Malaysians Receive Fulbright Grants to the US!

“Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) presented grants to 17 Malaysians for the prestigious Fulbright program and other United States (US) government-funded grants for 2016-2017, Tuesday.

The Fulbright program, the flagship international educational exchange programme funded by the United States government and designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, was offered by MACEE since its inception in 1963 to promote international goodwill through the exchange of students and scholars in areas of education, culture, and science.

An award winner, Tan Win Son received a Fulbright grant to the Arizona State University and will be leaving in August to study Big Data Science-Analytics.

“My goal is to understand more about leading practices of analytics professionals in the US and help to bring back some of it to help organisations here in Malaysia.

“I would like to improve our public transport system and risk management field, the implementations maybe almost immediately upon graduating, the sooner we collect the data in the right way, the sooner the implementation,” he told reporters after the Fulbright award presentation ceremony here.

Another recipient, Dr Mohammad Faizal Ahmad Fauzi from the Multimedia University said, he intends to develop digital pathology, a non-popular field in Malaysia.

“My aim is to be a pioneer in this specific research area and we (Multimedia University) will find medical collaborators to work in this area in future,” said Mohammad, a future Biomedical Informatics student in Ohio State University.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Edgard Kagan said the Fulbright program was a greater platform for Malaysians to embark on a new journey in the education field.

“We consider this program the most important thing to be done to expand knowledge and both Malaysia and America will benefit from this strong relationship,” said Kagan.

In addition, for the first time, Fulbright-Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), a newly created grant was also introduced.

MCMC Academy’s Advisor Toh Swee Hoe said it was jointly funded by MCMC and the US State Department and these grant was to send graduates and senior scholars to the US in the field of communications and mass media.

Three individuals were awarded Fulbright-MCMC grants at the event.”


Extracted from Daily Express June 22, 2016.

Malaysia-Thailand Fulbright ETA International Camp, Chiang Mai

The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok recently funded a Fulbright ETA English camp in Chiang Mai. This is the first ever international collaboration between Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) in Malaysia and Thailand – International English Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 24-26 July, 2015.

This joint program was co-organized by Fulbright ETA Malaysia, Shannon Gedo and Fulbright ETA Thailand, Flor Castellanos representing SMK RPM Tengku Fauziah and Maerim Wittayakhom respectively.

The twenty Malaysian students selected to join the camp organized by Ms Gedo attend SMK RPM Tengku Fauziah, a secondary school tucked in Kaki Bukit, a small town to the north of Perlis. For many of them, it was the first time flying on a plane. Most have not been outside of Perlis before the program.

 Upon arrival they were greeted with Classical Thai dance at the Maerim Wittayakhom school in Chiang Mai. The US Consul General of Chiang Mai, Michael Heath, Executive Director of TUSEF, Ms Benjawan Ubonsri and Program Coordinator at MACEE, Raymond Chew were present to officiate the event. Other officials present were Mike Hock and Gao Linprasad of EducationUSA Chiang Mai; US Embassy Bangkok representative, Emily Paxson; MACEE Assistant Coordinators, Sara Townsend and Aisha Hadlock; and TUSEF US Program Officer, Siripon Tantsetthi.

The Malaysian students were joined by 20 Thai students from the Maerim Wittayakhom school. In conjunction with the theme of “Strengthening ASEAN Communication”, the activities focused on promoting the use of English for cultural exchange in an environment where the language is often unused outside of their schools. 

Activities during the program include learning how to prepare local desserts from each other; Thai mango sticky Rice & pisang goreng, describing what it means to be a Malaysian and Thai, sharing aspirations and the culture and traditions of both communities with dance showcase such as the MalaysianJong jong Inai & the classical Northern Thai dance.

“This is the first time we have this international camp and we are very happy with it! The (Thai) students get to learn English with the visiting Malaysia students and this would not have been possible without being part of the Fulbright program. I am very thankful,” quoted Ms Srinuan Boontham, the host teacher at Maerim Wittayakhom. 

This program was supported by the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) and Thailand-United States Education Foundation (TUSEF).

Watch the reel of the camp here.



Meet A Fulbrighter: Datuk Dr Nik Norzrul Thani

Datuk Dr Nik Norzrul Thani
Chairman and Senior Partner of Zaid Ibrahim & Co.

“…I changed mZicolaw-14y studies from accountancy to marketing and then to law. At that time it was difficult to explain to my sponsors the raison d’etre of these changes. I was lucky I had understanding sponsors who were enthused by inter-disciplinary practices. But it was still a challenge. Further, I married whilst I was a student and it was difficult but I was lucky that my wife, Melor, was very supportive. In fact, she helped me with my notes and as she was working while I was studying, she assisted me financially as well. It made us stronger and I can safely say that enabled us to face challenges together, and to face any adversity…”

 1. Tell us about yourself

I am the Chairman and Senior Partner of Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICOlaw) with offices in Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Melbourne and Sydney as well as associate offices in Jakarta, Yangon, Phnom Penh, Laos and Vientiane. I also serve as chairman and director of several public listed and government linked companies.



Fulbright ETA hosts American rock musician, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal



“STUDENTS from 19 secondary schools had a rocking time with Guns ‘N’ Roses lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal during a meet-and-greet session at the state Education Department’s auditorium here.

Signature double-necked guitar in hand, the multi-talented singer and instrumentalist jammed on stage with several young musicians from the audience, including nine-year-old drummer Dallian James from SK St Michael in Samarahan. He also joined the SMK Kota Samarahan band called 11th Division in performing a couple of local songs before finishing the impromptu jam session with the Guns ‘N’ Roses hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.


Rural schools get Fulbright touch


 KUALA LUMPUR: Ten American youths have returned to teach English in rural Malaysian schools for a second year after an enriching experience last year under the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) programme.


2015 Fulbright ETAs arrive!


MACEE welcomes the 100 Americans from 35 states and the District of Columbia who arrived in Malaysia to serve as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants in national secondary schools for the 2015 school year. They will be posted to mostly rural and remote towns in Kelantan, Kedah, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Terengganu, Sabah, and Sarawak. This will be the fourth Fulbright ETA cohort welcomed by Malaysia since the inception of the nation-wide Fulbright ETA program in 2012. Due to the success of the first three-year phase, the Fulbright ETA program has been renewed for a further three years and has expanded its reach to Kelantan, Kedah, and Perlis. Jointly managed by MACEE and the Ministry of Education, the Fulbright ETA program aims to increase students’ interest and ability in English language through classroom lessons, co-curricular activities, and special projects undertaken with the native English speakers from the United States. Furthermore, the program will foster cultural exchange through the direct people to people interactions of the participants over the course of ten months.

Meet a Fulbrighter: Indrani Kopal


Indrani Kopal
Award-winning Documentary/Filmmaker 

1. Tell us more about yourself

I’m a 35 year old woman, Malaysian-Indian, born and bred in Kuala Lumpur.

I have over 6 years of experience working as a multimedia journalist for, a prestigious news organization in Malaysia. I specialised in short web documentaries focusing on social and political issues, especially the issues of marginalized rural Malaysian Indians. I have also produced dozens of online multi-lingual short features and news videos.

In 2010, I participated in The George Washington University Documentary Center’s International Emerging Filmmakers six-week fellowship program. During this trip, I was so inspired to come back to the US to do a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), that, I applied for a Fulbright scholarship. To my surprise, I learnt that I was actually the first “filmmaker” of any sort to receive a Fulbright scholarship in Malaysia. And so, here I am.

I am currently completing my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Documentary Studies and Production at Hofstra University in New York.



MACEE-Fulbright Malaysia 50th Anniversary Gala

On June 21, 2013, MACEE-Fulbright Malaysia celebrated its 50th anniversary in Kuala Lumpur. The gala was a celebration of 50 years of “bridging the Pacific” through a dynamic partnership that has grown and changed through the decades in service of the mission to bring Malaysia and the United States closer together. The accomplishments of the Malaysian and American Fulbright grantees and the unique history of MACEE were showcased in a book that was unveiled at the gala.


A Prestigious Yet Achievable Award

“The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.” – Senator J. William Fulbright

Fulbright Programs Social Media

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) consist of young Americans teaching in Malaysian national schools throughout the country. Read about their experiences, discoveries and aspirations while in the midst of explorating the Malaysian culture. Click the button below to access our Fulbright ETA Blog.