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State moves to recognise Chinese degrees

Malaysia will recognise degrees from 146 universities in China, the latest move by the government to woo the support of local Chinese ahead of the next general election, writes Teo Cheng Wee for Straits Times.

The announcement comes after the two countries inked an agreement to “facilitate mutual recognition in higher education qualifications” last April.

Malaysia’s Chinese community has been pushing for the move for years. About 2,500 Malaysians study at Chinese universities and this would allow them to apply for government jobs in the country when they graduate. More crucially, however, official recognition is seen as a small nod of approval from the government towards the Chinese education system, which the Chinese value highly but is sometimes blamed by nationalists for hindering efforts to foster national unity.
Full report on The Jakarta Globe site
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