By Tan Choon Wei
GEORGE TOWN, 30 NOV – 113 students in Han Chiang University College of Communication (HCUC) have been awarded scholarships this year in a joint-effort between HCUC and the Malaysian Social Entrepreneurs Foundation (MSEF), the university-college announced.
Among the 113 scholarships, 108 of them were awarded by HCUC, totaling to RM862,000. They were distributed through six categories, namely the HCUC Scholarship (58 students), Chancellor Scholarship (13 students), Alumni Scholarship (30 students), Sports Athlete Scholarship (1 student), HCUC Special Bursary (4 students), and the High School Principal’s Recommendation Bursary (2 students).
The HCUC and Spots Athlete Scholarships are awarded annually based on their achievements in academic performances and extracurricular activities; while the Chancellor and Alumni Scholarships are reserved for students who had either graduated from Chinese independent high schools, or had relatives who were alumni of the institution.
The remaining five students were funded under the MSEF-SIYUAN Scholarship, worth RM127,000. The SIYUAN Scholarship was founded by the MSEF as an initiative to assist students of low-income or marginalised backgrounds. Recipients would be required to participate in welfare programs as volunteers to serve the local community after their graduation.
Additionally, a student was awarded the Tan Lark Sye Scholarship by the Singaporean Nanyang University in Chinese studies.
An appreciation ceremony for scholarship holders was held on 30 November in HCUC’s auditorium. Among the attendees included Dato’ Teoh Boon Thong, the Committee representative of MSEF, Vice Chancellor of HCUC, Dr. Beh Kok Hooi, Deputy Vice Chancellor Dato’ Dr Teng Tjoon Tow and Deputy Vice Chancellor Ms Jenny Khoo.
Dr. Beh expresses gratitude for the scholarships
In his speech, Dr. Beh thanked the scholarships’ benefactors for contributing financially to the students. He believes this act would be appreciated by recipients and would lead to long term benefits for the institution.
He stated that with the support of the Board of Directors, HCUC was given the liberty to offer a complete range of tertiary education programmes, ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate studies, becoming the only tertiary institution to offer uninterrupted higher studies in Sinology in northern-Peninsular Malaysia.
“By the third Quarter of 2023, we expect to initiate Masters programmes for our faculty of Communication and Media Studies, and further such implementations by offering Masters courses by Research,” Dr. Beh said.
He has also revealed that despite the pandemic’s continual threat, the university-college’s enrollment has achieved unprecedented levels, expanding by over 40-percent compared to last year.
Han Chiang University College offers scholarships of up to RM250,000 for individual students. To apply or to inquire more about these scholarship and bursary programmes, please refer: https://www.hcu.edu.my/scholarship-and-financial-aid.