UK envoy welcomes 38 Malaysian Chevening scholars

The 2020/21 academic year cohort of scholars completed their postgraduate studies in the UK during the first year of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

In his welcome remarks, Hay congratulated the 38 scholarship recipients and said:

The 2020/21 Chevening experience was truly unlike any other. Along with achieving academic excellence, scholars have had to overcome the challenges of studying during a global pandemic. With the knowledge and experience gained in the UK, they are now back in Malaysia and helping to build the nation.

A UK education has always been and will continue to be the first choice for students seeking a world-class education. This is reflected in the number of Malaysians studying for a UK degree in the UK and Malaysia.

The Chevening Award is the UK Government’s global scholarship scheme, funded and administered by the 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.

The returning group of Malaysian Chevening Scholars from the 2020/21 academic year graduated from disciplines including climate change, law, human rights, public policy, arts and journalism. They attended prestigious institutions such as the University of Edinburgh, King’s College London and the London School of Economics. They now join Chevening’s network of 1,800 Malaysian alumni.

Scholar Fadlynna Ilyani Zulkarim, who attended the University of Westminster to complete a Masters in Media, Campaigns and Social Change, said:

Even though most of my postgraduate academic experience was online, I still made great connections with other Chevening scholars from Malaysia and around the world. Being the “pandemic batch” gave us a Chevening year like no other and the international Chevening community had a special bond as we made the most of our situation. We came back to our countries with a mastery and life experience that made us more resilient to anything that will come our way in the future.

Perak scholar Edmund Ross Williams Hunt, who earned an MA in Musical Theater from Goldsmiths, University of London, said:

Chevening allowed me to study musicals in the theater capital of the world, giving me greater access to the best performances in the West End, which has always been my dream. Through a combination of formal and informal learning, I was able to hone my practical skills and develop my creative abilities, thanks to this scholarship. In a diverse cultural environment, I had the opportunity to work with diverse talent and learn from some of the best in the business. Also, this scholarship proved that as a member of a minority group, I could have the potential to succeed academically.

Researcher Tengku Muhd ​​Muzaffar Bin Tengku Muda from Terengganu has completed a Masters in Finance at Lancaster University said:

2021 has indeed been a tough year for most if not all. It unleashed our true potential to struggle and survive in the new setting. We have learned to value opportunities more, to benefit from lessons and engagement with fellow college students, the Chevening network and local communities. Besides that, the nature and culture exploration experience was also unforgettable. I only brought home beautiful memories, I must say.

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