USC Alumnus Jung Kian Ng ’14 selected as Rhodes Scholar for Malaysia

SC Alumnus Jung Kian Ng ’14 was selected as a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship for Malaysia!

Jung Kian Ng graduated from USC in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He was born and bred in a small town of Northern Malaysia, Alor Setar.  Raised in a single-parent family, he worked hard to excel in a national exam known as Malaysian Certificate of Education.  He was subsequently awarded a Malaysian Federal Government scholarship to pursue his tertiary education in the United States.  While at USC, he was an active member and a leader of multiple student organizations.  He was President of the Malaysian Student Association for 2013/2014 academic year, Philanthropy Chair and Historian of Sigma Phi Delta – Alpha Chapter concurrently for two consecutive semesters before being elected to the Executive Board as Secretary.  He was also a student activist in Student Coalition against Labor Exploitation (SCALE) and contributed to the success of a 13-year long campaign which resulted in USC signing on to the Worker Rights Consortium in 2013.  As an ardent believer of effecting great change via public policies, Jung Kian started his career in the government immediately after graduation. Upon his completion of term as an executive intern at the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, he was appointed a Special Assistant to the Minister.  He has since been transferred to the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department with the same role.

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England and may allow funding in some instances for four years.  Last summer the Rhodes Trust announced a major strategic and geographic expansion for its second century.  This year, 64 recipients were selected from around the world creating an international cohort of 96 Rhodes Scholars.  This is the first year the Rhodes Scholarship for Malaysia has been offered, and Jung Kian Ng is one only two recipients from his home country!  The Rhodes Scholarship for Malaysia is generously supported by Yayasan Khazanah.  Jung Kian hopes the Rhodes Scholarship will serve as another catalyst in his journey of building a better nation for all Malaysians.

Congratulations Jung Kian!