BEIJING: Malaysia is looking forward to seeing more of its higher learning institutions recognised by the Chinese government and the two nations are working closely towards this goal, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The Deputy Prime Minister said she had raised the matter during her meetings with top Chinese leaders Tuesday (July 9).

“I hope China will recognise more Malaysian universities so that we can attract more Chinese nationals to study in the country,” she added.

Currently, there are some 20,000 Chinese nationals studying in Malaysia.

Dr Wan Azizah said the Chinese leaders also agreed to the importance of technical and vocational education in efforts to groom efficient and skilled workers in boosting economic growth.

Dr Wan Azizah arrived here Monday (July 8) for her first official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese vice-premier Sun Chunlan.

Apart from having a bilateral meeting with Sun on Tuesday, she also paid a courtesy call on Chinese vice-president Wang Qishan while meeting with state councillor Wang Yong and Chinese Communist Party’s International Department director Song Tao.

They discussed and explored cooperation opportunities in various fields including e-commerce, artificial intelligence and automotive engineering.

Dr Wan Azizah said Malaysia also hoped to learn from the experience of China in dealing with challenges brought about by an ageing society, developing programmes for special children while encouraging more women into the workforce.

On agriculture, she said China has agreed to import from Malaysia commodities including palm oil and rubber.

In her four-day visit here, Dr Wan Azizah will also be visiting China’s National Disaster Reduction Centre, China Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Hearing and Speech Impairment for Children and Huawei Exhibition Centre before heading home on Thursday (July 11).