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As the Queen’s Baton reaches Malaysia, University of Birmingham experts gather to explore solutions to global challenges facing Malaysia.

Four Baton bearers – three Taylor’s students and one University of Birmingham member of staff – marked the Queen’s Baton Relay arrival in Malaysia, running with the Baton across the Taylor’s University campus in Subang Jaya, before presenting it to British Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia, David Thomas, in a special ceremony.

The event was held in partnership with Taylor’s University – Birmingham’s partner campus in Malaysia – and celebrates the arrival in Malaysia of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay, of which the University is an official partner. 

British Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia, David Thomas, commented: “The UK and Malaysia share strong and deep relations across all areas including education. With Birmingham 2022 and the Queen’s Baton Relay, I am pleased to see this connection continues to be strengthened through sports.”

Speaking about the Baton’s arrival in Malaysia, Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Birmingham commented: “The University of Birmingham is a civic university with a global outlook. Our Commonwealth connections are deep and wide-ranging, particularly in Malaysia, where we have engaged for many decades in education and research partnerships.

“Sport is a unifying force and, as part of our commitment to supporting the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, we are holding a series of academic, student, and partner events in Commonwealth countries to coincide with the Queen’s Baton Relay visit.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition that celebrates, connects, and excites communities from across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games. The Queen’s Baton will now visit all 72 nations and territories of the Commonwealth for 294 days, covering 140,000 kilometers. The global journey will conclude at the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on 28 July 2022.

Birmingham 2022 will be the Games for everyone, bringing people together from across Birmingham and the region, to provide a warm welcome to millions of visitors during the summer of 2022.    

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