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CIMB Group offers CIMB Regional Scholarships to outstanding individuals in Southeast Asia
26 June 2012

Recipients to enjoy full, bond-free scholarships at world’s top graduate schools

Kuala Lumpur: CIMB Group today announced that it is offering full scholarships to outstanding individuals from Southeast Asia to pursue full-time postgraduate degrees in the fields of Genetics and Nutrition at the world’s top graduate schools. Up to five scholarships will be awarded to cover all academic expenses including registration, tuition and examination fees, in addition to the allowances for books purchase, air-fares and the subsistence given.

“The CIMB Regional Scholarship is an annual scholarship funded by CIMB Foundation and we are pleased to offer the scholarships to deserving individuals from the region to pursue their studies and fulfil their aspirations for the ASEAN agenda,” said Hamidah Naziadin, Head of Group Corporate Resources, CIMB Group.

“This is the third year that we are offering the scholarships, and we are encouraged by the testimonies of past recipients on how the scholarships impacted their lives and motivated them to strive for their personal development, as well as for the betterment of the ASEAN community as a whole,” Hamidah added.

The CIMB Regional Scholarship, which is open to all citizens of the ten ASEAN countries, does not bond the scholars to CIMB Group upon completion of their studies, but instead requires them to contribute back by working in the ASEAN region for at least three years upon graduation.

“At CIMB, we celebrate diversity, and we encourage individuals who are passionate about contributing toward the society to apply for this scholarship. We are looking for candidates who are all rounders and demonstrate not only outstanding academic achievements and passion to contribute significantly to the region through their field of study, but also show maturity,” Hamidah explained.

Khaira Ismail, who is a CIMB Regional Scholarship recipient, was grateful for the full-scholarship from CIMB. “The scholarship marks the beginning of my journey as an ocean scientist. Being accepted as a post graduate student in a world-renowned oceanographic centre in the United Kingdom has given me the opportunity to work with world class ocean scientists, and learn how an esteemed institution works and functions to achieve scientific excellence. My ultimate vision is to lead Southeast Asia in becoming one of the world leaders in ocean sciences,” she said. Khaira, completed her Master’s Degree in Ocean Science at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom after receiving the CIMB Regional Scholarship in 2010. She was awarded a second CIMB Regional Scholarship in 2011 to pursue a PhD in the same field.

Janet Moo, another of CIMB Regional Scholarship recipients who recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health in Learning Disabilities with Merit at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, United Kingdom, hopes that the training she undertook in the UK on dance therapy will help her contribute towards people with learning disabilities in Southeast Asia. She also looks forward particularly to working with people with Down Syndrome, who generally respond positively towards dance therapy; and also those with autism, as expressive therapies such as dance allow them to develop their social and communication skills.

This year, two fields of study, namely Genetics and Nutrition, are offered under the CIMB Regional Scholarship. Application form for the scholarship can be downloaded from the CIMB Group website at www.cimb.com, and applicants must complete all sections of the form and email it to regionalscholarship@cimb.com before the closing date, 8 July 2012. In the website, useful information such as eligibility and scholarship coverage, selection process and criteria, are available.