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Southampton Electronics students in Malaysia receive Lloyd’s Register Foundation scholarships

Published: 21 November 2014
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The top three performing students from Year One, Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC) have each been awarded prestigious Lloyd’s Register Foundation scholarships.

This is a first for the UK-based University in receiving these industry-sponsored scholarships in Electrical and Electronic Engineering for students at its Malaysian campus. In 2013, the Lloyd’s Register Foundation inaugurated scholarships for Mechanical Engineering students based at Southampton’s Malaysia Campus.

Mark Darley, South Asia Area Manager of Lloyd’s Register, presented the scholarships to Stephen Chai Ming Han, (20), Aaron Pang Ken Soon, (20), and Yiqian Hui (20) following their excellent performance in both academic and personal aspects throughout their first year. The scholarships cover each scholar’s tuition and academic fees for the academic year.

A further seven students at Southampton’s Malaysia Campus were also honoured with University of Southampton ‘Top Achiever Awards’, for achieving three A* or higher grades in their A levels. These students – Aaron Teo Yii How, Aastik Malhotra, Ho You Wei, Lim Jin Wei, Ng Guo Hseng, Tan Kim Meng Ronson and Teh Jin Xuan – each received 100% scholarships from the University of Southampton, to cover their tuition and academic fees in their first year of study.

Professor John McBride, Chief Executive Officer, University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, said:
“A big congratulations to our students for their achievement in being awarded these scholarships and to the Lloyd’s Register Foundation for their generosity and for maintaining their bond with us. These scholarships will give students, who have the aptitude and enthusiasm, an opportunity to maximise their potential and create the pathways to pursue their dreams."

Mark Darley, South Asia Area Manager of Lloyd’s Register, commented: “We congratulate each recipient of these scholarships offered by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation which allows these deserving students the opportunity to focus on developing their skills and preparing for their careers. We look forward to continuing our ties with the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus and to providing continued support for tomorrow’s engineers to enter the workforce and redefine the industry through their ingenuity."

Stephen Chai Ming Han (Riam Institute of Technology, Miri/SMK Chung Hua, Miri)

Stephen is exceptional in academic terms, achieving 4A*s at A level, but is also very outgoing and confident. He is a social representative of the USMC Council and also a Treasurer of the USMC Basketball Club. He had various roles in High School (SMK Chung Hua, Miri), as a member of the Prefectorial Board (student welfare), Treasurer of the Photography Club, and Group Leader of Graphics Design for the School Magazine. These roles demonstrate his broad range of interests, his excellent interpersonal skills and passion for learning new things, as he evidences every day.

“I was very surprised to learn that I am the recipient of the Lloyd's Register Foundation Scholarships. I am glad that my hard work paid off,” said Stephen. “I am also grateful that I have good friends around me that help me alongside the course.”

Aaron Pang Ken Soon (HELP Academy Sdn Bhd/SMK Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur)

Aaron is extremely bright academically, with a particular strength in mathematics, achieving A* in both Maths and Further Maths, as well as Physics A levels. Aaron is an engaging member of his cohort and is a great ambassador for the University at open day events. He is passionate about electrical engineering and recently undertook an Internship at USMC with Dr Suan Hui Pu which looked at developing a wearable device with on-board sensors for data-logging purposes.

“I am honoured to be one of the recipients of the Lloyd's Register Foundation Scholarships,” said Aaron. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family for their love, understanding and support all these years and also my lecturers who have guided me and my friends who have supported me for the past semesters. Thank you!”

Yiqian Hui (Renaissance College/Foon Yew High School, Kulai)

Yiqian is another very talented scholar achieving 3 A*s at A level from Renaissance College, and is a very engaging and confident member of his cohort. Previous to USMC studies, he attended the Foon Yew High School in Kulai where he was an active member of the Mathematics Society. He recently undertook an Internship at USMC with Dr Suan Hui Pu, which looked at developing ‘Pebble Application’. He also now enjoys various sports at USMC and is a member of the Basketball Society. He has also been a regular ambassador for USMC at many open days.

I feel very honoured to be one of the recipients of the Lloyd's Register Foundation Scholarships as I never expected that I will be able to get it as the competition is very keen,” said Yiqian.

Following the ceremony, Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Southampton, delivered a public lecture entitled ‘Low power electronic-enabling technologies for a smarter future.’

In his lecture, Professor Al-Hashimi reviewed some of the key innovative academic research and industrial practices in low-power hardware and software that has been fundamental to the successful realisation of hand-held digital electronic devices such as mobile phones. He also described some of the current research he is leading at the University of Southampton that is developing methods and tools to enable the design of higher performance and lower power consumption future embedded systems based on many-core processors technology. He also discussed from a personal perspective why electronics offers rewarding and sustainable professional careers.

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