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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

National Scholarship Programme For Top 50 SPM Scorers; 9A+ And Above To Be Offered Education Ministry Bursaries For Local Pre-university Courses

Ministry of Education Malaysia announced Bursary Programme Sponsored by Malaysia's Education Ministry for SPM 2011 Scorers at its official website:

Pelajar-pelajar cemerlang lepasan SPM 2011 yang memperoleh sekurang-kurangnya 9A+ akan ditawarkan secara automatik penajaan di bawah Program Bursary Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia bagi mengikuti pengajian peringkat persediaan di dalam negara.

Pelajar yang layak boleh membuat semakan dan pengemaskinian profil pelajar Program Bursary mulai 16 April 2012 di laman sesawang KPM. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila layari www.moe.gov.my atau hubungi talian help desk 03-8321 7086 atau emel pertanyaan kepada [email protected]

DPM: Bursaries for all students with 9A+ and above in SPM

PETALING JAYA: All 1,609 students who obtained 9A+ and above in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2011 will be automatically offered Education Ministry bursaries (dermasiswa) for local pre-university courses.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that these students will then be eligible for local or overseas scholarships for their tertiary studies from 2014 onwards if they meet the required criteria.

“For the Overseas Degree Programme Scholarships (Biasiswa Program Ijazah Luar Negara, PILN), students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5 or its equivalent in their pre-university studies.

“Students who wish to pursue medicine, dentistry and pharmacy (overseas) must have unconditional offers of admission from any of the top 10 universities in the world, based on the list below.

“For other fields of study, students must have unconditional offers of admission from any of the top 50 universities in the world (as determined by the ministry),” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Top Universities in World Ranking
The bursaries will cover costs for either the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), matriculation studies, the International Baccalaurate (IB), A-Levels, or other foundation courses provided by the Higher Education Ministry.

Students can check details of the bursaries and update their student profiles at www.moe.gov.my from April 16 onwards.
Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (Ministry of Education)
Muhyiddin who is also the Education Minister, said that the top 50 students in the SPM 2011 will be offered scholarships under the National Scholarship Programme (Program Biasiswa Nasional, PBN).

“Sponsorship for the top 50 SPM 2011 students, or the creme de la creme based on the ministry's list, is for tertiary study at the top universities in the world and is based on academic merit.

“Selected candidates will be offered scholarships for their foundation and undergraduate studies for the fields of their choice in local and foreign universities, subject to the conditions set the Public Service Department (PSD),” he said.

Selection for the 2014 PILN is divided into four categories; scholastic ability (20%); ethnic population (60%); Sabah and Sarawak bumiputra (10%); and the socially disadvantaged (10%).

Students' co-curricular participation, socio-economic backgrounds, and interviews will be taken into account alongside their academic ability with the weightage for these criteria varying according to the four categories outlined above.

Muhyiddin said scholarship candidates will also be assessed by the Student Assessment Centre (SAC) during their interviews.

“The SAC is a more comprehensive selection and assessment method based on determined competencies including interest, behaviour, leadership, patriotism, creativity, endurance, and confidence.

“The assessment panel is made up of Government officials from various races, professions and job grades,” he said.

Students who have completed their pre-university studies this year are also eligible for PSD scholarships.

Muhyiddin explained that the PSD will offer 10,300 scholarships to students who have completed their pre-university studies to pursue their undergraduate degrees at recognised local public and private tertiary institutions.

“The Government will spend a sum of RM2.12bil this year to pay the cost of students' tertiary education in local and foreign universities,” he said.

Muhyiddin added that a total of 300 students will be sponsored by the PSD for engineering courses in Japan, Korea, France and Germany.

Source: The Star Online

Automatic bursary for academic high achievers 9A+ and above

PUTRAJAYA: ALL 1,609 students who scored 9A+ and above will automatically be offered a bursary for pre-entry university programmes before pursing their first degree at local or foreign universities.

The bursary will be offered for pre-entry university programmes include the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia, matriculation programmes under the Education Ministry, foundation programmes under the Higher Education Ministry and the International Baccalaurate (IB) or A-Level.

The bursary will be offered to students who have secured a place at government-endorsed institutions offering pre-entry university programmes.

A total of 1,020 students scored 9A+, 10A+ (492 students), 11A+ (90 students) and 12A+ (7 students) for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2011.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, said students who completed their pre-entry programmes will continue to be sponsored for the first degree beginning 2014 provided they achieve a CGPA of at least 3.5 and have secured places at local and foreign universities for studies recognised by the Public Services Department (PSD).

He also announced that the government will also offer scholarships to 50 SPM top achievers to undertake further studies at Ivy League universities overseas recognised by the government.

The selected candidates will be the creme de la creme chosen by the Education Ministry based on their academic merits.

The Ivy League universities include Oxford University, Cambridge University, Imperial College and University College London (all in the UK) and Harvard University, John Hopkins University, Stanford University, Yale University, University of California Los Angeles and Duke University (in the US).

"Selected candidates will be offered a scholarship from the preparatory stage to the first degree, subject to the conditions set and the Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA) recognition of students' choice of studies at the foreign universities," he said in a statement issued today.

Muhyiddin said the Cabinet agreed that the government, through the Ministry of Education and the PSD, to continue the sponsorship of outstanding students to pursue their studies at home and abroad this year.

He said the government is aware that some students, who had produced excellent results during the examination, were not able to secure the sponsorships as competition is intense.

He said at the same time, the government too has limitations financially as the cost of education continues to rise.

Students can go to www.moe.gov.my to review and update the profile under the bursary programme beginning April 16 2012.

Source: New Straits Times
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  1. No scholarships or bursaries for stpm2011candidates?they should have gave them some too....considering the fact that the stpm cert is more valuable and the results actually reflect the students' academic abilities.

  2. Nowadays, it seems too much emphasis has been placed on how many A's a student scored like 8A+, 9A+, 10A+, 11A+, 12A+ and so on. Though it is good to have excellent results, not every Tom, Dick and Harry are able to have string of A's. This being so, what about those who scored mixture of A-, A and A+ or some have above average results like mixture of A's and B+. This category of students may also deserve some forms of financial assistance/scholarships as they may be at the socio-economic disadvantaged group or they do deserve to further their education but due to their family financial constraint, they may be deprived of the opportunity. All people have the right to education.

    There is also another category where a student may be very talented in something like painting, drawing, comic creativity, acting, dancing, singing, writing, automobile repair, cooking, carpentry, computer repair and etc but they may not excel in the academic results. Should we nurture these talents by giving them special scholarships to acheive their dreams so that this cream of talents can also contribute to make Malaysia a more inclusive and vibrant nation. I believe scholarships should NOT be given for ONLY students with string of A's but also for those who can really excel in their own passions/talents and in return, contribute to the society, the nation and the world.

    For the less fortunate category like the OKU, opportunities should also be given to them so that they can be useful in one way or another to our society. We should be a caring society. Good things are NOT only meant and reserved for those who excel academically and in the extra-curricular activities but also for those who are less fortunate but really deserving to be supported.

    In the following I like to extract some words of Dr Sun Myung Moon". His teaching is the HOPE of many young people today throughout the world.

    " Many young people today seem to be studying just for its own sake. Unless you have a purpose in life, your studies will lack the passion needed for happiness. Everything we have is borrowed from Heaven. Happiness is a life lived for others.

    What could be more short-sighted? Getting into a university is not a puropse. A university is a place to go to study particular subjects in the course of pursuing a larger objective. It cannot be the objective itself.

    Also, do not define your life goal in terms of how much money you want to make. Money is a means to do something, not the goal. Before you make money, have a plan for spending it. Money gained without a prior objective will soon be wasted.

    Your choice of occupation should not be based on just your talents and interests. Whether you become a fire fighter, a farmer, or a soccer player is up to you. But what I am referring to transcends your occupation. What kind of life will you lead as a soccer player? How will you live as a farmer? What is your objective in life?

    To set your objective is to give meaning to the life you will lead. If you are going to be farmer, then you should set your objective to test new agriculture methods, develop better species of crops, and help eradicate world hunger. If you are going to be a soccer player, then set a meaningful objective such as to heighten your country's image in the world or to establish soccer camps that will nurture the dreams of economically depriced children.

    To become a world-class soccer player takes incredible work. If you do not have a definite purpose in your heart, you will not be able to endure the difficult training required to reach the top. Only if you have an objective will you have the power to maintain your course and live a life that is a cut above those around you."

    TO THE ABOVE-POSTED COMMENT BY Anonymous, Apr 11, 2012 03:51 AM.


  4. The Star Online > Nation
    Friday April 13, 2012


    Fine-tune bursary plan for SPM top scorers, says Ramon.

    PETALING JAYA: The announcement that bursaries and scholarships will be awarded to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) top scorers has been well received but some opined that the plan needs to be fine-tuned to keep our best students in the country.

    Asli Centre for Public Policy Studies chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said the Government has to wait for more feedback in order to fine-tune the programme and improve it further.

    “It would be a pity if the 50 top SPM students are sent to top universities abroad,” said Ramon.

    “In fact, they should be doing their first degree in Malaysian universities so that we can raise the standards at our own universities.”

    Ramon also commented that it may be unfair to select students primarily on the number of As they achieved as the tests are based on a lot of objective assessments and suggested students be tested through essay writing tests.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had announced that about 1,600 students who obtained 9A+ and above in SPM 2011 would be awarded bursaries to cover costs for either the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia, matriculation studies, the International Baccalaureate, A-Levels, or other foundation courses at public and selected private institutions.

    While Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities president Datuk Dr Parmjit Singh lauded the initiative, he felt that it was important to also consider needy students with excellent results, especially those who might not have necessarily scored A+ for as many as nine subjects.

    “If these students are not assisted and do not continue to tertiary level studies, we would have lost potential national talent,” he said.

    Note: Scholarships are not meant only for those with straight As but those with mixture of A-, A and A+ are also potential ones to be nurtured for their passions/talents so that they too can contribute in one way or another for the building of our nation, Malaysia.

  5. Ok..if you drill them like robots...getting 9 A+ or above sould be achievable....but what about aptitute, passion, lateral thinking........Grades alone dont make a good professional or worker ...unless all these students have already decided they want to go into the academic line.....

    I would put more emphasis on aptitude tests and English exams like the IELTS....


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