Six Malaysian students accepted into Harvard amidst stiff competition

By Aeisya Mardhiyyah

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 April 2022: Malaysia made history when it recorded the admission of six local students to the world’s prestigious, Harvard University, for the class of 2026, New Straits Times reported.

The newspaper said a recent statement by the Harvard College Alumni Interviewers for Malaysia revealed that this is the highest number of students from Malaysia admitted in the same year to Harvard’s undergraduate school throughout the country’s history.

The Malaysian cohort of students who come from diverse backgrounds comprise Chooi Je Qin from Johor, Herman Leong Xin Yang and Ishant Shah from Penang, Carisma Michaela Wong from Sabah, Lee Ee Jenn from Kuala Lumpur, and Alyssa Yap Xin Yi from Sarawak.

The students plan to pursue their studies in a wide range of fields from Astrophysics, to Biochemistry, to Economics, to Environmental Science and Public Policy, Politics, Sociology, Neuroscience, and Linguistics.

According to the statement, the Malaysian students received offers of admission amidst stiff competition from a global applicant pool of 61,220 students.

It said the acceptance rate for the class of 2026 was the lowest rate in the school’s 386-year history, at 3.19 per cent.

Alumni and interviewer Nadiah Wan (Harvard College Class of 2007) said until recently, Malaysia had at most two students admitted per year and sometimes even none.

In the statement on 2 April, it was announced that five students were accepted into the college’s Class of 2026. However, in an update on Twitter yesterday, Nadiah added that a sixth Malaysian, who was interviewed in Singapore, was accepted into the esteemed college too.

The Harvard College Alumni Interviewers for Malaysia said Malaysia has amazing talent to offer and since finances are not a barrier to attending Harvard College, more young Malaysians are encouraged to apply.

When announcing its admissions decision, Harvard said families making below USD75,000 (RM316,000) annually will not be charged tuition, an increase from the previous threshold for full financial aid of USD65,000.

“It has always been the mission of Harvard College to provide educational opportunities to the best and brightest students around the world from all backgrounds, regardless of their social or economic status.

“For families who earn between USD75,000 and USD150,000 (RM RM632,895) annually, the expected contribution for fees is between zero and ten per cent of their annual income.

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.***

Source: New Straits Times

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