Tertiary education major pillar in Malaysia-UK relationship, says UK high commissioner

Rahmat Khairulrijal and Amira Eizan Azman

KUALA LUMPUR: Tertiary education has always been one of the most important pillars in the bilateral relationship between Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

“We have 20,000 Malaysian students in the UK, which is the second largest after China. We hope they will return after finishing their studies and play a vital role in shaping the nation,” said UK High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicky Treadell at the launch of the Oxford-Jeffrey Cheah Graduate Scholarship at Sunway University, here, today.

She said the initiative would further strengthen the ties between the two excellent educational institutions.

“I would like to congratulate Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah on yet another impactful initiative, which will help transform the lives of young people by giving them merit-based access to quality education, regardless of their social-economic backgrounds,” she said.

Cheah thanked the University of Oxford for its continued partnership with the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation in helping talented young Malaysians to reach their potential.

“We are honoured to have the continuous support of the University of Oxford and the university’s Brasenose College,” he said.

“We hope to see more young Malaysians fulfil their potential by having the opportunity to learn at one of the top education institutions in the world.

“The Oxford-Jeffrey Cheah Graduate Scholarship came about following the decision by Oxford University in October 2017 to launch a ‘Matched Funding Scheme’,” he said, adding that the scholarship was open to candidates from Asean countries.

The inaugural scholar for the scholarship was awarded to Vivien Ho Wei Wen for three years of doctoral studies in stem cell biology and medicine.

The 20-year-old girl from Ipoh was selected by University of Oxford and Brasenose College based on her exceptional academic record and other activities. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd