SEPANG - The first Xiamen University Malaysia Campus, an extension of the renowned Chinese university, is ready to take in students from February.
Xiamen University Malaysia Campus president Prof Wang Ruifang said he was pleased that the Xiamen campus was finally ready for its first intake of students.
"Students are most welcome to start visiting us here at the campus from Dec 17," he said during a media briefing at the campus site in Salak Tinggi.
Prof Wang said Xiamen University Malaysia Campus would be offering 10 degree programmes, from Medicine, Arts and Social Science to IT as well as Business, for its first batch of students.
"All subjects will be taught in English except for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Studies," he said, adding that the university received its first application on Wednesday.
More subjects would be offered after the university obtains approval from the Higher Education Ministry and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
"We hope to have a diverse mix of students, including Chinese students from China. There will also be student exchanges with China," Prof Wang said.
He said the university's target was to ensure 80 per cent of its lecturers held doctoral degrees.
The university, he added, would hold open days from Dec 17 to 31 from 8.30am to 4.30pm.
The original Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Tan Kah Kee, a Chinese businessman who achieved success in Malaysia in the early 20th century.
The idea for a Chinese university to set up an overseas campus in Malaysia was first mooted in 2011 by Chinese Education Vice-Minister Hao Ping and then Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung in Beijing.
In July 2014, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the campus.
The development and construction of the 61ha campus has been proceeding at a rapid pace since then.
The Xiamen University Malaysia Campus will be designed in the "Tan Kah Kee architectural style" like its three other campuses in China.