CM launches Curtin anniversary scholarships

Posted on : 19 Jan 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari receives a souvenir from Dr Chan as others look on.

MIRI: Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and to commemorate this milestone, the university is offering special scholarships for its foundation programmes and selected undergraduate programmes.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg launched the anniversary scholarships worth RM2.5 million when receiving senior leaders from the university who called on him at his office in Kuching on Wednesday.

The visitors comprised pro-chancellor and chairman of Curtin Malaysia Council Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam; chairman of Curtin (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd board of directors Datu Ose Murang; chairman of Curtin Malaysia management board Datuk Lee Kim Shin; board members Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot and Azmi Bujang, and Curtin Malaysia pro vice-chancellor, president and chief executive Professor Jim Mienczakowski.

The Curtin Malaysia 20th Anniversary Scholarships is a gesture by Curtin Malaysia to help talented and eligible students from the region fulfil their aspirations for higher studies, to motivate and encourage them to pursue a truly global education with Curtin, as well as recognise and reward the support from the community towards the university since its establishment in 1999.

The scholarships are designed to improve access and equity to academically high achieving students from lower socio-economic backgrounds to high quality tertiary education, and give them the opportunity to study with students from over 50 countries enrolled in a range of courses in engineering and science, business and humanities.

The group also updated the chief minister on the latest developments at the university, including progress of its campus expansion and new courses being offered to meet industry demand this year.

In 2018, Curtin Malaysia offered foundation scholarships worth RM2 million for students in Miri Division which were taken up by more than 110 deserving and high achieving scholars in the area.

Over the years, the university has awarded scholarships amounting to more than RM25 million to deserving students from all walks of life through the Curtin University Malaysia Merit Scholarships. These scholarships have enabled students to graduate successfully from accredited and top-ranked courses and contribute to human capital domestically and internationally.

“The scholarships reflect Curtin Malaysia’s commitment to be the regional leader in higher education and research and our firm commitment to rewarding academic excellence and enabling students from all backgrounds to realise their potential,” said Mienczakowski.