FOR the first time, four students and two teachers from Malay-sia will be joining the "Students On Ice" Arctic Education Expe-dition from July 27 to Aug 10.
The students had to undergo a stringent screening process, said a statement from the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation recently.
They had to attend the Polar Science Camp in March, while the teachers were asked to table papers on their plans to raise awareness on the polar continents.
Those selected are Terengg-anu students Ahmad Amirul Farhan Zulkifli of SMK Agama Sheikh Abdul Malek, Kuala Terengganu, Nurul Izzaidah Zulkifli, of SMK Tengku Ampuan Intan, Besut, and Ashraf Hakimi Nurulfaizin and Raslan Abdul Rahman, both of Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor.
Roszita Mat Zin, 37 of SMK Tengku Ampuan Intan, Besut and Rakesh Sala, 38 of Maktab Rendah Sains Mara, Gemen-cheh, Negri Sembilan, were the two selected teachers.
The statement said supporting crew will also be joining the expedition which aims to enlighten the effects of climate change and the lives of the people living in the Arctic circle.
It added that the participants would be sharing their daily experiences on www.studentsonice.com/arctic2015 portal throughout the expedition.
Meanwhile, Bernama reports that Petronas reiterated its commitment to support academic excellence and technical skills development with its presentation of scholarships and assistance to 218 students in Sabah
Its Upstream Malaysia senior vice -president Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib said that the company hoped to continue nurturing the right talents by giving youths in the state, the opportunity to realise their potential.
He said that with the longstanding collaboration and commitment from the Sabah state government in intensifying education and human capital development, Sabah youth would strive to excel in their academic pursuits.
Of the 218 recipients this year, 22 will pursue their tertiary studies under the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme.
Of the total, 150 recipients, from underprivileged families will study at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Sabah.
The rest will undergo training in six respective technical institutions in Sabah under Petronas’ Vocational Institution Sponsorship and Training Assistance Programme.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan presented the scholarships and education assistance to the recipients on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
So far, 35,000 students have benefitted from the programme.