KUALA LUMPUR: China is becoming an attractive destination for school-leavers to further their studies, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The competitive education standard of Chinese universities attracts some 7,000 Malaysians to pursue their degrees there annually, he added.
“Previously, only Chinese independent school-leavers were interested in studying in China, but now national school graduates are also considering universities in China,” said Dr Wee.
He was speaking at the launch of the China Higher Education Fair at the Confucian Private Secondary School yesterday.
Chinese universities such as Tsinghua University, Peking University, Fudan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University were ranked among the top 100 by the QS World University Rankings last year.
Other Chinese universities ranked among the top 300 included Zhejiang University, University of Science and Technology of China, Nanjing University, Beijing Normal University, Wuhan University and Harbin Institute of Technology.
China also offered scholarships for Malaysians to pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in its universities.
Dr Wee said Malaysia recognised degrees offered by more than 800 universities and colleges in China.
He added that Malaysia is also lobbying for China to recognise the SPM Chinese language paper so that those who do well could be exempted from taking the Chinese Proficiency Test.
Chinese universities and colleges already recognise the Unified Examinations Certificate (UEC).
UEC is a standardised examination conducted by leading Chinese education group Dong Zong (United School Committees Associations of Malaysia) in the country’s 60 Chinese secondary schools.
The China Higher Education Fair was organised by the Association of Graduates from Universities and Colleges of China, Malaysia.
Supported by more than 20 universities and colleges from China, the fair will move to Foon Yew High School in Kulai tomorrow.
On May 11, the Nature Publishing Group released Nature Publishing Index 2010 China, remarking “a dramatic rise in the quality of research being published by China”. University of Science and Technology of China is ranked 3rd of TOP 10 Institutions in Index 2010 China.
This article came from News Center of USTC.