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'Chunhui Cup' Ignites Entrepreneurial Spirit Among International Students in Malaysia

Writer: SU LING


(Chunhui Cup poster, source by China Students Scholars Association in Malaysia)

The ‘Chunhui Cup’China Study Abroad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Education, held its Malaysia division as scheduled this year, once again attracting numerous Chinese students studying in Malaysia to actively participate, showcasing their extraordinary talents and unlimited potential in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Since the end of 2023, ‘Chunhui Cup’ has been successfully held for 18 consecutive years, with a total of 4,059 outstanding finalists selected, covering nine major fields of specialization such as biomedicine, electronic information, new energy, new materials, etc. More than 90 percent of the participants have a master's degree, and more than half of them have a Doctor of Philosophy, which more than half have a good understanding of Chinese culture. More than 90 percent of the participants have a master's degree, and more than half of them have a doctor's degree or above, which more than half have a good understanding of Chinese culture.

According to the statistics, the number of domestic high-tech enterprises with the first participant of the finalist projects of the competition as the legal person has reached more than 1,400, covering 107 cities in 29 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities in China, and nearly half of the study abroad students have been selected in the national and local high-level talent introduction support programme.

Applicants for the ‘Chunhui Cup’ must meet the following conditions, Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree;the competition is open to Chinese students currently studying or working in Malaysia; Each participant can only submit one project for selection.

Students from UKM have expressed their enthusiasm and insights about the ‘Chunhui Cup’ competition. Many saw it as an important opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to real-world problems, improve their entrepreneurial skills and contribute to national development.

Li Wei, a graduate student in Business Administration, said, “The ‘Chunhui Cup’ not only inspires us to put our ideas into practice, but also provides us with a valuable network of mentors and peers who can guide us through our entrepreneurial journey.’’

Chen Xiao, a Computer Science student, said: “‘Chunhui Cup’ is more than just a competition, it is a platform for us to connect with our peers and explore innovative solutions to real-world challenges. It inspires us to transcend borders and contribute to the global innovation landscape.”

Sun Yiqi, the successful owner of a popular spicy hot pot restaurant in Savanna, shared her entrepreneurial journey inspired by the Chunhui Cup: “The ‘Chunhui Cup’ was a turning point in my entrepreneurial journey. It not only provided me with a platform to showcase my business idea, but also allowed me to meet mentors and investors who believed in my vision. I am grateful for the opportunities it gave me. Today, my spicy hotpot restaurant in Savanna is doing great business and the ‘‘Chunhui Cup’’ has given me the platform and motivation to succeed.”

Malaysia's booming economy and diversified consumer base provide plenty of opportunities for international student entrepreneurs to start and expand their businesses. The country's dynamic market landscape also offers opportunities in various sectors such as technology, e-commerce, food and beverage, and healthcare. By taking advantage of these market opportunities, international student entrepreneurs can capitalize on Malaysia's vibrant economy and drive business success.

As the ‘Chunhui Cup’ China International Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition continues to inspire and empower young entrepreneurs, Malaysia has become a popular destination for international students to start their own businesses, and platforms such as the ‘Chunhui Cup’ provide them with the guidance they need as they embark on their entrepreneurial journey. And as international students embark on their entrepreneurial journey, platforms such as ‘Chunhui Cup’ provide them with the guidance, mentorship, and resources they need to turn their ideas into reality and contribute to Malaysia's vibrant entrepreneurial environment.

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