The Albukhary Foundation signed an MOU in March 2012 to build sports facilities and an auditorium at Kompleks PERMATA Pintar Negara. This is part of Phase 2 of the campus development for PERMATA Pintar Negara.
PERMATA Pintar Negara is a national educational programme for gifted Malaysian students. The brainchild of the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, it is being implemented by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
The programme consists of holistic and individualised curricula that prepare high IQ students for early entry to Ivy League and other world-class universities. Restricted to a maximum of 400 students who are mentored by university professors, PERMATA Pintar Negara also strives to unlock the latent talent and creativity of exceptional students by offering classes that include music, art, stagecraft, entertainment and sport.
Selected students are required to attend the fully residential programme at the Kompleks PERMATA Pintar Negara campus on the grounds of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
In 2013, the Albukhary Foundation responded to an appeal from the trustees of the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Fund at Somerville College, University of Oxford, the alma mater of the later Prime Minister of Britain. The Trust plans to award fellowships to outstanding students from all over the world to study as Thatcher Scholars at Oxford University, as students at her Oxford College, Somerville. Margaret Thatcher is said to have recognised that her time in Oxford had helped unlock her potential as a leader. She loved her years at Somerville. The Trust envisions “Thatcher Scholars stepping out from the nurturing and life-changing environment of Somerville, equipped with the great education that Oxford provides and which opens doors in every country in the world, to become leaders in all walks of life,” writes trustee Lord Powell of Bayswater, in his appeal letter. The Trust plans support and nurture around 100 Thatcher Scholars at any one time at Somerville by endowing a small number of senior fellowships.
Mahathir Science Award Foundation
The Mahathir Science Award is bestowed on scientists, institutions or organization worldwide in recognition of their contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology and to be awarded to the most deserving based on merit. Established in 2010, the foundation’s future plans include organising a Young Scientists Forum for participants from Asia, essay writing competitions for school children and a science exhibition. To execute these plans, the Albukhary Foundation made a contribution of RM1 million in 2012.
Cambridge Tun Suffian Scholarship
This scholarship, which is awarded by the Tun Suffian Foundation, is modelled on the Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest international fellowship initiated in 1902 to bring outstanding students to the University of Oxford. Since its establishment in 2002, to perpetuate the good name of one of Malaysia’s best loved scholar, chief judge, and mentor, the late Tun Mohamed Suffian, it has awarded more than 40 scholarships. One of its principal objectives is to award scholarships to outstanding law and medical graduates to pursue post graduate studies in Malaysia or overseas. In 2012, the Albukhary Foundation made a donation to the Tun Suffian Foundation to ensure its good work continues.
Regional Conference of Eisenhower Fellows Association, Malaysia
The Albukhary Foundation was a sponsor of a conference entitled “The Future of Urban Living” jointly organised by the Eisenhower Fellows Association of Malaysia and Singapore. The fellowship is known for customizing development programs by tapping the capacity building experience of individual fellow’s professional and personal interest. Fellows are typically mid-career professionals between the ages of 32 and 45, who are tipped to be future leaders. They are selected from around the world after undergoing a rigorous selection process before embarking on a bespoke program for six to eight weeks. Malaysia has participated in the Eisenhower Fellowship since 1960s, and currently has 31 alumni. They include two chief secretaries to the government, a vice chancellor, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank, and prominent corporate leaders.