China’s Ts­inghua Univer­sity wants more M’sian stu­dents

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

TOP Chi­nese higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion Ts­inghua Univer­sity is eye­ing more Malaysian stu­dents.

Its vice-pres­i­dent, Yang Bin, said the univer­sity has adopted a more proac­tive strat­egy to re­cruit Malaysians to fill its an­nual quota, China Press re­ported yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing to a group of over­seas Chi­nese del­e­gates at a din­ner gath­er­ing in Bei­jing on Sun­day, he said be­gin­ning this year, Malaysian ap­pli­cants need not fly to the univer­sity in Bei­jing to sit for its en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion.

In­stead, the univer­sity will send its ex­am­in­ers to Malaysia to con­duct the ex­am­i­na­tion for the ap­pli­cants.

He pointed out that Ts­inghua took the 24th spot on the QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings this year, and its grad­u­ates are ranked world No 9 in terms of em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

Yang said the univer­sity al­lo­cates 50 new places for Malaysian stu­dents each year and hopes to re­cruit more of them as they have the best grades, par­tic­u­larly in Chi­nese lan­guage, science and math­e­mat­ics, among for­eign stu­dents study­ing in China.

“Malaysia is also given pri­or­ity un­der China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ for­eign pol­icy and eco­nomic strat­egy,” he said.

He said Ts­inghua takes in some 3,000 lo­cal stu­dents each year, in­clud­ing the top 10 stu­dents from each prov­ince.

“How­ever, due to the lack of public­ity, only about 20 stu­dents joined the univer­sity each year for the last three years al­though 50 places were re­served for them an­nu­ally.”

He also dis­closed that the univer­sity re­cruits about 350 international stu­dents each year, and most of them come from South Korea, the United States, Bri­tain, Sin­ga­pore, Ja­pan, Canada, Thai­land, Pak­istan and Malaysia.

“Malaysian stu­dents are tops among international stu­dents in terms of per­for­mance, and we hope to get more of them in the next in­take,” said Yang.

Among the del­e­gates to the univer­sity was former deputy higher ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Datuk Hou Kok Chung.

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