About Provincial Student Associations
China, officially known as the People’s Republic of China, is divided into 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, 4 direct-controlled municipalities and 2 special administrative regions. There are 15 provincial Malaysian students’ associations (PSA) in China based in Beijing, Hubei, Shaanxi, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Sichuan, Shandong, Tianjin and Zhejiang. PSAs serve as a regional organisation that represents Malaysian students studying in respective provinces and acts as a communication point for their student members between Education Malaysia Beijing and MSAC.
Provincial Student Associations
There are 15 provincial student associations as followed.
Malaysian Students Association of Jiangsu (MSAJS), formerly known as the Malaysian Students Association of Nanjing (MSAN), is a non-profit organization that aims to serve Malaysian students and provide welfare through a wide range of activities and services. MSAN was established on 2 September 2000 and has been reformed and reorganized into MSAJS on 2 May 2020 for the betterment of the overall organisation. Since then, MSAJS has been recognized by Education Malaysia Beijing (EMB) and the Malaysian Students Association in China (MSAC). Today, MSAJS has reached out to a total of 39 Institutes in 6 City of Jiangsu Province, and students members of MSAJS have been greatly benefitted.
The Association of Malaysian Students in Beijing, referred to as AMSIB (Association of Malaysian Students in Beijing), is a non-profit student organization established by Malaysian students in Beijing on September 22, 2002. The mission of AMSIB is BY MALAYSIAN, FOR MALAYSIAN, which aims to gather Malaysian students studying in Beijing and fight for their welfare. In recent years, the number of Malaysians studying in Beijing has increased. As of 2021, we have a total of 1,385 members distributed in 28 universities in Beijing. In line with the objective of safeguarding the rights and interests of members, promoting friendship, and enhancing overall personal development and workplace planning, AMSIB has cooperated with many well-known companies to promote the organization’s professional development actively. At the same time, the Association hopes that through various activities, members will get acquainted with Malaysian students from multiple universities in Beijing to not feel lonely on the road of struggle. Therefore, AMSIB has held academic activities such as the AMSIB Challenge, a business simulation challenge; sports activities such as the ASEAN Games; and cultural activities such as the Malaysian Culture Night and the Dance Forest Competition, which are still in preparation.
Malaysian Students Association in Shanghai (MSAS) is a non-profit and voluntary organization established in 2002. Adhering to the spirit of friendship and mutual assistance, we are committed to providing services to Malaysian students studying in Shanghai. Our platform allows members to communicate with students from other provinces and obtain the latest information. MSAS not only pays attention to the learning and quality of life of members, but also strives to strengthen the interpersonal network to bring greater value and possibilities to the personal growth of students. MSAS keeps in close contact with all parties to provide members with useful information such as career prospects. MSAS will continue to strive to help Malaysian students who are studying or are interested in studying in Shanghai, as well as contributing to the cultural advancement of both Malaysia and Shanghai.
Malaysian Student Association in Fujian（MSAFJ） was established in 2008 and had a history of 13 years. It is currently the 13th in 2021-2022. According to statistics, there are 465 Malaysian students in Fujian Province (excluding 84 graduates). It comprises Malaysian students from 8 universities, including Huaqiao University, Xiamen University, Jimei University, Xiamen University of Technology, Fuzhou University, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fujian Normal University, and Liming Vocational University. This association is the primary liaison station of the Malaysian Students’ Union in Fujian Province, China. It focuses on uniting Malaysian students in Fujian Province, China, sharing resources, supporting each other, promoting Malaysian students to inherit the spirit of friendship, and expanding communication and exchanges between Malaysian students in Fujian Province, China through activities other methods. Established and deepened the friendship between Malaysian students in various universities in Fujian Province.
Association of Malaysian Students in Shaanxi, or “AMSISX”, is a student association consisting of Malaysian students studying in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. It was established in 2009, and officially registered and recognised by the Education Malaysia Beijing in 2011. The members of this association consists of Malaysian students studying in several major universities in Xi’an, Shaanxi. Apart from promoting Malaysia’s unique culture in China, AMSISX plays an important role in serving its members, providing information about studying in Xi’an, encouraging connection between members and working as a platform for them to showcase their talents.
Malaysian Student Association in Tianjin (MSAT) is established in 2010, initiated by Yong Chuan Kit of Tianjin Normal University, with an initial members of only over 10 people. Later in 2018, MSAT officially registered with Education Malaysia Beijing, and now there are more than 450 Malaysian students in Tianjin. All undergraduates, postgraduates and doctoral students studying in Tianjin will automatically become members of MSAT. The members are mainly distributed in 9 universities in Tianjin from over 30 different majors. MSAT is run by the Executive Committee all year round, and annually holds orientation, team building activities and various competitions. Since its establishment, MSAT has always upheld its belief and devoted itself to maintain a good diplomatic relations of the youth of Malaysia and China. Our mission includes strengthening the relationship between Malaysian students studying in Tianjin, assisting Malaysian students studying in Tianjin in their daily life, academic issues and providing relevant information about universities in Tianjin. We will keep close contact with the Chinese government, Malaysian government, Education Malaysia Beijing and organisations from all walks of life, so as to deliver the latest news to the public.
Malaysian Student Association in Guangdong (MSAGD) was established on 9th September 2010. The purpose of MSAGD is to contact Malaysian students studying in various parts of Guangdong Province to form a strong interpersonal network that supports each other. We unite Malaysian students with the belief in self-improvement, persistence in learning, bravery and overcoming obstacles, in order for students to achieve extraordinary results, ride on our country’s high hopes and become the pride of Malaysia. Nonetheless, our purpose includes responding to “the Belt and Road Initiative”, strengthening Malaysia-China relations and promoting Malaysia’s culture.
In addition, MSAGD cooperates with Malaysian Students Association in China to organize activities and timely convey the latest and most reliable information to students. According to current statistics, there are about 431 Malaysian students studying in Guangdong Province. MSAGD has a council that consists of directors and university representatives. The number of directors is 18 and the number of university representatives is 17. The directors are mainly responsible for serving members, planning related activities and contacting other relevant organizations. The representatives of universities mainly assist in collecting students’ personal data and conveying information to the students. The activities organized by MSAGD include festive dinners, group tours, sports games, orientations, recruiting new directors and so on.
Association of Malaysian Students in Hubei (AMSIH) was founded in May 2012. AMSIH is the general liaison station for Malaysian Students in Hubei to assist our members and enhance the unity among members.
Currently, AMSIH has a total of 175 Malaysian students in Hubei. Education Malaysia Beijing (EMB), and Malaysian Students Association in China (MSAC) advices the general operation of AMSIH. The General Assembly is the highest authority of AMSIH. The committee is solely responsible for the daily affairs of the association during the adjournment of the General Assembly. The committee member of the association consists of President, Vice President, Secretariat, Event Planner, Publicity and Public Relations.
AMSIH is active in organizing events for members and co-organizing events with other student association and relevant bodies for the benefits of the members. For instance, “Dekad Bahasa”, a language competition to enhance students’ language skills, “Waiting For You”, an Internship and Resume Writing sharing session, “Jalinan·Sejati”, a writing article competition and many more.
Malaysian Students Association in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (Official name: “Malaysian Students Association in Guangxi”), formerly known as the “Malaysian Students Association of Guangxi”, was established in June 2017. The organization was established to unite and contact all Malaysian students studying from universities and colleges in Guangxi. With the gradual increase in the number of students studying in Guangxi, considering the administrative names of all provinces and autonomous regions in China, following the decision of the executive committee in 2021, a complete constitution was formulated and the organization was renamed as “Malaysian Students Association in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region”.
Malaysian Students Association in Heilongjiang (MSAH) was established in March 2019. It is one of the provincial branches of Malaysian Students Association in China (MSAC). The main objective of the association is to unite the Malaysian students in Heilongjiang Province while at the same time supporting each other in face of problems and difficulties. MSAH gathers Malaysian students studying in Heilongjiang Province and serves as a platform in promoting Malaysian culture and helping members to experience local culture in China. Even in one of the coldest provinces in China, MSAH spirit will warm you up in the cold.
Malaysian Student Association in Henan was established on 5 April 2019 by Zhengzhou University, Henan University and Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The initial aim of the association was to connect Malaysian students from various universities in Henan Province so that they could unite and feel at home in their own province and help each other in times of trouble. Prior to the establishment of the association, Toh Cai Wei was the only Malaysian student at Zhengzhou University and through the Indonesian Association in Henan Province, she came into contact with Malaysian students from other higher education institutions and expressed the idea of establishing the association. With the increasing number of Malaysian students studying in Henan, the establishment of the association became more and more important and was eventually established with the assistance of the Education Malaysia Beijing. The membership of the association has grown from 50 to 80 members. In the beginning, due to financial problems, we could only organize small internal activities, but as the association developed, we managed to organize Malaysian cultural experiences and various festivals to introduce Malaysia to Chinese students and international students from other countries. Today, the relationship between the MSAHN and the various institutions and departments is getting closer, which greatly protects the interests and rights of Malaysian students while reflecting the needs of Malaysian students effectively.
Malaysian Students Association in Sichuan, China (MSASC) was established with the aim to serve as an important bridge between members, the Education Malaysia Beijing and MSAC. The purpose is to centred around its members, with a mission of voluntary work, to convey important messages of government authorities to students in Sichuan. Correspondingly, if students face any troubles, the organization will reach out to respective government departments for effective assistance and be readily available to provide a sense of security to them. Moreover, MSASC also organizes activities with the mind to strengthen cohesion between members in accordance to various situations and needs to benefit its members. We strive to provide a sense of belonging for each and every student studying in Sichuan.
Malaysian Students Association in Shandong is a student organization registered with the Education Malaysia Beijing and the Malaysian Students Association in China. It was established in June 2020, the main purpose of the association is to serve Malaysian students studying in Shandong, provide information to Malaysian students coming to study in Shandong, and maintain the relationship of Malaysian students in Shandong. The members of the association are formed by students studying from various universities in Shandong.
Malaysian Students Association in Hunan,referred to as “MSAHUN”, was established in 2021. The main purpose of its establishment is to promote the connection of Malaysian students studying in Hunan, enhance mutual friendship, and assist students to solve problems in life and study. In addition, the association is also committed to strengthen the relationship between the leaders of various institutions, departments and students, acting as the communicating bridge; promote exchanges and conversations; take part in exchange activities with students from other countries; and cultivate high-quality international talents.
Malaysian Student Association in Zhejiang, also known as MSAZ, was established on 9 July 2021. MSAZ mission is to unite, assist and care for the rights of all Malaysian students studying in Zhejiang province in order to complete their studies abroad with a peace of mind.
As of April 2020, there are 578 Malaysian students studying in Zhejiang across 9 higher education institutions and 40 majors. All current Malaysian students in Zhejiang can apply to be a member of MSAZ starting from September. MSAZ constitutes of an executive committee appointed annually at AGM. Besides that, MSAZ also acts as a contact for prospective Malaysian students studying in Zhejiang. MSAZ maintains close contact with Education Malaysia Beijing, Malaysian Students Association in China and the Consulate General of Malaysia, Shanghai. MSAZ strives to improve communication between Malaysian students studying in Zhejiang and students from other provinces, nationalities and all walks of life, members of societies and other organisations, and secure benefits for students.
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