PETRONAS and Yayasan UTP have awarded 324 scholarships to deserving students this year, to pursue their foundation and undergraduate studies at established local and foreign universities. Of the 324 recipients, 316 were awarded the scholarships under the PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP), while the remaining eight received Yayasan UTP scholarships. Of the total, 112 students were offered overseas programmes. The remaining 204 will pursue their studies at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) in Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak.
The scholarships for the 324 students were presented today by Puan Juniwati Rahmat Hussin, Vice President of Human Resource Management at a special ceremony held in UTP. In her speech, Puan Juniwati said that PETRONAS had always provided various opportunities and facilities for the acquisition of knowledge, especially in the areas of science and technology. “The setting up of UTP in 1997 in itself marked an important milestone in our commitment towards the development of education in Malaysia,” she added.
The students were selected through a stringent selection process during PETRONAS EduQuest Camp, held at three separate locations; Bandar Seri Iskandar, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu from 15th to 20th April 2012. Apart from merit, PETRONAS’ stringent scholarship requirements also take into account the candidates’ academic and extra-curricular excellence, their performance during pre-qualification interview and written assessments as well as the socio-economic background of their families.
The PESP is a sponsorship programme that provides educational opportunities to deserving students to help realise their academic potential and nurture a pool of capable personnel to meet PETRONAS’ human resource and business growth requirements. Since its inception in 1975, PESP has benefited about 20,307 scholarship recipients. To date, PETRONAS has spent more than RM2.6 billion to sponsor students to pursue their studies at higher learning institutions locally and abroad.
Yayasan UTP was established in 2007 to support the development of UTP as an academic institution of excellence. Recipients of Yayasan UTP scholarships are not bonded after completion of their study.