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New Era University College

New Era University College (NEUC) was established in 1997, following the closure of Nanyang University in Singapore in 1980. It was the outcome of many years of efforts and unwavering support from the Chinese community.

NEUC is a non-profit, private university college in Malaysia. On 30 December 2016, New Era was upgraded to University College status by the Ministry of Higher Education. This upgrading allows NEUC to provide its own undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. All courses offered by NEUC are approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The qualifications awarded by NEUC are accredited by the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) under the mutual recognition of qualifications agreement between Malaysia and China. NEUC is also listed on China’s JSJ Study Abroad website. NEUC started its first dedicated class for international students from China in July 2020 and has welcomed more than 400 international students since then. Chinese graduates and current students make up the majority of international students, while other international students come from countries such as Indonesia, India, Japan, South Korea, Myanmar, Laos, The United States of America and Canada.

NEUC currently has nine faculties comprising the Institute of International Education; Graduate School; Arts and Social Sciences; Art and Design; Communication, Cinematic and Performing Arts; Accountancy, Management and Economics; Computer Science and Information Computing Technology; Institute of Ageing and Professional Care; and Health, Safety, Security and Environment. New Era offers Master’s and PhD in ASEAN Studies (research-based), as well as the research-based Master’s and PhD programmes in Chinese Studies, Education, Business Administration, and a coursework-based Master of Business Administration. In addition, the Faculty of Accounting, Management and Economics of New Era collaborates with the Wrexham Glyndwr University, the United Kingdom to offer a joint dual degree programme from 2018, and the Department of Education has launched the only Bachelor of Education (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) programme in Malaysia, while the Department of Chinese Language and Literature covers a wide range of areas including China Studies and Local Chinese Studies, and is highly recognized for its excellent scholarly expertise. It can be said that NEUC is a university with a strong team of scholars specialising in Chinese Studies and is excellent to serve as a key provider of education in areas of study to meet the needs of international students.

Over the past 20 years, NEUC has established industry-academia partnerships with over 500 Chinese companies and the student number has increased by 51% since 2018. NEUC has established academic links and exchange programmes with more than 150 universities around the world as well as has formed an advisory board of Chinese experts and scholars. These efforts have enabled NEUC to become one of the preferred universities for collaborations between Malaysian and Chinese institutions. It is also a Chinese–English bilingual university with a stimulating and safe learning environment imbued with elements as well as full of Chinese culture. An especially noteworthy feature of the campus is the Tan Lark Sye Library which houses the largest collection of Chinese titles in the country. This includes special holdings such as the Fang Xiu Collection, Lee Yip Lim Collection, Yong Ching Fatt Collection, Lee Kim Chong Collection, Tay Lian Soo Collection and Nanyang University Resource Centre. These special collections are open for use to scholarly experts and postgraduate students to conduct research on Chinese literature, education and community.

In 2019, NEUC released a campus Chinese music album titled “Flying High”, to foster student creativity and to create a vibrant campus life. This is the first student music album produced and fully funded by the university in the history of Malaysian music.

NEUC is a university that emphasizes the humanistic values of education and embraces its history while actively seeking new horizons and opportunities. It is the hope and the vision and values that would make a strong impact and presence not only in Malaysia but also elsewhere as a reputable and leading university rooted in the spirit of Chinese culture.

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