11th March, 2013
A group photo of the recipients of the Yayasan Sime Darby scholarships for 2011.
As the world’s largest trading nation, China is the proverbial land of opportunity for many in the global business environment.
However, in recent years, China has also gained recognition for its higher learning institutions which have succeeded in attracting students from all over the world to pursue their education in the country. Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) is now offering Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) leavers the chance of a lifetime to study in China under the YSD Student Exchange Scholarship programme in China.
Proficiency in Mandarin is not a pre-requisite for the programme which is a partnership between the foundation and the China Scholarship Council (CSC). The cooperation is to promote the development of bilateral ties between the Malaysian and Chinese governments via higher education while increasing the level of mutual understanding between the people of both countries.
The full scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, accommodation, books and laptop allowances, among others.
With CSC’s assistance, YSD will also be extending other educational benefits to the scholarship recipients including participation in YSD’s scholars’ development programmes and internships prior to joining Sime Darby’s workforce and continuous personal support of the scholars’ welfare and academic performance during the tenure of scholarships.
This year, YSD is also offering scholarships for Malaysian students to pursue undergraduate studies in Indonesia under this overseas programme. Recipients will receive a full scholarship to pursue Agriculture, Plantation Management and other relevant courses at selected universities in Indonesia such as Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada and Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB).
YSD will continue to focus its attention on assisting those from low income families via its allocation of more than 70 per cent of the planned number of scholarships, to the underprivileged.
YSD is also offering scholarships to 60 vocationally inclined students under the YSD Skill Enrichment Programme. The programme aims to support students who are financially constrained but are keen to pursue vocational studies at two Sime Darby academies. These successful candidates will pursue diploma level or technical certificate programmes at Sime Darby Nursing and Health Sciences College or the Sime Darby Industrial Academy.
In 2012, YSD offered scholarships worth RM22.5 million for 380 students in various categories.
To apply, visit www.yayasansimedarby.com/malaysia. Closing date for applications is on March 31.