Nostalgic ties with Malaysia


In 1921, Dr. Lim Boon Keng from Malaya was invited by Mr. Tan Kah Kee to serve as president of Xiamen University. He remained in the post for 16 years, during its period as a private university. From 1921 to 1949, hundreds of students from the then Malaya and Southeast Asia came to study at Xiamen University. The university has also nurtured a large number of distinguished and influential alumni for Malaya and Southeast Asia, who make important contribution to the social and economic development of this region.

In 1956, XMU set up the first Overseas Correspondence College in China, offering distance education to overseas Chinese, including those in Malaysia. In the same year, the University set up China’s first and most influential academic institution – Southeast Asia Research Institute, exclusively engaged in the study of Southeast Asia with Malaysian studies as its key subjects. In 2003, XMU and University of Malaya became sister universities; two years later in 2005, XMU set up the Malaysia Research Institute – China’s first academic institution dedicated to the study of Malaysia.

The Chairman of Malaysia-China Business Council, Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting said:
XMU is one of China’s key universities that have extensive contacts with Southeast Asia, and prominently internationalized. Its forefront programmes, including Southeast Asia studies, oceanography, engineering, business, accounting, traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, consolidates the best of both Chinese and Western achievements. XMU is very advanced in these fields, and this is representative of China’s contemporary soft power.

Xiamen University China at a Glance

Facts of Xiamen University China

Founder: Tan Kah Kee (1874-1961)

Nostalgic ties with Malaysia

A Glance at XMUMC