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Former Prime Minister of Malaysia visits BFSU

By Wang Jinxue (People's Daily Online)

13:57, May 15, 2012

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, former Prime Minister of Malaysia (People's Daily Online/Wang Jinxue)

Beijing, May 15 (People's Daily Online)--On May 14, 2012, former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, visited Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and made a speech titled "The Relationship between Malaysia and China: Review and Prospect".

Ms. Zhong Meisun, the vice President of BFSU warmly welcomed the delegation. She said BFSU has produced a great number of students with strong intellectual communication competence by providing them a good education in language, literature and cultural studies. Many of them have made great achievement in promoting friendship between China and other countries.

Today BFSU is teaching 54 foreign languages including Malaysia, and 23 official languages of the Asian countries, making it the university with the largest variety of language education in China. The increase in the number of language programs has been supported by a rapid growth of country and area studies. The Malay Study Center is a good example. Set up in 1961, BFSU's Malay program is of the earliest in China. It has nurtured more than 200 graduates.

Since the last visit of Tun Abdulla, the China-Malay Study Center of BFSU has hosted international conferences to promote the understanding and friendship between the two countries, such as the China-Malay Friendship Symposium in 2004, the International Conference on China-Malay Cultural Exchanges in 2005, and the International Conference on Malay Studies in 2009. And BFSU has received 165 students from Malaysia to study Chinese.

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was born in 1939, and served as Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2003 to 2009. He spoke highly of the efforts and achievements BFSU has made in promoting the understanding and friendship between Malaysia and China.

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