On 3rd November 1972, the Governments of Malaysia and France signed a cultural and technical cooperation agreement in an effort to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
Following the agreement and subsequent visits by leaders of the two countries, a Memorandum of Understanding was initiated in the year 2000 to enhance the cooperation between Malaysia and France in the field of education.
In 2003, Malaysian Prime Minister YBhg. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and French President Mr Jacques Chirac agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the field of higher education.
YBhg. Prime Minister Tun Mahathir and H.E. Jacques Chirac
Further meetings between President Jacques Chirac and YBhg. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the organisation of Malaysian-French Technical Committees further enhanced the proposed cooperation, which culminated with the creation of the Malaysia-France University Centre (MFUC) on 27th April 2006, a joint body to foster links in the field of higher education.
YBhg. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and H.E. Jacques Chirac
During his visit to France in October 2009, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak met Malaysian students in Paris, and he stressed the importance of international co-operation in the field of higher education.
YBhg. Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and President Nicolas Sarkozy
The MFUC aims at reinforcing the cooperation between France and Malaysia in various fields of higher education and research.
The MFUC acts as a facilitator and assists higher educational institutions from both countries to establish partnerships, joint degrees and/or student exchanges. The MFUC also provides assistance to students who wish to pursue their studies in France, and provides assistance towards the mutual recognition of degrees in both countries. MFUC focuses in promoting educational cooperation between Malaysia and France, and provides the interface between Malaysian and French higher educational institutions.
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