“Here at Last!” Taylor’s University Welcomes International Exchange Students to the Lakeside Campus

The latest group of exchange students from over sixteen countries has arrived at Taylor’s University.

The Global Mobility Office warmly welcomed the arrival of 39 semester international exchange students from 16-countries into our March intake-2017, with a cultural performance by TRADISI to showcase the richness of Malaysian culture, along with the support of the Taylor’s University Student Council. This semester the students came from a range of partner universities in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, S. Korea, The Netherlands, the UK, Denmark and also Finland. Studying on a range of courses from Quantity Surveying to Business to Education, this group of exchange students further adds to the diversity of the student body at the Lakeside Campus. Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Global Engagement, said “While we are very happy to have this group of students here - we had hoped to welcome nearly twice this number of exchange students. However, new immigration requirements made it very difficult for a lot of students to complete all the necessary steps to get a visa”. Prof Hobson added, “It’s been very frustrating for us for our partners, for the students and their parents. As a result of the changes, a number of complaints were made to Malaysian embassies overseas, as well as to various foreign embassies here in KL. Prof Hobson pointing out, “The Ambassador from France was so concerned about the situation he came to visit us, went to other universities who are active in exchange and then went to see the Home Minster about these EMGS issues,” adding that, “The Italian Ambassador and the EU Delegation to Malaysia have been to see the Ministry for Education to try and find a way to resolve the issues”. Not all Malaysian universities have active exchange programmes”. For TU and our overseas partner institutions this has been a very difficult period. “I am hopeful that we can work through these issues with the Ministry of Education, Immigration and EMGS. As exchange programmes are reciprocal arrangements, these issues will in turn deprive Malaysian students of the opportunity to go on exchange” he pointed out. For more information on Global Mobility options and the student exchange programme click here – Global Matters (2017)