STUDY AID: More Malaysian Chevening scholars in the UK
TWICE THE NUMBER: BAE Systems, the global defence, security and aerospace company, has lent its support to the Chevening Scholarship programme in Malaysia.
In 2012 and 2013, the company will sponsor selected postgraduate students to study in the United Kingdom, doubling the number of Malaysians on the programme. It will sponsor seven students to study Engineering and Sciences in the UK this year and a further 14 in 2013. The scholarships are to be managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Malaysia, which will select candidates through a competitive process.
The sponsorship is an important step in developing the company's education programme in Malaysia. The study aid also aligns with Malaysia's Vision 2020 and supports the country's aspirations to develop leaders to spur the economy further through the Economic Transformation Programme.
Managing director (Southeast Asia) John Brosnan says: "We see the programme as an important part of our ambition to support Malaysia in developing its high-tech aerospace and defence sectors."
British Universities and Science Minister David Willetts adds: "I welcome the news that the company will be supporting Chevening Scholarships in Malaysia so that more students there will be able to benefit from this excellent programme offered all over the world. Previous scholarship holders have gone on to assume prestigious leadership roles in a range of sectors including government, international organisations and commerce.
"The UK and Malaysia already have an exciting and varied education relationship and additional scholarships will help to develop and strengthen it further."
The company has had a presence in Malaysia for more than 20 years with its regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.