Opportunities and Challenges in Pursuing the American Dream

November 13, 2013

Home to some of the world’s top innovators, creators and brands, America is a land of opportunity that has helped turn countless dreams into reality. INTI, having facilitated the transfer of over 11,000 Malaysian students to American universities, plays a vital role in helping students realise their academic and career aspirations, and recently hosted a forum that looked into the concept of the American Dream.

Teoh Siew Juen, Dr Azeem Fazwan and Wing-Foong Chew (3rd, 4th & 5th from left respectively) with students and faculty of INTI International College Penang.

Held at INTI International College Penang (IICP), the forum centering on ‘The American Dream & the Obama Administration’ featured Wing-Foong Chew, a retired senior program specialist in the Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur; Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk, a political science graduate of DePaul University in Chicago; and Teoh Siew Juen, an IICP alumna and biomedical engineering graduate of University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, as the panelists. They shared their personal experiences and insights into achieving success in the US, as well as their perspectives on the evolution of the American Dream under the Obama administration.


The forum was held in conjunction with the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, brainchild of President Barack Obama, in Kuala Lumpur. It came at an appropriate time in light of the recent shutdown of the US Federal government, and allowed the panellists to share their views on this and other issues and trends which are important to the development of students’ academic journey in the US. It was also a means for students to gain industry perspective on industry trends which will equip them with the relevant knowledge before they venture into their chosen career paths.


At INTI, students are provided various avenues for knowledge enhancement and academic development through its innovative teaching and learning methods. Through its various academic and employer related initiatives, INTI students are groomed to become industry ready graduates. Leveraging on the numerous collaborations with academic and industry partners, INTI is able to bring about an internationalized experience for its students in better preparing them for their future.


INTI’s extensive list of colleges and universities in the US for credit transfer and its track record of sending the most number of students to America for higher education means that its American Degree Transfer Program (AUP) is the most popular programme of its kind in Malaysia. For the successful transfer of students to American universities, INTI was the first private education institution in Malaysia to receive the Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade by the United States Department of Commerce.


More than 300 US and Canadian universities accept credits earned through INTI’s AUP. Given INTI’s strong and long standing ties with US universities, coupled with its alumni’s impressive record of achievements both on and off campus, many universities have accorded exclusive scholarships to INTI students. Academics from US universities also visit INTI to present talks and share their knowledge and experiences with students.


For further information on INTI’s AUP, please call 04-631 0138.