Ambassador of Malaysia to China visits XMU
On September 10, the Malaysian Ambassador to China, Raja Dato' Nushirwan Zainal Abidin, and his delegation visited XMU. President Zhang Rong met with the guests.
President Zhang Rong welcomed the ambassador and introduced the history and development of XMU. He pointed out that XMU has a long history of friendship with Malaysia, and XMU’s founder, Mr. Tan Kah Kee, spent his early years in Malaya (now Singapore) before returning to his hometown to establish XMU. In 2013, in honor of that history, XMU launched a branch campus in Malaysia. Its establishment will effectively promote exchanges and cooperation between China, Malaysia and other ASEAN countries, as well as nurture talents for the two countries and the Belt and Road development. Currently, there are nearly 6,000 students enrolled in the Malaysia campus, and they have achieved encouraging results in all aspects, thanks to the support of the Chinese and Malaysian government and all sectors of society. In 2020, XMU donated medical supplies to the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to help the fight against the COVID-19, which was highly appreciated. President Zhang Rong said that the ambassador's visit will further strengthen the exchange and cooperation between XMU and Malaysia.
Ambassador Abidin thanked XMU’s support to Malaysia in the fight against the pandemic. He said that Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM) is a milestone project of education cooperation between China and Malaysia, and the Malaysian Embassy in China will try its best to help and solve the problems and difficulties encountered by XMUM in its development. As a famous university in China, XMU has an international reputation in many research fields. It is hoped that this visit will help him get a better understanding of XMU to promote the cooperation and exchange between Malaysian universities and XMU. Ambassador Abidin also congratulated XMU on its upcoming centenary celebration.
Yao Jianhong, Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Office of Xiamen Municipal People’s Government, accompanied the visit. Tan Shaobin, Associate Vice President of XMU, Wang Ruifang, President of XMUM, Wu Chongbo, Vice Dean of School of International Relations/Research School for Southeast Asia Studies, Hong Haisong, Deputy Director of General Office of XMU, and Yu Hongbo, Deputy Director of Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, joined the meeting.
Accompanied by Malaysian students, the Ambassador also visited Research School for Southeast Asia Studies, where they were briefed about the school and visited the Institute of Malaysian Studies and the school library. The Ambassador highly praised the academic achievements and its rich book collection.