The Best Value American Degree Program in Town

The Best Value American Degree Program in Town


Students from the ADP program at HELP CAT organizing the lip-sync battle.

HELP College of Arts and Technology (HELP CAT) in collaboration with the American Degree Program (ADP) recently organised a series of lively and exciting student activities and events to foster mutual understanding of cultures and to provide an opportunity for students to experience its historical North American roots. These events included a Thanksgiving dinner, a college-wide lip-sync battle, day trips to resorts and monthly enrichment trips to libraries.

In November, HELP CAT and ADP celebrated the traditional American festival – Thanksgiving, with its faculty and students. Students and lecturers gathered to savor a sumptuous dinner and a Thanksgiving turkey that was specially prepared by the experienced chef lecturers and students of HELP CAT’s culinary arts department.

In conjunction with the Thanksgiving dinner, students of the ADP program also organised a lip-sync battle in an effort to create unity among students through their performances and music. Students from different departments of HELP CAT formed teams and participated in this competition where they had to perform and lip-sync popular 70s and 80s hit songs.

The ADP Student Council of HELP CAT also recently organised a one-day trip to Tadom Hill Resorts, Selangor in an effort to strengthen the bond of its tight-knit student community and to cultivate the culture of a team spirit among them. They have also recently started monthly enrichment trips to the KL Library Lincoln Centre.

The ADP in HELP CAT not only celebrates its American roots, it also emulates the long tradition of academic excellence of its US counterpart. Three undergraduate students in HELP CAT have recently been awarded the highest scholastic excellence summa cum laude. These achievers are Chee Chung Ho, Jagdip Singh Toor A/L Surinder Singh and Ummitra Rubini A/P Sivanesan, who achieved a CGPA of 4.0, 4.0 and 3.92 respectively.

The ADP 4+0 program at HELP CAT is the only American Degree Program in Malaysia that incorporates one academic year of study in the US. Registered students will be sent to study at the Fayette campus in Iowa for one year, with their airfare and accommodations provided for. Students will be studying four subjects and will be involved in local community projects to further nurture their leadership, teamwork, team building and communication skills.

“The American Degree program gives unmatched value. It is like studying in the US at HELP CAT. It is taught by lecturers with PhDs. During the one year of study at ADP, students attend classes with US and international students, and make study visits to Chicago, Minneapolis, or Detroit and engage in local community work,” said Kalai Ponniah, Assistant Vice President of the Malaysia Operations at ADP.

Students can enter the ADP program directly from SPM and complete their degree within four years. The programs offered include a Bachelor of Science in six disciplines: Psychology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Financial Management, Marketing and Human Resources Management.


Students from the ADP program were interviewed on their participation in the Run for National Unity 2016 at the Malay Mail.

The programs are taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers with PhDs as well as the ADP senior academic staff that are based in HELP CAT. Established in 1857, ADP is one of the largest universities in the American Midwest and was ranked ‘Tier 1 school in the Best Colleges’ in the US News and World Report 2015. It is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible and multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study.

ADP boasts of a long tradition of distinguished and influential scholars and alumni such as Nobel Peace Prize Winner, John Mott; founding father of Sports Medicine, Dr Arlie V. Brock; founder of Biblical archeology and authenticator of the Dead Sea Scrolls, William F. Albright; founder of the Parker Pen Company, George Safford Parker, and many more.

For more information on HELP CAT’s ADP programs, visit HELP CAT during its open day every weekend this December and January, call 03-2788 2000 or log on to