Friday, 24 March 2017

Penang Future Foundation (PFF) Scholarship Application Closes on 18 June 2017

Application window for PFF Scholarship 2017 will open from 22 May 2017 to 18 June 2017.

Penang Future Foundation (PFF) Scholarship 2017
Penang Future Foundation (PFF) Scholarship 2017
The Penang Future Foundation (“PFF”) started in 2015 as the Penang State Government’s initiative to aid outstanding and deserving Malaysian youths to pursue tertiary studies in public/private universities in Malaysia. With valuable contribution from the private sector and donors who recognize the importance of education and the need to retain local talents. The PFF only sponsors Malaysian 25 years and below pursuing their first undergraduate studies in Malaysia (private or public) and the sponsored course must be MQA fully accredited in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Accountancy/ Finance.

Entering its third year, PFF looks forward to provide more opportunities for Malaysians in our effort to overcome brain drain. With this aim in mind, PFF will be offering two categories of scholarship awards beginning year 2017. Under this revamped structure, prospective students may apply to be either a ‘PFF Penang Scholar’ or ‘PFF Mutiara Scholar’.

Interested candidates are advised to check the eligibility requirements for each category. Detailed information on benefits and terms of the scholarship for each category is available at PFF’s website (

Sunday, 19 March 2017

JPA's New 9A+ Sponsorship Programme Only for SPM Students with FULL A+ for ALL Subjects Taken

JPA Scholarship 9A+ Sponsorship Programme
The Star Online:
The launching of a new scholarship – the 9A+ Sponsorship Programme – should have given a new lease of hope to SPM students but now, they are left in a state of despair.

According to the Public Service Department’s (PSD) eSila portal, only students with full A+ for all subjects they sat for are entitled to the sponsorship.

The only silver lining was that the National Sponsorship Programme, which funds the top 20 SPM scorers to study in the most renowned universities in the world, will now consider 102 students who obtained their results on Thursday.

PSD director-general Datuk Seri Zainal Rahim Seman, in a text message to The Star, said: “Will clarify this issue soon.”

It was announced last year that the Graduate Bursary Programme will cease this year. But the new stringent condition has taken many by surprise.
This caught everyone by a surprise, especially those SPM 2016 candidates that scored 9A+ but a few A's as they took more than nine subjects hoping that this would have increased their chances of getting at least 9A+ and receiving the scholarship offer as a result.

Good news though for top 102 SPM leavers receiving National Sponsorship Programme, thanks to the increasing of number from 20 the previous year.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Senarai Biasiswa JPA / PSD Scholarship List 2017

Senarai Biasiswa JPA / PSD Scholarship List 2017


Program-program penajaan untuk pelajar-pelajar yang belum berkhidmat dengan Kerajaan.
    • Penawaran Program Penajaan Nasional (PPN) kepada pelajar paling cemerlang lepasan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) tahun 2016 yang akan dibuka secara atas talian (eProfiling) di pautan atau Pelajar yang tersenarai dikehendaki untuk mengisi eProfiling PPN 2017 mulai 20 Mac 2017 (Isnin) jam 3.00 petang hingga 24 Mac 2017 (Jumaat) jam 5.00 petang. Kegagalan pelajar berbuat demikian akan menyebabkan saudara/i tidak akan dipertimbangkan penajaan dibawah Program ini.
    • Semakan senarai nama
    • Penawaran Penajaan bagi kepada pelajar lepasan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) tahun 2016 yang mendapat keputusan A+ dalam semua mata pelajaran yang diambil (minimum sembilan (9) mata pelajaran) akan dibuka secara atas talian (eProfiling) di pautan atau mulai 3 April 2017 (Isnin) jam 3.00 petang hingga 22 Mei 2017 (Isnin) jam 5.00 petang.
    • Penawaran Penajaan bagi Program Khas JKPJ tahun 2017 untuk pelajar lepasan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) tahun 2016 akan dibuka secara atas talian di pautan JPA atau eSilav2 mulai 16 Mac 2017 (Khamis) jam 3.00 petang hingga 22 Mac 2017 (Rabu) jam 5.00 petang.
    • Pemakluman kepada pelajar Bursary 2016, kemaskini profiling boleh dibuat mulai 6 Mei 2016 jam 12 tengahari.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Biasiswa Yayasan TM YTM Talent-A Scholarship (Closing Date: 31 March 2017)

Biasiswa Yayasan TM YTM Talent-A Scholarship
Biasiswa Yayasan TM YTM Talent-A Scholarship 

Biasiswa YTM Talent-A Scholarship

At Yayasan TM (YTM) we are passionately driving the national agenda of developing future leaders of tomorrow who are able to transform the communication landscape of Malaysia in line with TM's aspirations as the national Convergence Champion.

We are inviting talented young Malaysians to be part of this Convergence journey through our scholarship programme - YTM Talent-A 2017.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Goods and Services Tax (GST) now imposed on research grants - Malaysia Customs Department

Dewan Tuanku Canselor DTC Universiti Malaya UM Kuala Lumpur KL
Dewan Tuanku Canselor (DTC) Universiti Malaya (UM) Kuala Lumpur (KL)
Malay Mail Online:
Not only must public universities contend with budget cuts, but academics are also getting less money for research as most grants now attract the Goods and Services Tax (GST). [...]

According to the Customs Department, most research grants ― whether they were from the government, universities, private companies or statutory bodies ― would be subject to the GST, but some would not be taxed, especially if the grant was between a ministry and a statutory body. [...]

Public universities had their combined operating budgets for this year cut by about 19 per cent, or RM1.5 billion, with 10 of them facing massive cuts ranging from over 10 per cent to over 31 per cent.

Local daily Berita Harian reported Monday the Malaysian Academic Association Congress as saying that almost 6,000 lecturers, including professors, did not have their contracts renewed since last year due to financial constraints at public universities.

But the MOHE reportedly rebutted the claim, saying that since 2012, only about 2,000 lecturers retired, were laid off or did not have their contracts extended.
Challenging time for the academic research scene in Malaysia. When developed countries are increasing research grants for the benefits of society and innovation, Malaysia, on the other hand, is cutting budget and imposing GST. Are we getting nearer or further away from Vision 2020 to become a developed nation?

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Universiti Malaya (UM) breaks new ground in QS, has 5 Subjects in Top 50 in the World

University of Malaya UM Subject QS Top World Universities Rankings
University of Malaya:
This year’s QS World Universities Rankings – By Subject 2017, saw University of Malaya broke new ground by having five of its subjects being ranked as Top 50 in the world.

This rise has seen UM maintain a consistent graph of improvement, starting from one subject in 2015, rising to two in 2016 and to its current position this year.

Leading the field are Electrical & Electronic Engineering (23), and Development Studies (26). Whilst also in Top 50 last year, both subjects climbed further up the ladder this year.

The new subjects which broke into world Top 50 are Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (33), Chemical Engineering (38) and Education (41).

In addition, the university also celebrates its accomplishment of 19 subjects in the world Top 100 this year, a marked jump from 9 subjects last year.

QS also ranked five broad subject areas, known as faculty. The record achievement of the three Engineering subjects above helped to propel University of Malaya’s Engineering & Technology faculty to Top 50 for the first time, now ranked 35 in the world.

The Arts and Humanities faculty crossed the Top 100, hitting the top 85 spot, while the Social Sciences and Management faculty maintained its position in the top 100 band.

Commenting on the latest achievements, University of Malaya’s Vice Chancellor, Tan Sri Professor Mohd Amin Jalaludin thanked all the UM staff for working very hard to improve its subject rankings. He believed that the quality of the staff, their commitment to their mission in research and teaching, as well as the discipline demonstrated in carrying out their tasks, have contributed significantly to UM’s outstanding performance.

Tan Sri Amin also attributed UM’s success to its Strategic Plans, implemented throughout the past decade to have hit the right notes. The Strategic Plans, now in its third phase that covers the period of 2016-2020, put great emphasis on transforming the research landscape of the university with a special focus on research culture.

The plan also calls for greater effort in internationalization, an important contributing factor to greater visibility of the university at international arena. It firmed up research cooperation with international partners, resulting in 40% international joint-authorship in total papers published. As a way forward, UM has now embarked on translational research, aims at utilizing research output for the needs of the society and nation.

Related to this, Tan Sri Amin revealed that the Strategic Plans also calls for the improvement in teaching and learning by emphasizing outstanding teaching and learning experiences through high quality academic programmes. Priority is given to the incorporation of the use of ICT in teaching & learning, the internationalization of the curriculum to ensure that UM graduates could be employed globally, and to have effective pedagogy in course delivery.

While elated with the results, Tan Sri Amin felt that UM is now facing enormous challenges in moving ahead, in the face of the financial uncertainties as a result of the economic downturn.

He emphasized that the present achievements, including in the QS Universities Rankings – by Subject, was a result of the investments and initiatives that have been made.

In order to forge ahead, UM will put emphasis on establishing smart partnership with industry with the hope to bring in the much needed fund for research and innovation, and to create a win-win situation through industry-academia collaboration. In this regard, Tan Sri Amin cited the Faculty of Engineering which had in the past two years, secured support from the industry, of more than RM230 million in kinds and equipment.

This, according to him, helped somewhat in making up for the lack of public fund. Tan Sri Amin believed that in order to make further inroad in the ranking tables, UM will need strong backing from both the Malaysian Government and the industry. He wished to thank the Ministry of Higher Education for all the support given to UM. He looked forward to continued support from the Ministry to improve UM’s standing in the top university league in the coming years.

Amazing achievement, congrats!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards 2017

We are pleased to inform you that applications are now opened for the Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships / Awards 2017 for students applying for or currently pursuing full time undergraduate studies at Malaysian & Singapore Public Universities. Closing date is 31 March 2017.
Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards 2017
Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards 2017