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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Post-SPM, STPM: Experiences KL 2006

Experiences KL 2006 is Malaysia's first ever large scale American Universities Education Fair organized by alumni and current students volunteers of premier American universities. If you are a prospective student we would really like for you to attend. If you are a student studying in the US, we would love for you to represent your university.

It is a one day affair where volunteers from universities all over the US (alumni and current students) set up booths to hand out brochures, give information and answer questions you might have about studying in the US in general and in their university specifically.

Date: July 16th, 2006 (Sunday)
Venue: Sunway Convention Centre

As of now, this is a tentative list of which universities will be participating:

Bates College
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Uniersity
Georgia Institute of Technology
Gustavus Adolphus College
Harvard University
MIT
Northwestern University
Ohio University
Smith College
Stanford University
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Southern California
Yale University
University at California, Berkeley (NEW)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (NEW)
Michigan Tech University (NEW)

For more information, or to sign up as an attendee or participant, visit the Experiences 2006 website.

Edit: Yayasan Sime Darby scholarship

Sime Darby is now giving out scholarships to the UK as well. The deadline to apply is 31st March 2006, so please hurry! They are offering scholarships in the following fields:

Engineering
Science
Business Administration
Accountancy
ICT/Computing
Agriculture

For more information, go to Sime Darby Scholarships.

For Justin Tiew (current Sime Darby scholarship holder)'s post on the scholarship process, read this

Good luck!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Post-SPM - "One-in-12 chance for top scorers"

Shortlisting for the JPA scholarship interviews will be announced in early-April, said JPA director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Adam.

The criteria for the shortlisting would mostly be academic performance (65%), he said. The other factors necessary for the shortlist would be "involvement in co-curricular activities, performance during the interview, their family's socio-economic background and the appropriate combination of subjects and grades relevant to the course they are applying for."

Read the whole article at The Star.Com

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Film - Malaysian Documentaries 27th March

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: ReelPower

Dear friends,
Please come join us next Monday for the screening in Help University
College if you would like to catch the latest update about the Broga
incinerator issue.

ReelPower


You are invited to --

MALAYSIAN DOCUMENTARIES
presented by Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia

featuring

-- On the eve of the launch of her much awaited new film Gubra -- see Yasmin Ahmad's first docu shot recently in Mumbai (50min)
-- Thaipoosam (4:22min) by Sanjay Perumal, a stunning visual essay on the Hindu religious festival
-- Alice Lives Here (30min), Ong Ju Lin's updated documentary on the widely-opposed Broga incinerator project near Semenyih

Venue:
Theatrette, HELP Univ College, Pusat Bandar Damansara
Monday 27 March 2006
8.00pm

Free admission!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Young Global Citizens Project

The Young Global Citizens Project (YGCP) is a British Council initiative to bring together young people from Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and the United Kingdom for a grueling, physically challenging and intellectually stimulating ten day camp. YGCP is fully sponsored by the Connecting Futures program of the British Council. Ten young people will be selected from each of the five participating countries to take part in this camp.

This once in a lifetime opportunity was created to provide a forum to facilitate mutual understanding and intercultural interaction between youths and to empower young leaders around the world with the skills, contacts and knowledge to become more effective catalysts for positive change in their local communities.

Previous camps have been held in Bogor, Indonesia in January 2005 and in Davao, the Philippines in January 2006.

Activities in the ten days include visual and performing arts, music, writing and oral traditions, role-play, debates, skills workshops, drama, presentations, brainstorming, team-building exercises, trekking, sports, community immersion and institutional visits.

What I especially enjoyed in the camp itself were the dances, traditional games and cultural presentations. They were absolutely fantastic. British Council did a wonderful job of organizing the camp right down to the nitty-gritty details. But the most memorable aspect was, of course, the people. Imagine the youthful, vibrant zest for life and the potential for change exuded by 50 youths! It was definitely quite an experience, living and eating and bathing with some of the most determined and motivated young people around the world. In the end, all of us left richer in terms of friendships, networking, knowledge, insight and experiences.

Application Criteria:

10 Malaysians will be selected for the camp. To participate, you must be Malaysians aged 18-25 who demonstrate leadership potential. Your application will be greatly enhanced if supported by good interpersonal and communication skills, active involvement in community or university projects, and creativity.

It is also mandatory for selected participants to attend a pre-camp and a post-camp in addition to the main camp.

Applying:

Applications will be open in September/October.

The YGCP main camp is traditionally held in January, with the pre-camp in December and the post-camp in March/April. All these are, again, fully sponsored by the British Council so there will be no expenses to be incurred in terms of transportation, air fare, and board and lodging costs.


Visit British Council Malaysia for more information.

by Andrew Loh
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Andrew Loh is an ex-Djian(yeah!) who participated in the recent Young Global Citizens Project Camp in Davao last January. He is a skilled debater and also a contributor for thecicak.com

Saturday, March 04, 2006

International Film Screenings - Schedule for March

Check out this month's schedule for the International Film Screenings.

I really enjoyed watching Maria Full of Grace. Do check it out.

Schedule for March

See the earlier post on the International Film Screenings at FINAS

Interviews: Interview Tip #3

Now that we've gotten the first impressions out of the way, let's sit down and talk. Over drinks, or over notes that I am scribbling. For 15 minutes, or for 3 hours. In a sterile office environment, or in McD's Bangsar, or next to the pool in a condominium complex. I might be taping your reasons WHY you want to attend The Ivy University of So-and-So, or I might be making ambiguous "Uh-huh." or "Of course." comments, while filing my nails and yawning from time to time.

Interviews are all different, but each one you attend will have one constant: you. No matter what the environment or the interviewer is like, this is essential - you must always be yourself.

When I say "be yourself" I don't mean speak to the interviewer as you would speak to your buddies. He/She is NOT your buddy; they are a figure of authority and should be treated with respect and deference. What I mean by "be yourself" is to speak decisively, to clearly state what you mean and not to lie just because lies sound better than truth, and to be SINCERE.

If you really do not enjoy math, please do not cover up by proclaiming effusively your love for triple derivatives. Instead, be sincere about what you do like - art, chemistry, history, business - do not apologize for who you are because your acceptance into a college will be based on who you represent yourself as in the interview.

I know this sounds obvious, but when you are nervous and do not really have any idea what to say in an interview, you tend to err on the side of untruth. The interviewer may ask "Why do you want to do Economics? Do you like Math?" and, thinking about the fabulously low score you got on your last Math test, you blurt out "Yes!! I've always been very good at Math!!" And what would you say after that? Absolutely nothing - because you honestly do NOT like Math, you HATE it. How can you elaborate on your untruth? You would end up sounding insincere and unpassionate about your "dream" or "interest".

In situations like this, the best thing to do would be to calmly say "I don't really like Math that much, but I do enjoy the theoretical workings of economics and thinking about its application. I would love to work on public economy and government policy - which is the reason why I'm interested in the Econs major."

In a nutshell - don't try to be the perfect interviewee, because there is no such thing. You are different and unique in your own right, and the most perfect you can be is yourself.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Life in Japan

1000 yen = RM32.03 as of 1 Mar 2006

What I have written about is the system in Osaka. Now, I am going to share with you how I spent my scholarship there.

For my 1st year in Japan, I stayed in the dormitory of OUFS. The rental is 25,900yen per month. In addition, we have to pay insurance costing around 2,000yen per month. For international calls, there is a card called Brastel International calling card. You can reload (each time 2,000yen) it if your credit has finished. If I am not mistaken, the rate of calling back to Malaysia is 15yen per min for fixed phone and 30yen for Mobile phone. But this only applies if you are calling from a fixed-line phone in Japan.

For food, if you cook by your own, it will cost around 300-400yen per meal depending on what you like to eat. Eating outside will cost you about 500-1000yen depending again on the kind of food. There are many types of food in Japan: Western, Japanese, etc. So, please do not worry if you cannot get used to Japanese food. The books here are quite expensive, ranging from 1500-3000yen for a normal textbook in University. However, the electrical appliances here are quite cheap. If you plan to buy a flat screen TV, it costs only around 30,000yen. Also, like Malaysia, there are Bazaars in Japan. You can get many cheap things there. For example, I bought my Play Station (used) there for only 1000yen. And it is still functioning now even though I played it non-stop for 24 hours before.

Transportation here is very expensive (ranked 2nd in the world after Germany), but the buses and trains arrive and depart quite punctually. For a normal bus ride, it will cost you at least 210yen. For the train ride from Osaka to Kyoto, it costs about 450yen. So, I normally use my bicycle and seldom ride on the bus or train. If you want to try the bullet train, from Osaka to Tokyo, it will set you back about 12,000yen (RM384). But it will only take you 2hrs and 40mins.

For girls, I think Japan would be one of the best places for you. There are many shopping malls here and also many SALES waiting for you. If you have good timing, you may get new clothes, pants at around 1000yen (ONLY!!), especially when the season changes.

The air ticket is only provided for your 1st trip to Japan and when you have finished your studies and decide to go back. Hence, you still have to pay on your own when you return to Malaysia during vacation. A return ticket costs about 60000yen (for 21 days) depending on the season and period you want to stay in Malaysia. For those who like to travel, it costs about 50,000yen to the US, 25,000yen to Korea, 80,000-100,000yen to Europe, etc. You may get a cheaper price during promotion periods.

After your undergraduate studies:

Since we are Malaysians, I will talk about what our seniors did after they finished their undergraduate studies. Usually, Malaysians who came here under this scholarship choose engineering as their major. From what I have seen, they tend to continue their studies until masters since they will get a higher pay in a Japanese company (I am not sure but it should be more than 3,000,000yen = RM100,000 per year) and the scholarship for masters is 175,000yen per month. But as I have said, we are free to go anywhere we like. Hence, there have also been seniors who went back to Malaysia after their studies. It is all up to you. But rest assured, I never heard of a mombusho scholar being unemployed.

by Khaw Kim Siang
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Khaw Kim Siang is currently studying science in Kyoto University. His main interests are in physics, mathematics, history, languages, music, traveling, movies, and games. He also enjoys visiting universities and has visited numerous universities; UM, USM, UKM, UTM in Malaysia, NUS, NTU in Singapore, Osaka Uni, Kyoto Uni, Tokyo Uni, OUFS, TUFS in Japan, and SUNG KYUN KWAN University, YONSEI University, EWHA WOMANS University, DONGGUK University in Korea. In Kyoto Uni, he is actively involved in the Committee of Science Faculty, and Committee of Kyoto International Student House. He is also a member of MSAJ (Malaysian Student Association of Japan).