Scholarship holders feted to afternoon tea with Sue Ellery

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The scholars being greeted by Sue Ellery at Parliament House.

MIRI: Curtin University, Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) students Jessica Gan Pei Heng, Chin Zi Han and Kevin Yeo Shu Jiun had the rare honour of being feted to afternoon tea at Western Australia Parliament House in Perth by the Minister for Education and Training of Western Australia, Sue Ellery recently.

The three students who transferred to Perth early last year, are recipients of the Western Australia Premier’s Scholarship annually awarded to outstanding undergraduate students of the Malaysian campus to complete their final year at Curtin University’s main campus in Australia.

All three have completed their courses and are looking forward to family members from Malaysia attending their graduation ceremonies in Perth next month.

They found the visit to the Western Australia Parliament House, which included an unscheduled tour of the Lower and Upper Houses, memorable and thanked the minister for hosting the event.

They thanked the Western Australia Government for awarding the scholarships, and Curtin University for the wonderful experience at its Australian and Malaysian campuses.

Accompanying the students were Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry, Provost Professor John Cordery and Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Professor Seth Kunin.

Gan from Tawau, Sabah who completed a Bachelor of Commerce double major in Accounting and Finance was overjoyed at being offered the scholarship, and fulfilling her dream of studying in Australia.

Fellow Accounting and Finance student Chin said the opportunity to study at the main campus allowed her to broaden her perspective and realise her full potential. An outstanding student and recipient of multiple scholarships, she hopes to be an auditor with one of the Big Four accounting firms.

Meanwhile, petroleum engineering student Yeo hopes to work in the oil and gas industry in Malaysia. He believes the knowledge and experience gained in Australia will set him in good stead in his future career.

The Western Australia Premier’s Scholarships were introduced in 2003 following a visit to Curtin Malaysia that year by Premier of Western Australia, Dr Geoff Gallop. They give outstanding final year students the

opportunity to get a different perspective in their field of study and experience a different lifestyle and culture in Western Australia.

The Western Australia Government subsidises their airfares and on-campus accommodation while Curtin University provides full fee waiver for the one year of study.

A new batch of scholars for 2018 are to depart for Perth next month. They are electronic and communication engineering student Loo Wei Chuan, mechanical engineering students Ng Chee Siong and Khor See Joo, and banking and finance students Saw Yi Heng and Lim Yu Xuan.

Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest multicultural university with Australia’s third largest international student population. With an expanding global presence, including locations in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai, the university which is committed to international engagement boasts of a rich diversity of cultures in its students and staff.

Its global reputation has seen it rise up the international university rankings in recent years. It is among the top one per cent of universities worldwide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017; and is 262 in the world according to the QS World University Ranking 2017-18.

This worldwide focus has resulted in Curtin being ranked one of the world’s most international universities, and second most international university in Australia in 2016 by Times Higher Education.

Information on scholarships and study loans at Curtin Malaysia can be obtained by contacting Loans and Scholarships officer Jeremy Edison George at +60 85 44 3925/3035 or e-mail