Manila, Philippines --- A Malaysian university has accepted in its fold 10 new Muslim Filipino scholars despite the current Sabah standoff.
The 10 Moro scholars will be taking up post-graduate studies at the University Utara Malaysia (UUM), which was created "to primarily develop and promote management education."
Two of the scholars were identified by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), Farrell Hassan E. Usman (no relation with this writer) and Hasna L. Lidasan. They described their scholarship as "a great motivation" and "very meaningful."
Prof. Dato Dr.Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, UUM vice chancellor, cited the scholarship's purpose.
Under the leadership of Secretary Mehol K. Sadain, the NCMF has been intensifying ties with international academic institutions to push for a quality education, among others, of Moros through the Bureau of Exernal Relations (NCMF-BER).
"UUM's purpose in awarding these scholarships, five to students enrolled in undergraduate studies and five to those in postgraduate studies, is to provide excellent students from Mindanao with the opportunity of pursuing higher education here. This will also help, in the long run, to rebuild the manpower resources in the southern Philippines, especially Mindanao, which is in dire need of highly educated and trained human resources to facilitate its redevelopment," the Malaysian educator said.