Schol­ar­ships for ASEAN’s bright­est young minds

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed -

SEVENTEEN out­stand­ing stu­dents from Malaysia, In­done­sia and Thai­land were among 5,477 ap­pli­cants who were awarded the CIMB Asean Schol­ar­ship this year to fur­ther their stud­ies at pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties world­wide.

CIMB Group Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Aziz who pre­sented the schol­ar­ships at a cer­e­mony held in Kuala Lumpur re­cently said: “The schol­ar­ship un­der­scores CIMB’s com­mit­ment to nur­ture tal­ent as part of our ef­fort to sup­port Asean’s fu­ture de­vel­op­ment. This is the schol­ars’ first step to­wards build­ing a ca­reer with the bank, and to even­tu­ally con­trib­ute to­wards re­al­is­ing Asean’s true po­ten­tial as a re­gional eco­nomic pow­er­house. We be­lieve that CIMB’s in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion will yield valu­able div­i­dends for CIMB and Asean.”

Can­di­dates had to go through a rig­or­ous se­lec­tion process com­pris­ing an on­line as­sess­ment, panel in­ter­views and a two­day boot camp.

The schol­ar­ship also fea­tures a unique buddy and men­tor pro­gramme, sup­ported by The Com­plete Banker alumni and key se­nior man­age­ment staff to guide the stu­dents and ex­pose them to CIMB’s work­ings and cul­ture from day one.

“It is com­fort­ing to know that CIMB has given thought to the buddy and men­tor pro­gramme. Since they are staff of the bank, they will be equipped to ad­vise my son through­out his stud­ies,” said Robert Ang whose son, Adrian Ang Yu Wei, is one of the re­cip­i­ents.

Adrian is un­der­tak­ing a BSc in Eco­nom­ics at the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics and Po­lit­i­cal Science.

An­other par­ent, Syed Hus­sain Syed Ju­nid, thinks the pro­gramme will al­low his son, Syed Nazeem Syed Hus­sain, who is do­ing BSc in Phi­los­o­phy, Pol­i­tics, Eco­nom­ics (PPE) at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don to get ad­vice from the se­nior man­age­ment and his peers.

“Ob­vi­ously we are ex­cited. What­ever he learns, he would need to think how he would ap­ply it when he be­comes a CIMB em­ployee,” added Syed Hus­sain.

The schol­ar­ship of­fers not only ed­u­ca­tion ex­penses, but also a se­cured fu­ture ca­reer upon grad­u­a­tion. Un­der CIMB’s The Com­plete Banker Pro­gramme — a twoyear man­age­ment train­ing pro­gramme — re­cip­i­ents will ex­pe­ri­ence a com­pre­hen­sive perspective of the bank­ing Group from con­sumer and in­vest­ment bank­ing to as­set man­age­ment; and the op­por­tu­nity to build a strong foun­da­tion to be a high per­form­ing top-class banker with a re­gional mind­set.

The first edi­tion of the CIMB Asean Schol­ar­ship took place in 2016 when 16 stu­dents from across the re­gion were awarded the schol­ar­ship.

In line with CIMB’s “For­ward” brand prom­ise, the CIMB Asean Schol­ar­ship is open to var­i­ous dis­ci­plines, which for this year in­clude eco­nom­ics, ac­count­ing and fi­nance, ac­tu­ar­ial science, law, civil en­gi­neer­ing, psy­chol­ogy and po­lit­i­cal science.

It is com­fort­ing to know that

CIMB has given thought to the buddy and men­tor pro­gramme.


Adrian Ang with his par­ents Robert Ang and May Chew.

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