Luncheon for scholarship recipients

Group photograph with scholarship recipients.

The Division of Examinations, Awards and Scholarships (DEAS) in UTAR, held a luncheon for UTAR Scholarship recipients on 28 January 2016 at its Kampar Campus.

A total of 57 UTAR Scholarship recipients from Kampar Campus, comprising 53 UTAR-UEC Scholarships and four Scholarships for Students from Secondary Schools in Pulau Ketam and other disadvantaged areas, joined the luncheon held in the presence of UTAR Council Chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

Tun Ling delivering his speech.

Tun Ling delivering his speech.

The programme included a speech by Tun Ling on information regarding financial aid and the university. This was followed by a speech from UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, and a speech by a representative of the scholarship recipients.

During his speech, Tun Ling encouraged and urged all the students to master English as it is an important language of knowledge. He added, “English is an important language for your career development. It will enhance your competencies in many areas.” He also shared his own experiences of being non-conversant in Mandarin which led him to proactively learn how to speak the language in order to better communicate with the community during his tenure as the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) president.

 Prof Chuah addressing the audience.

Prof Chuah addressing the audience.

In his speech, Prof Chuah encouraged the students to study hard to live up to the expectation of the donors and to soar high. He also advised the students to seek knowledge and be analytical in their approach so that they could use the skills and knowledge learnt in their careers. He also cited the example of some alumni being successfully hired by Huawei UAE for their bilingualism and hardworking attitude, and encouraged the students to adopt similar attitudes.

UTAR-UEC Scholarship recipient, Lim Mie Sie said, “The UTAR-UEC Scholarship has helped me ease my family’s financial burden for my education. My tuition fees are fully covered and an allowance of RM500 is given to me each month. With this monthly allowance, I have learnt to spend wisely so that I can pay my room rental, utilities, and three daily meals. The scholarship is invaluable and I really appreciate it.”

 Tun Ling (left) and Prof Chuah interacting with the recipients.

Tun Ling (left) and Prof Chuah interacting with the recipients.

Another recipient, Accounting student Tan Ye Shean said, “I got to know about the UTAR-UEC Scholarship from friends while doing the English Enhancement Programme in UTAR. This scholarship has really helped me and my parents to ease our financial burden. I would like to thank UTAR for giving me this opportunity.”

The UTAR-UEC Scholarship is an initiative by UTAR to assist students from Independent Chinese High Schools in Malaysia with more opportunities for higher education. The UTAR-UEC Scholarship covers tuition fees for students at the university and in addition, students will also receive RM500 allowance each month throughout the tenure of the scholarship.

As of December 2015, the university has awarded UTAR-UEC scholarships to 208 United Examination Certificate (UEC) students and eight scholarships for students from rural schools.

Also present at the luncheon session were UTAR representatives comprising Planning and Development Committee Advisor Tan Sri Hew See Tong, Vice-President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat, Vice-President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei, Vice-President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Assoc Prof Dr Teh Chee Seng, Deans, Head of Departments, staff, and students.

From left: Prof Ewe, Prof Lee, Tan Sri Hew, Dr Teh, Prof Chuah, Dean of Faculty of Science Dr Lim Tuck Meng and Tun Ling posing with some of scholarship recipients after the luncheon.

From left: Prof Ewe, Prof Lee, Tan Sri Hew, Dr Teh, Prof Chuah, Dean of Faculty of Science Dr Lim Tuck Meng and Tun Ling posing with some of scholarship recipients after the luncheon.

Since its inception, UTAR has set up scholarships and interest-free student loans as financial assistance to deserving students.

The following are more scholarships offered by UTAR to needy students:
UTAR Scholarship for Top Achievers, UTAR Sports and Talent Scholarship, UTAR-Nanyang Education Scholarship, UTAR-Sin Chew Daily Scholarship, UTAR-The Star Education Fund Scholarship, UTAR-Teach For Malaysia Scholarship, UTAR-Royal Military College Scholarship and many others including sponsorships by organisations.

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