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  • Sunday, 22 Feb 2015

Culture night

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Petronas is organising an international culture night with the theme, “Around the world tonight” to showcase its multiracial community at its campus in Bandar Seri Iskandar, Tronoh on March 13.

There will be performances from local and international students. The event will be held at the university’s chancellor complex.

Tickets are RM10 for students and RM13 for non-students. For more information, e-mail

Internship programme

APPLICATIONS for the MY Asean Internship programme have started from Feb 10.

The internship is a collaboration between the International Trade and Industry Ministry and and the Talent Corporation Malaysia.

Under the programme, 100 high achieving Malaysian students in local universities will get the opportunity to do internships with leading Malaysian employers at various Asean locations while Asean students in Malaysian universities will be able to intern in Malaysia. Internships under the programme will start in July for 10 weeks.

For more information on the MY ASEAN Internship visit

Risk management challenge

THE Nanyang Technological University Risk Management Society (NTU RMS) and Accenture have opened the application period in Malaysia for the inter-varsity Risk Management Challenge 2015 (RMC 2015).

The Aiesec Society from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is also supporting the competition.

The competition is open to undergraduates from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Taylor’s University, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Monash University Malaysia, Sunway University, INTI University and AIESEC-network universities.

Participants need to form teams of three and will be given four weeks to prepare a 10-page report on the RMC 2015 theme: “Building Trust and Innovation in Digital Banking and Social Media”.

The report will be evaluated based on knowledge of subject matter, application and depth of analysis, creativity of recommendations and clarity and structure of the proposal response.

The top five teams will be shortlisted to take part in the RMC 2015 Singapore audition. Similarly, five teams will be shortlisted to participate in the Malaysia audition.

Finally, two teams from each country will be selected to qualify for the regional Asean RMC 2015 grand finals on March 26 at the NTU Alumni Club.

Submissions will be reviewed and judged by Accenture and financial services industry risk management professionals.

The champions in the grand finals will receive S$2,000 (RM5,380) while the first runner up team will receive S$1,000 (RM2,690) and the finalists team S$300 (RM807).

For more information, visit

Open day

TUNKU Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) is having an Open Day at all its campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah from March 2 to 22. The campuses will be open from 9.30 am to 5pm.

Among the programmes during the Kuala Lumpur Main Campus open day include academic counselling, career guidance talks, cooking and baking demonstrations and campus tours.

Parents and students are invited to the TAR UC Open Days as these events are specially planned to assist them in understanding the wide study options available.

For more information, call 03 4145 0100/ 23 ext 227 (Ms Teo), ext 475 (Rajesry) or log onto

Evening classes

SUNWAY University is offering weekly evening classes in drawing and painting for adults.

Classes are taught by professional artists and are suitable for beginners or anyone interested in art. The classes are at RM150 per month, consisting of three modules; acrylic or oil, watercolour and sketching or drawing and are held once a week from 6pm to 9pm.

For more information, call Sammy at 03 7491 8622 ext 3501 or email

Japanese scholarships

The Embassy of Japan is pleased to announce that the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarships for Japanese Studies and Teacher Training is open for application until Feb 27.

Qualified Malaysian nationals who would like to pursue their studies in Japan are invited to apply.

During the scholarship, monthly allowances of approximately 117,000 yen (about RM3,500) will be given to each Japanese Studies grantee and 143,000 yen (about RM4,300) to Teacher Training grantee (amount is subject to change).

Fees for entrance examination, matriculation and tuition at universities will be exempted. A round-trip airplane ticket is also provided.

For more information on the application for Japanese studies, log onto or call 03 2177 2600 (ext 157/146). Applications for Japanese studies must reach the Embassy of Japan by 4pm on Feb 27.

Applicationw for Teacher Training Scholarships should be made to the Public Service Department (PSD) of Malaysia. For details, log onto or contact Puan Siti Norraifana Hamidon at 03 8885 3518 or e-mail or Cik Nurhafizah

Sidik at 03 8885 3462 or e-mail

The interviews for both programmes are scheduled to be held in the middle of March. The Embassy of Japan will notify qualified candidates only (by e-mail and letter) to attend the interview.

Treasure hunt

THE Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) School of Arts and Science Alumni Society is organising a Treasure Hunt on March 7.

The treasure hunt is open to all TAR UC staff, students, alumni and their family members. Professional and master hunters are not eligible to take part in the hunt. Attractive prizes worth RM10,000 are up for grabs at the Hunt.

The hunt will start at TAR UC KL Main Campus at 9 am and end at Carey Island at 5 pm.

For more information, contact SN Tai (016 220 0058), Simon Kong (019 228 6418), Ted Lee (012 410 1763), Tracy Tee (012-387 1961) or 03-4145 0100/23 ext 456 (Serene Ong) / ext 354 (Jenson Ng).

Writing competition for students

Scholastic Malaysia, a subsidiary of the world’s largest children’s book publisher and distributor, Scholastic Inc., is holding its seventh annual Scholastic Writers’ Award, a writing competition that is open to all students across Malaysia and Singapore.

Recognised and supported by the Education Ministry, the Scholastic Writers’ Award aims to encourage literacy by providing an avenue for students to creatively express themselves in writing. Winning entries will be showcased in a published anthology, For Kids by Kids.

Scholastic Malaysia welcomes students aged 10 to 18 to join its annual Writers’ Award competition and to submit an original short story from the seven titles listed online. The submission deadline is May 31.

In addition to becoming published authors, this year’s two Grand Prize winners will also walk away with an Apple MacBook Air and US$200 (RM722) while their schools will receive a trophy and book vouchers worth US$500 (RM1,805) from Scholastic to equip their school libraries. The two first-runners up will win an Apple iPad Air and US$200 (RM722) each, while two second runners-up will take home an Apple iPad Mini and US$200 (RM722) each. The 12 honourable mentions will take home USD$100 (RM361) each.

To enter, students will have to submit their story through e-mail to along with an entry form.

For full details on the 2015 Scholastic Writers’ Award and entry forms, visit

Programme on national unity

THE Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) invites youths and young professionals aged 20 to 30 years old to apply for a special National Unity Youth Fellowship Programme.

The programme is run by IDEAS with the National Unity and National Integration Department at the Prime Minister’s Department.

The Youth Fellowship Programme aims to develop and support a group of 20 young leaders by providing them with the skills and knowledge to champion the moderation and national unity as envisioned in the Rukun Negara.

The Youth Fellows will participate in three training workshops and taught strategic planning, organising, messaging and advocacy.

They will also be given basic exposure to topics like integrity, ethnic and religious relations, nation building, economics, globalisation, radicalism and other relevant issues.

There will also be 11 engagement roundtables in which the Youth Fellows will meet directly with community and religious leaders in different parts of Malaysia to get first hand exposure of the real issues on the ground.

Candidates must be Malaysian citizens between 20 and 30 years old; be able to attend and participate actively in all activities; travel to different parts of the country; have a proven youth leadership record; and be committed to the values advocated by the Rukun Negara.

For more information, visit

Materials competition

THE Institute of Materials, Malaysia and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Malaysia Chapter are jointly organising the Materials Lecture Competition 2015 on May 14.

The winner of this competition will represent Malaysia at the IOM3-UK Annual Young Persons Lecture Competition in Dublin in October.

The Materials Lecture Competition is open to all students under the age of 28 from Malaysian universities (except academic staff) who must deliver a 15-minute presentation on a topic related to Materials or Minerals Science and Engineering.

For details call:03 58823574, Fax: 03 5882 3524 or e-mail or log on to

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