Over 2 500 Malaysian students introduced to EU, SDGs through school and campus visits

Preparing youths as future leaders of Malaysia, the EU steps up its outreach at 8 top-tier institutions

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The EU Delegation to Malaysia (EUD) has stepped up its youth outreach through the campaign ‘EU @ Your School/Campus’. A series of visits to prestigious educational and academic institutions across Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley prepared youths as future leaders in Malaysia and as strategic partners of the EU.

From January to April 2023, EU and EU Member State ambassadors and other representatives in Malaysia, along with local alumni from study abroad and scholarship programmes in the EU, met with over 2 500 students at 8 top-tier schools and universities. Supported by the Ministry of Education, the exchanges set out to encourage youth involvement for the SDGs, while showcasing the advantages of studying in the EU.

Fun and interactive presentations were led by speakers from EUD, Belgium, Romania and Sweden, alongside 6 Erasmus alumni having studied a broad range of areas – from education to the environment, aeronautics and enology. Quizzes and other activities deepened understanding of the EU and its relationship with Malaysia, while emphasising the EU's role as a leader worldwide and in the Indo-Pacific.

The exchanges also guided on programmes and scholarships such as Erasmus+, with alumni lending added insight through their personal experiences.

The schools – SM Sains Alam Shah, SMK Aminuddin Baki and SMK Sri Aman – and universities – Sunway University, Universiti Kebangsaan and Universiti Putra – are known to have produced many of the nation’s political and social leaders. Their support for the visits further fosters partnerships for continued cooperation with the EU and EU Member States.

Photos from the events and updates on the EU’s ongoing initiatives for youth outreach can be found on EUD’s Facebook and Twitter.

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