Xiamen University to open China's 1st overseas campus in Malaysia in 2015

Updated: 23 Feb 2013
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Xiamen University will become the first Chinese university to open an overseas campus when it establishes a campus in Malaysia in 2015, according to a report by China’s state-run People’s Daily.

The campus, which is expected to cost 600 million ringgit (about 1.26 billion yuan, or 200 million US dollars) to set up, will be built on a 150-acre site at Salak Tinggi in the Sepang district of Selangor. The university hopes to welcome its first students in September 2015, the report said.

The setting up of the campus is of great historical significance because it is not only the first time that the Chinese government has allowed one of its universities to set up a campus abroad, but also because it represents the ‘return’ of Xiamen University to Malaysia where its founder Tan Kah Kee grew up and made most of his fortune.

Xiamen University, listed among the top 20 universities in China, was founded by the Chinese-Malaysian rubber magnate in 1921. Mr. Tan Kah Kee also founded Jimei University in his hometown Jimei, Xiamen.

According to the report, 10,000 students were expected to enroll in the first stage, a third of them from Malaysia, a third Chinese nationals, and the remaining third from abroad, including other Asean-member countries.

Five faculties will be set up at the campus to teach electrical bio-engineering and chemical engineering, medicine, ICT, business and economics, along with Chinese language and literature.

"The establishment of the campus will turn Malaysia into an educational hub in the region," said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, adding English would be the language of instruction. 
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