By LYDIA NATHAN
Grab launched a tertiary student engagement programme, “GrabVarsity”, yesterday to address the needs of transportation while offering chances of internships and rewards for students.
Being accessible via the portal, GrabVarsity.com, the student-centric programme comprises four pillars, which include rewards and offerings from partners such as Shopee Malaysia, iflix, Digi.Com Bhd and Pizza Hut when students sign up to the application.
Another pillar, Transport Partner, is in line with Grab’s aim in trying to ease traffic congestion within and around universities by establishing designated pick-up and drop-off points, alongside special promotions for events like convocations.
“We are proud to say that another aspect of this newly launched programme is that students can apply for apprenticeship placements at Grab and will now have the opportunity to experience the workforce as it is,” Grab Malaysia country head Sean Goh said.
“Learning and innovation is central to Grab’s culture and we are always on the lookout for initiatives that allow us to solve local problems, while giving back to our community. With GrabVarsity, we are helping to create an ecosystem that goes beyond ride-hailing benefits as we help bring meaningful long-term impact to
tertiary students via economic opportunities to complement their passion for learning,” he added.
Students will also be able to participate in a short-term, student-only Grab driver pr gramme as a mean of supplementary income. However, drivers will need to be Malaysians as a requirement and driving hours will be strongly monitored in order to ensure that their education remains a priority.
University of Malaya (UM) deputy VC (Academic and International) Datuk Prof Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud said he welcomed Grab’s latest initiative, saying it paves the way for students to develop entrepreneurship skills, among others.
“A creative, safe and accessible learning space is critical for our students and staff, and GrabVarsity is definitely a catalyst for further growth,” he said during the launch.
GrabVarsity is currently available in UM, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and University Malaysian Perlis, while plans for expansion are underway.
Grab said the ultimate target to achieve will be the availability of GrabVarsity in every university in Malaysia.