Local universities should set up exchange programmes with New Zealand
universities to enhance the learning experiences of students from both
Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr George Chan said local
institutions of higher learning could provide certain courses to
enable New Zealand students to spend and study part of their semester
our students could go down to New Zealand to do one or two semesters
there," he told reporters after officiating at the opening of the
NZ Centre here yesterday.
said this kind of collaboration would benefit universities of both
nations as this would offer their students an experience that was
otherwise only obtainable through studying at one university at a
Chan, who is also Minister of Finance and Public Utilities and
Minister of Industrial Development, pointed out that the exchange
programmes would not just enrich the students' experience, but also
serve to enhance the relationship between the two nations.
are some students who want to study in more than one universities so
offering this kind of exchange programme would attract them to study
there," he said.
said the same could be offered in postgraduate studies, allowing
students of both nations to experience what each other's country had
Chan said Sarawak, which comparatively had the highest number of
graduates who had studied overseas, was able to attract international
students such as from China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines
to its privately run university campuses like Curtin and Swinburne
Institute of Technology.
said an estimated 13,000 Malaysians had been educated in New Zealand,
and many of them now occupied senior positions in business,
professional posts and government administration.
opportunities are there," he said, adding that all that had to be
done was to set up those collaboration and cooperation between Sarawak
and New Zealand universities.
the New Zealand Centre, Dr Chan was optimistic that it would actively
promote education links with New Zealand besides improving trade and
business links between Malaysia and New Zealand, particularly Sarawak.
many years, New Zealand has not been well represented in Sarawak,
particularly in the field of education," he said.
is with this in mind that the NZ Centre was set up".