SEPANG (July 3): Xiamen University Malaysia Campus (XMUMC), the first overseas campus by the Chinese university, will be mainly funded by the Chinese government, said Sunsuria Bhd Executive Chairman Datuk Ter Leong Yap.

He told reporters after the ground-breaking ceremony this morning that construction cost of 2.6 billion renminbi or RM1.3 billion would be given by the Chinese government with the rest from donations.

Ter added that businessman Robert Kuok had sponsored RM100 million for the construction of the university library, which is the main building of the 150-acre campus.

XUMUMC will be constructed in two phases. The cost of the first phase, which covers a total floor space of 270,000 square meters, will be more than half of the total cost, Ter added.

In the second phase, the total floor space is around 200,000 square meters.

“This project is supported by both the Malaysian and Chinese government,” he said,

The ground-breaking ceremony today was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Assistant Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China Chen Shun, Second Minister of Education Malaysia Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, and President of Xiamen University Zhu Chingshi.

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