PETALING JAYA: E-hailing service provider Grab Malaysia has launched a new programme that caters specifically to students from higher education institutions. Grab Malaysia country head Sean Goh said the new programme, GrabVarsity, is a first-of-its-kind tertiary student engagement programme that would be able to address the transportation needs of students. "Not only will the programme be able to ease the lives of tertiary students via various lifestyle benefits and rewards, the programme also offers real-life work experience to the students through one of the programme's four pillars - apprenticeship placement. "Through this apprenticeship placement, students are given first-hand learning opportunities at Grab Malaysia where they can work and learn from the best while developing their professional skills for the future," Goh said at the launch of the programme today. Apart from that, Goh said GrabVarsity also comes with a reward programme exclusively for university students. "GrabVarsity also provides the opportunity for students to participate in a special short-term student-only Grab driver programme in which they can earn supplementary income to help cover their education fees or student loans. "This short-term programme, however, is only open to local students whereas the reward programme and the apprenticeship placement programme is open to everyone regardless of nationality," Goh said. Also present at the launch was Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap who represented Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. She said the ministry is always supportive of initiatives from corporate companies that enable students to not only gain a degree but also real-life experience that can help them carve a better future. GrabVarsity is currently available in three different public universities mainly Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMap).