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2 Malaysians Get Russian Government Scholarship To Study Nuclear Power

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Russian government through its embassy here has offered a full scholarship to two Malaysian students to further their studies in nuclear power engineering.

Russian Centre of Science and Culture assistant director, Alena Belozertseva said the gesture would promote exchange of knowledge between Malaysia and Russia.

"We have been receiving some 600 Malaysian students yearly, particularly in medicine and engineering," she told Bernama at the 50th anniversary celebration of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Currently, 11 scholarship slots are offered by the Russian Government, of which two have been allocated for the Bachelor's Degree in Nuclear Power Engineering.

Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to Malaysia, Valery Yermolov hoped that direct flights between Moscow and Kuala Lumpur would materialise soon.

"Malaysia is an interesting place to visit and approximately some 50,000 Russians visit Malaysia annually," he said.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamad who represented the Malaysian government at the event described the scholarship offer as, "a good sign that Russia wants to share their advanced technology with Malaysia".

"Maybe 25 years from now, we will have stronger ties and it will definitely benefit the next generation," he said.

Last month, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri said Malaysia was ready for nuclear power.

She said the final report of the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission Phase 1 would be tabled in the Cabinet.

On the direct flight between Moscow and Kuala Lumpur, Nur Jazlan said the proposal was something Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Air Asia should consider.

"Russia is big. It does not have to be only to Moscow. It can be Kuala Lumpur to Eastern Russia as it is an interesting place to visit," he said.

Earlier, more than 100 Russians and Malaysian expatriates gathered to celebrate the 50th bilateral relationship between the two countries and were entertained by Russian musicians using traditional instruments.

-- BERNAMA