Dr. James Coffman

Director of the Fulbright Commission in Malaysia


“International educational exchange is the most significant current project designed to continue the process of humanizing mankind to the point, we would hope, that men can learn to live in peace — eventually even to cooperate in constructive activities rather than compete in a mindless contest of mutual destruction…. We must try to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy and perception, and there is no way of doing that except through education.

Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations. Man’s capacity for decent behavior seems to vary directly with his perception of others as individual humans with human motives and feelings, whereas his capacity for barbarism seems related to his perception of an adversary in abstract terms, as the embodiment, that is, of some evil design or ideology.


To date, Malaysia’s Fulbright program has seen over a thousand citizens of both nationas participating in the exceptional academic endeavours offered by Fulbright. Since our inception in 1963, over 750 Malaysians have traveled to the United States with over 400 Americans coming over to Malaysia. This year, the Malaysia’s Fulbright program is committed to sending and receiving more Malaysians and American alike across borders to further promote educational exchanges. Click on the menu to the right to browse the current and past Malaysian and American Fulbrighters.

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This much coveted Fulbright scholarship is awarded to deserving Malaysian scholars who have displayed exemplary skills and knowledge in their respective fields and area of study.

If you would like to be a part of the Fulbright experience, the scholarship will be made available and will be announced on the website from March to October each year.

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Education Events & Updates

May 25, 2017 in Fulbright News

A Malaysian Journey

“DIFFERENT skin tones, different heights, different races, but why are our hearts the same?” A plaintive soliloquy of a Malaysian…
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June 24, 2016 in Fulbright News

Malaysians Receive Fulbright Grants to the US!

"...The Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) presented grants to 17 Malaysians for the prestigious Fulbright program and other United…
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August 4, 2015 in Fulbright News

Malaysia-Thailand Fulbright ETA International Camp, Chiang Mai

MACEE presents the first Fulbright ETA cross-border collaboration between Thailand and Malaysia.
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June 9, 2015 in Fulbright News

Meet A Fulbrighter: Datuk Dr Nik Norzrul Thani

"...when I first attended a summer course at Harvard, I was wearing a suit and a tie. I felt perplexed…
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July 15, 2018 in Fulbright Programs

Programs at MACEE

MACEE administers Fulbright and non-Fulbright Programs for both Americans to Malaysia and Malaysians to the US.Grants for American citizens include Fulbright…
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July 14, 2018 in Fulbright Programs

2019 Fulbright Specialist Program (Application Deadline Revised: July 30, 2019)

The program is a field-driven initiative in which Malaysian host institution conceptualize and design project of interest in the communication…
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July 14, 2018 in Fulbright Programs

Fulbright Malaysian Graduate Study and Research Program’s deadline is extended to [August 26, 2019]

We are pleased to announce the annual competition for Fulbright grants for graduate level study (Masters degree) in the United…
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July 14, 2018 in Fulbright Programs

2020-2021 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program [Mid-career Training in the U.S.] (Deadline extended to August 23, 2019)

The program brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals to the U.S. for a year of non-degree graduate level study, leadership…
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Fulbright Alumni Association of Malaysia was formed in 1998. The nascent Alumni was first mooted on April 12th 1996 and formally registered in mid-1997. It seeks to galvanise the vast and varied interests of the Malaysian and U.S. Fulbright community in furtherance of the famed Fulbright vision…

The essence of the intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy, the ability to see the world as the others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see it more accurately…”
J. William Fulbright

The main purpose of the Association is to function as a forum to exchange the opinion and to strengthen social and professional relationship among the members of the Association towards the development of J. William Fulbright professionalism and individualism of all members.

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