The Malaysia campus in Iskander was officially opened on the 25 February with more than 400 guests, staff and students in attendance. You can watch a video of the ceremony here. University of Reading Malaysia is the University of Reading’s first multidisciplinary overseas campus and its fifth campus overall, alongside the Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading, and the Henley Business School sites at Greenlands and Johannesburg. The new facilities will educate up to 3,000 students, with ambitions to extend beyond the current building into new space at EduCity.
Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell said: “This is a momentous day for the University of Reading and Henley Business School. We are celebrating our 90th anniversary this year and Henley’s 70th – but this is an ambitious and clear statement of intent for the future. This magnificent, state-of-the-art campus means we can project our world-leading research and teaching across Asia, while offering our students and staff with outstanding opportunities to study and work abroad.”
The formal part of the event was held in the bright and airy atrium, known as the Heartspace of this state-of-the-art building, an area which lent itself beautifully to the procession, speeches and musical performances included in the ceremony.
The inauguration combined input from staff and students and had a genuine atmosphere of celebration enjoyed by all those who attended; with many of us marvelling at what has been achieved in such a short space of time.
With the formalities over there was the opportunity for lunch with friends and colleagues in a specially constructed marquee, followed by tours of the campus building. The tours were led by Student Ambassadors who completely engaged with their audience, as they escorted us round the new facilities. Their enthusiasm and pride in the University was a pleasure to witness.
It was a real privilege to be involved in what is a landmark event for the University of Reading and the Henley Business School. The development of this first-class teaching and research facility demonstrates a commitment to long-term investment in Asia and I felt honoured to have been at the launch.
You can find out more about our Malaysia campus here.
We are looking forward to seeing how our newest campus develops, and will be keeping you up to date with the latest news as well as letting you know how you can get involved. Watch this space!