Sixteen Malaysians were formally awarded their Fulbright grants at a ceremony hosted by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) on June 21, 2016. The prestigious Fulbright education grant provides scholarships for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools in the U.S.
Fulbright recipients are placed at various universities across the U.S. The institutions are carefully selected to fit the scholars’ niche study interests. Members of the latest group of Fulbright recipients were accepted to American universities such as Harvard, Columbia, the University of California, and Boston University.
Prior to the receiving their awards, the Fulbright recipients and other attendees had the opportunity to listen to alumni share stories related to their experiences in America. Dato’ Mazlan Othman, Malaysia’s first astrophysicist, shared her Fulbright experience of engaging with the House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology during her time in the U.S. Mr. Kuek Ser Kuang Keng spoke about completing his master’s degree at New York University and interning at Google. Mr. Suthen Thomas expressed how thankful and fortunate he felt when he was able to pursue his interest in Public Policy Studies, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, despite his education and working background in software development.
Edgard Kagan, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, also gave a speech at the ceremony. Mr. Kagan spoke about the Fulbright Program’s ability to strengthen the U.S.-Malaysia bilateral relationship and he complimented the work of MACEE. Mr. Kagan told the audience of the exceptional results from exchange programs such as Fulbright and their ability to promote international goodwill and increase mutual understanding.
The 2016 Fulbright awards are noteworthy as the first time scholars received the newly created Fulbright-MCMC Scholar grants. The Fulbright-MCMC grants were awarded to three recipients – 2 Malaysian and 1 American. The Fulbright-MCMC grant is co-sponsored by Fulbright and the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission. Grants are given to scholars interested in pursuing further research in the fields of Communications, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Sciences, or Law.
The two Malaysian recipients of the Fulbright-MCMC Scholar Program will travel to the U.S. later this year. Dr. Mohammad Faizal Ahmad Fauzi from Multimedia University (MMU) will be furthering his research in Biomedical Informatics at Ohio State University and Mr. Tan Win Son, will be exploring Big Data Science and Analytics at Arizona State University.