Australian scholarship

SWINBURNE University of Technology has launched its ‘Next Step’ scholarship, giving one Malaysian student the opportunity for a year of free study in Malaysia delivered by the online centre of excellence, Swinburne Online.

Malaysian students will have access to a global network and high-quality international university undergraduate and postgraduate study options.

Worth up to the value of A$22,000 (RM68,420), the competition is open to Malaysian residents wanting to undertake undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Entrants will be required to submit an online video showcasing their background, career aspirations and reasons they should win.

The winner of the Next Step scholarship will be able to choose from one of 15 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across the discipline areas of business, social science, design and communications.

Applications will close on Feb 18, 2016, and the winner will be announced on Feb 25.

For more on the scholarship competition, visit

Postgraduate scholarships

CURTIN University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) offers Higher Degree by Research programmes and research scholarships for eligible Malaysian postgraduate candidates to join the vibrant research communities at the university and conduct advanced research study based on their chosen research areas.

Among the scholarships currently being offered are a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in petroleum engineering to design a cement-based nano particle composition which can resist supercritical CO2 attack during sequestration practices. More information can be obtained at or send an e-mail to Dr Raoof Gholami Mian Poshteh at

Another PhD scholarship in petroleum engineering is for the development of a new enhanced oil recovery method and model for high–temperature well stimulation using acid combinations. Interested candidates can e-mail Dr Hisham Khaled Mahmud at or go to for details.

In the field of geotechnical engineering, a PhD scholarship is being offered for investigation into shear strength and consolidation behaviour of peat treated using microbial induced calcite precipitation. Those interested can e-mail Dr Wong Kwong Soon at

A fourth PhD scholarship in chemical engineering requires the candidate to conduct research to develop a mixed matrix membrane for gas separation. Interested candidates can find out more at or e-mail Dr Zeinab Abbas Jawad at A Master of Philosophy (MPhil) scholarship for similar research is also available.

Another MPhil scholarship is available for the design and modelling of a microwave heating system and those interested can download the necessary information from or e-mail Dr Stephanie Chan Yen San at

Candidates are also invited for a MPhil scholarship in civil/mechanical engineering to study a polycal wire rope vibration isolator for industrial equipment. Those interested can e-mail Assoc Prof Muhammad Ekhlasur Rahman at for details.

All the PhD scholarships are offered for three-year periods while the MPhil scholarships are for two years. All include complete tuition fee waiver and monthly stipends. The successful candidates will be awarded the same degrees as those from Curtin University in Australia.

Dance contest

SUNWAY University’s Department of Communication and Liberal Arts is organising a dance competition titled FEELosophy Dance Competition at Sunway University’s Jeffrey Cheah Hall on Nov 21.

The competition is to cultivate dance as a free form of arts among Malaysians and to promote healthy lifestyles among students.

Dancers interested in the competition can register as a team with no more than eight people. A registration fee of RM50 is charged for each team.

Competition winners stand a chance of winning RM1,000 and certificates.

For more information, visit or contact Wong Jun Wei 012-9162891.

Kerala symposium

THE Global Malayalee 2015 (TGM 15) to be hosted by the All Malaysia Malayalee Association (AMMA), will be held from Nov 27 to 29.

Apart from celebrating the achievements of Malayalees from around the world, the event aims to raise proceeds that will go towards the education of underpriviliged children. It will also look into the socio-economic needs of the community. Malayalees from around the world will come together to interact, share and appreciate the richness of their south Indian culture, language and traditions.

The event will commence with a Symposium of Global Achievers who include Dr Shashi Tharoor, a prominent Indian MP, writer, author and former diplomat, philanthropist and businessman M.A. Yusuff Ali of Lulu International Group, and humanitarian extraordinaire Uma Preman.

Local VIPs include former judge Tan Sri V C George and corporate figure Tan Sri Ravindran Menon.

There will be a star-studded night of glamour that will be graced by big names in the Malayalam entertainment industry on the second day. The third day will see a Kerala Festival and open house featuring a traditional Kerala lunch called Sadhya. It is open to all Malaysians and tourists intrigued by the Kerala experience for a nominal fee of RM20.

For information, visit or call 03-7725-8001/2.

Just for youth

THE search is on for 20 of the world’s brightest conservationists between the ages of 18 and 25, to join the first ever Youth Forum for People and Wildlife.

Convened by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the Youth Forum will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September next year.

For more information, go to

Meet on science and maths

THE Sixth International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education 2015 (CoSMEd 2015) will be held from tomorrow to Nov 19 at Seameo Recsam in Penang.

The theme is “Revitalising Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning Culture towards Sustainable Living”.

Educators and researchers are expected to discuss and address issues on improving science and mathematics instructions for the 21st century.

Conference strands include Teaching and Learning Practices, Pedagogical Innovation, Teachers’ Professional Development, Assessment and Evaluation, STEM Education across Context and Equity and Equality in Education.

For more information, visit or e-mail or

Leadership programmes

Extol Toastmasters Club Subang Jaya will be conducting its yearly Youth Leadership Programme for students between the ages of 12 to 17+ years old.

It will be held on Dec 4, 5 and 6 at Wisma CNS, No. 2-6, Jalan SS 19/1G, Subang Jaya.

For more details, contact Jeannie 012-7187332,, Samuel Koh 017-622 6448,, SK Ratnam 012-2323578, or Kwa Ngan Eng 019-2319800,

Industry talk

The IMU Institute for Research, Development and Innovation is organising an industry talk on “Clinical Research and Life Science Ecosystem: Education and Training Opportunities”.

It will be held Nov 28 from 10am to 12pm at the IMU Campus in Bukit Jalil. The co-organiser for this event is IndiPharm. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Leadership and language camp

UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia is organising an international leadership and English language camp at its main campus from Dec 3 to 6.

Registration is open for students between the ages of 10 to 16. For more information, e-mail, call 04 653 5403 (office) or 013 512 6428.

Charity fun run

TUNKU Abdul Rahman University College together with Yayasan CNI are organising “Plant a Tree, Plant a Hope” Batik Sarong Charity Fun Run 2015 on Nov 22.

The objective of the event is to promote environmental conservation via sports. The run is open to the public in addition to the staff and students of TAR University College. The entry fee for the public is RM 50 per person. Many attractive prizes are up for grabs.

To register, visit, contact Sharon Pang/Guan Hoe from Yayasan CNI at 03 5569 1663 or 03 5569 4000 ext 2217 / 2147 or e-mail or

Golden anniversary

SMK Mantin, Negri Sembilan, is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Anniversary on Nov 20. The school was founded on Jan 1 in 1965.

To commemorate the event, former Mantinians are invited to attend an anniversary event at the school premises between 730am to 10am.

For details, contact Josephine at 012 609 1106 or 06 758 1251.

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