Scholarships for ASEAN’s brightest young minds
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.