Year in the UK

New Straits Times - - Higher ED -

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.

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