Biomed scholars off to Oz

High-achieving students Yeoh Yun Kit and Kanmani Balasubramanian from Taylor’s University College (TUC) have been awarded RM230,000 in scholarships from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

The students, who are studying Biomedical Science, were offered the scholarships in recognition of their academic achievements.

Both students were recognised for their hard work in maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 6 and above out of a possible 7.

They also consistently achieved the Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement in their past semesters.

Yun Kit and Kanmani are part of the first cohort of students from the institution’s twinning programme with the Australian university, which offers degrees in Biomedical Science and Biotechnology.

Yun Kit, who is currently pursuing the four-year Honours twinning programme, received a full scholarship of A$52,050 (RM156,150).

The scholarship covers the full cost of his tuition fees for the remaining two years of his course beginning next year.

“I am very happy to receive this scholarship, as it relieves my parents’ burden by taking care of the tuition fees,” said a jubilant Yun Kit.

He added that there were minimal distractions at UQ’s St Lucia campus, which made a conducive environment for studying.

His coursemate, Kanmani, received a partial scholarship amounting to $26,025 (RM78,075), for the same duration.

The School of Biomedical Sciences dean Dr Stacey Yong said, “Both Yun Kit and Kanmani were top students while they were at Taylor’s.

“They were hardworking, intelligent and actively involved in extra-curricular activities.

“They certainly deserve the scholarship as a reward for their efforts.

“I am sure they will continue to achieve greater heights in future,” she added.

Academic coordinator of the twinning programme, Prof Lesley Lluka said that the two students were excellent candidates for the scholarship.

“Yun Kit’s passion for Science was so clearly expressed in his application.

“His exceptional level of academic achievement led to his number one ranking by the scholarship selection committee.

“The committee was also particularly impressed by Kanmani’s superb written presentation and her sustained participation in extra-curricular activities, as well as her high level of academic achievement,” she said.

“We look forward to Yun Kit and Kanmani continuing their studies at one of Australia’s premier learning and research institutions.

“We hope that their time here is enjoyable and successful,” said Prof Peter Adams, associate dean (academic) from the Faculty of Science at the Australian institution.

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