A multimedia video conferencing systems provider is sponsoring five postgraduates to study Computer Sciences at Universiti Sains Malaysia, at a cost of RM61,000 per year.
USM Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said Multimedia Research Lab Sdn Bhd (Mlabs) was the first company to formally offer scholarships to postgraduate students at the university.
He encouraged other companies to follow suit, adding that they could even sponsor their own employees.
“Mlabs, a modest company, is leading the way.
“This might wake up the big giants with a lot of money in their coffers,” he told a press conference after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Mlabs and the university's Institute of Graduate Studies (IPS) recently.
The MoU was signed by Prof Dzulkifli, IPS dean Prof Ahmad Shukri Mustapa Kamal, and Mlabs executive director Vena Jaganathan and non-executive director Zaidi Shamsuddin at USM's Dewan Tuanku Syed Putra in Penang.
The signing was carried out after a welcoming ceremony for new postgraduate students who joined the university two months ago.
The ceremony was attended by about 900 postgraduate students.
Prof Dzulkifli said that to date, there were 6,794 postgraduate students still at the university up to July. Of this figure, 1,040 were foreigners from 50 countries.
He said the university was introducing five new courses for the 2005/2006 academic session, namely PhD in Clinical Pharmacy, Masters in Science (Tourism Development), Mas-ters in Arts (South-East Asia History), Masters in Inter-national and Diplomacy Stu-dies, and Masters in Medical (Medical Transfusion).