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UM Medical Student Awarded Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship To Oxford With Hopes To Eradicate Dengue

UM Medical Student Awarded Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship To Oxford With Hopes To Eradicate Dengue

Subahsan hopes to one day eradicate dengue!

Tasneem Nazari

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Another Malaysian student has made the country proud of their amazing achievements!

Subashan Vadibeler, a 24-year-old final year medical student at Universiti Malaya (UM) has just been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in the UK!

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest (the first scholarship was awarded in 1902) and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship programme. It strives to enable outstanding young people from around the world to study at the University of Oxford.

Subashan, who hails from Ipoh, will be heading to Oxford University in the UK in October 2021 to pursue not one, but two master’s degrees. 

The first being a Master’s of Science in International Health and Tropical Medicine, and the second being a Master’s of Science in Integrated Immunology.

Rhodes Selection Committees are looking for young people of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.

The Rhodes Scholarship on the key qualities of a Rhodes scholar

Speaking to Malay Mail, Subashan shared that the experience has been “unreal”, adding that he called his mother and sister after he received the great news on Monday, 9 November.

Subashan is exactly what the Rhodes Selection Committee is looking for. (Credit: Malay Mail)

He said the Rhodes representatives asked him a mix of personal questions and questions about his career during his interview, adding that he knew he was up against eight other candidates.

The interview went okay, I had a hunch that maybe I had a chance but there were also eight other finalists. I managed to talk to them and they seemed pretty great but it was quite a surprise.

Subashan Vadibeler via Malay Mail

Subashan hopes to one day eradicate dengue, a dream inspired by his experience in medical school at UM, where he saw many patients who were suffering from the mosquito-borne disease.

The good news was shared by UM medical faculty dean Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, and Subashan was also congratulated by former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Subashan humbly acknowledged that this amazing opportunity could not have been possible without the support and guidance from the UM medical faculty.


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