This is the second batch of scholarship Petronas is awarding since independence of South Sudan following a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the company and the Ministry of Petroleum in 2011.
According to Mr. Utong Joseph who represented the chairman of Petronas in South Sudan, he expressed optimism that when they graduate, they will be of benefit to the country.
“We hope the beneficiaries of this scholarship will one day come and contribute to this nation,” Utong said.
Meanwhile the beneficiaries affirmed that they will not bring shame to the country but rather pride by excelling and urged the government to build good relationship with Malaysia.
They also called on the other oil companies in South Sudan to emulate the spirit of Petronas and offer scholarships.
According to the Director General for Training and External Relations in the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Benjamin Gabriel, his ministry has signed contracts with Chinese companies to build the national universities.
He however expressed concern that the scholarships be gender sensitive. Out of the ten beneficiaries this year, there is no lady something which he said should be considered in the next batch.
However the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, Hon. Machar Aciek Ader said that they will not entertain change of course and advised that the students must pursue the courses given to them.
The undersecretary also advised against tribalism saying that the students were selected on merit and that they should not be tribalists when they come back.
The students are set to study engineering courses.