British heir to the throne Prince Charles today visited Nottingham University campus here for the launch of Commonwealth Youth Summit 2017 as part of his tour of Malaysia. (pix by MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN)

HULU LANGAT: British heir to the throne Prince Charles today visited Nottingham University campus here for the launch of Commonwealth Youth Summit 2017 as part of his tour of Malaysia.

After the launching ceremony, he met with staff and students and took the opportunity to learn more about the university’s research programmes.

One of the highlights was when he stopped at university balcony and waved at hundreds of students and staff, who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the royal visitor.  

Student Nurul Alisha Nurul Azmi, 21, said she was proud that Charles came to her university during his visit to Malaysia.

"It was a really nice experience to see him at our campus today.

"Although it was brief, the royal visit was meaningful. I feel honoured that he chose Nottingham University.

"It was exciting to see him spend his time with the locals here," she said at the campus in Semenyih.

There were 118 participants from various countries who attended the summit this year.

One of the delegates from the Philipines, Jessaree Ramos, 19, said the summit was important for her generation to be aware of youth and social issues.

"This programme will allow an exchange of knowledge among youths from different countries.

"I look forward to attending all the events which have been lined up and I am grateful to be here today," Jessaree said.

Nottingham University Malaysia chief executive officer Graham Kendall said he was delighted to host the British royalty.

"Today is another milestone for the university as we host Charles on his visit to one of the first British campuses outside of the United Kingdom.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity for our staff and students to have an encounter with the royalty,” Graham said.

Among the topics to be covered at the summit this year are Climate Policy and Finance; Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship; Peacebuilding and Global Inequality; and Social Cohesion.

The programmes of the summit, from Nov 3-5, are held at the campus and Limkokwing University.