Profile on: Johanna Ramli

BSc Accounting and Finance graduate Johanna Ramli reveals how her degree provided the ideal combination of quality and convenience
BSc Accounting and Finance graduate Johanna Ramli
"The University of London International Programmes was perfect for my circumstances": Johanna Ramli
I think having a University of London degree immediately puts your CV at the top of the pile

I was inspired by my father who wanted me to obtain a UK degree. My dad's dream was to send me to the London School of Economics and Political Science, one of the Colleges of the University of London. However, the tuition fees were much lower if I studied locally, so the University of London International Programmes was perfect for my circumstances. It allowed me to get a degree from a highly recognised, well respected university while studying "off campus" – thus combining quality of education and convenience of location.

The best part about the University of London International Programmes is that you get to obtain a University of London degree at a fraction of the cost compared to if you were to study in the UK itself. However, having said that, you probably miss out on the life experience of living in the UK. However, I have no regrets with the route I took because I now have a job in the UK. Had I not obtained a University of London degree and landed a good job, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get a transfer here to the UK.

"Studying with the University of London International Programmes is ideal for someone who wants to remain in Malaysia while studying the British way."

Studying with the University of London International Programmes is ideal for someone who wants to remain in Malaysia while studying the British way. I received subject guides directly from the University itself which detailed the course content and ensured that I studied the same topics as my peers in the UK and around the world.

Auditing was my favourite subject. My auditing class inspired me to pursue audit as a career choice. My lecturer at HELP was interesting, informative and shared real life audit stories with us from her experience working as an auditor. I was particularly attracted by the fact that auditing allows me to draw upon different areas of my study, from accounting and financial management to financial reporting. All these areas are interesting in their own right but even more so when they are integrated within auditing.

"HELP University, the local institution I attended, had experienced tutors with expertise and dedication. They know their topics inside and out."

HELP University, the local institution I attended, had experienced tutors with expertise and dedication. They know their topics inside and out, making learning intellectually stimulating and straightforward. I enjoyed the independence given to me in terms of planning my studies in my own time.

The course was tough but I very much enjoyed it. At HELP I participated in lectures and tutorials. Having to write essays and complete various exercises and case studies each week that were then discussed at length in tutorials was very challenging, but hugely rewarding as I was able to get a much more in-depth understanding of the topic and discuss any problems I  had with it.

I recommend that you combine individual studying with some peer group studies. Also, it is a good idea to practise past examination questions in order to get a feel for what is expected of you.

I think having a University of London degree immediately puts your CV at the top of the pile, especially in the Malaysian environment where having the right degree or qualification from a highly recognised, well respected, and prominent university means better chances of securing an interview. I gained my first job after graduation with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kuala Lumpur, and subsequently moved to PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK. I believe that having a UK degree helped me to get my job here in the UK.

I would definitely recommend studying for a University of London degree. The University of London name and reputation carries a lot of weight and gives you an edge in job applications.

Johanna Ramli studied BSc Accounting and Finance and now works for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

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