Photo - (From left, front) Martin Taylor, Managing Director, Combat Air, BAE Systems; and HE Vicki Treadell CMG, MVO, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia sign the Chevening Scholarships Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BAE Systems and the British High Commission during LIMA '15. (Looking on, from left to right): Andy Lavin, Programme Director Malaysia, Military Air and Information, BAE Systems; Philip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology; Alan Garwood, Group Business Development Director, BAE Systems; and John Brosnan, BAE Systems' Regional Managing Director.
UK headquartered defence, aerospace and security provider BAE Systems has signed the agreement with the British High Commission in Malaysia to continue its support for the fourth consecutive year of the Chevening Scholarship programme.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 17 March 2015 at LIMA'15 (the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition) by HE Vicki Treadell CMG MVO, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, and Martin Taylor, managing director, combat air, BAE Systems, in the presence of Philip Dunne, UK's minister for defence equipment, support and technology.
The Chevening Scholarship programme is the United Kingdom Government's global scholarship scheme, which gives future leaders from across the globe the opportunity to undertake a one year Master's degree in a number of fields, including engineering, at a university in the UK.
The British High Commission's Treadell said: "As the UK-Malaysia relationship continues to grow from strength to strength, the UK remains firmly committed to offering talented Malaysians the opportunity to pursue first class tertiary education in the United Kingdom. This year, Malaysia has benefited from a tripling of Foreign Office funding, making it one of the largest recipients of Chevening Scholarships around the world. This bodes well with the 40 percent increase in the number of eligible Chevening scholarship applications for the academic year 2015/16."
"Education represents one of the most long-standing and successful bilateral ties between the UK and Malaysia," said John Brosnan, BAE Systems' regional managing director. "Today's MoU signing demonstrates BAE Systems' enduring commitment in supporting this relationship with the Malaysian government. We believe that education paves the way for young people to become responsible and innovative citizens, forming the foundation for a stronger nation."
Brosnan said that BAE Systems' support to the Chevening scholarship programme in Malaysia offered Malaysian students an opportunity to develop their capabilities, skillsets and innovative thinking, which will help stimulate growth in high-tech sectors of aerospace and defence.
BAE Systems continued support will now take the total number of students sponsored to date to 35. While the students are in the UK, BAE Systems hosts a number of events to demonstrate engineering skills and to allow the students to meet a number of senior BAE Systems executives. These include visiting the Typhoon final assembly line in the North West of England and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, as well as learning about BAE Systems' cyber security activities during visits to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.
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