Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister is encouraging the Japanese Universities to set up their branch campuses in Malaysia. Dr. Mahathir is a longtime admirer of Japanese value system and work system since his first visit in the year 1961. He said that he understands that there are certain laws and rules which prohibited the universities from setting up their branch campuses overseas.
Dr. Mahathir is known to have received an honorary doctorate from the Tsukuba University. In his speech at conferment ceremony which had been conducted by the same university president Kyosuke Nagata, Dr. Mahathir stated that when he first became the Prime Minister in 1981, he was able to introduce the Look East Policy that isn’t just about acquiring knowledge but also the character, values of the East, and lifestyle.
He said that one of the best ways to learn the work ethics of Japanese was to send over the students to the work places. They have returned and have also contributed to the economy. Nonetheless, Dr. Mahathir has said that with time, the value of Japanese yen have become higher. Thus, one way to learn more of Japanese way of doing things was to get the universities to set up branch campuses.
He states that Tsukuba University can consider coming over to Malaysia and set up a branch campuses. He says that they are working hard on this. He hopes that they are able to overcome the obstructions and have this Japanese University to come to Malaysia for teaching the culture and language. The cost is going to be pretty lower and Malaysia can be the center for the Asean to lean at Japanese University without even going over to Japan. He has a great admiration for the Japanese culture. In Malaysia he always talks about the sense of shame that Japanese have.