ELEVEN Malaysian scholars and professionals have been selected as recipients of the 2008 Endeavour Awards, an Australian Government initiative to promote excellence in education.
The recipients, who received scholarships worth a total of RM2.8mil, will head Down Under to pursue their studies and undergo research and professional development at Australian universities.
Since its inception in 2006, the programme has provided two-way education exchange for more than 30 Australian and Malaysian students.
This year, in addition to the 11 recipients, two Australian scholars will pursue further studies at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Sunway Medical Centre.
One recipient, Wong Pooi Fong from Universiti Malaya, plans to undertake her postdoctoral research at the Mater Medical Institute in Queensland.
Another recipient, Avinash Doshi, has plans to pursue a Masters in petroleum engineering at the University of Adelaide by coursework.
Mustapha Kara-Ali from Australia will be pursuing his doctorate at IIUM, while Narelle Warren will go to the Sunway Medical Centre for her post-doctoral research on medical tourism.