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Xi­a­men Univer­sity Malaysia mir­rors strong re­la­tion­ship, says Chi­nese am­bas­sador

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CHI­NESE am­bas­sador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang yes­ter­day an­nounced 2017 as the year to deepen diplo­matic ties be­tween China and Malaysia.

He said the Xi­a­men Univer­sity Malaysia has be­come an iconic sym­bol re­flect­ing the strong ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

“Malaysia is a good neigh­bour and a good friend. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries is at its best now,” he said at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2016 Chi­nese Am­bas­sador Schol­ar­ship Awards to 10 Malaysian stu­dents study­ing at the Xi­a­men Univer­sity Malaysia.

Huang added that stu­dents at the univer­sity could be­come the “am­bas­sadors” to strengthen the ties be­tween China and Malaysia.

He said the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment would fully sup­port ef­forts to el­e­vate the univer­sity into a world class learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion.

Xi­a­men Univer­sity Malaysia pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Wang Ruifang said since its of­fi­cial open­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2016, the univer­sity had re­ceived tremen­dous at­ten­tion and favourable re­sponses.

“Cur­rently, the to­tal num­ber of stu­dents has surged to ap­prox­i­mately 1,500. The num­ber is ex­pected to reach 2,000 at the end of April this year and 3,000 or so at the end of Septem­ber,” he said.

To the 10 re­cip­i­ents of the Chi­nese Am­bas­sador schol­ar­ships, Wang urged them to live up to the univer­sity's ex­pec­ta­tions and be a role model to oth­ers .

One of the re­cip­i­ents was Liew Yi Yang, 23, who is pur­su­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in in­ter­na­tional busi­ness.

The Pe­tal­ing Jaya stu­dent said he had vis­ited the Xi­a­men Univer­sity main cam­pus in China about three years ago while he was scout­ing for a univer­sity and was im­pressed.

“Once I have grad­u­ated, I want to be­come a spe­cial­ist in lo­gis­tics, es­pe­cially in the ship­ping in­dus­try and build net­works with new trad­ing part­ners,” said Liew, who scored a 3.77 cu­mu­la­tive grade point av­er­age (CGPA) in last year’s ex­am­i­na­tion.

PIC BY AH­MAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR

Chi­nese am­bas­sador Dr Huang Huikang (cen­tre) with Xi­a­men Univer­sity Malaysia pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Wang Ruifang (right) and ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of Asia Pa­cific Pow­erchina In­ter­na­tional Group Lim­ited Jia Xiaoy­ong at Xi­a­men Univer­sity Malaysia in Sepang.

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