News: Study abroad grant for Malaysian postgraduate students announced

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas yesterday, launched a study abroad grant called the Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment. This grant allows Malaysian post-graduate students (aged between 22-35 years old) to be involved in short-term collaborative work at selected institutions overseas. The grant covers a wide range of research area, such as education, arts, sports, community and social work, science and technology, environment, and health.

There will be one grant on offer in 2012 and two each in each subsequent year. The grant was announced at the Merdeka Award ceremony event.  Three outstanding Malaysians were awarded the Merdeka Award this year. They are:

1)   Datuk Dr Kenneth Yeang, a prolific architect and writer well known for his ecological approach

2)   Professor Datuk Dr Goh Khean Lee, a Clinical Specialist in Internal Medicine at the University of Malaya

3)   Professor Dr Mak Joon Wah, the Dean of Postgraduate Studies Department at the International Medical University, Malaysia

The Merdeka Award was established on 27th August 2007 to recognise and reward excellent individuals and organisations whose works and achievements have not only contributed to the nation’s growth but have also inspired greatness in the people of Malaysia. Each winner of the Merdeka Award were offered a RM500 000 prize money, a trophy and a certificate.

Read more:
The Star – Post-grad student boost
Bernama – Merdeka Award Grant For International Attachment To Be Introduced In 2012
Merdeka Award – Official Website

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