UTAR student receives Murata Scholarship Award
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) industrial engineering student Lim Boon Kiat received the Murata Scholarship Award at an award presentation ceremony held at Murata Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd in Batu Gajah, Perak.
Lim, a second year Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Industrial Engineering student, received a scholarship award of RM30,000 from Murata Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Mr. Yoshihiro Tanaka. The award presentation ceremony was witnessed by UTAR Vice President (R&D Commercialization) Prof. Dr. Lee Sze Wei, Dean of FEGT Dr. Yap Vooi Voon, Head of Department of Industrial Engineering Mr. Yang Chuan Choong, staffs of Murata Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, and family members of the scholarship recipient.
According to Lim, who hails from Sungai Siput, Perak, the scholarship will greatly reduce his financial constraints. "Having gone through two stringent rounds of selection process, I am in cloud nine knowing that I am a recipient of this prestigious award," rejoiced Lim, who will be bonded to Murata for three years upon graduation. Excited at the opportunity to serve a large, diversified conglomerate, Lim pledged to give his utmost dedication to the remaining years of his tertiary education.
Mr. Tanaka congratulated Lim and hoped that the scholarship will drive more students to take up industrial engineering. He expressed hope to see more innovative ventures between UTAR and Murata in future.
Mr. Tanaka's sentiments were echoed by Prof Lee, who congratulated Lim and hoped that the inaugural presentation of Murata Scholarship Award to UTAR student will strengthen future collaboration between both organisations.
Industrial engineering focuses on applying engineering principles to improve the performance of an integrated system involving man, material, method and machine in the manufacturing, industrial and service sectors. In short, industrial engineers help to improve productivity and quality. To cater to the high demand for competent industrial engineers, UTAR has been offering the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Industrial Engineering at UTAR Perak campus in Kampar.
Murata Electronics Sdn Bhd is an overseas subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in Japan. Established in 1993, it is one of Murata's important production bases outside Japan to meet the growing demands for electronic components in South East Asia and the rest of the world.
The Chosen One: Mr. Tanaka (first from left) presenting the mock cheque to Lim (fourth from left). Looking on (from right) are Mr. Yang, Dr. Yap, Prof. Lee, and family members of Lim.