MACEE-Fulbright Malaysia 50th Anniversary Gala

By June 26, 2013 August 23rd, 2013 Fulbright News

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.

The event was attended by the US Ambassador to Malaysia, Datuk Paul Jones and numerous prominent Fulbright alumni including Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Ani Arope, Dato’ Dr Balwant Singh Gendeh and Muhammad Haji Salleh amongst others. Also present were the American Fulbright Scholars and Fulbright English Teaching Assistants who closed the event with their rendition of a Terengganu folk song, Ganu Kite.

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The first Malaysian Fulbrighter, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Ani Arope delivering his speech at the gala


American Fulbright grantees jazzing up the night with Waltz



Lewis Pragasam, a Malaysian recipient of Fulbright grant for his drumming ability, performing with his band



Fulbright English Teaching Assistants from the left: Sara Townsend, Julia Starr and Kendall Hack


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Dato’ Dr. Balwant Singh Gender, Ambassador Paul Jones an Dr. Ong Kian Ming



Fulbright English Teaching Assistants, Ahmad Hamad and Kelsey Grab


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Hubert H. Humphrey grantee, Mohd Yusmadi Mohd Yusoff with Fulbright Malaysian grantees, Dr Lai Suat Yan, Nani Abdul Rahman, Wan Mohd Asnur Wan Jantan

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Ambassador Paul Jones with Dr Charles Hirschman, Bonnie Gutman and Meena Ponnusamy


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Malaysian Fulbright nominees, Chan Tze Leong (left) and Kuek Ser Kuang Keng (right) with Fulbright grantee, Helena Loh (middle)


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Emma Cogan, Stefni Richards, Dr. Zuriah and Dr. Norihan

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MACEE Executive Director, Dr. James Coffman and Ambassador Paul Jones celebrating the success of the Fulbright programs in Malaysia


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Fulbright English Teaching Assistants and their acoustic rendition of Ganu Kite