KUCHING: The Fujian Provincial Government has extended its foreign students scholarship programme to Sarawak this year, in the studies of Chinese language and culture.
Industrial Development (Investment and Promotion) Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi said the scholarship programme is offering one seat, where the successful applicant would attend an 11-month course at Fujian Normal University (FNU) from September till July next year.
The candidate would be offered Chinese language and culture classes, as well as opportunities to deeply understand the economic and social development of the Fujian Province, China.
He added that tuitions, accommodation expenses, comprehensive medical insurance and a monthly allowance of RMB800 (RM515) would be covered under the scholarship.
“This scholarship programme is a follow-up to the memorandum of understanding signed between Sarawak and Fujian Province last year to enhance bilateral ties in economic, investment and trade, air and sea connectivity, including cultural and educational exchange.
“The scholarship is open to all races aged below 45, have basic command of Chinese or English language and possess a junior college degree qualification,” Julaihi told a press conference here yesterday.
Also present was the People’s Republic of China deputy Consul-General in Kuching, Zhang Yang.
Julaihi added that the scholarship programme, which started in 2013, has benefited students from Okinawa and Nagasaki in Japan, Khon Kaen in Thailand, Central Java of Indonesia as well as Gangwon and South Jeolla in South Korea.
If the programme received overwhelming response, the number of scholarships would be increased for next year’s edition, he continued.
On the importance to further enhance ties with China, Julaihi said the country remains an important trading partner to Malaysia and Sarawak, especially considering that it is the second largest economy in the world.
Last year, Malaysia’s total trade with China was RM240bil. The state’s export to China was RM6.7bil and imports totalled RM5.3bil.
In terms of investment from China, Sarawak was the third largest in the country – after Johor and Selangor – at RM4.6bil.
Founded in 1907, FNU is one of the oldest universities in China and currently enrols 30,000 students.
The university offers about 100 bachelor programmes, 200 masters programmes and over 100 doctoral programmes in a variety of specialities including literature, history, philosophy, science, engineering, education, economics, law, management, agriculture and arts.
More information on the scholarship programme is available through the ministry’s website at www.mieti.sarawak.gov.my.
Those interested to pursue the programme must submit their application to the ministry before its March 31 deadline for endorsement.