Number of students in Chinese studies in Universiti Malaya increase after open policy is adopted

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China Press

(Kuala Lumpur 7 Sep) An open policy sees the number of students increase in arts faculty and the number of students majoring in Chinese studies double this year.

Dr Fan Pik Wah, head of Chinese studies in Universiti Malaya said a total of 359 new students reported to the faculty and among them 30 are majoring in Chinese studies. The number of students increases by double from 15 last year to 30 this year.

“As all 11 majors under the arts faculty are allowed to increase the number of student intake, the number of new students increase by double compared to last year. This includes Chinese studies. The entire faculty is happy.”

In accepting an interview by China Press, she said due to policy issue which limited the number of student intake in arts faculty for the last few years, the number of students in the faculty remained small.

She revealed that as open policy is adopted to increase the number of student intake, the result is seen today.

She said the ideal number of students majoring in Chinese studies is 50. The department would be requesting the university to increase the number of student intake next year gradually.

“Due to increasing demand in the market for Chinese studies students, we will be proposing to the university to increase the number of student intake.”

She also said that some students are worried about not being able to take up Chinese studies at university level and they stop taking the subjects at secondary school level.

“We are worried about this. If students do not take up Chinese examination, then this will indirectly affect the source of students for Chinese studies at university level. Such scenario would be more acute in private universities.”

Dr Fan said normally a student needs an average of 3.0 of score to apply for Chinese studies in public university. This means the student needs to have good result on other subjects beside Chinese subject.

“We once received some appeals that despite scoring A in Chinese, the students are rejected as their score is below 3.0 which is quite a pity.”

She said the new batch of students this year comprising of STPM students, two matriculation students, one from a science and technological college, a diploma student and two international students from China.