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University of Nottingham offers scholarships to badminton star

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University of Nottingham Malaysia has awarded a scholarship to Lee Shun Mei, who represented Malaysia at the BAM National Interstate Championship 2017 in Singapore. The Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Badminton Scholarship in collaboration between University of Nottingham Malaysia and Ampang Jaya Badminton Centre (AJBC) was presented to Shun Mei at a presentation ceremony on 9 October 2018.

In 2017, the University of Nottingham Malaysia pledged RM1 million worth of scholarships to Malaysian badminton prodigies under the The Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Badminton Scholarship. This year at an awards presentation ceremony, Lee Shun Mei was awarded with a scholarship worth RM140,000, which included 75 percent tuition fees for the University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation in Business and Management programme followed by an undergraduate programme in computer science.

According to Patrick Joseph, University of Nottingham Malaysia Director of Academic Services: “ We are very pleased to nurture the academic aspects of key and aspiring badminiton players in partnership with AJBC.”

“As a leader in global higher education, we hope to ensure that great players like Shun Mei has the fair opportunity to achieve her academic and career goals without having to lose sight of her talents in sports.

The scholarship is open to upcoming national and state level badminton players, who are affiliated with AJBC, and will allow them to study for an undergraduate degree at The University of Nottingham Malaysia.

Malaysian badminton star in the UK

At our UK campus, we have celebrated the successes of Malaysian student and badminton player Yang Li Lian, who has also excelled in her university education. Li Lian retained the Women’s singles and won the mixed title at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) National Championships in 2018 and is a recipient of the Greenaway sports scholarship. She won the Gold in the Malaysian National Grand Prix Finals in 2013 and 2014 and secured first place in the National Badminton League. In the international arena, she won the 2015 Bahrain International Series in the women's singles and mixed doubles event, and the 2017 Iceland International in the women's singles and doubles events. Li Lian is a final year Mathematics student at The University of Nottingham UK.

In the 1950s, the  University of Nottingham former Chairman YM Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail, who is also an alumnus of the University, was the captain of the badminton team while he was studying. The scholarship was named in his honour to pay tribute to his contribution in the badminton arena at the University. The Malaysia Campus also named its Sports Complex after YM Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen.

Scholarship at University of Nottingham Malaysia

The University of Nottingham Malaysia grants scholarships to deserving and academically excellent students in recognition of their achievements. Annually, the University pledges RM15 million worth of scholarships. Applicants are selected based on their academic achievements, leadership qualities and the socio-economic status of their family.

More information on scholarships, please email

(Image caption: Patrick Joseph and AJBC’s team manager, Ho Khek Mong presenting the scholarship to Lee Shun Mei at a presentation ceremony).


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Notes to editors: 

The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named both Sports and International University of the Year in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

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Posted on 15th October 2018

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