Ambassador Krzysztof Dębnicki

KUALA LUMPUR: The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Malaysia looks forward to the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on higher education with Malaysia by next year in conjunction with both countries’ 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations in 2021, said Ambassador Krzysztof Dębnicki.

The Ambassador said that the MOU should provide ways to increase cooperation in education, including scholarships for students in exchange programmes as well as additional programmes in education and culture.

“It’s about providing opportunities for students. Right now, we are waiting for the draft from the Malaysian side. Hopefully we can sign it next year in conjunction with 50 years of diplomatic relations,” he told Bernama in an interview at the Embassy recently.

Dębnicki said some 30 Polish universities will take part in a webinar this month called “The First Edition of Poland Virtual Educational Fair 2020” dedicated specifically to the Malaysian students – organised by the Polish National Agency of Academic Exchange (NAWA) under the Ministry of Science and Higher Education to promote tertiary education in the country.

The participants will be able to learn more about Poland as a higher education destination, its universities, student life, scholarships, and other opportunities for foreign students.

Details of the event are available on the Embassy’s website and in social media.

“Each year, more and more foreign students are choosing Poland to obtain high-quality education. Students are drawn by a wide range of programmes offered by Polish universities, low tuition fees and cost of living compared to the cost of living in Malaysia,” stressed Dębnicki.

The Ambassador said there are currently about 180 Malaysian students studying in Poland, half of them studying medicine.

There is also an increased interest among Malaysian students in studying at polytechnics in Poland, he said, adding that more and more universities in Poland are offering courses in English.

According to the Embassy’s estimations, there are now over 1,000 Malaysian graduates from Polish universities.

“Last year, we organised the first edition of “Malaysian Alumni of Polish Universities’ Get-Together’ which was a very successful event. We would like to continue,” he said.

Dębnicki said that despite the current covid-19 pandemic, Malaysian students are allowed to enter Poland without any obstacles to continue their studies.

Poland and Malaysia established diplomatic relations on June 21, 1971. The Polish trade commercial office was opened in Kuala Lumpur in 1972 and was elevated to the rank of an Embassy the following year.

Meanwhile, the Embassy of Malaysia in Warsaw was established on November 4, 1978. – Bernama