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Saturday, February 28, 2015

KPM Bursary & JPA Scholarships 2015

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JPA Scholarships 2015 (Biasiswa JPA)

JPA Scholarships 2015 (Biasiswa JPA)
Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) invites eligible candidates to apply for the engineering special programme to pursue studies in Germany, France, Japan and Korea.

This scholarship is for 2014 SPM Leavers who wish to pursue their engineering studies in Germany, France, Japan and Korea.

Successful candidates will be required to attend a preparatory course in colleges set in the country before pursuing studies abroad.

Deadline of JPA Scholarships application
10 March 2015

Who is eligible for JPA Scholarships (Biasiswa JPA)?
The eligility criteria for this scholarship is summarised as below:
  •     Malaysian citizen;
  •     Not more than 19 years of age (20 years old for Remove Class students);
  •     Having good health and not suffering from critical illnesses such as hepatitis, AIDS, HIV, etc.; and
  •     Obtained at least A- grade in eight (8) of the following subjects:
    •         Malay language;
    •         History;
    •         Islamic Studies or Al-Quran and As-Sunnah Education or Syariah Islamiah Education or Moral Education;
    •         English language;
    •         Physics;
    •         Chemistry;
    •         Mathematics;
    •         Additional Mathematics; and
    •         at least A- grade in any one (1) subject.

How to apply JPA Scholarships (Biasiswa JPA)?
The application will be opened on 4 March – 10 March 2015 only. Kindly visit www.jpa.gov.my to apply.

For more information or question regarding JPA scholarships 2015, contact penawaranlsp@jpa.gov.my or 03-8885 3670 / 3398 / 3564 / 3489 on every working day from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

KPM Bursary 2015 (Tawaran Bursary Biasiswa Pelajar Cemerlang SPM 2014)

KPM Bursary 2015 (Tawaran Bursary Biasiswa Pelajar Cemerlang SPM 2014)
Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (KPM) will be offering automatic bursary to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2014 candidates who obtained outstanding results of 9A+ and above to undergo preparatory courses before continuing their undergraduate studies in local or foreign universities.

This KPM Bursary will cover costs of pre-university studies such as Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), matriculation studies, the International Baccalaurate (IB), A-Levels, or other foundation courses provided by the Higher Education Ministry.

KPM Bursary Closing Date
30 June 2015

Eligibility Criteria for KPM Bursary
  •     Malaysian citizen;
  •     Not more than 18 years of age (19 years old for Remove Class students) on 31 December 2014;
  •     Obtained 9A+ and above in SPM 2014; and
  •     Enrolled in one of the following preparatory courses:
    •         Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM);
    •         Matriculation;
    •         Foundation courses provided by IPTA;
    •         International Baccalaurate (IB);
    •         A-Levels

How to Apply KPM Bursary
  •     The Online Application System of KPM Bursary (Sistem Aplikasi Online Bursary) for SPM 2014 candidates will be activated on 4 March 2015;
  •     Outstanding SPM 2014 candidates who got 9A+ and above are required to check and update their details in the system at www.moe.gov.my.

All enquiries regarding KPM Bursary 2015 (Tawaran Biasiswa Pelajar Cemerlang SPM 2014) should be channeled to 038321 7086 or email at bt.bursary@moe.gov.my.


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Top 8 Survival Tips for International Students in Malaysia

Guest post by Edith Hayden (Share you education tips with 30,000+ Malaysian students)

Being an international student in Malaysia, remember a few vital things. It is alright to be nervous when you’re abroad for higher studies. People get the jitters even while applying to universities in their homeland. Mingling with new people, trying different things, and forming a new pack—everything initially blends into a spine-tingling, throat-parching moment of apprehension.

But after meeting the other freshman students, you’ll be able to cast aside the stress and explore the enjoyable side of being one of the international students in Malaysia. This article throws light on the simple ways to make your academic life abroad pleasant and fruitful.

International Students Study in Malaysia
International Students Studying in Malaysia / PicCredit

1. Pack wisely.

Prepare to meet a lot of people. Tons of international students flock to Malaysia each year, providing you a multi-ethnic atmosphere to live in. In 2010, a survey conducted on 199 institutes in Malaysia revealed that 86,923 students in those institutes hailed from Iran, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Yemen and other countries. This will allow you to thrive and expand your outlook. Make friends that are worth sticking to till the final year. Alumni network in a cosmopolitan setting as such has a lot of benefits.

2. Communicate as much as you can.

Being an International student, you are bound to stir people’s curiosity and tackle questions about your background, schooling etc. Smile to people, be polite, exchange Facebook IDs and have an “ais kacang” when you’re having a discussion. The syrup-topped ice will act as a coolant any time the fellow-freshman dealings bog you down. And remember, it is OK to share your canteen table with strangers as long as they seem polite and safe.

3. Steer clear of substance abuse.

Malaysia has strict rules against illicit drug use and it may even attract death penalty. So, avoid it at any cost.

4. You are not alone.

Remember, your fellow students are also on the same footing here. Don’t hesitate to say hello and get assistance as long as you need to get used to the local markets and food habits. You may feel a little alienated being around locals ceaselessly speaking “Bahasa Malaysia”.

But, do your bit to fit in. Show interest in what they’re talking about. English is known to all and they will smoothly interact with you. Sharply contrasting many other more anglicised neighbouring countries, most locals here openly exhibit emotions. Expect simple, clear-cut answers when you’re talking to your new friends around the academic neighbourhood.

5. Take a break.

The country has a plethora of stunning tourist spots. So, when your head is heavy with assignments and you need to soothe your nerves, go out. Try the moist rainforests, long beaches, caves, mountains and waterfalls which are not more than a few hours away from the major universities.

The diverse geography draws travellers from all over the world and you will enjoy special holiday-break privileges just a stone’s throw away. When you are tired of dealing with too many project papers, permit yourself for a cool escape to Langkawi’s white sands. You can also sail across the tropical islands in Kota Kinabalu for an unforgettable vacation.      

6. Save more.

Living cost is relatively inexpensive compared to countries like USA, Australia and UK. But big cities also offer sky-high luxury and expensive hotels which you should reasonably brush aside considering your college tuition fees and off-campus living costs.    
 
The transport fare, local restaurants, mini markets to malls, Malaysia offers great options for international students. With a $40 dollars-a-month gym subscription and $50 USD transport passes, an international student in Malaysia can enjoy quality living without burning a hole in the pocket. In a regular, low-cost restaurant, $3 USD can bring you 2 square meals. Surfing net would not require more than $20USD a month.  

Start to invest. This is mandatory for all university students to allocate at least $15 USD per month as health insurance which includes hospitalisation and medical treatment when necessary.
In a nutshell, the money required for basic things as food, clothes and lodgings ranges between $3000 to $4000 dollars. This applies to both on-campus and off-campus living costs which ensures better savings for future.

7. Keep your humour alive and kicking!

Laughter doesn’t need a language.  It is the best remedy for any moment of awkwardness. This will also provide a comic relief to your struggle and occasional sense of isolation. Even if a taxi-driver refuses to turn on the meter, don’t argue. Shrug it off with humour and check another one. If wearing shorts be a magnet for a lot of shooting stares, respect local sensibilities and be careful next time. Just a drizzle of light-hearted humour can ward off many stern looks.

8. Tingle Your Taste-buds

Malaysia offers a wide gamut of multi-national delicacies as Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes. An international student in Malaysia shouldn’t miss out on Bakuteh( Simmered Pork-ribs), Hokkien mee( Chinese yellow noodles) and Fresh River Prawns. Even street-side eateries offer light, healthy and delicious options to pick from. If you’re an avid western foodie, McDonalds, KFC, Subway and Burger King can satiate your appetite in major cities.

Diverse cultures, luscious landscapes, affordable tuition fees, and lavish food options, an international student in Malaysia truly has reasons to rejoice and say “Terima kasih”!

Edith Hayden is a marketing research analyst currently working with an essay review and analysis companies providing students with education tips and tutorials.


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Top 50+ Malaysia Scholarships 2015 Openings for STPM & SPM 2014 Result Holders - Apply Now!

Top Malaysia Scholarship Offers 2015 (Tawaran Biasiswa) and Closing Dates

1) 27 February 2015: Yayasan Tenaga Nasional (YTN) Scholarships & Convertible Study Loans
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Yayasan Tenaga Nasional (YTN) Scholarships

2) 28 February 2015: Biasiswa MyBrainSc Scholarship 2015
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Biasiswa MyBrainSc Scholarship 2015

3) 9 March 2015: Kuok Foundation Berhad Singapore Polytechnics Diploma Awards
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Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

4) 10 March 2015: PSD Scholarships for Engineering Programmes Abroad (Biasiswa JPA Untuk Lepasan SPM 2014)
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Biasiswa JPA untuk Lepasan SPM: Permohonan Tajaan Program Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman

5) 10 March 2015: Bank Negara (Pre-University) Kijang Emas & Kijang Scholarships
6) 10 March 2015: Bank Negara Malaysia Undergraduate (Honours) Scholarship Awards
7) 10 March 2015: Bank Negara Postgraduate Scholarships (Master and PhD)
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Bank Negara Malaysia Scholarships

8) 13 March 2015: Sin Chew Daily Education Fund 2015
Sin Chew Daily Education Fund

9) 15 March 2015: Yayasan Khazanah Global Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
10) 15 March 2015: Yayasan Khazanah Watan Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
11) 15 March 2015: Yayasan Khazanah Cambridge Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
Yayasan Khazanah Nasional

12) 15 March 2015: Maybank Foundation Scholarship & Sponsorship Awards 2015
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Maybank Foundation Scholarship & Sponsorship Awards 2015

13) 15 March 2015: Program Pembiayaan Pendidikan Peneraju Tunas Potensi
Program Pembiayaan Pendidikan Peneraju Tunas Potensi

14) 16 March 2015: PETRONAS Scholarships (Program Penajaan Pendidikan PETRONAS Untuk Lepasan SPM 2014)
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Program Penajaan Pendidikan PETRONAS Untuk Lepasan SPM 2014

15) 16 March 2015: The Star Education Fund: Scholarship Awards 2015
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The Star Education Fund Scholarship Awards 2015

16) 16 March 2015: Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) Scholarship Awards (Biasiswa Suruhanjaya Sekuriti)
Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) Suruhan Sekuriti Scholarship Awards

17) 17 March 2015: Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) Overseas Scholarship Programme
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Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) Scholarship Programme

18) 22 March 2015: UEM Group Berhad Overseas Scholarship Programme
UEM Group Berhad Overseas Scholarship Programme

19) 25 March 2015: Nanyang Siang Pau Scholarships (南洋商报大专奖学金计划)
Nanyang Scholarships (南洋商报大专奖学金计划)

20) 27 March 2015: Sri KDU International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Scholarship Award 2015
Sri KDU International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Scholarship Award 2015

21) 30 March 2015: Shell Malaysia Overseas Undergraduate Scholarship Awards 2015
22) 30 March 2015: Shell Malaysia Local Undergraduate Scholarship Awards 2015
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Shell Malaysia Undergraduate Scholarship Awards 2015

23) 30 March 2015: Yayasan Pahang Scholarship: Biasiswa Kecemerlangan Menteri Besar (BKMB) Pahang
Biasiswa Yayasan Pahang Scholarships

24) 31 March 2015: Singapore's ASEAN Scholarships for Malaysians: Pre-University One Scholarships
Singapore ASEAN Scholarships for Malaysia

25) 31 March 2015: Elena Cooke Education Fund (Sunway Education Group & KBU International College)
Elena Cooke Education Fund

26) 2 April 2015: Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Pre-University Scholarship Programme (Local)
27) 2 April 2015: Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Undergraduate Scholarship Programme (Local)
Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Pre-University and Undergraduate Scholarship Programme (Local)

28) 7 April 2015: Genting Malaysia GENM Scholarship Awards
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Genting Malaysia GENM Scholarships


29) 10 April 2015: Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Awards: KUOK KENG KANG SCHOLARSHIPS for Undergraduate Studies at MALAYSIAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
30) 10 April 2015: Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Awards: KF HALF-LOAN HALF-GRANT AWARDS for Undergraduate Studies at MALAYSIAN & SINGAPORE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

31) 14 April 2015: IJM Scholarship Award Programme
IJM Scholarship Award Programme

32) 15 April 2015: Tuanku Abdul Rahman Scholarship (BTAR) 2015
Biasiswa Tunku Abdul Rahman (BTAR) Scholarships

33) 15 April 2015: Lion-Parkson Foundation Scholarships 2015
Lion-Parkson Foundation Scholarships

34) 17 April 2015: Agrobank Scholarship Award Program 2015
Agrobank Scholarship Award Program 2015

35) 25 April 2015: PIDM Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
PIDM Undergraduate Scholarship Programme

36) 25 April 2015: Great Eastern Supremacy Scholarship Awards
Great Eastern Supremacy Scholarship Award

37) 30 April 2015: Yayasan Wah Seong Scholarship Awards 2015
Yayasan Wah Seong Scholarship Awards 2015

38) 30 April 2015: Penang Future Foundation Scholarship
Penang Future Foundation Scholarship

39) 30 April 2015: GAMUDA Scholarship Awards
GAMUDA Scholarship Awards

40) 30 April 2015: Bangsar Village Kids for Kids Scholarship Awards 2015
Bangsar Village Kids for Kids Scholarship Awards 2015

41) 5 May 2015: MREPC Scholarship Awards 2015
MREPC Scholarship Awards 2015

42) 20 May 2015: Maxis Scholarship for Excellence Awards
Maxis Scholarship for Excellence Awards

43) 21 May 2015: Yayasan Bursa Malaysia Scholarships
Yayasan Bursa Malaysia Scholarships

44) 29 May 2015: Putrajaya Perdana Berhad Scholarship Awards 2015
Putrajaya Perdana Berhad Scholarship Awards 2015

45) 1 June 2015: Hong Leong Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
Hong Leong Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Programme

46) 30 June 2015: Education Ministry Bursaries (Bursary Pelajar Cemerlang SPM Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia KPM)
Discuss KPM bursary with other applicants here / read more about KPM bursary scholar's experience here
Bursary Pelajar Cemerlang SPM Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia

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47) May 2015: The British Council IELTS Scholarships
British Council IELTS Scholarships

48) May 2015: Perdana University (JPA/PSD) Scholarship Awards
Perdana University Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam JPA Scholarship Award

49) June 2015: Loh & Loh Corporation Bhd Scholarship Programme
Loh & Loh Corporation Bhd Scholarship Programme

50) June 2015: Panasonic Scholarships for Engineering Students
Panasonic Scholarships Engineering

51) March 2015: Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad Scholarships (Biasiswa FGV)
Biasiswa Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad Scholarships

52) April 2015: MMC Corporation Berhad Scholarship Programme
MMC Corporation Berhad Scholarship Programme

53) April 2015: The 2015 ASTRO Scholarship Awards
Astro Scholarship Awards

54) April 2015: Yayasan Telekom Malaysia Talent-A Scholarship Programme (Program Biasiswa YTM Talent-A)
Program Biasiswa YTM Talent-A

55) April 2015: Samsung SMART Scholarships
Samsung SMART Scholarships

56) May 2015: AEON Malaysia Scholarship Awards

57) May 2015: United Malacca Berhad University Scholarship Awards
United Malacca Berhad University Scholarship Awards

58) May 2015: The Google Anita Borg Memorial Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarship: Asia Pacific
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia Pacific

59) May 2015: Top Glove Scholarship Fund
Top Glove Scholarship Fund

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