PETALING JAYA: Local Xiamen University alumni are rejoicing over the news that the Chinese varsity will be opening its campus in Salak Tinggi in 2015.
Xiamen University Alumni Association of Malaysia president Koh Nang Choong said the establishment of an overseas campus here encapsulated the vision of the Malayan philanthropist Tan Kah Kee, who founded the university in 1921.
“The Xiamen spirit is resilient. I also hope the setting up of an overseas campus here will help ensure the continuity of the Chinese culture which has a 5,000-year-long history,” said Koh, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner in his 60s from the Klang Valley.
Currently, the alumni association in Malaysia has more than 100 members but Koh said the actual number of Xiamen alumni in Malaysia could be higher because a large number of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in Malaysia graduated from Xiamen.
Koh's son Pzee Ye followed his footsteps to pursue higher education at Xiamen. “I had a wonderful time at the university. The lecturers were helpful and campus life was very fulfilling,” said the 26-year-old.
The Bioscience graduate is now working as a Science teacher at an independent Chinese high school.
Also elated was Xiamen graduate Wong Hui Ing, 71, another traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. Since graduating in 1987, she has returned many times to the Chinese campus, describing it as “very beautiful and an excellent institution offering quality programmes in many areas”.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced on Monday that the local Xiamen University campus would be built on a 61ha site in Salak Tinggi near here and is due to start operating in September 2015.
The campus will have five faculties: Electrical Bio-engineering and Chemical Engineering; Medicine; ICT; Business and Economics; and Chinese language and literature.
English will be the medium of instruction.
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