Annual Saad lecture focuses on Malaysia's economy
|When:||2 June 2011 |
The Malaysian economy and its future challenges was the topic of the annual Saad lecture, presented by YB Dato' Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Malaysian Minister of Finance II on Thursday.
The annual lecture is hosted by the Chair Of Malay Studies at Victoria, and sponsored through the Victoria University Foundation by the Saad Foundation in Malaysia, which was founded by Victoria alumnus, Tan Sri Halim Saad.
The Chair of Malay Studies at Victoria was established by the governments of Malaysia and New Zealand, and Victoria University in 1996 to help to promote greater awareness and understanding of Malaysia and its peoples, including their language, culture, politics and economy. The current holder of the Chair is Professor Wan Rafaei.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh spoke before the lecture, and commented on the high proportion of Malaysians among Victoria's international students.
"This year we have just over 380 Malaysians enrolled—that represents over 16 percent of all international students at Victoria. In recent years we have seen a significant increase in Malaysian enrolments, many supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and other key agencies. I am sure we would all agree that these students make a significant contribution to the University"s cultural mix and vitality. And it is pleasing to see a growing number of Malaysian students undertaking postgraduate study."