Malaysia may send more students to Germany
> Supporting factors include free tuition fees and German values: PM
BERLIN: Malaysia may consider sending more of its citizens to further their studies in Germany, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.
Currently, there are 634 registered Malaysian students in Germany.
“I take the point that tuition fees are free in Germany and the only barrier is language and, if you master a degree of proficiency in the German language, then sending students to Germany is very viable for us to consider.
“I will take it up and look into the possibility of diverting some students to Germany in future,” he said at a dinner with Malaysians in Germany, hosted by the Malaysian Embassy here on Tuesday.
He also praised Malaysian students here, saying they were doing very well in their studies and respective fields.
Najib, who is also finance minister, encouraged Malaysians residing in Germany to adopt good values like discipline and the sense of not giving up, and to bring these back to Malaysia to help spur the country to greater heights.
“I can appreciate some of the traits that the Germans possess that have led them to be one of the most successful nations, amongst them, being very disciplined, focused and selfdisciplined and having a sense of not giving up and also working as a team,” he said.
Najib cited the German football team as an example of strong teamwork, saying this made them a team difficult to beat in every tournament.
“These are some of the characteristics of the German people that can be assimilated into Malaysian culture. We can learn from them and, being here, you must learn something. And when you come back home, you will come back with something extra,” he said. – Bernama
Najib and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands after a joint press conference following their talks at the Chancellery.