UK Chevening Scholarships awarded to 39 Malaysians
This includes a Malaysian who was awarded a Chevening scholarship to take a short course at the Center for Islamic Studies, Oxford.
The Chevening Award is the UK Government’s global scholarship scheme, funded and administered by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. This is complemented by generous sponsorships from Malaysian corporate partners including CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, Yayasan Khazanah and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. UK universities also provide additional funds to support the Chevening programme.
His Excellency Charles Hay MVO, British High Commissioner to Malaysia, hosted a pre-departure briefing and reception for the scholarship recipients this evening. At the reception, he said:
Malaysia’s growing appetite for higher education in the UK is reflected in the increase in applications for Chevening scholarships. We received a total of 748 applications for the year 2022/23, compared to 620 applications the previous year. I am happy to announce that UK is awarding 39 Chevening Scholarships to Malaysia. This is just one example of how education remains the most enduring aspect of the UK-Malaysia relationship.
The 2023/24 Chevening application cycle is now open and I encourage more Malaysians from all states to apply. The Chevening program offers the leaders of tomorrow a 360-degree educational experience that includes exploring the UK’s cultural diversity.
Malaysians who wish to obtain a scholarship to pursue higher education in the UK must apply by November 1, 2022. More information can be found on the Chevening website.
The current batch of scholars will travel to the UK from September this year to pursue a wide range of postgraduate programs at top UK universities, including topics such as climate change, law, public policy, public health and cinema.
Scholar Shimri Lim, who is attending the University of Birmingham to study an MSc in Trauma Science, said:
I am extremely excited to learn from leading experts in trauma care at the University of Birmingham, which has a civilian and military trauma center based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The year with Chevening is an unprecedented platform for building professional relationships which I am determined to use to the fullest for the benefit of Malaysia and the UK. The MSc in Trauma Science will equip me with the knowledge to further improve the healthcare services of the Malaysian Armed Forces. Chevening has brought me closer to my goal of providing state-of-the-art trauma care to Malaysian soldiers and our allies.
Sarawakian scholar Nur Afifah Binti Ismail said:
As a Chevening Scholar this year, I look forward to receiving a world-class education and gaining a broader perspective from like-minded people around the world. Exchanging ideas and networking is essential to fulfilling my long held dream of watching Formula 1 at Silverstone in England. I focus on digital media and communication at the University of Stirling. I hope that the different aspects of digital communication skills that I am learning will allow me to educate young people to stand up for justice and against inequality via digital platforms. I hope that my contribution in Malaysia upon my return can create more opportunities and an inclusive future for young people in Sarawak.
Sabahan researcher Russell Rohny, who will attend the University of Edinburgh to study global mental health and society, said:
My heart races for the growth I will experience on the upcoming Chevening journey, especially making friends with various people around the world, challenging my wisdom by delving deeper into interdisciplinary studies and immersing myself in British culture in the heart of Scotland. . As a person of Iban, Murut and Dusun heritage from Tambunan, Sabah, I will carry my indigenous values with me throughout this year. Driven by passion and resilience, I want to educate multi-ethnic communities in Sabah about mental health. I want to contribute to the formulation of sustainable approaches to this issue, nationally and internationally.
Researcher Charina Pria Sivayogam who will attend the University of Kent to study conservation and international wildlife trade said:
I am grateful to have been awarded the Chevening scholarship as it allows me to develop my skills and explore other innovative approaches to tackling wildlife crime at the University of Kent. This illicit problem is not only impacting the wild animal population, but also our livelihoods, national security, emerging zoonotic diseases, and more. It is exciting to have the opportunity to learn from the experts and study at the institute which is at the forefront of multidisciplinary conservation research that examines these issues from all angles. With this, I look forward to contributing to Malaysia’s continued efforts to protect our natural heritage.
Malaysia is the second largest recipient of ASEAN Chevening Awards and there are already more than 1,700 Chevening alumni in Malaysia.