UQ lends a helping hand to HELP University student

16 May 2016

A one-off $10,000 bursary funded by The University of Queensland will give a deserving student from HELP University in Malaysia the chance to study at UQ.

The “30th Anniversary HELP-UQ Bursary in honour of Datuk Dr Paul Chan and Datin Dr Kam Yoke Chan-Low” commemorates 30 years of excellence at HELP University, as well as the long-standing HELP-UQ partnership.

This bursary will be awarded to a HELP undergraduate student who wishes to complete part of their degree at UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL). It will help cover the student’s living expenses while they are in Australia.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj announced the bursary at a HELP University gala dinner in Kuala Lumpur. Professor Høj made the journey to celebrate HELP University’s many achievements since it was founded 30 years ago by Dr Paul Chan and Dr Kam Yoke Chan-Low.

Professor Høj said the HELP-UQ partnership had gone from strength to strength since it began in the late 1990s.

“This is but a small gesture to recognise the valuable relationship between both our institutions, and we look forward to continuing to work together to shape tomorrow’s global leaders,” he said.  

BEL Faculty Executive Dean Professor Iain Watson said the HELP-UQ partnership had been very positive for his faculty.

“Over the years, we have welcomed many talented HELP students who have completed part of their undergraduate program at HELP University and the rest at the UQ BEL Faculty,” he said.

“Currently, 99 of the 130 HELP students at UQ are studying a BEL program.

“We are delighted this bursary will allow another HELP student to pursue their passions in business, economics or law.

“We look forward to supporting the recipient through their educational journey at UQ.”

This isn’t the first time UQ and HELP have pledged their support to one another.

In 2011, HELP University made a generous $100,000 donation to UQ’s Student Welfare Fund to support students affected by the Queensland floods, and in 2014, HELP contributed $100,000 to the UQ Business School’s Frank Finn Scholarship endowment fund.