BEIJING, April 18 (Bernama) — Malaysia and China are to sign a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on higher education degree that would become a catalyst to increase student-exchange between both countries said Malaysian Ambassador to China, Datuk Iskandar Sarudin.
He added that ministry officers of both countries had recently discussed the proposal and expected to be finalized soon.
“Both countries had agreed to the proposed ‘subject’ during Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to China in 2009 and the Chinese premier Hu Jintao’s visit to Malaysia later,” he told reporters here last night.
He added that issues related the proposal had been ironed out and just waiting for the agreement to be signed.
According to Iskandar there are currently 2,252 self-sponsored Malaysian students pursuing their higher education in China, including 152 in Beijing, Shanghai (346), Guangdong (402) and Yunnan (7).
He added that there were also 119 students learning the Chinese language at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), comprising 84 students under the Education Ministry and 35 under MARA scholarship.
Similarly, as of 2010, 10,214 students from China pursued their studies in various fields of studies at higher learning institutions in Malaysia, including business, hospitality, computer science, information technology, design and architecture.
Iskandar Sarudin said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was in China for an official visit to the country from today to April 24, while Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman was also in China for an official visit from April 17 to 24.
The highlight of Anifah’s visit would be the exchange of Notes of Agreement between Malaysia and China on the partial abolition of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and official or service passports.
Iskandar said the agreement would be effective one month after the signing of the notes of agreement (May 18).
Source : Bernama