CHENGDU Polytechnic in China is offering 50 full scholarships for deserving candidates to take up business, IT and tourism management diploma courses there for three years.
The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and part of the accommodation cost.
Penang tourism, arts, culture and heritage committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the scholarships were open to all races, with priority for Penangites.
“The offers are open to all SPM, STPM and UEC holders who completed their studies in the last few years.
“The maximum age for applicants is 25 years old.
“Phoenix Asia Academy will manage the process and all applications can be directly sent to them,” he said at a press conference in Komtar recently.
Yeoh added that the polytechnic planned to offer the 50 scholarships yearly with a good chance of increasing the number in the future.
“The friendly relationship being built between Chengdu and George Town marks the beginning of a tremendous exchange of technology, expertise and knowledge.
“Upon completion of the course, the students will be offered options to study at other prominent universities in China such as University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC).
“Scholarships are available for students choosing to continue their studies at Chengdu Polytechnic.
“However, they are merit-based and the students will be subject to performance evaluations,” he said.
The scholarship offers came after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2018 to establish friendly cooperative relations between Penang Island City Council and Chengdu Municipality and an MoU for tourism cooperation signed between the state government and Chengdu in 2016.
Since then, there has been a tremendous growth in student movements between the two cities, with 90% of Chinese students in Penang being from Chengdu.
Phoenix Asia Academy founder and CEO Kenneth Phoenix Quah said interested applicants could email email@example.com before the end of June.
“They can attach their SPM result slip, identity card, passport, passport-sized photos and school leaving certificate.
“An interview will be called to determine genuine students who will not abuse the scholarships.
“They will be evaluated on academic performance, attendance and participation in activities.
“If the applicant does not know the Chinese language, Chinese classes will be provided,” said Quah.
Also present at the press conference were Study Penang executive director Dr Tan Seang Aun and Phoenix Asia Academy operations manager Sherene Lim.
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