Monday, November 30, 2009

1st Annual Young Corporate Malaysians Summit 2009

The Young Corporate Malaysians will be organising a young professionals summit on Saturday 12th of December 2009, called the 1st Annual Young Corporate Malaysians Summit (YCMS). We plan to bring to this summit a plethora of top corporate leaders, to speak and inspire young professionals from various backgrounds. The event will be free of charge. Details are as follows:

Date: Saturday, 12th December 2009
Time: 9.00am to 6.00pm 
Venue: Menara Integriti, Off Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur (please find the map at the website)


Cost to attend: FREE (Courtesy of the sponsors)

YB Dato Seri Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah – Minister of Finance II
Mr Omar Mustapha – Managing Director, Ethos & Company
Dato Justin Leong – Executive Director, Genting Group
Mr Tengku Zafrul Tengku Aziz – Executive Director, Kenanga Holdings Malaysia
Dato Charon Mokhzani – Deputy CEO, CIMB Group Berhad
YBhg Dato Seri Tony Fernandes – CEO, AirAsia Berhad
Mr Ruben Emir Gnanalingam – Executive Director, Westport Group
YBhg Tan Sri Halim Saad – Former CEO and Chairman, Renong Bhd
Ybhg Dato Johan Raslan – Chairman, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Malaysia
Mr Michael Foong – Partner, Accenture Malaysia
Mr Reza Ghazali – CEO, Korn/Ferry Malaysia

Supported by:
Platinum Sponsors:  CIMB Group | PriceWaterhouseCoopers | Danga Bay - Vision City of the South
Gold Sponsors: BURSA Malaysia
Silver Sponsors: K&N Kenanga Holdings Berhad | Accenture


On behalf of YCM, I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our upcoming 1st Young Corporate Malaysians Summit!
To register, please head to the registration site at and fill in your details. 

Do spread the words to your colleagues/friends etc.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Youth Engagement Summit 2009 - Part 2

This is the 2nd part of the Youth Engagement Summit 2009 sharing.

Biz Stone - co-Founder of Twitter
a) Twitter is a 10 years in the making, and not something that happened over night.
b) It is meant to be an agent of change and solve problems. Would look at Twitter as a social innovation/social responsibility.
c) Happy mistakes are the best kind. Twitter is a happy mistake.
d) Opportunities can be manufactured. Don't wait for opportunities. Initiate it. Create the opportunities.
e) Creativity is a renewable source. Biz is a artist first, and then only techie. He started with graphic design, before moved to web design (when he started Xanga).
f) Entrepreneurship means becoming mortal. In order to have dramatic success, need to have dramatic failure. Learn it the hard way.
g) Social alchemy is taking place. From blogging to social networking and now twittering. Started blogging on catcha and write about blogging itself, and was invited to write a book.
h) From a simple tweet "I am having a cup of coffee at Logan airport." People meet up and start a conversation and meet up with new people.
i) The open exchange of information has a positive global impact. For Twitter, all the info are public info and anyone can search, and it makes people more informed and more engaged. Hence, positive global impact.
j) Really love and use the tool that you build. Build it for ownself, and you will find it useful. Build a prototype over weekend and try it out.
k) Some says that Twitter is fun but it is not useful. In essence, build something that fun and thrilling and then would only think about business aspect.
l) Is Twitter just a rudimentary social networking or something more? In Texas, food operators tweet about the location they would be at, and can move large group of people around.
m) Tiny bits of information can have a profound impact. People help one another for instance during earthquake, when quick update on Twitter helps.
n) Twitter is about the triumph of humanity and not the triumph of technology. Twitter is what people do with the service, and not what it is meant to do.
o) A rich and diverse ecosystem has emerged. Twitter provides open source for its API. Allow people to create applications. Many companies are created to build applications or Twitter-related products.
p) The potential for impact increases with a focus on mobile. Hence, Twitter is created with 140 characters (as the total limit for mobile is 160 characters). There are 1.5 billion web users, but 4 billion mobile users. Twitter offer SMS access to users in many places, with no additional cost.
q) Giving back is in Twitter DNA. TweetOut was organized in 200 cities in the world, to raise quarter million on a Thursday evening.
r) There is special pinot noir for Twitter, and the profits are used to help to build library.
s) Indirectly, Twitter helps in literacy. If you can't read, you can't tweet.
t) Twitter allow companies to spend as much money as they want, as long as they get more back.
u) To start-ups, bootstrap first and show early sign of growth.

More to come soon. Stay tuned.

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Youth Engagement Summit 2009 - Part 1

Congratulations to Khailee and team for successfully organized Youth Engagement Summit 2009 (YES 2009) at Putrajaya International Convention Center on 16th and 17th November 2009.

A few things that really stand out in the Youth Engagement Summit:-
a) The quality of the speakers
b) The spirit of the youth across South East Asia
c) The volunteers (especially those youth)

I was lucky to be able to be there to listen to those speakers and also to meet up with 20 of our job seekers, who came from Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand through the partnership with SEAChange. is the Official Job Board of SEAChange and official partner of YES2009.

This post is going to be long and I will share a few points that I learn from each of the speaker.

--> Lorraine Hahn (Host)
a) Youth are now effecting and embracing the changes around. They are daring to spark a change, and many youths are already a leader today.

--> Datuk Johan Jaafar (Advisor of YES2009)
a) If youth do not speak up, the voices would never be heard and get lost in the noises.
b) There are 200 Million youths in the South East Asia region, and it is time to empower the youth. Share views or ideas around.

--> Harmandar Singh (Organizing Chairman)
a) This event is organized due to inspired by change. Hope to create new generation of leaders. If we try, we may succeed, and hence embark on this summit.
b) It is great to see 600,000 youth from South East Asia step forward and get heard.
c) This was planned 4 months ago, with the dream of getting Barack Obama to be here to address the audience. Met up with US State Department for 3 times.
d) Lets not give up on hope. Provide hope to shine and hopefully it would sparkle and the youth would be fearless leaders.
e) Get together to create miracles beyond the mission.
f) Have fun, share your experience/knowledge and learn. Hopefully the youth would go home a little wiser.
g) The duty of the organizer is not to fail the hope of the youth.

--> Khailee (Youth Asia and SEAChange)
a) Total world population - 6.7 Billion. Of which, 200 Million live in South East Asia, age between 15 and 35 and ready to bring the change in their career, education, family etc. Hence, there is this movement South East Asia Youth For Change (SEAChange).
b) The Vietnamese saw war destroyed their nation, yet the youths meet up to speak in English and this network of meet-ups spread across the nation and it is small step to make Vietnamese more accessible to the world. (Note: Speaking English Meet-ups (Malaysia) Facebook Page was just created to encourage Malaysians to practice English Language.)
c) The Indonesian youths bring together to protect the rights of the children and have their voice heard by the government. They advice and help the government to understand more about the younger generation of Indonesians.
d) The Malaysian youths get together and make a difference.
e) In total, 105,552 stories were told from various groups in South East Asia.
f) For the youth, when we don't know something, we google; when we want to spread the news around, we tweet; when we want to connect with others, we facebook. The power is now in the hands of the youth.
g) The world has passed judgment on the youth, saying that the youth are apathetic. Employers have no faith on the youth. Many businesses pay millions to buy artificial relationship with the youth.
h) SEAChange has brought together 120 organizations to make the change for South East Asia youths. Millions of words and thousands of videos were shared. It is a network of believers.
i) SEAChange Facebook group has more than 41,000 youths.
j) We have come too far to not go all the way. We should groom the talents and champion the needs of the youth. Youth should start to believe in ourselves and there is no excuse for us to go all the way. We have come too far to not go all the way.

This is the part 1 of my blogging on Youth Engagement Summit. More to come on the sharings by all the speakers.

Hopefully that this would be able to enable those of you who were not able to be there to learn a bit about what happened there.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pror. Mohan Munasinghe - Sustainable Development (Walking the Talk)

The next few posts are going to be about talks that I attended recently. A number of them, and I would do my best to share on what I learn from those talks.

The first one I am going to share would be about Sime Darby Lecture Series. Thanks a lot to Yu Cheng for providing me with this opportunity to attend. It was a talk by Professor Mohan Munasinghe on "Sustainable Development - Walking the Talk". This is the 5th lecture under this series, with previous talks by Professor Emil Salim, Professor Robert F. Engle, Revered Jesse Jackson and Tim Harford. I got the chance to attend the talk by my fellow Cornellian, Prof. Robert F. Engle and Tim Harford. So, this one is the 3rd one that I attended.

For the lectures, you can view it here . The previous 4 lectures are shown there.

A little background of Professor Mohan Munasinghe. His name may seem not too familiar for most of us, but he is the joint recipient of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, together with Al Gore. He is the Vice Chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

With United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15 Copenhagen) to be held from 7th to 18th December 2009, it is good that we take stock and understand more on climate change and its impact. We only have one mother land, and we should treasure it.

News reports by The Edge on this lecture. Read it here .

Some of the key sharings by Professor Mohan and Tun Musa Hitam that I capture.

1. Are we really walking the talk? Are we doing enough for the environment? Are we serious enough? Are we doing sustainable development?

2. We should apply SUSTAINOMICS, and the South can share with the South, and perhaps even share with the North.

3. 85% of the world's income are with the top 20% of people, whereas the lowest 20% of people are only having 1.4%.

4. If we do not take positive steps, by 2035, we would need natural regenerative capacity of 2 earths.

5. For climate change, poorer countries and poorer groups are the most vulnerable. We should make development more sustainable.

6. Today, financial bailout was $4 trillion, poverty spending was $100 billion a year, but for climate change, we are only spending a few billion a year.

7. For the stimulus plan, Korea spent 80% of it on Green Investments, whereas China spent 35%. Other countries spent between 10%-15%.

8. In the last 100 years, temperature went up 0.75 Celcius and sea level went up 16 cm. If no concrete step is done, temperature would go up another 3 Celcius by 2100 and sea level go up by 40 cm. If that happens, countries like Bangladesh would lose 17% of populated areas.

9. We should adopt common, but differentiated responsibilities. For developed nations, it is about transforming and decarbonise. Reduce the emission, whereas for developing countries, it would be about adaptation, where as they develop, they adopt greerer ways of doing things. There should be safety net for poor and vulnerable countries. Funds can be transferred, in change for carbon credits, where carbon is taken away from the earth.

10. The threshold is about 2 Celcius increase in temperature and we need to really do something urgently.

11. Now, the emission is 390 parts per million, and the maximum the world can go is 450 parts per million. So, if nothing is done, we are very near to the limit.

12. Climate change effort is like hiking, where we take a step at a time. Even though we won't know how peak is like, we should start plan for the hike and take a step at a time.

13. Sustainable Development Triangle - Economic, Social and Environmental

14. Sustainable development would transcend boundaries of disciplinary, space, time, stakeholders, operational and values.

15. The youth can and should do something for the environment. The Berlin Wall was torned down, due to initiatives by 50,000 youths in 1989.

16. Greed and selfishness are unsustainable.

17. Question to ask ourselves is that are we really to leapfrog and tunnel through?

18. We should identify the weak spots and arget group, and make the change. Say for light bulbs, then the target would be at consumer level, whereas for reduction of carbon for milk, it would be at the farm level (as 75% of carbon is there).

One of the interesting aspects for this talk is that the centerpiece on the table was plants, and each of us was asked to bring home at least a plant, so that we can be a little part of the change, and remind us of the environment and climate change.

Lets hope for the best for COP15! But in the mean time, lets do our little part for climate change.

For those of you in Malaysia, Ruth Yeoh has been one of the biggest proponents of Climate Change, and one of the outcomes is Climate Change Week .
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha

Bersempena dengan sambutan Eid Mubarak, saya ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha kepada semua pembaca blog saya ini. To all who are celebrating Eid al-Adha,  I would like to wish you to have a Happy Aidiladha Festival.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you who are celebrating!

To all of you who are in US for the 1st time, hope that you would take some break and chill out. Whether you stay on campus this Thanksgiving break or going out with friends, do have a good rest, before you continue your journey till end of the semester. 

I understand that for many of you, especially for those of you in freshman year, it might be very tough, coping with the studies, and also the culture there. Perhaps even the weather. Do take things easy. Things are meant to be difficult. Do hang in there, and try to chill out, k? Don't give yourself too high expectation, and give yourself too much pressure.

Do stay relax. Try to mingle around as well. It might be tough, but gradually, you might be able to know more people. If not, you should still have friends on Facebook, MSN, GChat etc. Do keep in communication.

Don't get too bogged down by final exams, assignments, projects etc. 

Enjoy having the turkey! :)

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

1st Young Corporate Malaysians Summi

Check out the 1st Young Corporate Malaysians Summit on 12th December 2009 at Menara Integriti. A lot of awesome speakers.

For full info, click on the image below.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Useful tool for gauging fit between student and colleges?

Thanks to my loyal blog contributor for sharing this. I haven't gotten time to check it out. Do check it out and share your feedback.


The college process doesn't have to be so stressful. MyFit is a Facebook Application and website for students and families to get evidence-based answers to their questions about fitting in, acceptance, and whether or not they are suited for a given college.

The American college admission process is inefficient: both colleges as well as students suffer from a dramatic lack of information. Colleges attempt to gap this with massive prospecting budgets; the students stress out and often end up making suboptimal decisions. MyFit is a Facebook Application and a website for students and families to enter their personal backgrounds and access our comprehensive research and sophisticated forecasting engine, the QMS, share their experience with friends, and connect with a community of applications going through the same process.

Scholarships for Senior Thesis Research and/or Internships in Germany

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This is the scholarship for senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany for international students who are currently studying in US/Canada.
Application deadline is January 31, 2010.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship 2010-2011

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Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses and Joint Doctorates Scholarships. Details of Eligibility and Application Process is at
Here are the complete list of Erasmus Mundus Masters courses and Joint Doctorates that will be offering scholarships in 2010-2011

Chinese Government Scholarship-University Postgraduate Study Program

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Chinese Government Scholarship-University Postgraduate Study Program (CGS-UPSP) is established by the Ministry of Education of China (hereinafter referred to as MOE) aiming to offer support in developing international high level universities and promote Chinese higher education brand. Entrusted by MOE, Zhejiang University recruits CGS-UPSP-supported international graduate students supported by CGS-UPSP across the world.

I. Basic Information and Duration of the Scholarships
1. Number of scholarship students to be admitted: 30
2. Coverage of the scholarship:
- Tuition and fees for registration, laboratory experiments, internship, basic learning materials, and intramural accommodation;
- Living allowance:  CNY 2,000 per month for doctoral students; CNY 1,700 per month for master's degree students;
- Fees for outpatient medical services and Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Benefit Plan for International Students in China;
- A one-off settlement subsidy for new students after registration: CNY 1,500 per person.
      Note: For more detailed information, please visit the website of China Scholarship Council:

3. Categories of Applicants and Duration of the Scholarship

Categories of Applicants Duration of the Scholarship   
       Master's Degree Students: 2-3 academic years   
       Doctor's Degree Students: 3-4 academic years 
       Note: In principle, courses will be taught in Chinese. Scholarship students without sufficient Chinese language proficiency are required to take one-year remedial Chinese language courses and pass the relevant test prior to the studies in their specialties. For those who take the one-year remedial Chinese language courses, the duration of the scholarship will be extended correspondingly.

II. When and how to apply
       Applicants can directly submit or send the application materials to the International College, Zhejiang University.
       Application deadline: January 15th, 2010.

Application for Xiamen University Scholarship 2010

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Xiamen University (XMU) Scholarship

XMU is to begin independent enrolment of foreign students under this scholarship as from the beginning of the 2006 academic year. Welcome foreign students to apply for the bachelor's, master's or doctoral programmes, whether taught in English or in Chinese.

Recipients will have their tuition fees covered. Scholarship duration: 4-5years for undergraduate programmes, 2-3years for master's programmes, 3 years for doctoral programmes.

The recipients' academic performance will be assessed each year and only those achieving the required standard will have their scholarship renewed for the following year.


1. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens and in good health.

2. Educational background and age limits:

Applicants for bachelor's degree course must hold a high school certificate.

Applicants for master's degree courses must hold a bachelor's degree.

Applicants for doctoral courses must hold a master's degree.

Application deadline:

Undergraduate application: from Jan. 1 2010 to May 31 2010

Master's and doctoral application: from Nov. 1 2009 to April 15 2010

2009-2010 International Scholarships for Malaysian Freshman, South China University of Technology (SCUT)

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This scholarship scheme is set up by the School of International Education, South China University of Technology (SCUT) for Malaysian Freshman. The purpose of the scheme is to encourage the excellent Malaysian students to study at SCUT.

2 full scholarships (full exemption from one year tuition), 2 half scholarships (half exemption from one year tuition), and 4 partial scholarships (20% exemption from one year tuition) will be provided every academic year during 2008 to 2010.

This scheme sponsors Malaysian Freshman to study in both degree courses and language courses at SCUT for the first academic year, students will need to sponsor themselves, or apply for other scholarship from the second year of study.

Are you eligible?

1. Applicants must be a citizen of Malaysia.
2. Applicants must be high school graduates or undergraduates under the age of 30.
3. Applicants must fulfill SCUT's entry requirement.

Where to obtain application forms and how to apply?
Fill out the application form.

Application for scholarship can be submitted together with application for admission. Applicants should state clearly on the application form that what kind of scholarship you are applying for, and provide as much documents as you can to prove that you are eligible for the scholarship.

When should you apply for the scholarship?
From 1st October to 31st May every year.

Approval and Notification

1. SCUT will complete the admission procedures and inform you of your application result by end of July.
2. SCUT will send you the Admission Notice and Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW202) as soon as all admission procedures have been completed。 

Friday, November 20, 2009

The World's 50 Best Open Courseware Collections

Thanks Jimmy Atkinson from Sir Learnalot's Knowledge Blog for writing to me.

Great collections over at this page for 50 of the World's Best Open Courseware Collections.

Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA)

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Check it out here .


The Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Asia (JISPA) was first introduced in 1993. It is funded by the Government of Japan, administered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and conducted at various graduate schools in Japan. Its objective is to contribute to institutional capacity building in economic policymaking to promote the sustainable growth of emerging and developing economies in Asia and the Pacific. By training future macroeconomic managers in these countries, the JISPA aims to enable them to better formulate sound economic and financial stability policies needed for sustainable growth and development.

The JISPA targets highly motivated government officials who may serve as future macroeconomic policy makers with the capacity and vision to contribute effectively to the economic development of their countries. Scholarship awards are made on the basis of the candidate's academic record and work background, mathematical and statistics skills, English language proficiency, and potential for contributing to the macroeconomic and financial management and economic development of their country. The assessment also includes qualities such as the candidate's commitment to public service, willingness to learn, and openness to new ideas.

Currently, the JISPA is open to qualified candidates from the following countries:

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pacific Island Countries, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

The scholarship covers tuition-related costs and most living expenses for the scholar herself/himself. Officials who receive the JISPA scholarship cannot accept other scholarships. Scholars are expected to devote full time to their studies while in Japan.

The program comprises two tracks: the partnership track and the open track. Because of the strong competition for scholarships, the JISPA is highly selective. In 2010-2011, a total of 30 new scholarships are available to candidates for the partnership track. There is no fixed limit on new scholarships for the open track, but generally only a small number of scholarships are awarded.

MMMF Educational Grants US/Canada —Academic Year 2010-2011

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Check it out here
For students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada, the MMMF awards  grants of approximetly $12,000 each; grants are not renewable. Every year, the MMMF also invites the recipients to Washington DC to participate in a three day Awards Program organized in their honor.
Follow the application procedure below.
Application Forms: available online from November 5, 2009.
Deadline for submitting completed applications: midnight February 18, 2010
Results: ONLY successful applicants will be notified around May 1, 2010
Eligibility Criteria 
A woman is eligible to apply for an MMMF grant if she meets all the following criteria:
1.Has a record of service to women and/or children in her country.
2.Resides in the U.S. or Canada at the time she submits the application.
3.Is enrolled at an accredited U.S. or Canadian educational institution for the academic year 2009-10 and remains enrolled during the entire year of the grant.
4.Uses the grant to continue to study for her degree.
5.Is a national of a lower or middle income country as designated by the Country Eligibility List of the World Bank (Country Eligibility List). Applicant cannot be a U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident or Canadian Land Immigrant.
6.Demonstrates a plan to return to a developing country in about two years after receiving the grant.
7.Demonstrates financial need.
8.Is at least 25 years old by December 31, 2009 (Born before December 31, 1984).
9.Is not related to any World Bank Group staff member or his/her or her spouse.
There are no exceptions to the MMMF Scholarship criteria listed above.

CNBC Town Hall with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

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This is a CNBC Town Hall at Columbia University with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. 2 names that need no further introduction. 

It is a great sharing. Do read it up!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The QS World MBA Tour - Kuala Lumpur

For MBA aspirants, The QS World MBA Tour would be in KL Convention Center on 24th November 2009 (Tuesday) 6pm to 9pm.

5th World Youth Congress in Turkiye, 31 July - 13 August 2010

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5th World Youth Congress in Turkiye, 31 July - 13 August 2010

"Turkiye will welcome 1000 young people from around the world to meet during Istanbul's year as the European Capital of Culture. You will have the chance  to learn a lot about Turkish culture, about Turkish people, and the history of one of the oldest civilizations of the world - which is now the 2nd fastest growing modern economy in the world after China."

You can apply as:-
  1. Young Activist 1 is an entry-level activist – a young person who is passionate about development, but hasn't got around to doing a project yet.
  2. Young Activist 2 is a young activist who has done one or two projects, but has never been to a World Youth Congress and is eager to learn more.
  3. Young Activist 3 is a 'Veteran' young activist who has done several projects and – crucially – has been to AT LEAST ONE World Youth Congress and/or worked with e- genclik association or Peace Child International either as a partner, a White House intern, or as an overseas affiliate.
  4. Young Artists for Development - are young people using arts as a development tool aiming to engage communities to create change and raise awareness about global issues. Youth working in performance, audio-visual, graphic or plastic arts – whose work has a particular focus on global, development, sustainability and/or youth empowerment issues.
  5. Young Educators will be innovative young educators who have ideas about how to teach global issues in compelling ways and are eager to meet other teachers from around the world to learn other approaches.
  6. Young Entrepreneurs - a new category for the Turkey Congress: we seek young business people who have, or have plans to, set up a small business, especially in a sustainable, low-carbon field.
  7. Young Journalists are young media people who want to report on the Congress for their local newspaper, Internet blog, TV or Radio Station. Young Journalists will also be responsible for creating the Congress Newspaper, radio shows, TV and internet blogs, chatrooms and virtual congress materials.

Tawaran Biasiswa Lee Kuan Yew School Of Public Policy

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For those of you who would like to further studies to Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, there is JPA Scholarships for it.

It would be for Master in Public Policy and Master in Public Administration.

HSP Huygens Programme

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The prestigious HSP Huygens Programme is open to excellent students from all countries. It is aimed at talented students who want to come to the Netherlands in the final phase of their bachelor's studies or during their master's studies.

Application Deadline: 1 February 2010.

PhD applications can only be accepted from excellent students with the Chinese, Croatian or Turkish nationality. Furthermore, the minister has allocated part of the total budget for excellent students following programmes in Dutch language and literature, or Neerlandistiek.


The Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science has allocated seven million euros for excellent students coming to the Netherlands under the HSP Huygens Programme. There is no fixed number of available scholarships. The actual number is determined by the total cost of the variable components of the scholarships.

New application round

The HSP Huygens application round for the 2010-2011 academic year will start on 1 November 2009.

Important: the complete application, both digital and on paper, must be received by Nuffic no later than 1 February 2010. Applications that have not been submitted both digitally and on paper or that are incomplete will not be accepted.

HSP Huygens Programme Further Scholarship Information and Application

World Business Dialogue

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World Business Dialogue - 17th and 18th March 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

Applications are now open till 31st December 2009.

Check it out!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cornell University Early Decision Contact Meeting

For all of you in Malaysia who are applying to Cornell University for Early Decision Admission of Fall 2010, please kindly contact me.

Would like to arrange for the Contact Meeting (Interview) with alumni.

Please kindly spread the words to others.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

JobStreet English Language Assessment

After some incubation, finally JobStreet English Language Assessment (JobStreet ELA) is borned!!!

Today, New Sunday Times gave a good write-up on it on Page 13 on NST. Check it out here .

Eric Sito, General Manager of shared with NST on the mechanics of JobStreet ELA, and hopefully, we will be able to do our little bit to help improving the English Language of the workforce, where employers would have a better way to select job seekers with better English language command, and hence, job seekers would work hard to improve on their English.

Check it out at here .

It is launched for Malaysia now, and it would be launched for Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand next month.

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Cornell Malaysian Associations Activities

Calling Malaysian alumni of Cornell University, the current students of Malaysians there at our alma mater (Cornell Malaysian Association) would be organizing 2 interesting events:-

a) Mamak Night (21st Nov 2009 - with Cornell Indonesian Association)
b) Malaysian Cultural Night (7th Feb 2010 - theme is "Colours of Malaysia")

They are looking for any sponsorship/support from any alumni. If you would like to sponsor any food. drink, gift etc, do let me know. Will link you with Wei Kiat, President of Cornell Malaysian Association.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Basics of Math Olympiad" - Problem Solving Guide for High School Students

Suhaimi Ramly, my fellow batchmates at ATU at INTEC, UiTM has published his series of 4 books, entitled "Basics of Math Olympiad" - Problem Solving Guide for High School Students.

Volume 1:- Number Theory
Volume 2:- Algebra
Volume 3:- Combinatorics
Volume 4:- Geometry

Do read more here .

It would be good if you decide to get a copy and donate to your high school's library!

Hopefully, this book would help Malaysians to one day get the elusive Gold Medal for International Mathematics Olympiads.

Suhaimi was a former Bronze Medalist (I hope I remember correctly, Bal) of International Mathematics Olympiads and he helped to train the National Team, which won the first silver medal in 2008. Suhaimi is an alumnus of MIT.

Suhaimi (or Bal), Congrats!!!

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MEDIcare 15th Anniversary Charity Carnival & Bazaar

Fun and exciting carnival games, delicious food, beverages and ice cream; free basic health checks, inflatable bouncers, bazaar items, attractive lucky draw prizes, and much, much more! This is exactly what MAA – MEDIcare 15th Anniversary Carnival and Bazaar promises to bring!

Where:    Rainforest (LG), 1 Utama Shopping Centre, New Wing
When:     Sunday, 22 November 2009, from 10am - 7pm

The fun-packed carnival day is open to members of the public, and it includes an agenda of exhilarating games and activities, suitable for both the young and old; such as Merlin Throws, basketball hoops, golf putting, caricature and tattoo-painting, and ball ponds for kids.

Other attractions include - an array of of delicious food and beverage items, carnival's charity bazaar area which sells a range of clothes, decoration items, as well as art and craft items.

To participate in the games or to purchase any of the items at the carnival, members of the public are encouraged to purchase coupons. RM50 coupon booklets of RM10 values and RM10 booklets of RM2 values will be available for sale at the carnival.

To find out more information about the charity carnival and bazaar, members of the public are encouraged to call MAA – MEDIcare Kidney Charity Fund at 03- 4044 4468.

Texas A&M University - New MA in Performance Studies

Thanks to Clarissa Lee for sharing on this.


The Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University announces a new Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies. This interdisciplinary program emphasizes the ethnographic study of vernacular culture. The Department of Performance Studies has strengths in Africana studies, dance and ritual studies, ethnomusicology, folklore, performance ethnography, popular music studies, religious studies, theatre and media studies, and women's studies.

Assistantships are available. Application deadline for the Fall semester in 2010 is January 15, 2010.  Information on the application process, courses, and the degree plan can be found at

Thursday, November 12, 2009

US Alumni to have lunch with MACEE Executive Director

MACEE has invited Malaysians who are alumni of US Universities to have lunch with its Executive Director and MACEE team on 17th November 2009 (Tuesday) at noon at Menara Yayasan Tun Razak, Jalan Bukit Bintang.

The invitation is extended to American Universities Alumni Malaysia and we would like to invite any of you who could make it.

If you are able to make it, do let me know.

Malaysian Mensa Forum On Intelligence 21st Nov 2009

Forum On Intelligence,  jointly organised by Malaysian Mensa and Sunway University College.

Are We Thinking Critically? What is it, and How can it be promoted?

Date: 21st  Nov  2009.  

Time:8.30am - 2.00pm.

Venue: Auditorium 2, Sunway University College, No. 5 Jalan University, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya.

Speakers: Assoc Prof Dr Teoh Hsien Jin and Dr Lin Mei-Hua

Topics: Links Between Critical Thinking and Intelligence, Why Critical Thinking Does Not Occur, Strategies to Inculcate Critical Thinking.

Round Table Forum: Do Malaysians Think?  Your interactive participation is much welcome.

Fee inclusive of lunch and tea break.

RM30.00  for Mensans and Sunway University College Students.

RM50.00 for Non-Mensans. 

2.30pm Mensa Admission Test RM40.00.  Please bring your friends who may like to find out their IQ score.

Read all about it at

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

LSE Alternative Investments Conference 2010

Thanks to Crispin for sharing this with me. Great to see him trying to promote to get more people to attend this conference. This could be a great experience for many of you!

Do check out LSE Alternative Investments Conference 2010. The website is at . 

You can join their Facebook group too at

The 2010 Conference will be held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square on 25th and 26th January 2010. Registrations are now open and will close 29th November at midnight.

Do check it out!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Harvard Conference 2010

Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Harvard Conference 2010 would be held at Harvard University campus from 18th to 21st February 2010.

Application deadline would be 15th December 2009.

Do apply for it!

Click here for details .
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Friday, November 06, 2009

INSEAD MBA Admissions Tips

For MBA aspirants out there, INSEAD MBA Admissions Director is sharing some thoughts on it.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

19th Young Corporate Malaysians CEO Series of Talks - Roshan Thiran

Introducing the 19th Young Corporate Malaysians CEO Series of Talks speaker - Roshan Thiran. 

It would be on 12th November 2009, 7:30pm at Menara Integriti, Persiaran Duta (off Jalan Duta).


Roshan Thiran, CEO of Leaderonomics Sdn Bhd, an organization which specializes on developing young capable leaders by constantly setting new goals to challenge, and transforming the minds and hearts of leaders to create a just, free and caring society. Simultaneously, Leaderonomics runs workshops and camps for children and youths.To learn more about Leaderonomics, go to

He has a passion for helping people fulfil their potential and purpose and believes there is a science to developing leaders. He spent the past 15 years working for General Electric and Johnson & Johnson across the US, Europe and Asia. He is also much sought out for his expertise in talent management and leadership development.

He strives to help world's leaders - of all ages, classes and ethnicities - to adapt and meet dramatic changes in our natural and synthetic environments and to help them continuously grow and develop as leaders.

Young Corporate Malaysians now brings to you Roshan Thiran, an avid writer and also speaker, to share his thoughts and experiences in creating the best leaders in town! 

US Applications Tips

Thanks to Melissa Kong for highlighting on this blog by Yvonen from Brown.

This could give you some insights on the US Applications tips by someone who has gone through the process.

Invitation to dialogue: Can You Imagine? The Creative Environment in Penang

Obtained this from Wawasan Open University's mailing list on their public talks.

Can You Imagine? The Creative Environment in Penang dialogue

Are you passionate about the creative direction for Penang? How can we retain creative talents in Penang to secure its future as a hub for the arts and creative industry? Wawasan Open University invites you to a dialogue on the creative future for Penang. This will be a discussion relevant to all of us as the panel discusses opportunities and challenges from different perspectives in the creative and performing arts environment. Come listen to a theatre director/actor, a musical composer and an artist share their personal and practical experiences in this lively talk show.

Chee Sek Thim (Five Arts Centre) - Conference of the Birds director
Johan Othman (School of Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia) - Conference of the Birds musical composer/director
Sue Ching You (RBS-Malihom Artist-in-residence from Taiwan)

Moderator: Himanshu Bhatt

Admission is free. For details, please call 04 228 9323 (Peng Lin or Soo Ling).

Date:           Friday, November 13th 2009
Time:           6:30pm (light snacks will be served from 6pm onwards)
Venue:        Theatre 2, Level 5
                   Wawasan Open University     
                   54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah

Conference of the Birds operatic performance

A production of Five Arts Centre

Executive Producer: Marion D'Cruz
Producer: James Lochhead
Directed by Chee Sek Thim
Musical score by Johan Othman
Performances at Wawasan Open University @ Theatre 1, Level 5
  • Friday, November 20th at 8:30pm
  • Saturday, November 21st at 8:30pm
  • Sunday, November 22nd at 3:00pm
Tickets priced at RM20 (adults) and RM10 (students) are available from Sentuhan, 90 Armenian Street at 016 4733483 or James Lochhead at 016 4846042.
More details available on and

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

AISM offers 3 Academic Scholarships for 2010-2011

Thanks a lot to my loyal blog contributor.
This is the Australian International School Scholarships for 2010-2011.

The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program 2009-2010

Thanks a lot to my loyal blog contributor for sharing this.
Do check it out The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program 2009-2010