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International universities leverage opportunities in EduCity@Iskandar Malaysia

International universities leverage opportunities in EduCity@Iskandar Malaysia

Renowned tertiary institutions from the world over have found EduCity@Iskandar Malaysia an ideal location to expand their global footstep, thanks to a conducive environment for the education industry nurtured by the Malaysian Government.

“We were uncertain as to where we would build our first international campus. We were looking at other countries, but the offer from Iskandar was the best for this university, due to the large industrial engineering companies close to where we are, and as the facility offered was the best available,” said Professor John McBride, CEO of the University of Southampton Malaysia.

The UK university officially opened in Malaysia in March 2013, and is currently providing education to its first 22 students who have begun their first academic year in mechanical engineering.

EduCity@Iskandar comprises a flagship development in Iskandar region in Johor, encompassing 283 hectares of a fully-integrated education hub, including an International Student Village and a sports complex and stadium.

Other universities which have invested in EduCity@Iskandar include Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) and the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, which commenced operations in 2009 and 2011, respectively. The education hub has also attracted Marlborough College Malaysia, Raffles American School and Raffles University.

Kate Nicholson, Bursar at Marlborough College Malaysia noted: “We certainly feel that we have been well-supported and assisted by all levels of Government in Malaysia. At the strategic level, we feel that the Government recognised Marlborough as a catalytic project here in Iskandar, and our success was important to the region.

“On the broad, overview level, we felt the Malaysian Government welcomed us bringing a British style of education to Malaysia; and we felt supported in allowing us to offer the education we want to deliver while meeting Malaysian requirements.”

Professor Reg Jordan, CEO of NUMed, meanwhile, noted one important aspect of the university’s experience here has been the assistance provided by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority and PEMANDU, which eased bureaucratic delays.

“That was important because we are strangers here and want to work within the regulatory framework. I think senior support from the echelons of Government has been superb,” he said.

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