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Hosting China higher education fair good for Malaysia

08-12-2010 09:37 BJT

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Organizing China higher education fair in Malaysia is good for the country as it helps deepen and broaden the Malaysian government's understanding of universities in China.

Yap Sin Tian, Chairman of the United Chinese School Committees' Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), made the remark here Wednesday in an interview wtih Xinhua on the occasion of the opening of the 2010 China Higher Education Exhibition.

Yap said the exhibition in Malaysia had offered opportunities for experts from the Malaysian education field to learn more about China's universities, especially their academic standards.

While the Chinese and Malaysian governments were in the midst of concluding the negotiations on mutual recognition of university degrees, Yap said the education fair would definitely facilitate the process.

The China Higher Education Exhibition 2010 was officially opened in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, and will be held in the states of Johore and Penang.

Over 40 higher learning institutions from China have participated in the fair.

This is the sixth time Dong Zong organizes such fair to encourage Malaysian students to explore education opportunities in China, exposing also Malaysian parents to quality Chinese education.

Malaysia with a population of 27 million is a multi-racial country made up of three main races, namely Malay, Chinese and Indian.

The uniqueness of the Malaysian education system is the existence of vernacular primary schools where the language of Mandarin or Tamil is used as the medium language of teaching.

On the secondary school level, Malaysia has 60 independent and non-profit high schools that use Mandarin as the teaching language.

Yap said the Unified Examination Certificates (UEC) the independent high school students possessed were widely recognized by universities from China.

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