Bruneians encouraged to further studies in China

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE Bruneians are encouraged to study in China to take advantage of the various programmes and abundance of benefits that China has to offer in the educational sector.

Director of Information and Public Relations Division of ASEAN-China Center (ACC) Vithit Powattanasuk said this during a recent interview with The Brunei Times.

“We encourage the government of Brunei to have more collaborations with China in terms of education, among other areas,” he said, adding that currently there are only a small number of Bruneians studying in China and vice versa.

According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Education in China, Brunei had less than 70 students studying in China last year.

Of these, 62 were exchange students while three were on scholarships.

“China is growing rapidly so it is a pity if Brunei does not take this opportunity to link with China (in the educational sector) like other ASEAN countries,” he said.

“It is up to the two countries to decide and further enhance the governmental cooperation between them,” he said, adding that ACC serves to promote and facilitate practical cooperation between China and ASEAN countries in five main areas which include education.

“We are trying hard and our best to enhance the capacity of every Southeast Asian country for cooperation with China, including Brunei, to benefit from what China can offer as a win-win cooperation,” he said.

According to Secretary General of ACC Yang Xiuping, there are currently more than 100 thousand Chinese students studying in ASEAN while ASEAN students studying in universities in China totalled around 70 thousand.

The number of ASEAN students in China is expected to reach 100 thousand by end of this year.

China, meanwhile, hopes to have 300 thousand overseas students studying in China by 2020.

The Brunei Times