Beijing’s push for overseas influence extends to the education sector, with the opening of Xiamen University outside Kuala Lumpur
Near the classrooms at the original Xiamen University in China, there is a pleasant hill and lake. So, when the government-owned institution set out to build the first ever large-scale international branch of a Chinese university, an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur, they found a hill and built a lake.
“We would like to keep some aspects of our parent university, because it is part of the tradition and culture,” said Wang Ruifang, president of Xiamen University Malaysia. “We would like to give our students space to think.”