ABB Jürgen Dormann Foundation renews collaboration with Universiti Malaya

Foundation to help deserving students overcome financial challenges to pursue their engineering dreams

The ABB Jürgen Dormann Foundation (JDF) and Universiti Malaya (UM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday, 3 September, 2020, to extend their collaboration which will enable academically outstanding students from low-income families to achieve their engineering ambition. Renewal of the original agreement signed in 2011 will see the collaboration being extended by an additional five years.

R Narayanan (left) with YBhg Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Malaya
R Narayanan (left) with YBhg Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Malaya

The MoU underpins ABB’s commitment to support underprivileged students and to grow Malaysia’s talent pool as the country pushes ahead for Industry 4.0. Representing UM at the signing ceremony were Yang Berbahagia Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim, Vice-Chancellor and Prof Dr. Saad Mekhilef, Dean, Faculty of Engineering while ABB was represented by R Narayanan, Country Managing Director, Malaysia.

As part of the renewed agreement, ABB JDF will offer three new scholarships per academic year up to a maximum of 12 running scholarships at Universiti Malaya. Selected students will receive RM15,000 per annum for the entire duration of their course, up to a maximum of four years. First year students will also receive an additional RM3,000 for the purchase of computer equipment and software to help them prepare and perform better in class.

“The scholarship amount was reviewed and with approval from the ABB JDF Board, increased as we wanted to ensure that educational pursuit, especially amongst the country’s brightest talents, do not take a back seat due to rising cost of living,” said R Narayanan. “Outstanding students who have proven their academic ability deserve to be supported to overcome their economic disadvantages and to achieve their fullest potential,” he added.

In addition to the annual stipend, scholars will also receive the support of an ABB mentor who will be available to help them through the challenges of higher education. Finding someone who has experienced the same challenges can help them become more comfortable and adjusted in the college environment. They will also have the opportunity to experience ABB’s technology and work culture as part of an internship program under the scholarship agreement.

“I would like to convey my gratitude to ABB JDF for their continued trust in Universiti Malaya. As a university with a proud and long history, we will do our best in making sure that the collaboration continues to be fruitful. I believe that we will be able to achieve more to produce world-class engineering talents which will serve the country in a competitive new era,” said Datuk Ir. (Dr.) Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Malaya.


Named after Jürgen Dormann who served as Chairman of ABB from 2001 to 2007, and was also CEO from September 2002 to December 2004, the ABB JDF provides scholarships to engineering students in different parts of the world who can prove a high standard of academic achievement and who need financial support to be able to continue their studies. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of ability, potential and personal means. The scholars come from a total of 15 universities in Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam. Find out more at

About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.

About Universiti Malaya

Situated in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Malaya (UM) is the first university in Malaysia. UM is being supported by two academies, thirteen faculties, three institutes and three academic centres that comprehensively encompass medicine, science, technology, social sciences and humanities. UM also has the first and biggest teaching hospital in Malaysia, which is the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). The core of UM’s contributions to the academia and society is through teaching, research, publication, innovation, and commercialisation.

UM has emerged among the world's top 100 universities and is ranked 59th on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021. Since its establishment, UM has successfully produced approximately 200,000 graduates.  For more information, please visit


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