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(From left) Ain Najwa Arbain, Yayasan Peneraju acting chief executive officer Mohd Ariff Ithnin and Metropolitan Corridor Sdn Bhd executive director Sandra Ong.
(From left) Ain Najwa Arbain, Yayasan Peneraju acting chief executive officer Mohd Ariff Ithnin and Metropolitan Corridor Sdn Bhd executive director Sandra Ong.

Life’s challenges did not stop Ain Najwa Arbain, a Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (Yayasan Peneraju) scholar, from achieving success.

Graduated with a CGPA of 3.94 in Bachelor in Computer Science (1st Class Honours) specialising in Data Analytics, Ain Najwa was raised by a single mother with three other siblings in the face of mounting financial constraints.

She clinched the Best Student Award from Asia Pacific University and is working as a data analyst at Air Asia Sdn Bhd.

She recently received the Outstanding Achievement award at The Rising Star Award 2020 (Trust ‘20) for her determination and strength of character throughout her studies while being under the tutelage of the Peneraju Tunas Potensi programme.

At the same event, Yayasan Peneraju, in partnership with Metropolitan Corridor, recognised the achievements of its 210 scholars who graduated from various higher learning institutions under the Peneraju Tunas Potensi programme.

Yayasan Peneraju acting chief executive officer Mohd Ariff Ithnin said the scholars had always shown remarkable achievements over the years.

“Out of 599 scholars, 40 per cent are recipients of dean’s list awards and 90.9 per cent scored CGPA of 3.00 and above. Measuring those with CGPA above 3.00, we saw a leap from 87.4 per cent in 2018 to 90.9 per cent last year.”

“As an organisation that prioritises continuous improvements, we hope to raise the bar and produce more competitive and workforce-ready scholars to fulfil the country’s needs.”

Since its establishment in 2012, Yayasan Peneraju, which is under the purview of the Economic Affairs Ministry, has enrolled more than 2,100 students in the Peneraju Tunas Potensi programme, of which 599 have graduated and secured careers with well-established companies and organisations throughout the country.

To date, it has successfully developed more than 29,500 Bumiputera scholars since it started operations in 2012 under its three thrust programmes — Peneraju Tunas, Peneraju Skil and Peneraju Profesional.

According to Metropolitan Corridor Sdn Bhd executive director Sandra Ong, Trust ‘20 aimed to not just celebrate the academic achievement of Yayasan Peneraju’s scholars, but also inspire excellence for the scholars to excel in their respective careers. She hoped that all graduates would lead meaningful lives and positively impact society.

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