13 August 2021: I’m very proud of my Special Functions Officer, Elizabeth Kay Nyigor, as she has been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the UK Government. She will be pursuing a Masters in Law (LLM) in Technology, Media and Telecommunications at the Queen Mary University of London starting in September of this year.
She was seconded to my office from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in April 2020. She assisted me in policy and strategic matters as well as on research. An officer in MCMC since 2014, she came to my office with rich experience in the communications and multimedia field, representing Malaysia on various international platforms including ASEAN, RCEP and WTO in the telecommunications field.
What makes me most proud of her is how a young Sarawakian Dayak such as herself has worked hard to achieve her success. I hope other young Anak Sarawak take these scholarship opportunities to further their careers. While I am sad to see her leave my office, I am more than proud to see her excel in her career. Congratulations Elizabeth!
Chevening scholarships awarded to 41 M’sians.
13 August 2021: KUALA LUMPUR: Forty-one Malaysians have been awarded the UK government’s prestigious Chevening scholarship to pursue their postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom.
This includes a Malaysian who received a Chevening Fellowship to complete a short course at the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies.
British High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay said a British education is undeniably world-class and much sought after.
“I am pleased to see the global pandemic did not stop 41 of Malaysia’s brightest from their quest for academic excellence, as well as the valuable experience and exposure that comes with studying in the UK,” he said.
Hay, who hosted a virtual pre-departure session for the scholars yesterday, assured the scholars and all Malaysian students planning to further their studies in the UK that universities are prepared to deliver high-quality teaching in line with the government’s guidance to ensure all students are safe and supported.
“Many UK universities will adopt a ‘hybrid approach’ to teaching, with many classes taught in person but with some elements remaining online,” he said, adding that the new Chevening application cycle is now open.
Muaz Mohd Hasnol, attending Imperial College London to study for a Masters in Climate Change, Management & Finance, said he is thrilled to be selected and to become part of a global network dedicated to bringing impactful changes.
Sarawakian Elizabeth Kay Nyigor said she is pursuing a Masters in Law in Technology, Media and Telecommunications at the Queen Mary University of London to help her understand how laws, regulations and policies affect this rapidly evolving industry.
“I am a strong believer in the powerful impact technology and communications have on a country’s progress,” she said.
Siva Nagappan Visvesvaran, who will be attending the University of Cambridge to do a Masters of Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development, said it has always been his dream to study there.
Sabahan Rebecca Marie Tanduba, who will be attending Cardiff University to do her Masters in Architectural Design, said she is grateful to be allowed to grow professionally.
“I look forward to endeavouring in the opportunities present in the UK that I can bring back to my home and support my ambition for a better urban landscape,” she said.
Malaysia is the second largest recipient of Chevening awards in Asean and there are already over 1,700 Chevening alumni locally.The Chevening award is the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded and administered by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
British universities are also providing additional funding in support of the Chevening programme.The current batch of scholars will head for the UK as early as next month to pursue their courses.