The Malaysian Global UGRAD alumni from 2012-13 organized a retreat for the new batch of UGRADers in Kuala Lumpur.
They joined the new batch for their Pre-Departure Orientation organized by the Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE). With them in this photo below (third from left) is Fulbright Program Officer Ms. Kalis.
The 50th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program
June 21, 2013 marked 50 years of educational exchange between Malaysia and the United States. This was Kai Shen Ee’s (2012-13, Illinois State University) first meet up with the Global UGRAD alumni. They talked, shared experiences and updated each other on their current adventures. After returning home, Kai was offered an internship at Perhentian Island for three months working as Community Liaison Leader. He was also invited to join theJunior World Entrepreneurship Forum (JWEF) Malaysia on May 31, 2013.
Lai (Cay) Kar Yan (2012-13, American University) met Tang Khai Shing, her inspiration to study abroad. When she was 16 years old, Cay browsed through the web with the key words “American Malaysia student exchange” and a blog that Khai Shing kept during her life as a Global UGRADer showed up and inspired Cay to want to study abroad in the United States. She is so grateful to have met such a wonderful person who has inspired her and became her mentor. Upon returning home, Cay joined the Malaysian Youth Leadership Program and is working with a group of enthusiastic local university students on a project with consultants from the McKinsey & Company-Kuala Lumpur working on Social Entrepreneurship projects.
Upon her return to Malaysia, Cheong Chee Lee (2012-13, University of New Hampshire) was offered a 4-month engineering internship. Cheong is currently undergoing her final weeks as an undergraduate student and will graduate in the end of January 2014. Due to her exposure in U.S., she is also more actively involved in social and leadership events, the most recent being TEDxKL 2013.
Kalainilaa Kalaiyarasu (2012-13, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities) has been traveling and volunteering since her return to Malaysia. She was involved in a collaborative effort between students in Korea, Canada and Malaysia on an online project. To play a part in the much anticipated General Elections in Malaysia, she worked as a Polling Agent to gain first-hand experience on the election process. She is currently volunteering at a community center in her neighborhood. She looks forward to integrating her academic insights gained during the experience to her more UK-based education syllabus in her final year degree.
Extracted from: Global Gazette (January 2014)