FIVE EXCEPTIONAL young Malaysian researchers were awarded the prestigious Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment 2019 by Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, Royal Patron of the Merdeka Award Trust.
Dr Mohd Azri Ab Rani, 35; Juliana Ooi Sue May, 34; Dr Yanny Marliana Baba Ismail, 33; Feng Ying Xing, 29 and Chrishen Robert Gomez, 25 are part of the 19 recipients between the age of 22 and 35 who became the 2019 recipient of this award since its inception in 2012.
The biennial Merdeka Award Grant recognizes promising young Malaysians to cultivate their potential to be thought leaders with the spirit for innovation and a culture of excellence contributing to a positive difference to Malaysia and the lives of Malaysians. The grant covers a broad range of disciplines including visual and performing arts, sports, community and social work, finance, economics, environment, education, health, science and technology.
In recognition of their groundbreaking research efforts, the grant engages recipients in short-term international attachments at globally-renowned host organizations to help recipients build their expertise by undergoing enriching learning experiences and improving the quality and impact of their research.