The KPMG ASEAN Scholarship, a regional scholarship program, is once again open until 20 March 2020 for outstanding Malaysian undergraduates to apply. The scholarship provides funding and employment opportunities in four ASEAN nations alongside Malaysia: Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. KPMG is the first of the Big 4 professional services firms to offer such program in the region, which was established in 2015.
Eligible scholars who are keen on getting first-hand corporate experience or have interest in acquiring structured cross-border experiences are encouraged to apply. Exceptional undergraduates who are currently in their first or second year of their degree program in any discipline are welcome.
Adrian Lee, Head of People at KPMG in Malaysia, explains “KPMG’s ASEAN Scholarship program enables undergraduates to engage with people from different countries while learning employable skillsets that will benefit them when they graduate and join the workforce. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to broaden their experience with two internships; one with the Malaysia firm and the other within one of the four participating member firms in ASEAN.
“Last year, we received over 460 applicants from various universities across Malaysia and through rigorous selection, have supported five promising graduates from Malaysia to stretch their potential to grow and become leaders of the future.” Adrian added.
Scholars will receive an annual scholarship grant of RM12,000 per annum and allowance for internships abroad. This program also offers employment prospects for excellent scholars upon graduation.
KPMG’s structured program is supported by three pillars – professional development, strategic engagement and social connection – where KPMG’s ASEAN Scholars can anticipate diverse learning and development opportunities.
From the 2017 cohort, local scholar, Natasha Bong Sue Yan, who graduated last year, explained how her internship in Singapore has allowed her to grow outside of her comfort zone.
“I was in my second year of studies at the time of my internship and I was privileged to be able to meet clients from various engagements. This allowed me to gain insights on how different industries function and I brought this knowledge to the classroom. This experience helped to expand my learning curve, especially in areas of customer centric operations.
“I am also thankful for the support system that I received during my internship as my managers and peers were supportive and willing to guide me through, which made me felt appreciated. In the course of my internship, I was able to integrate along with other ASEAN Scholars and we were able to participate in one of the firm’s Corporate Citizenship initiatives, which was a great platform to interact with the community,” shared Natasha, who will be commencing as an Associate with the Strategy and Operations department at KPMG in Singapore in March.
Currently in his last semester pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting and Management, Mohammad Uqail Esa, expressed that it was an honour to be selected as he feels this is a jump start to his dream career in the field of audit.
“I look forward to be able to contribute and learn throughout the KPMG ASEAN scholarship program as I anticipate working alongside colleagues and other ASEAN scholars from different countries. To me, that is the epitome of diversity and inclusion,” said Uqail who will be embarking on his career journey with KPMG in Malaysia.
Throughout this program, scholars will be mentored by senior members of staff and management to ensure that they have an all-inclusive experience working at KPMG. Upon joining this program, they are also eligible to access employee benefits such as Flexible Working Arrangements, rapid career advancement and the chance to participate in CSR activities that contribute towards improving the communities.
Application for the KPMG ASEAN Scholarship closes on 20 March 2020. To view the eligibility criteria and to apply, visit www.kpmg.com.my/aseanscholarship
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