Eileen Khiu Xin Ying and Oscar Ling Fang Jack were selected as delegates to the Malaysia- China Youth Exchange & Fellowship Programme (MCYEP)

Two students from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Eileen Khiu Xin Ying (Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying) and Oscar Ling Fang Jack (School of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering) were selected from a few hundred applicants throughout Malaysia to be the delegates to the Malaysia- China Youth Exchange & Fellowship Programme (MCYEP) Cohort 2.

MCYEP was organized by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia and the Secretariat of Centre of Research Advisory and Technology (CREATE) from 4th November to 11th November in Beijing, China. 22 Malaysian delegates from different background, including political, educational, technological and healthcare participated in this programme. This programme aimed to nurture the future young leaders through the cultural and technological knowledge exchange with China.

During the visit to Alibaba Experience Hall, delegates were introduced to the core values of Alibaba Group besides being  exposed to the latest technology from Alibaba

A series of activities were conducted including the industrial visit to Alibaba Experience Hall, CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd, institutional visit to Peking University, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, China Foreign Affairs University, and cultural visit to a few places of interest in China that are rich in cultures and history such as The Great Wall, Gubei water town, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

Eileen Khiu Xin Ying (9th from left) and Oscar Ling Fang Jack (10th from left)

During the visit to Alibaba Experience Hall, delegates were introduced to the core values of Alibaba Group besides exposed to the latest technology from Alibaba which are the Alibaba cloud, City Brain and Driverless City. It was a fascinating experience to grab the chance to experience some of the smart products testing from Alibaba Group too, such as smart speaker (TmallGenie) and ticket vending machine which has just being  implemented in Shanghai Railway Station. In CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd which is the biggest supplier of railway automotive in China, delegates were given an eye-opener experience to witness the manufacturing process of highspeed train in their factory as big 1.87 million square metres in Tangshan.

A golden opportunity was also given through an exclusive dialogue with Professor Zhai Kun from School of International Studies of Peking University on the discussion of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Malaysia- China relationship especially in terms of future potential collaboration. Professor  Zhai emphasized that China and ASEAN countries including Malaysia in fact can benefit from BRI greatly in five areas of focus namely policies consultations, infrastructure, trade promotion, people connectivity and financial cooperation in a long run via prompt involvement from the community and policy makers. During an interactive session with Professor Li Yang from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, delegates were exposed to the working mechanism and rationales behind the internet especially in terms of big data marketing. Not only that, delegates also joined a discussion session by keynote speakers, Prof Pedro Vieira from Brazil on China’s role and position in a New World Order under the World-System Analysis and Assoc Prof Paul Tembe from Africa on A Community with a Shared Future for Mankind as a Paradigm Shift of a New World Order with other prominent discussants from China.

Meanwhile Eileen Khiu Xin Ying said MCYEP ia a great initiative not only to empower Malaysia youths to further excel their field of study through industrial insights to China’s advancement, at the same time it strengthens the Malaysia-China bond which can definitely allow a deeper and wider understanding from each other, culturally and technologically. “I am honoured to have been selected as one of the participant,” add Oscar Ling Fang Jack who is also a member of UTM 5 Excellent Track Programmes (ETP).