FIVE Hong Kong and Malaysian students from among the region's brightest have won scholarships to study at possibly the two most famous universities in the world - Oxford and Cambridge. The students are recipients of the annual Jardine Scholarships. They bring to 53 the total number of outstanding students supported by the Jardine Foundation. The three Hong Kong winners are Yu Fa, Chow Man-mai and Susana Chan Wing-yan, while the Malaysian students are Khoo Pei Theng and Wong Siew Ling. 'The scholars' commitment to the development of their home countries is extremely encouraging, both for the students involved and the countries' futures,' said Alasdair Morrison, managing director of Jardines. The Jardine Foundation educational trust was formed in 1982 to mark the group's 150th anniversary, and has since provided some HK$40 million in education grants. Jardine scholarships are worth up to some HK$760,000 each, and there are no obligations placed on the students once they have finished their degree courses. The three Hong Kong scholars will continue the tradition of academic excellence, with Susana Chan Wing-yan of Diocesan Girls' School aiming to read law at Oriel College, Oxford. 'I have wanted to be a lawyer since I was very small, because I believe a prosperous society needs a stable system and a strong set of laws,' Susana said. Yu Fa of Heep Yunn School is keen to study Social and Political Science at Magdalene College, Cambridge, with a view to eventually entering business. Man-mai of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong is looking forward to studying chemical engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge, before working in related areas. 'Hong Kong does not have too many opportunities in this sector, so I may look towards China as to my career,' Mai-mai added. Both Pei Theng and Siew Ling from Malaysia believe that science can help improve people's living standard.