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'Automatic bursary for academic high achievers 9A+ and above'
PUTRAJAYA: ALL 1,609 students who scored 9A+ and above will automatically be offered a bursary for pre-entry university programmes before pursing their first degree at local or foreign universities.
The bursary will be offered for pre-entry university pro grammes include the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia, ma triculation programmes under the Education Ministry, foun dation programmes under the Higher Education Ministry and the International Baccalaurate (IB) or A-Level.
The bursary will be offered to students who have secured a place at government-endorsed institutions offering pre- entry university programmes.
A total of 1,020 students scored 9A+, 10A+ (492 students), 11A+ (90 students) and 12A+ (7 students) for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2011.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, said students who completed their pre-entry programmes will continue to be sponsored for the first degree beginning 2014 provided they achieve a CGPA of at least 3.5 and have secured places at local and foreign universities for studies recognised by the Public Services Department (PSD).
He also announced that the government will also offer scholarships to 50 SPM top achievers to undertake further studies at Ivy League universities overseas recognised by the government.
The selected candidates will be the creme de la creme chosen by the Education Ministry based on their academic merits.
The Ivy League universities include Oxford University, Cambridge University, Imperial College and University Col lege London (all in the UK) and Harvard University, John Hopkins University, Stanford University, Yale University,Uni versity of California Los Angeles and Duke University (in the US).
"Selected candidates will be offered a scholarship from the preparatory stage to the first degree, subject to the con ditions set and the Public Services Department’s (PSD) recognition of students' choice of studies at the foreign universities," he said in a statement issued today.
Muhyiddin said the Cabinet agreed that the government, through the Ministry of Education and the PSD, to continue the sponsorship of outstanding students to pursue their studies at home and abroad this year.
He said the government is aware that some students, who had produced excellent results during the examination, were not able to secure the sponsorships as competition is in tense.
He said at the same time, the government too has lim itations financially as the cost of education continues to rise.
Students can go to www.moe.gov.my to review and update the profile under the bursary programme beginning April 16 2012.