Year in the UK
British education continues to grow. According to the Higher Education Statistics Authority in the UK, over 17,000 Malaysians enrolled to study in the UK for 2015/2016 academic year.
Malaysia has overtaken both the US and India to become the second largest source country for foreign students in the UK.
The signing of the memorandum took place at a reception to welcome back Malaysian Chevening scholars for year 2015/2016 who have recently completed their postgraduate studies.
Yeo Ling Mien, 30, from Penang, completed her MSc Risk Management at the Southampton Business School, University of Southampton.
“I experienced learning and working with the top risk experts in the UK which is the highlight of my postgraduate degree.
“The journey has taught me the importance of risk management and is an eyeopener. I am now better equipped to return to my home country and make a bigger impact in the field,” said Yeo.
She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with a bachelor of Commerce (Honours) majoring in Actuarial Studies. Upon her return to Malaysia, she joined Securities Commission before joining Deloitte Malaysia as the manager of Change and Transformation Department.
For Nabilah Mohamad, 27, her desire to pursue a Masters of Islamic Finance & Management at the University of Durham began when she saw her senior colleague receiving a Chevening Scholarship.
“Studying in the UK has made me more independent and matured. The study culture is different compared to Malaysia as students have to be independent. Our time with the lecturers is only less than an hour, the rest of the time we are on our own,” said Nabilah.
She had studied ACCA at Sunway University and worked at Bursa Malaysia.
The Chevening award is the UK government’s global scholarship programme offered by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. In addition to funding from the British government, the Chevening Scholarship is also co-funded by partners like BAE Systems, The Prudence Foundation, Yayasan Khazanah, CIMB, HSBC and UK educational institutions.
Malaysia has the second largest per capita Chevening programme globally with a total of 40 Malaysians awarded the Chevening scholarships for the 2016/17 session. The interview process for the 2017/18 session is currently in progress.
Vicki Treadell (right) signing the MoU with Augviera Bong for two more Chevening scholarships at her residence recently.