Students leave for engineering course in Malaysia

By: Kidega Livingstone

At least 10 students have left for Malaysia to pursue engineering courses in various disciplines.

“We shall come back and work for the people of South Sudan,” said one of the Petroleum Engineering students, Boniface Sinangbatiri Alfred Riruyo

“We need to do something that will inspire other people to love education. We shall be coming back to work in our country for the betterment of our own people and the nation,” Boniface told Juba Monitor yesterday at Juba International Airport before the flight.

“We are all determined and we know what we going to do. In order to achieve in life you have to be educated just as our leaders who went to school,” he added.

Last year December PETRONAS Carigali Nile Limited (PCNL) awarded sponsorships to 10 South Sudanese students under the PETRONAS International Education Sponsorship Programme (IESP).

The 10 recipients will pursue their tertiary education in various disciplines at the University Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia.

Boniface said they would ensure that their results impress the parents and the whole nation.

“We are also going there to work hard and ensure that at the end of the day we shall come back with a good result that would really impress the parents and the country at large,” he emphasized.

He encouraged other students left behind to study hard so that they could get such opportunities in future.

“Passed Senior Four with some good percentage so that if you get any opportunities so that you can be able to defense yourself by passing the interview,” he encouraged.

Another student Achol Aguek Tengteng told this newspaper that the knowledge to acquire would be put into practice in creating something better for the country.

“With my knowledge of chemical engineering, I will come back and work in the industry.”

What I learnt from these scholarships was that for several years it has been boys being taken because girls here look at themselves less participants but now we are all equal. We can even do better than boys. Don’t think of marriage we have better things ahead of us,” she said.

Earlier during the award ceremony on the 21st December 2019, PETRONAS South Sudan Operations Country Chairman, Anuar Ismail, who presented the scholarship awards to the recipients, said PETRONAS believes that those scholarships would create a sustainable future.

He mentioned that investing in talent is one of the most meaningful ways of empowering communities.

With the IESP, PETRONAS’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts towards education, Ismail said they were able to create opportunities for deserving students in South Sudan to attain quality education.

“I would also like to express my appreciation to the government of the Republic of South Sudan for their continuous support towards PETRONAS. The IESP will not only help achieve South Sudan’s aspiration in accelerating the country’s capability development but also witness a growing pool of South Sudanese oil and gas professionals,” he added.

Since 2000, PETRONAS has sponsored 90 students including the 10 award recipients. To date, 57 students have graduated while 23 are still studying in at UTP.

PETRONAS in South Sudan also carries out the Water for Life projects, which benefitted more than 40,000 people in Juba and a blood donation drive.

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