Three students from University of Malaya awarded ABB JDF scholarships

March 13: Goh Jin Yu, Kevin Lau Puong Kai and Surheeny A/P Paner Salvam, first-year students from the University of Malaya, have been named as recipients of the distinguished ABB Jürgen Dorman Foundation for Engineering Education scholarship.

The foundation is named after Jürgen Dormann in recognition of his contribution to ABB. He served as Chairman from 2001 to 2007, and was also CEO from September 2002 to December 2004. The foundation provides financial assistance to talented electrical engineering students in different parts of the world who have demonstrated a high standard of academic achievement but lack the means to support themselves.

To-date scholarships have been given to students in Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, Vietnam, Africa and Indonesia. In Malaysia, the program was initiated in 2011 with University Malaya, the foundation’s partner university. The foundation has since supported 12 students who have graduated to pursue their engineering dream while nine more are still undergraduates in various academic sessions.

The scholarships are renewed annually up to a maximum of five years, based on the academic performance of students. It covers tuition fee, books as well as living expenses to allow selected students to focus on their studies.

“We are delighted that through the ABB JDF foundation, deserving students who may otherwise not have the means to support themselves are given financial assistance to achieve their ambition,” said Jukka Poutanen, Managing Director, ABB Malaysia Sdn Bhd. “Malaysia has an immense pool of young talent and we are proud to be able to support and inspire exceptional students to shape a greater future for themselves, their families as well as the society,” he remarked.

“I still can’t believe that this is happening! It feels like a dream to be selected as a recipient and to be associated with ABB. This is a proud moment for me,” said Kevin Lau Puong Kai during the recent signing of the ABB JDF contract.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, passion for engineering, personal character traits and financial needs. In addition to their scholarship, successful students are also assigned a local ABB mentor who will support and carefully monitor their development. Students also have internship opportunities and possible employment with ABB at the end of their studies.

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