12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) -- A number of Malaysian Chevening Scholars visited the BAE Systems Warton site recently and were given a tour of the Typhoon aircraft's final assembly facilities.

The post-graduate students on the Chevening Scholarship programme have been studying in the United Kingdom (UK) for the past year.

"The Chevening Scholarship is an established, highly prestigious programme for potential future leaders.

"BAE Systems’ sponsorship will enable more Malaysian students to take advantage of this exciting opportunity," BAE Systems' Programme Director Malaysia, Andy Lavin, said in a statement today.

During the visit, the visitors met with senior BAE Systems representatives and had the chance to fly the Typhoon in the flight simulation rig.

"The aim of the visit was to build relationships with the students and promote our products and capabilities, especially the Typhoon, which we are promoting as the best solution to meet Malaysia’s requirement for a new multi-role combat aircraft," Lavin said.

He also said sponsorship of the BAE Systems Malaysian Chevening Scholarship programme is an important step in developing the company's education programme in Malaysia and aligns perfectly with its approach to education globally.

This is the first year that BAE Systems has been involved in this prestigious programme.

In 2012, BAE Systems sponsored seven students to study in the UK, and a further 14 will be sponsored this year.

The scholarships are managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Malaysia, who select the students through a competitive process. -- BERNAMA