Top Science Student Wins Prime Ministerial Award

Award recipient Mukhlis Mah
Wednesday, 5 December, 2012

Advanced Science student Mukhlis Mah has won a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award, receiving up to $53,000 to study and undertake an internship in China.  

Designed to enhance students’ global awareness, the award will give Mah the opportunity to study for up to 12 months at the University of Nottingham’s China campus in Ningbo, taking third-year subjects for his Geochemistry/Mathematics major. 

"I'm looking forward to experiencing a new culture, in particular a new student culture,” he says.

Leaving for Ningbo in second semester next year, Mah will also undertake an internship at a Chinese organisation following his exchange.

"I haven't decided where I'll do my internship yet, but I would like to do it somewhere research-based, or at a consulting firm," he says. 

“I love working at the intersection of geology and chemistry. The internship will be a good opportunity for me to hone my problem-solving skills.”  

While Mah says he enjoys the practical aspects of his degree the most – in particular the lab work – he hopes to learn Mandarin while in Ningbo in order to immerse himself in the culture.

“I get a huge sense of accomplishment from my studies and I’m really looking forward to complementing my degree with this experience.”

Mah is one of 20 undergraduates to receive the award, which aims to strengthen education ties between Australia and its neighbours and develop skilled future leaders.

Mah will formally accept his award tomorrow night at the Australia Awards Dinner in Canberra. 


More information about the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award

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