Lending a hand to brilliant minds

For their future: Raiha (centre in green flowery baju kurung) with some of the award recipients from Terengganu at the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme award ceremony. Below: Star Media Group’s Ng receiving the mock sponsorship cheque from Raiha and Satiful.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Ex-Petro­nas scholar and Terengganu native Datuk Raiha Azni Abd Rahman shared a joyful and nostalgic mo­ment with the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP) 2019 recipients during its award ceremony.“I was curious about the outside world, so I applied to go to the United States and I got it.

“I did my tertiary education in New York and it was the best time of my life!” said the company’s senior vice-president (group human re­source management) during the ceremony held at Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas in Batu Rakit here yesterday.

Raiha, who has been with Petronas for 35 years, told the recipients that it was a “different ball game” in the university.

“You have to be independent because you are on your own. It’s how you acclimatise to different environments and manage yourself.

“Do mix around as it is the only time to experience other people’s culture.”

Star Media Group’s Ng receiving the mock sponsorship cheque from Raiha and Satiful (right).

The awards were presented to the recipients by Terengganu state executive council member in charge of education Satiful Bahri Mamat.

The 40 Terengganu students were among 400 selected from a total of over 7,355 applicants nationwide.

This year, a total of RM156mil was allocated for the sponsorship.

Petronas is also adopting 10 trust schools in Terengganu – five each in Kijal and Marang – from 2017 to 2021.

The trust school programme by Petronas is a tie-up between Yaya­san Amir and the Education Ministry.

Introduced in 2015, the Trenglish (Transforming English in Tereng­ganu) programme, involving 50 schools in the state, is a collaborative effort between the oil and gas company with the state education department and Yayasan Tereng­ganu.

Trenglish aims to increase Eng­lish language proficiency among the students.

As an added boost, Petronas is sponsoring RM150,000 worth of The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) pullout to supplement the programme for the third year.

Star Media Group chief content officer Esther Ng received the mock cheque at the event.

Written by a team of experienced English language specialists, the NiE pullout is packed with engaging hands-on newspaper activities for the classroom.

As supplements to the Petronas’ sponsorship, four NiE workshops are included – two for teachers and two for students – for a more effective use of newspapers in the classroom.

One of the recipients, Muhammad Adib Rusydi Mohd Zawawi from Imtiaz Kuala Berang, said that NiE and Trenglish had helped him tremendously as the interview with Petronas was held in English.

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