Grant to enhance STEM facilities, initiatives

Loh (third from left) hands over the mock cheques to Hemalatha (third from right) and four undergraduate students.

Loh (third from left) hands over the mock cheques to Hemalatha (third from right) and four undergraduate students.

ITS ongoing efforts in motivating and inspiring students to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education means INTI International College Penang has once again been selected by Motorola Solutions Foundation, as one of the recipients of its international grant awarded in year 2018.

INTI received US$45,000 (RM186,000) this year and it continues to earn recognition from Motorola Solutions as an important incubator for STEM talents in Penang.

“INTI continues to be a key talent funnel for Motorola Solutions Malaysia, specifically in the areas of electrical and electronics engineering and embedded systems,” said Motorola Solutions Malaysia director of engineering Michael Loh, during the grant presentation ceremony held at INTI’s Penang campus recently.

“Our commitment to provide a platform to nurture the next generation, to cultivate creativity and innovation, as well as to build our future talent pipeline remains unchanged.

“We will continue to sponsor events and competitions such as the upcoming national-level competition, the Moto Innocup competition in November, which is in its sixth year,” said Loh.

At the ceremony, Loh handed over the sponsorship grant to INTI Penang chief executive Hemalatha Murugiah, to facilitate programmes and resources needed at the Motorola Solutions STEM lab at the campus and also in the organisation of the Moto Innocup competition.

More importantly, the bulk of the sponsorship was provided as non-bonded scholarships valued at US$5,000 (RM20,600) each, which were given to four deserving undergraduates.

These scholarship grant recipients comprised two Electrical and Electronic students and two Computer Science students. They are Jessica Lim and Ong Ping Yang who are enrolled in the 3+0 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a programme offered in collaboration with Coventry University, United Kingdom; and Yeap Chin Lee and Lim Jia Xin who are studying Coventry University’s 3+0 Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at INTI.

Guests from Motorola Solutions Malaysia who attended the ceremony included senior engineering manager of common mechanical engineering Clement Pakiam and Motorola Solutions’ engineering manager Elvis Simon.

Students and academicians from INTI were also present at this ceremony.

During her speech, Hemalatha said: “The opportunities we get in working with industry partners helps us to close the gap between industry and academia.”

“These collaborations provide students with early exposure to industry-relevant skills and practical experiences, which nurture and prepare them for expectations of today’s workforce.

“The grant we have received from Motorola Solutions Foundation will be used to enhance the STEM Lab facilities and initiatives in order to benefit more secondary school and college students,” she added.

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