Named after Jürgen Dormann who served as Chairman from 2001 to 2007, and CEO from September 2002 to December 2004, the ABB Jürgen Dormann Foundation for Engineering Education (JDF) provides financial assistance to talented engineering students in different parts of the world including Bulgaria, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam. Recipients of the distinguished scholarship are carefully considered based on merit and personal means.
In Malaysia, the program was initiated in 2011 with University of Malaya, the foundation’s partner university. The foundation has since supported 16 students who have graduated to pursue their engineering ambition while nine more are still undergraduates in various academic sessions.
“Malaysia has an immense talent pool, and this is evident in the selection process which has become increasingly competitive over the years. Recipients have to demonstrate not only academic excellence and high intellectual capacity but character traits such a positive attitude, strong leadership potential as well as a passion for innovation,” said R Narayanan, Country Managing Director, ABB Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Lead Business Area Manager, Motion Asia.
“It has been my lifelong ambition to study electrical engineering in Malaysia’s premier university. The fact that I’m here today is a dream come true. But to be associated with ABB through this scholarship program is something I’ve never imagined,” an elated Myson Valen Teoh Xiong Hui shared.
In addition to the annual stipend, which is subject to the continued observance of the eligibility criteria, successful students are also assigned a local ABB mentor who will support and carefully monitor their development. They will also experience internship opportunity which provides a valuable exposure to ABB’s cutting-edge technology, inspiring projects and multicultural environment.
“We believe in investing in the future and in the lives of talented young people. With the right level of support, we can inspire the next generation of engineers, thinkers and innovators to achieve their fullest potential,” R Narayanan concluded.
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