Monday, February 04, 2008

University of London to set up Campus in NS

Thanks to a reader for forwarding me this news.

Read this in The Star a few days back as well. I personally do not know much background of Royal Holloway. Any reader here mind share on it? I would look at this setting up of branch campus as a positive step forward.

Quoted from The Star


Friday February 1, 2008

University of London to set up campus in Negri

KUALA LUMPUR: A prestigious British university has agreed to set up a branch campus here by next year.

Royal Holloway, University of London, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with KLEC Ventures Sdn Bhd to set up its first offshore campus in Asia at Bandar Enstek, Negri Sembilan under the KL Education City project (KLEC).

KLEC is planned as an integrated and self-contained education city that will feature a mix of international, local and regional education institutions. Royal Holloway is one of the constituent colleges of the University of London and is a leading research-based university.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, who witnessed the signing of the MoU, described the proposed branch campus as a milestone in the development of Malaysia as a higher education hub.

“Such collaborations will help Malaysian institutions move up the value chain and improve the quality of our higher education.”

Mustapa added that Royal Holloway would be the fifth foreign university to have a branch campus here. The other branch campuses are Monash University, Nottingham University, Curtin University of Technology and Swinburne University of Technology.

“This new branch campus would result in more foreign students coming to Malaysia. There are about 8,000 students studying in these four branch campuses, and about 25% of their enrolment is made up of foreigners.”

He said Malaysia had always had strong links with Britain in the field of education.

“Currently, there are 12,000 Malaysians studying in Britain and 80 British institutions have cooperative programmes here,” he said.

Signing on behalf of KLEC was its group managing director Kahlil Anwar Kamal while Royal Holloway was represented by vice-principal (academic affairs) Prof Rob Kemp.

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