Clockwise, from top left: Prof Ewe, Prof Jenny, Prof Deva and Prof Yow signing the agreement
Mr. Ng Chin Kiat S.M.J. Scholarship signing ceremony was held at UTAR Sungai Long Campus on 19 June 2020. Signing the agreement were UTAR President Ir Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) Prof Dr Jenny Parameshvara Deva @ nee Ng Gek Pheng while witnessing the signing of the agreement were UTAR Vice President for Internationalisation and Academic Development Ir Prof Dr Yow Ho Kwang and FMHS Prof Dr M Parameshvara Deva.
Also present at the signing ceremony were Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong, Registrar Yim Lin Heng and Division of Examinations, Awards and Scholarships Director Nik Zaitun binti Nik Salleh.
The late Ng Chin Kiat
Under the scholarship, a total of RM50,000 will be given to UTAR as a scholarship for UTAR Year One Trimester One Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) programme students from Foon Yew Chinese School, Johor Bahru and Kulai campuses. UTAR would award RM10,000 to each scholarship recipient (one-off scholarship) starting from year 2020 to 2024. The scholarship also aims to award the best admission result for newly registered students under the Bachelor of M.B.B.S. programme.
The “Mr. Ng Chin Kiat S.M.J Scholarship” was named after Prof Jenny’s late father, who was among the initial team of Johor Bahru, Chinese Prominent Business Persons at the time of the Foundation of Foon Yew Chinese School in 1913.
Prof Ewe (left) and Prof Jenny
At the signing ceremony, Prof Ewe said, “Foon Yew High School is a famous high school in Malaysia and we have many of their students in UTAR. On behalf of UTAR, I would like to extend my gratitude towards Prof Jenny and Prof Deva for this kind contribution toward the students, particularly in encouraging them to do M.B.B.S. programme. I hope these five fortunate students will do well and complete their studies. Also, in future, I hope they will help people who are in need as well as contributing back to UTAR Hospital.”
Prof Jenny in her speech said, “I’ve always had this desire to help students regardless in big or small ways. My father was a very good example although he wasn’t a rich man. He worked hard to help those who were in need. His motivation was always to educate people around him as he believes that proper education can enable a person to grow wiser. My intention is to carry on with something that he would want to do, which is to bring young people up to their maximum potential.”
Prof Jenny added, "Mr Ng spent his time and energy in helping the Chinese community and was appointed President of the Teochew Association in Johor Bahru. He further helped by becoming one of the founder members of Chinese leaders, who sourced and raised funds to build the famous Chinese Foon Yew High School, which still proudly stands till today, enhancing the education of young people and raising leaders of today and tomorrow.”
The eligibility criteria for the Mr. Ng Chin Kiat S.M.J Scholarship are as follows:
i. Citizen of Malaysia
ii. Newly registered Year 1 student of M.B.B.S. programme
iii. Graduate of Foon Yew High School in Johor Bahru and Kulai campuses.
iv. Best result submitted for admission. In case of tie, the Scholarship and Loan Committee, UTAR will then look at secondary school’s extra-curricular activities to justify eligibility
v. Minimum 8 A’s in UEC result
vi. Student from a family with a total monthly income of RM10,000 and below will be given preference
vii. English Language requirement: MUET Band 4 or IELTS 6.5 / TOEFL 580
viii. Successful candidate is required to sign an agreement with the University, one guarantor required for the said purposes.
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From left: Prof Ewe, Prof Yow, Yim, Prof Choong (live conference), Prof Deva and Prof Jenny during the agreement signing ceremony