07 May 2019
Poland Ambassador to Malaysia, Professor Krzysztof Dbnicki, revealed that Polish and Malaysian universities have been working to cooperate in the field of higher education, Bernama reports.
The Embassy and Ministry of Education of Malaysia are working on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), although according to Dbnicki, its implementation will take some time.
When speaking to Bernama International News Service in an interview, he said: '’Once done (signed), everything will be easier...exchanging of students, visiting professors and academic staff.”
He said that as it stands, relations between the two countries in education are mostly limited to Malaysian students studying in Poland, and that he hopes these talks will pave way for greater cooperation.
He said that Polish universities are currently prioritising the internationalisation of higher education, cooperating with countries such as Singapore, China, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Australia. Polish universities have already signed MoUs with Malaysia universities such as UM, Universiti Malaysia Perlis and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).
Additionally, As Dbnicki shared, Polish companies in Malaysia are also keen to cooperate with Malaysian universities in the field of technology.
He credited the participation of 14 universities and institutions from Poland at the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference and Exhibition 2019 in Kuala Lampur as having proven the boost in Poland-Malaysia education ties.
It was revealed that approximately 1,500 Malaysians graduated from Polish universities in the last 10 years, and the figure only keeps increasing. There are currently 168 Malaysian students studying in Poland.
As it stands, there are 72,743 students originating from 166 countries studying in Poland, which ranks among the world’s top 25 most developed economies. It also boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe.