The sole recipient of the Sultan’s Scholar 2019/2020 award, Muhamad Aiman Syafiq bin Haji Ramlee who will leave for University of Oxford in UK today, shared his aspiration to help address the country’s expanding health issues particularly with the growing number of cancer victims.
He noted that Brunei records 600 new cases annually.
Muhammad Aiman Syafiq said his Master’s degree in Radiation Biology will equip him with the skills to utilise radiation techniques in the treatment of cancer.
He expressed his utmost gratitude towards His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam for awarding him the scholarship award to pursue his Master’s degree studies.
He also relayed his appreciation for Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah’s management for their support throughout his undergraduate studies.
Meanwhile, recipients of Sultan’s Scholar award Kadrina Abdul Latif binti Abdullah, graduated in BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Imperial College London and Siti Hafizah Al-Haziqah binti Ariffin, graduated in Takhassus Al-Quran Wal Qiraat at Mahad Qiraat, Al-Azhar, Shoubra, Egypt intend to gain work experience, joining the nation’s workforce before considering to further their studies.
The academic criteria for candidates was highlighted by Acting Managing Director of Yayasan Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak who is also the Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development during the Sultan’s Scholar scholarship signing ceremony that took place on September 24.
Among the criteria were a minimum requirement of Grade A in three subjects in BCGCE ‘A’ level; Grade A2 for English and Bahasa Melayu in BCGCE ‘O’ Level and accepted by top 20 world ranking universities and top Islamic universities in Egypt and Jordan.
Since its establishment in 2006, 47 high achieving students were recipients of Sultan’s Scholar award scheme out of which 33 had graduated and absorbed in public service and private sectors.
The Sultan’s Scholar destinations in the United Kingdom (UK) include Imperial College London; University College London; London School of Economics, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. The outstanding academic qualities of Sultan’s Scholar warrant them entry into prestigious universities abroad.
In recent years, Sultan’s Scholars competed and gained entry into the UK’s most prestigious Oxbridge universities.
There are three Sultan’s Scholars pursuing higher degrees at University of Oxford and three more in University of Cambridge which reflect the academic prowess of Sultan’s Scholar.
The scholarship recognises the nation’s most distinguished and excellent ‘A’ level students to build a cadre of excellent leaders, contributing to the socio-economic development of the nation; as next generation leaders working in the interest of the nation, religion and the monarch. The competitive scholarship selects students who demonstrate potential leadership quality across several fields including science, business, technology, religion and academia, of a high calibre with personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership.