education plan and are increasingly interested in blended, open and distance modes of learning. 

On 9th September, Professor Jonathan Kydd, (Dean, University of London International Programmes) visited Multitech Business School, Kampala, Uganda. Multitech plans to start its teaching programme for our LLB in October. Professor Kydd was also invited to participate in the opening ceremony of Victoria University, Kampala.

Jenny Hamilton (Director, Undergraduate Laws Programme), Rosie Gosling (Director, University of London International Programmes at LSE) and Tim Gore (Director, Global Networks and Communities) recently undertook an extensive visit to India. The visit included meetings with Tata Consultancy Services in Bangalore, our current and potential institutions and a range of senior stakeholders in Delhi, Pune and Mumbai. India is a difficult country to work in, primarily due to the uncertain regulatory environment but we are well established there and gradually expanding our engagement with around 500 current students.  In Delhi, the team hosted a dinner for seventeen senior friends and supporters including the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University and a representative of the National Knowledge Commission.

On 6th and 7th September, Tangjie Ward, Head of Institutions and Global Development visited University of Kurdistan-Hawler, Iraq. According to Tangjie’s findings, Kurdistan is of great potential for University of London International Programmes, especially for the EMFSS programme and the MSc in Petroleum Geoscience.

The University hosted a workshop for new institutions at our London office on 22nd to 23rd September. Staff from institutions based in Nigeria, Ghana, Seychelles, New Zealand, Singapore, Bahrain, Russia and the UK attended and were given an overview of our programmes, processes and recent developments. It also proved a good opportunity to network with other teaching institutions and meet colleagues of University of London International Programmes. Please contact Clarissa Mudukuti: if you or any other staff at your institution would like to attend as a form of training or to up-date their knowledge.

The Digital Divide - implications for equity in Higher Education in South Africa and in particular the University of South Africa (UNISA), the national open and distance learning university.
The Centre recently hosted a presentation by Dr Jeanette Botha (University of South Africa) followed by a discussion on issues around the ‘digital divide’ within South Africa (something likely to be an issue in other countries around the world).   The main thrust of the talk was: "Who are we teaching?” Dr Botha also alluded to the issue of technology driving education vs. education driving technology.  She highlighted numerous concerns of developing world ODL practitioners and students, contextualizing ODEL in South Africa in the current socio-economic framework, with reference to Unisa. The argument was made for the pragmatic consideration of the acquisition and use of appropriate technologies in line with these "real world" considerations.
We will be making resources from the session, including audio and presentation slides, available on our website.  Visit this link for more details:

We would like to remind you of the two graduation ceremonies that will be held by the university on Tuesday 13 March 2012, at the Barbican Centre, London. For more information please refer to the following link:

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