THOSE keen on applying for Star Education Fund scholarships should consider courses available at institutions in their respective states.
Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan said this was because the fund does not cover accommodation, food and travel expenses.
“It only covers full fees or full tuition fees.
“If you are from Penang, apply for courses available in Penang, and not in Kuala Lumpur or Malacca,” she said in her talk at the fair.
Kuan said students would not be bonded to The Star or the colleges once they completed the courses.
She also advised students to apply for courses which they are passionate about.
“They can download the application form from the education fund website at thestar.com.my/edufund.
“Multiple applications are encouraged to ensure a higher chance of obtaining a scholarship.
“Remember to enclose copies of your education qualification, exam results and certified documents of your parents’ income,” she said, adding that deadline for submission is March 30.
Meanwhile, Dr Sow Chew Fei said additional qualification other than the Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degrees would give doctors an added advantage in the employment market.
The director of Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre of International Medical University said an increasing number of doctors were complementing their medical qualifications with that of a different field, to make themselves distinct.
“Employers would want to look at how a doctor could add value to themselves. Having a degree in legal or journalism can help.
“Employers would want to know how a doctor could help them handle a legal suit in a medical dispute, or if he could write medical journals.
“Doctors too have to be IT-savvy as the future of medicine is all about networking or virtual hospitals,” said Dr Sow in her talk on ‘Mind Shift: Trends in Medical Profession’.
Others who shared their thoughts during the fair were Dr Lee Meng Chuan, KDU Penang University College Business School head Dr Tony Stevenson and Dr Mahaaganapathy Dass, special assistant to the LimKokWing University of Creative Technology president.