Wednesday, 16 May 2018

HELP University joins the Bridge Course!

For our third Bridge Course, we were pleased to have HELP University join us as one of the hosting universities, along with Brickfields Asia College (BAC), Monash University and the University of Nottingham Malaysia campus. Bridge course students were particularly thrilled to learn that Help University offers a French course, free to refugee applicants (many have already signed up and joined)!

Interested in having your university be a part of the next Bridge Course? Send us an e-mail!

Saturday, 23 December 2017


Our 2017 CERTE Bridge Course successfully reaches completion! Fifteen students from five different countries completed the course. The course was hosted by Monash Malaysia School of Business, with funding provided by the Open Universities for Refugees (OUR), and included a wide range of topics aimed at preparing students to successfully apply and succeed in tertiary education.

We were pleased to have the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Malaysia Representative, Mr. Richard Towle attend and present certificates to our students!


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Now Accepting Applications for our October 2017 Course!

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting applications to our October 2017 Bridge Course. The course is being hosted by Monash University with support from the Open Universities for Refugees, UNHCR Malaysia, and Teach for Refugees.

Interested in joining?

 To make an application for the October course, students need to complete 3 steps:

  1. We will be excepting interest applications from interested students via Survey Monkey.

2. Students will need to bring copies of their educational credentials with them to the interview day. This can be O-level, A-level, IGCSE or equivalent scores. If students do not have these documents, they will be given a test on the interview day.

3. Students will participate in a short interview with the founders of the BRDGE course.

Both step 2 and 3 will be completed on Saturday, September 16. The location will be sent in a follow-up email.  In order to come for the test or interview, students must first complete the survey.

Students should be at least 16 years old, have good English proficiency (all courses will be conducted in English), and have completed equivalent of IGCSE/O-levels.

This course is geared for students who feel they are ready for college or university work.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


In March this year 14 refugee students from across KL representing 5 different nationalities attended the first ever Bridge course in Malaysia. 
The aim of the Bridge course is to identify refugees who can demonstrate the motivation and academic potential to access further education and to equip and empower them to gain a place at university or college. The intensive course, held over three consecutive weekends, included soft skill workshops given by specialist professors and lecturers in areas such as interview and presentation techniques, research skills and teamwork and also included visits to 2 different university campuses. Each student was assigned a mentor who is journeying through this process with them. Since attending the course 2 students have already gained places at Nottingham University whilst others are still submitting their applications. Without exception, each student found the course invaluable and as a result a further course will be held later this year.  For further information and to register interest contact

Monday, 15 May 2017


We are happy to announce that two of our pilot course students have been accepted into foundation programs at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

CERTE Bride Course-University Campus Visit Days

As part of the CERTE Bridge Course, students had the opportunity to visit Brickfields Asia College (BAC) and the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). At BAC student had the chance to attend classes, tour the campus, and speak with professors. At UNMC, they were given the chance to present who they are and why they want to pursue higher education, tour the campus, and visit with current students. They were able to have their questions answered and experience a bit of university life! 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Bridge Course Kicks- off!

This week the CERTE pilot Bridge Course kicked-off to a great start! Fourteen refugee youth from five countries were selected to be part of the course. It is inspiring to see so many talented young people, from different refugee communities across Kuala Lumpur, learn and support and one another. We look forward to seeing their soft- skills and university-readiness develop over the period of this course!