The University of Technology Malaysia is known as the most historic university of science and engineering in the country. Oscar, who was studying mechatronic engineering here, says he learned about the Panasonic Scholarship while he was an undergraduate. The scholarship, run by an international company that produces innovative and high-quality products, also gave the recipient great peace of mind.
“I received my Panasonic Scholarship when I was a sophomore undergraduate. One day, I happened to see a poster on the bulletin board of the student affairs section of the university. When I learned about the existence of the scholarship, I strongly felt ‘I needed this kind of support.’ Because I was the stereotypical struggling student working part-time in delivery to earn a living. This cut down a lot of my available time because the job involved delivering boxed lunches to many students during lunch and dinner. I felt that by receiving the Panasonic Scholarship, I might get me the opportunity to focus on what I really wanted to be passionate about, without worrying about financial constraints. I had known of Panasonic for a long time, of course. Because quality microwaves and rice cookers are widely used in Malaysian households. But before I applied for the scholarship, I did some further research on the company and found out that they are involved with a lot of big businesses besides products for consumers, and I thought, ‘With this company, everything will be fine.’ After I was accredited as a scholarship student, I felt the confidence well up inside me, knowing that ‘I’ve been recognized by an international company like Panasonic’, and it became my inner inspiration.”
Oscar, who did not want to burden his family because of his studying at university, worked part-time to get the money for his living expenses. Since encountering the Panasonic Scholarship, he says his life as a student brought him unexpected experiences beyond his studies.
“I applied for the Perdana Fellowship, a national program, using the time I had previously devoted to part-time work, and was selected as a member. This is a prestigious program where young people can experience work related to national governance. I was able to experience working in close proximity with a minister and provide support in their duties leading national development. I think it has helped me to consider matters from a broader perspective and given me valuable insight into policymaking and leadership.”