Wednesday, July 6

UMS allocates RM36,200 to help 181 students

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Dr Hasbullah (second left) presents the financial aid to the students while Kamarudin (left) and other academics look on.

KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) has allocated a sum of RM36,200 from its Student Welfare Fund to assist 181 students from families in the Bottom 40 per cent (B40) income group who enrolled into the university for the 2018/2019 intake.

Each student received RM 200 in financial aid for them to kick start their first year of tertiary studies.

UMS Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr D Kamarudin D Mudin said the university had offered various programmes to 202 students from B40 families all over Sabah this year. And out of the 202 students, the 181 students have successfully enrolled into UMS earlier this month.

He said the intake of B40 students started for the 2013/2014 admission, in line with the cabinet’s decision on January 16, 2013 to put in place a mechanism to allow students from B40 households to enter public higher learning institutions (IPTA) and polytechnics.

“To date, a total of 451 students from B40 households are registered at UMS and God willing, the third batch of 84 B40 students enrolled in 2015/2016 will graduate in November this year,” he said during the presentation of financial aid to the new students here yesterday.

Kamarudin hoped the financial assistance would motivate the students to work hard in their studies.

“Poverty should not be an excuse not to further your education,” he stressed.

Kamarudin added that the university has adopted the ‘earn and learn’ approach that allows students to gain knowledge and experience simultaneously by allowing them to work part time during their studies.

He said there would be opportunities to work part time at UMS in view of the large number of tourists who visited the campus, which averaged at 1,000 daily up to 5,000 during the peak periods.

Also present at the event was Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Hasbullah Taha, the chairman of the Sabah Islamic Religious Council (MUIS).

Dr Hasbullah commended UMS for its effort in travelling statewide to offer potential children from poor family backgrounds a place at the university and praised the students involved for their determination to succeed in their studies despite their poverty.