Latecomer Xiamen U a big draw

January 16, 2016

Source by : TheStar

With support from public and private sectors as well as the Malaysian Chinese community, the first Chinese university overseas campus approved by China’s government looks set to hit the heights.

XIAMEN University (XMU) Malaysia may be a Johnny-come-lately in the local tertiary education scene but it should thrive due to unwavering support from governments and the corporate sector, as well as the local Chinese community.

The support of the local Chinese community is almost assured. The standing of China’s Xiamen University (or Xia Da in short) and its highly respected founder Tan Kah Kee – with decades of Malayan connections – has generated immense interest.

Indeed, many Chinese-educated parents are looking forward to sending their children to this new university, which will welcome the first batch of students next month.

And on the back of the emergence of China as the world’s second ­largest economy, students in the region and other parts of the world may be lured to this new 60ha campus in Sepang, 45km southwest of Kuala Lumpur.

The new university, which will be using English as the medium of instruction (except in Chinese ­studies and Chinese traditional ­medicine courses), is the product of close bilateral ties between China and Malaysia.

The idea was mooted in 2011. After that, diplomatic work was set in motion. On Oct 4, 2013, China’s President Xi Jinping and Malaysia’s Prime Minster Datuk Seri Najib Razak witnessed the signing of an agreement for the construction of XMU Malaysia between Sunsuria Development Sdn Bhd and Xia Da.

“The establishment of XMU Malaysian Campus is very meaningful in terms of bilateral relations ... This is the first overseas campus approved by the Chinese government to be set up by a Chinese university,” wrote Najib on XMU Malaysia’s website.


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