SIBU: University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with University Wuyi of China for the promotion of student exchange.
UCTS vice chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Abdul Hakim Juri said yesterday that under the MoU, both universities would be eschanging five students for a semester study yearly.
Abdul Hakim told the visiting members of United Chinese Association led by its president, Tie Huat Chie, to the university that the exchange programme would start from this September intake.
Abdul Hakim had led a group of delegates from UCTS to China in May with the main objective of promoting the university to students in China.
“We hope we can extend such collaboration with more universities in China,” he said.
From their “exploration” in China, he said it was revealed that as Sibu was not the choice of study for Chinese students, they would have to work out for a more attractive programme to get them here.
“Chinese students prefer to study either in Australia, the United Kingdom or the United States. We need to promote Sibu as a safe place for study and that there is this Friendship City programme established between Sibu Municipal Council and cities in China which promotes culture of both sides,” he added.
He said they needed to tap the big China market and one of the ways to get them here was for them to learn English here before they signed up to study in elsewhere.
On the exchange programme, Abdul Hakim appealed to local associations to support the students financially while they were here, including UCTS students who would be in China.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said they should support incoming poor Chinese students who were excellent in their studies.