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.