Thursday, November 23, 2006

Malaysian visitors to enjoy VIP trip to Old Trafford 

Two young Malaysians are flying over to watch Manchester United take on Chelsea this Sunday after winning a competition with The University of Manchester.

Mooi Yen Nian, 25, a Senior Executive at Bank Negara, and 23-year-old management trainee Aileen Wang Jin Jen will enjoy box seats for the biggest game of the season so far as well as receiving signed United shirts. During their visit, the pair will also tour the University and the Manchester Museum.

Manchester is one of the UK's most popular destinations for Malaysian students, with more than 450 students registered at the University of Manchester last year.

To win this unforgettable trip, the pair entered a contest arranged by the University and the British Council during the Education UK Exhibition held in Malaysia earlier this year.

Mooi said: "This is a dream come true for me; I was particularly interested in a postgraduate course at The University of Manchester but now this is a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget."

Wang said: "I hadn't planned to enter a contest while at the exhibition as I was interested in learning more about further study in the UK, but I decided to give it a go."

Mooi is a graduate of the London School of Economics while Wang earned a Business Computing degree from the University of Staffordshire at the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) in Malaysia. Both are considering a postgraduate course at Manchester.

Professor Rod Coombs, Manchester's Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development, said: "We are delighted to host both Mooi and Wang in Manchester and provide them with all they want to know about our postgraduate courses."

Dr Tim Westlake, Director of International Development, said: "Our winners will discover that they can receive a first class education at our campus, but also how living in Manchester is a stimulating, exciting experiencing thanks to its multicultural nature."

The competition also saw consolation prizes awarded to Woon Da Qiang, 19, Hoo Long Pin, 21, and Darryl Connel Chew, 19, now a first year Law student at Manchester. The runners up receive exclusive Manchester United merchandise signed by the first team, courtesy of Manchester United Football Club.

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