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
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.