Foundation, Study and Language Institute

Foundation, Study and Language Institute

Thorough and personalised preparation for university study.


It’s important that students get the most out of their time while at university. The Foundation, Study and Language Institute (FSLI) ensures students are fully prepared for the rigours of academic study they will face when they start their undergraduate degrees and provides them with ongoing academic support during their time with the university.

The programmes and activities that FSLI support include:

The programmes at the Malaysia campus are the same as those offered in the UK, developed at the University’s International Study and Language Institute (ISLI), which has been delivering English Language teaching and foundation-level teaching for over 35 years.


Students joining the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme or University English programme often come directly from school, and need to cope with meeting the high academic standards at the same time as adapting to the University’s expectations of independent learning. FSLI staff guide students through this challenging transition, and the vast majority of students are successful in completing their studies and being able to progress to their chosen degree at the university whether on the Malaysia campus or our UK campus.


The academic staff in FSLI are driven by a student-centred approach to learning. Whether in a classroom or through online learning, the latest technologies are used in conjunction with the fundamental emphasis on supporting students according to their needs and their ambitions. Academic staff are both lecturers and tutors, focusing on giving direction to students in their study of module content, but also their professionalism in terms of independence, academic integrity, and communication skills. Our Academic Tutorial System gives the students one-to-one advice on personal as well as study needs and problems, linked to their future degree study plans.


While foundation or English Language courses are a ‘bridge’ between school and university, students studying with FSLI benefit from a holistic university experience.  Class sizes are relatively small, and all campus facilities as well as student services and student activities are available to them, including membership of RUMSA and the RED award.


Academic staff in FSLI are expert educators, dedicated to continuous self-improvement in their teaching skills. All staff hold Higher Education Academy (HEA) accreditation and undertake regular training and best-practice sharing.

Mohd Ridhwan Abdullah
Mohd Ridhwan Abdullah | Head of Foundation, Study and Language Institute (FSLI)
Mohd Ridhwan Abdullah began his career teaching academic English, research writing, human communication, and English immersion programmes to local and international students before joining the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM). Read More...

Esther Chang
Esther Chang | Foundation Programmes Lead; Foundation Lecturer in Economics
Esther Chang has eight years of lecturing experience in finance and economics-related modules at both pre-university and undergraduate levels. As Senior Academic Tutor, she is assisting in the administration of UoRM's Foundation Programmes, Read More...

Muhammad Aniq Najat Azman
Muhammad Aniq Najat Azman | Pre-Sessional English (PSE) Programme Lead; Foundation Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
Aniq has 2 years of teaching experience in primary and secondary education where he began his career in teaching English in secondary school. Aniq loves to teach youngsters Read More...

Dr Kuan Yong Ching
Associate Professor Ts. Dr. Ching Kuan Yong  | General Studies Programme Lead
Dr. Ching Kuan Yong obtained her PhD in Engineering Sciences from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2014. She joined the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) in 2016 and was awarded the title of Associate Professor in 2022. She currently holds the roles of Campus Director of Read More...

Hajar Binti Abdul Karim
Hajar Binti Abdul Karim | Foundation Lecturer in Mathematics
Hajar is a mathematics lecturer with more than five years of teaching experience in the higher education industry, teaching mathematics and statistics related subjects and modules. Hajar began her teaching career as a lecturer in a public university, and has since been teaching Read More...

lim tian hwee
Lim Tian Hwee | Foundation Lecturer in Mathematics
Lim Tian Hwee has been teaching Pre-U programmes (i.e. A Levels, AUSMAT, MUFY, STPM etc.) for more than five years and is a longstanding member of the Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society.Read More...

Lina Ying Ying Tang
Lina Ying Ying Tang | Foundation Senior Academic Tutor; Foundation Lecturer in Biology
Lina Ying Ying Tang has been teaching Pre-University programmes such as Cambridge A-Levels, and Foundation Year Programmes for more than five years. She is passionate about working with young people from diverse backgrounds and likes to experiment with a variety of Read More...

Nurul Akmar
Nurul Akmar Binti Asmi | Foundation Lecturer in Business and Management
Nurul has been teaching since 2009. Prior to joining UoRM, she had posts at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, teaching a variety of Business Management subjects, including principles of management, marketing Read More...

Zahara Hamzah
Zahara Hamzah | Foundation Lecturer in Economics, Business and Management
Zahara has 12 years of teaching experience in public and private higher education institutions. She taught economics, introduction to Business, econometrics, and modelling in economics among others. She always believes that education is what inspires students beyond Read More...

Ahmad Hafiz Yahaya
Ahmad Hafiz Yahaya | Foundation Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Hafiz started his teaching career in 2015 teaching in a private college and has more than 7 years of teaching experience before joining the University of Reading Malaysia. Hafiz has a master’s in education (TESL) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).Read More...


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