This article was first published by The Star Online.

For the 11th year running, Taylor’s University gathered top companies, including PHD Malaysia, to celebrate and award internships to the university’s 12 most deserving students.

The students received the prestigious Taylor’s World Class Scholarship (TWCS) which not only includes a chance to pursue higher education, but also obtain industry exposure with leading local and global employers.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, who presented the awards, congratulated the recipients and thanked the university and their industry partners for the opportunities given to the students.

“Being able to work in the industry ensures your employability once you graduate,” he told the audience at the awards ceremony held recently.”

Hidayah Ahmad Surasa, 22, said she was excited to receive the scholarship and was looking forward to her internship at Design Worldwide Publishing (DWP Design).

“I’m looking forward to knowing what it’s actually like to work although I know it’s going to be tough,” she said.

The Bachelor (Hons) Interior Architecture student also said she saw design as an incredible way to give back to society.

She said she was inspired to enter the world of architecture and design when she worked with children, after finishing secondary school.

“From what I’ve observed, they need more than just proper reading tools and trained teachers to reach their full potential,” she said.

“In fact, young children also need a well-designed study area so that they can focus on learning.”

The Subang Jaya, Selangor native said she is thankful to the varsity for the scholarship which she said has been a big relief.

Muhammad Aqil ulkarnain, 19, from Malacca, was another recipent.The Bachelor in Business (Hons) Finance & Economics student also applied for the scholarship to ease his parents’ financial burden.

He added that the scholarship shortlisting and interviews were not easy but is happy that his hard work paid off.

The youngest of three children will be doing his internship at BDO, a global accountancy and business advisory firm.

“Hopefully, it will be Bloom-berg or Wall Street next,” he said when asked where he would like to be in the future.

Foundation in Communication student Cheam Zia Da said he was overjoyed when he found out he would be receiving the scholarship.

The avid football and softball fan will be interning at Edelman, a major public relations company.

“Right now, I’m still a student and do not know much of the field,” he said adding that he believed the internship would open his eyes to the realities of public relations and communications.

Taylor’s University vice-chancellor and president Michael Driscoll said each of the recipients had demonstrated exemplary attitudes and leadership qualities, impressive proficiency in English, and good communication skills.

“It has been ingrained in our scholars to not just learn from the world but to learn in it,” he said.

Driscoll said the university had awarded more than 150 scholarships worth RM12.5mil over the past 10 years.

“Today, we are awarding another RM1.3mil worth of scholarships to 12 deserving students,” he added

He said the university had partnered with 11 major companies this year, all of which offered internships.

The industry leaders are AccorHotels, BASF Petronas Chemicals, BDO, CIMB Group, DWP Design, Edelman, General Electric, L’Oreal, PHD Media, Unilever Foods, and the Veritas Design Group.