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Taiwan, Malaysia to mutually recognize diplomas: Ma

Taiwan, Malaysia to mutually recognize diplomas: Ma

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that Malaysia has agreed in principle to sign an agreement with Taiwan under which the two would recognize academic degrees obtained from the other side. The president called the agreement a major step forward, considering that Taiwan and Malaysia currently only recognize diplomas from a few academic institutions in each other's territory. Ma, who served as Taipei mayor from 1998 to 2006, said that when he previously visited Malaysia in his capacity as mayor, many Malaysians told him of their gratitude toward Taiwan for the time they spent here studying. Ma said the number of overseas students in Taiwan, including foreign students, children of overseas Taiwanese, and Chinese students, had risen from 44,000 in 2010 to nearly 50,000 this year, and he hoped it would reach 130,000, or 10 percent of the number of college students in Taiwan, by 2020. "Only by doing so can the country attract more talent and develop better relations with other countries," Ma said. He added that Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and India are planning to send a total of 4,100 college teachers to educational institutions in Taiwan for further studies over the next 10 years. "Taiwan now has better conditions to turn itself into an important place for higher education," he said. (By Lee Shu-hua and Jamie Wang)


Updated : 2021-05-19 05:52 GMT+08:00