As the historical starting point of the Maritime Silk Road, Fujian province's universities are exploring opportunities to expand their ties with and presence in countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
The institutions have founded new programs and centers, drawing academic communities from various countries closer together.
Xiamen University has established its first overseas branch in Malaysia. It is said to be the first of its kind to be entirely funded by a Chinese university and is an independent campus. Construction started in October 2014, with the branch welcoming its first batch of students in February 2016.