China’s New Ambassador to Malaysia Visits XMUM


Xiamen University Malaysia (XMUM) is a monument in history, and it has a really bright future, said China's new ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian on Jan 9, 2018.

Ambassador Bai Tian made the remark during a meeting with Prof. Wang Ruifang, the President of Xiamen University Malaysia. This is less than 2 months after Ambassador Bai assumed his position in last November.

"You have all inherited Mr Tan Kah Kee's spirit, reciprocating Malaysia society 100 years since the founding of Xiamen University," Ambassador Bai commented, "Xiamen University Malaysia is a monument in history."

It is known that Xiamen University was founded by Mr Tan Kah Kee, a well-known Malayan Chinese businessman in 1921, who donated most of his assets to set up the university.

Ambassador Bai was deeply touched by the Tan Kah Kee spirit of selfless dedication to education which was reflected in XMUM’s founding and development, and recognized XMUM’s prominent role in education history.

"Xiamen University Malaysia is a pearl of education on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. As the first overseas campus of a Chinese higher education institution, it is unique in the world."

Ambassador Bai also said that he was impressed by the development speed of the campus.

"In just a short few years, you have constructed such a magnificent campus equipped with all the necessities, offering so many programmes. It is a good example of 'China Speed'."

According to Ms Li Xiaowen, PA to XMUM President, the university is offering 2 foundation programmes and 13 undergraduate programmes, and the total student enrolment is expected to reach 4,000 in Sept 2018.

Prof. Wang expressed deep gratitude for the Embassy's continuous support to XMUM.

Ambassador Bai assured that the Embassy would support and aid Xiamen University Malaysia with all their strength as ever, and help the university to coordinate and communicate with both Chinese and Malaysian government departments.

During the visit, Ambassador Bai also toured the campus and stopped at a classroom. He encouraged students to take their time, "pursue excellence and strive for perfection" as the university motto says, and make efforts to become fully developed citizens.

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