Virtual Varsities: Getting a degree from your desktop

by Julian Matthews

Jalaluddin Abdul Halim once took long, lonely bus-rides to-and-fro Ipoh city from the remote estate off Bruas where he lived and worked – a journey of nearly 100 km – just to attend accounting classes.

“Sometimes I would reach home at 3am and have to go to work the next day,” he said. The trips also entailed leaving his wife and young children thrice a week to fend for themselves.

But his determination eventually paid off. In 1992, he obtained his diploma which led to a subsequent rise in pay and broadened his career options.
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