History makers: Six M’sians accepted into Harvard University, the highest so far

Malaysia's crème de la crème.

Six Malaysian students did the nation proud following their admission into Harvard University’s undergraduate program, the highest record thus far.

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According to The Star, they were selected from a pool of 61,220 applicants despite Harvard recording its lowest acceptance rate within its 386-year history, with only 3.19% making the cut.

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The six students are Ishant Shah, Lee Ee Jenn, Carisma Michaela Wong, Chooi Je Qin, Herman Leong Xin Yang and Alyssa Yap Xin Yi.

Six m'sians accepted into harvard university, the highest so far
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They will be furthering their studies in various fields of study such as astrophysics, economics and public policy, politics and sociology.

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Harvard College alumnus and CEO of TMC Life Sciences Bhd group and Thomson Hospital Kota Damansara Wan Nadiah Wan Mohd Abdullah Yaakob said these talented students had broken the record for the most number of admissions to Harvard College within the same year.

Previously, we only had at best two students getting admitted per year or even none at all.

She also added that Harvard follows a need-blind admission, where financial status does not play a role in influencing the application process.

“It has always been the mission of Harvard College to provide educational opportunities to the best and brightest students around the world from all backgrounds, regardless of their social or economic status.

“This singular focus on excellence is integral to Harvard’s vision to serve as a haven for the world’s most ambitious scholars and leaders.”

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