ABB JDF announces scholarship recipients from University of Malaya

ABB JDF announces scholarship recipients from University of Malaya

  • Foundation celebrates its 12th anniversary in Malaysia
  • Program supports bright, passionate and deserving students to achieve their engineering ambition

Oo Jian Hong, Teoh Choo Kean and Tong Yong Shen from University of Malaya have been named as recipients of the prestigious ABB Jürgen Dormann Foundation (JDF) scholarship. Founded in 2007 in Baden, Switzerland, the foundation is named after Jürgen Dormann who served as Chairman from 2001 to 2007, and also CEO from September 2002 to December 2004. It offers financial support to outstanding students from different parts of the world to help them pursue their engineering ambition.

In Malaysia, the program was initiated in 2011 with University of Malaya as the foundation’s partner university. Shortlisted applicants undergo an interview process before being selected to receive the award. They are evaluated based on academic excellence, exemplary leadership attributes, involvement in STEM-related extracurricular activities as well as financial need.

“Each year, the foundation receives applications from the country’s brightest minds, some of whom have overcome adversities and challenging circumstances to achieve academic excellence. The work that goes into identifying worthy recipients who demonstrate not only high intellectual capacity but also character traits which represent the values and ethos of JDF is a mammoth task,” said R Narayanan, Senior Vice President and Head of Motion Business, Asia.

“As JDF marks its 12th anniversary in Malaysia, we are reminded of the importance of what the foundation does to break down barriers for outstanding engineering talents from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is my pleasure to congratulate Oo Jian Hong, Teoh Choo Kean and Tong Yong Shen for being selected to receive this prestigious scholarship award and in joining the ranks of other outstanding global scholars. I’m sure this is a proud moment for their families, teachers and friends,” Narayanan added.

“This scholarship represents more than just financial support; it is an acknowledgment of my past efforts and future potential as well as an inspiration for my ongoing pursuit of education excellence. I am grateful to JDF for this opportunity which will shape my future,” said an elated Teoh Choo Kean.

In addition to the annual stipend, which is subject to continued observance of the eligibility criteria, the students are assigned a local ABB mentor who will support and carefully monitor their progress. They will also experience internship opportunities which provide real-life exposure to ABB’s leading technology, people and work culture.

To date, the foundation has supported 22 students who have since graduated to pursue their engineering ambition while nine more are still undergraduates in various academic sessions.

  • Teoh Choo Kean loves music and anything to do with technology
  • Tong Yong Shen is a martial arts exponent who also has a passion for Maths
  • Oo Jian Tong created a biodegradable insecticide using potato peels in high school
  • Happiness all around!


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