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China’s Xiamen University expands into Malaysia


Xiamen University in East China's Fujian province

Xiamen University in East China’s Fujian province

Xiamen University in Fujian Province announced that it would open its first overseas campus in the Malaysian state of Selangor in September 2015. It will become the first Chinese university to open an overseas branch.

The final agreement for the Xiamen campus will be signed in early February during the launch of the Kuantan Industrial Park in Pahang where Chinese and Malaysian companies just agreed to invest 10.5 billion Ringgit ($3.4 billion) in the Southeast Asian nation which will include steel and aluminum plants as well as a palm oil refinery.

Back to the land of its founding father

Xiamen University is actually back to the land of its founding father.

Xiamen University, listed among the top 20 universities in China, was founded by Malaysian rubber magnate Tan Kah Kee in 1921. The in Xiamen born businessman Tan Kah Kee also set up many schools in Singapore in the early 20th century.

The Selangor branch of Xiamen University – to be built on a 150-acre site at Salak Tinggi in Sepang district – will start with around 10,000 students divided into thirds consisting of Chinese nationals, Malaysians and the remaining third from abroad, including other ASEAN-member states.

The Malaysian campus, which will have five faculties and about 700 teaching staff members, is projected to cost 600 million Malaysian Ringgit, or almost $200 million.

Five faculties will instruct in English

The teaching language will be English with a faculty dedicated to Chinese language and literature. The other four faculties will teach electrical bio-engineering/chemical engineering, medicine, information and communications technology, business and economics.

“The Malaysian government has given approval in principle to Xiamen University to set up its first overseas campus here,” Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters.

“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.”

The university has begun the process of recruiting the teaching staff from all over the world; with a ratio of 15 students to one lecturer, about 700 teaching staff will be required.

Source: Agencies
 
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5 thoughts on “China’s Xiamen University expands into Malaysia

  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

    Posted by OyiaBrown | February 5, 2013, 8:52 pm
  2. Reblogged this on CHINDIA ALERT: Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger and commented:
    This must be the first Asian university with an overseas campus. Any others? But I bet it will not be the last.

    Posted by keeper @ chindia-alert | February 5, 2013, 10:34 pm
  3. Welcome to Malaysia……. Its an opportunity to share its experience in Malaysia. I think Malaysia is best place for Xiamen , I can complete my Postdoctoral there. welcome to my best university (Xia da).
    I was planned to complete my Postdoctoral in Malaysia, Now I have an opportunity to study at Xiamen university again.

    Posted by Yagoub Elryah | March 10, 2014, 1:22 am
  4. Xiamen University is one of the best universities in China, I think after it will expand into Malaysia, Malaysian and International students will have an opportunity to complete their studies there, where is the weather and attractive places and where most of the people speak English. I have been there three times…its truly Asia….

    Posted by Yagoub Elryah, PhD Scholar, Xiamen University. | April 6, 2014, 11:30 pm

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