Monday, August 29, 2011
50 scholarships to Malaysians who are already pursuing selected science and technology courses in the world's top 10 universities
Monday August 29, 2011
50 elite PSD scholarships
By SARBAN SINGH
SEREMBAN: Starting this year the Public Service Department (PSD) will be offering 50 scholarships to Malaysians who are already pursuing selected science and technology courses in the world's top 10 universities.
The undergraduates should at least have scored a Cummulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 in their first year of study to be eligible for the scholarship, said PSD in a statement on its website www.jpa.gov.my.
However, the details of the selection process are not available.
“The students need not apply for the scholarships but PSD will identify them including based on feedback from other students who are pursing courses in the same universities,” said the statement.
As a prerequisite, the students should have also obtained at least 9A- in all subjects in their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination with a credit in Bahasa Malaysia.
“This is necessary because the Government wants to ensure we have a comprehensive human capital development plan. We also need to have the best brains particularly in the fields of science and technology,” it said.
Undergraduates pursuing biochemistry, biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, physics, mathematics, microbiology, environmental science, food technology, agriculture and actuarial science in the top 10 universities would be considered.
The universities are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, Standford, Yale, University of California (UC Berkeley), John Hopkins University, Princeton (all in the United States), Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London (Britain).
For those pursuing engineering and information technology programmes, including aeronautical, electric and electronics, chemistry, mechanical, nuclear, multimedia and computer science, the top 10 universities would be California Institute of Technology, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology (the United States), Swiss Federal Institution of Technology (Switzerland) and Oxford University and Imperial College London (Britain).
Those pursuing economics, finance, commerce, business administration, management, sports management and banking and statistics in Harvard, Standford, Princeton, University of Chicago, Columbia University, UC Berkeley (the United States), Oxford, Cambridge and University College London (Britain) will also be considered.
The PSD said the undergraduates should be in good health and must not be suffering from chronic illnesses for them to be considered.
“They will also have to serve the Government for a specified period upon their graduation,” it said.
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