Kuala Lumpur, Sept 11 – President of the Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) Tan Sri Ter Leong Yap pointed out that Xiamen University Malaysia Campus is the most precious historical connections and feedbacks between Malaysia and China.
He said since the commencement of Xiamen University Malaysia Campus in February 2016, the student enrollment response was very enthusiastic, it is estimated that the number of students by September this year would exceed 2,700, and would reach 5,000 by 2020.
He said Xiamen University’s enrollment target is 1/3 Chinese student, while the balance of 2/3 is 50% Malaysian students and 50% ASEAN and other countries’ students, so that students in the same campus would get along and understand each other.
Ter Leong Yap made the remarks during exchange session with the visiting China Overseas Exchange Association (COEA) delegation at ACCCIM today.
Coincidentally, COEA vice president and head of the delegation Xu Yousheng is also alumni of Xiamen University. He told the meeting that the setting up of the Xiamen University Malaysia Campus is a far-sighted move, as this would help in fostering the relationship between new generation of students in China and Malaysia, in future they can act as a new force for cooperation and exchanges between Malaysia and China in various fields.
He said in the past Jinan University and Overseas Chinese University have more exchanges and contacts with overseas Chinese, many Malaysian students were enrolled in these two universities, but now with Xiamen University stepped out of China and settled in Malaysia, it has entered another new milestone.
Malaysian Chinese contributed much
In addition, Ter Leong Yap also said the link between the overseas Chinese and China has never been cut off especially Malaysian Chinese and overseas Chinese in Malaysia had made many outstanding contributions in the course of China’s historical development.
He said of the 72 martyrs in Huanghuagang, 16 are returned overseas Chinese from Malaya, this is only one of the many examples; at that time, there were also many other leaders of overseas Chinese sending back a lot of money helping to build China’s economic and culture as well as education, one of whom was the late Tan Kah Kee.
He said besides contributing funds for the anti-Japanese and revolutionary movements, Tan Kah Kee had also contributed in the construction of railways in Fujian Province and founded the Xiamen University in 1921. Malaysia has successfully carried on the history by the establishment of the Xiamen University campus in Malaysia, the place where Tan Kah Kee had attained great success in his business. It is also the first overseas campus set up by China universities.
Later, ACCCIM had treated the COEA delegation with luncheon in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Also present were the Consulate Counselor of the Embassy of China in Malaysia Liu Dongyuan, ACCCIM life honorary president Tan Sri William Cheng, honorary president Tan Sri Koo Yuen Kim, Tan Sri Chua Ma Yu, honorary adviser Datuk Wee Kok Tiong, secretary-general Dato’ Low Kian Chuan, deputy treasurer Dato’ Tan Tian Meng, council member Chia Song Kun and Tan Sri Lim Hock San etc.