Posted: 04 Mar 2014 04:32 PM PST
The illustrative drawing released by Xiamen University shows its future branch school in Malaysia.
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was given a briefing on the development of the proposed Xiamen University branch campus in Malaysia today.
China's ambassador to Malaysia, Huang Huikang, who made a courtesy call to Najib at the latter's office, here, briefed the prime minister on the campus progress during their half-an-hour meeting.
Also present were President of Xiamen University, Prof Zhu Chongshi and the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to China who is also Chairman of the Malaysia-China Business Council, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting.
Ong, when met after the meeting later, said that Huang and Prof Zhu had explained the progress of the Xiamen University's Malaysia branch campus to Najib.
"They had done a lot of preparatory work and they wish to start the project as soon as possible," he said.
Najib was reported as saying that the Xiamen University's branch campus was expected to enrol 10,000 students for the first stage, of whom one-third would be Malaysian nationals, one-third Chinese nationals while the remaining one-third would be from ASEAN member countries and those outside ASEAN.
It was reported that five faculties would be built on a 60.72-hectare site in Salak Tinggi for the branch campus namely electrical biology engineering and chemical engineering, medical study centre, information and communication technology (ICT), business and economy, Chinese language and literature.
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Posted: 22 Jan 2013 12:00 AM PST
Xiamen University to set up first overseas campus in Malaysia
SEPANG, Jan 21 – Malaysia has been chosen as the venue for the first overseas branch campus for a top university in China, Xiamen University, in 2015.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the branch campus would be built on a 150-acre site at Salak Tinggi, near here and was expected to be operational in September 2015.
"The Malaysian government has given approval in principle to Xiamen University to set up its first overseas campus here.
"The invitation is historic because this is the first time that the Chinese government has allowed one of its universities to set up its campus abroad," he told reporters after meeting with the president of Xiamen University, Prof Zhu Chongshi and a 20-member delegation at the Bunga Raya Complex, KL International Airport (KLIA), here for about 30 minutes today.
Najib also witnessed the handing over of the invitation letter by the Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin to Zhu. Also present was the Prime Minister's Special envoy to China and Chairman of the Malaysia-China Business Council Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting.
The Prime Minister said an agreement for the establishment of the branch campus would also be signed in early February during the launch of the Kuantan Industrial Park in Pahang.
He said the branch campus of the Xiamen University was expected to take in 10,000 students in the first stage with Malaysians representing one-third of the enrolment, and another one-third comprising Chinese nationals while the remaining one-third would be students from Asean member countries and non-Asean members.
He said five faculties would be set up at the branch campus here namely electrical bio-engineering and chemical engineering, medical school, ICT, Business and Economics, and Chinese language and literature.
"The establishment of the branch campus would turn Malaysia into an educational hub in this region," he said adding that English language would be the medium of instruction.
He said that the University of Xiamen, which is a non-profit making university would utilise all the income gained from the branch campus here for reinvestment.
Meanwhile, Zhu thanked the Malaysian government, the prime minister and the Higher Education Ministry for the effort in setting up the university's first branch campus here.
"This represents another meaningful cooperation between Malaysia and China in the field of education besides economic, trade, science and technology, and cultural cooperation to boost bilateral relations," he said.
Zhu said the cost of setting up the branch campus was estimated to be about RM600 million, of which RM400 million would be spent during the first stage of its establishment.
"With a ratio of 15 students to one lecturer, about 700 teaching staff would be required for the branch campus that would be set up. The university has begun the process of recruiting the teaching staff from all over the world," he said, adding that lecturers from the Xiamen University in China were also keen to work here.
Zhu said the tuition fees would follow the standard in this country and the University Xiamen-Malaysia scholarship would be provided to assist poor students who had achieved outstanding academic performance.
The University of Xiamen, which is listed among the top 20 universities in China, was founded by Chinese businessman, community leader and philanthropist Tan Kah Kee in 1921. – Bernama
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