By Daniel Hunter

A partnership agreement signed during the Prime Minister’s visit to Malaysia cements the education relationship enjoyed by both nations.

The signing ceremony for the UK-Malaysia Partners in Education agreement coincided with the announcements that:

· The Chevening Scholarships programme, which supports Malaysian students to study at UK universities, will double to 28 places, supported by BAE Systems.

· Dyson and the Lloyds Register Education Trust are supporting 19 new engineering scholarships at the University of Southampton’s new camps in Malaysia.

“The UK and Malaysia have a strong and long-standing education relationship which this agreement seeks to reinforce and further deepen. There are thousands of British trained graduates in Malaysia, from Prime Minister Najib downwards," Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said.

“More than 80 British institutions already have links with Malaysian counterparts and this number is set to grow in the coming year. We want to build on these links and explore the potential for new cooperation in skills development.”

Currently more than 14,000 Malaysian students are studying at UK universities, with a further 58,000 students studying our qualifications in Malaysia.

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