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The University of Reading Malaysia is delighted to announce a range of scholarships available to students enrolling on its first Foundation in Business programme which starts in September 2013.

The scholarships are being offered to honour those students who have decided to make the University of Reading Malaysia their first choice for higher education.

Foundation in Business – get a head start in Business, Law or Psychology

Foundation in Business – get a head start in Business, Law or Psychologyould like to progress to an undergraduate degree in subjects including Business and Management, Accounting, Finance, Law and Psychology.ur those students who have decided to make the University of Reading Malaysia their first choice for higher education.

The programme will cover the basics in business-related subjects including mathematics and economics, offer English Language tuition and equip students with the academic skills needed for an undergraduate degree.

On successful completion of the Foundation in Business, students are guaranteed entry to an undergraduate programme at either our Malaysia or UK campus.

Scholarships for University of Reading Malaysia students











Scholarships – Rewarding commitment and success with up to 35% off tuition fees

Two scholarship schemes have been announced today and they can be combined to give students a total of up to 35% off the programme tuition fees of RM 19,000.

All students registering for the first Foundation in Business programme in September 2013 will be eligible for a 20% scholarship on tuition fees, reducing the cost of the one-year programme to RM 15,200. These prestigious scholarships are in recognition of the commitment shown by our first in-take of students, who will be known as Foundation Scholars whilst studying at the University of Reading Malaysia.

In addition, the most highly qualified applicants will also be eligible for our High Achievers Scholarships. These scholarships recognise the achievement of academically excellent students.
All students who have obtained:

• 8A’s in SPM will receive an additional 5% scholarship on the first years’ fees;
• 9A’s will receive an additional 10%; and
• 10A’s or more will receive an additional 15%.

Professor Martha-Marie Kleinhans, Vice-Provost of University of Reading Malaysia says of the scholarships

‘We are very excited to be welcoming our first cohort of University of Reading Malaysia students in September 2013 and are delighted to be able to offer these scholarships to these pioneers who will help shape the future of the University of Reading Malaysia

We recognise that the University of Reading Malaysia may not be a familiar name in higher education for many in Malaysia but the wealth of expertise we bring from our UK campus means we are anything but beginners in educating talented people. Neither are we newcomers to Malaysia, having run a successful collaborative teaching with Taylors College over the past ten years.

The University of Reading UK has been equipping students with the skills, experiences and principles to achieve their career aims and make a difference in their chosen field since 1926 and our status as one of the world’s top 1% of universities demonstrates our commitment to all our students.

That said, in many ways, these Foundation students will be our most important as the success of the University of Reading Malaysia depends on exceeding their expectations in terms of quality of teaching and student experience. We want them to finish the programme brimming with confidence for their future studies and eager to tell others about their positive learning experience at the University of Reading Malaysia.

We are confident that we can honour this first cohort of students with an exceptional start to their higher education but expect to learn as much from them as they do from us in our inaugural year.’

For more information please contact Professor Martha-Marie Kleinhans, University of Reading Malaysia on +60 7 295-5001 or by email on

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The University of Reading, one of the top universities worldwide, is celebrating the start of construction at its first overseas campus at EduCity Iskandar Malaysia.

Groundbreaking at the site of the University of Reading's Malaysia campus

Groundbreaking at the site of the University of Reading’s Malaysia campus



EduCity is a 600-acre education hub comprising of universities and higher education institutes, research and development centres to encourage partnerships between education and industry, student accommodation and sports facilities. The flagship initiative is the first of its kind in Asia. Visit our flickr to see imagesThe University of Reading’s Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, says the University is delighted to be part of the EduCity initiative and to meet the growing demand for its brand of quality education.

Images from the University of Reading Malaysia groundbreaking

“We have around 3,000 graduates from the University of Reading in Malaysia and Singapore, the majority of whom travelled to the UK to experience our unique offering, first-class resources and world-class teaching. We are therefore proud and excited to have the opportunity to deliver the same experience to students in the Asia-Pacific region at EduCity in Iskandar. We are consciously and proactively developing this campus to offer the best experience to students, from both the infrastructure of our facilities to the education delivered. To create this level of excellence we have appointed an in-country UK team to work alongside Iskandar Investment Berhad to ensure that quality and experience underpins the development, every step of the way,” said Sir David.

The initiative confirms the University of Reading’s support for the development of Malaysia as a regional education hub and follows an invitation from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia to the University of Reading to establish a campus in Malaysia to help it achieve its ambitious target of 70% of the population reaching tertiary education by 2020.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place at EduCity on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, led by the University of Reading’s Chancellor Sir John Madejski. Also in attendance were the University’s Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell, Provost and Chief Executive of the University of Reading Malaysia, Professor Tony Downes, Dr Mohamed Ali Abdul Rahman, Director, Governance Division, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education, and Datuk Syed Mohamed Ibrahim, President and CEO of Iskandar Investment Berhad.

Speaking on behalf of Datin. Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Binti Tapsir, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Higher Education, Dr Ali said the Ministry was delighted to be working with the University of Reading to support the development of its first overseas campus:

“As a University recognised as being amongst the top 1% of universities in the world, the University of Reading is an excellent example of the type of high-calibre education provider with whom the Ministry wishes to work.

“We hope to continue to build upon our already excellent and mutually beneficial relationship with the University of Reading,” he added.

The new campus, to be known as the University of Reading Malaysia, will open in September 2015 offering programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level in three thematic subject areas, requested by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia: business and law, science (including pharmacy), and the built environment. It will cater for 2,000 students.

The University has already begun delivering Executive Education programmes to international companies in Malaysia including the Bank of China, Thomson Reuters, HSBC, Standard Chartered, UBS and RBI International through its world-renowned Henley Business School.

Ranked among the top schools in Europe, and operating globally, Henley is one of only 57 business schools in the world to hold triple-accredited status from AMBA, Equis and the AACSB – the top accreditation bodies across the UK, Europe and the USA.

The University of Reading’s School of Law is already well established in Malaysia through an undergraduate twinning program run jointly since 2004 with Taylors University, Malaysia, which welcomes some 100 students each year. Law programmes, including Reading’s popular commercial law postgraduate degrees, will be offered at the EduCity campus.

English language courses are also being delivered at purpose-built teaching facilities at the Menara Kotaraya campus in Johor Bahru with further programmes being introduced in 2013, including the Foundation in Business. Successful completion of this programme guarantees progression to the University of Reading, including Henley Business School courses.

A Foundation in Science programme offering a pathway to undergraduate science degrees will begin in 2014.

The University of Reading is a world leader in teaching and research regarding management, design and economics of engineered technologies. The university hosts the largest school in the UK for teaching and researching real estate and planning and will be offering programs such as BSc Quantity Surveying, BSc Real Estate, MSc Project Management, and MSc in Real Estate and Planning in Malaysia.

In addition to its innovative research-led teaching and a friendly and supportive environment, the University of Reading is renowned for an excellent graduate employability record.

The new University of Reading Malaysia campus will allow the university, which is consistently ranked among the top 1% of the world’s universities, to bring its rich heritage in quality education to Malaysia and the Asia-Pacific region through its first overseas campus

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This week, I made my first trip to Malaysia as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading. Arriving on Sunday night, I have been engaged since in a busy round of visits and meetings and hearing and seeing first-hand the progress that University of Reading Malaysia is making.

I began by seeing our impressive facilities in downtown Johor Bahru where we are already offering executive education courses as well as English language programmes. The new facilities feel very much a part of University of Reading, with prominent images of the University all around the building.

Not surprisingly, one of the highlights of the week so far has been visiting EduCity where our campus will open in 2015. It’s in a prime location at the entrance to EduCity and, will, I am sure become a landmark building in the area.

UoRM plot at EduCity

University of Reading Malaysia plot at Iskandar Malaysia EduCity where building is to commence in early 2013

The rest of the facility is already taking shape with University of Newcastle offering medicine and University of Southampton just receiving their first engineering students. The student accommodation block is now open and the sports stadium should be completed by the end of the year.

I am delighted that there is considerable interest in the plans for University of Reading Malaysia in the region, and as part of my visit, I have been delighted to be interviewed by the New Straits Times, Star and Sin Chew Daily newspapers. I have also attended dinners in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur where I have met many influential figures from business and commerce, including University of Reading and Henley Business School graduates.

Sir David Bell with invited guests at formal dinner in Singapore

Sir David Bell with invited guests at formal dinner in Singapore

It has also been very useful to meet key contacts in the Ministry of Higher Education and the University of Malaya as we develop partnerships in Malaysian higher education.

Throughout my time in Malaysia, I have been very well supported by our enthusiastic project team. It was clear to me that they are held in high regard locally and are great ambassadors for the University of Reading.

My main impressions from the short visit to Malaysia and Singapore are that:-

There is a palpable sense of ambition surrounding higher education in the country. We are part of the expansion effort, as well as contributing to the enhanced status of HE in the country. I am delighted that we are already considered as having an important contribution to make in this regard.

Secondly, I have seen for myself the potential for Malaysia to become a great education hub. It is located in a region with a hunger for education and a huge potential market.

Thirdly, the University already has many friends here. I mentioned the alumni I met and it will be marvellous to be working with them in the future. Our team in Malaysia has also developed strong relationships with the High Commissions of both Malaysia and Singapore as well as in the British Council. It was good to hear the UK Universities Minister, David Willetts, talk so positively about our work in Malaysia at the Universities UK annual conference last week.

I look forward to my next visit and to hearing of further success as we approach an important milestone for the University, the full opening of University of Reading Malaysia.


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The University of Reading is home to the world renowned Henley Business School.  With an extensive network of alumni in Malaysia and Singapore, many will already be familiar with Henley, which is one of the few business schools to hold triple-accredited status from the UK, European and US accrediting bodies. This places it among the top 1% of global business schools.

Henley Business School is a global leader in executive education and prides itself on providing impactful and innovative executive programmes to individuals and organisations.  Henley is the UK’s oldest business school with over 60 years’ experience in developing managers of, and for, the future. It is recognised worldwide for delivering executive leadership and management development programmes that build capability and enhance performance.

As Malaysia is enjoying substantial business success both in the region and globally, it seemed natural that Henley Business School Executive Education be part of the first wave of programmes to be offered by the University of Reading Malaysia.

Leadership for Stakeholder Value

Our Executive Education delivery in Malaysia launched in Kuala Lumpur from 24-25 April 2012.

Our Leadership for Stakeholder Value programme was held at the Sheraton Imperial and attracted participants from a diverse range of businesses in Malaysia.  The programme leaders, Dr Millicent Danker (BA, MA, DBA, FCIPR) and Dr Roger Hayes (BSc, MA, DBA, FCIPR, Member Emeritus IPRA), have been associated with Henley for a number of years and have extensive knowledge of the Malaysian market and culture.

Programme leaders Dr Millicent Danker and Dr Roger Hayes prepare for our first programme in Malaysia

Leadership for Stakeholder Value has been designed specifically for senior executives and high-potential leaders of Malaysian organisations that have both regional and global growth aspirations.  The programme explores critical business issues ranging from corporate governance, reputation, values and ethics to stakeholder management and communications.

Feedback from participants was very positive, and the programme will take place again on 30–31 October 2012.  More details on the Executive Education programme in Malaysia and how to book can be found here.

ICMA Executive Education

After months of planning and complete refurbishment, we were excited to open our Johor Bahru teaching facility in June 2012 with two training courses delivered by ICMA Executive Education.

Training financial market professionals

ICMA Executive Education (ICMA EE) is a joint venture between the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and the ICMA Centre at Henley Business School, University of Reading. Covering technical securities/derivatives and operations, the professional qualifications and training programmes ICMA EE offers are aimed at market practitioners in the financial markets and delivered in the major financial centres.  Keith Dickinson, Programme Director for ICMA EE’s Diploma in Financial Market Operations and Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre, University of Reading, delivered two training courses over a five-day period to 24 senior banking leaders from the region:

Securities Operations Foundation Course (SOFC) –  a three-day examined course that covers the post-trading environment of the main cash market products – bonds and equities.

Derivatives Operations (DO) – a two-day course aimed at developing a knowledge and understanding of the key operational aspects of derivatives processing; the course includes an examination of the market infrastructure and product types, together with a look at the operational life-cycle of both exchange-traded and OTC derivative products.

Keith Dickinson (far left) and John Evans (far right) welcome students to the first ICMA Executive Education programme to be delivered from the Johor Bahru offices

“It was a great first experience for us here at Kotaraya; the facilities were first rate and it has great connections to all of South East Asia via Singapore Changi airport.  I expect it to become an important hub in our delivery of EE courses in Asia going forward” said John Evans, Head of ICMA Executive Education.

Dr Martha-Marie Kleinhans, Vice-Provost (Academic) of UoRM said “A week of intensive working mixed with sightseeing and socialising was the perfect recipe for a successful first teaching event at University of Reading Malaysia’s Menara Kotaraya. We hope to welcome ICMA EE back for many more courses in our facilities.”

Upcoming programmes

Having made a successful start delivering Executive Education in Malaysia, we look forward to increasing our portfolio of offerings.  Upcoming programmes include:

Leadership for Stakeholder Value (2 days )
30-31 October 2012

Challenges of Globalisation for the Real Estate Industry (2 days)
November-December 2012 (date tbc)

Finance for the Global Real Estate Industry (2 days)
January-March 2013 (date tbc)

Coaching for High Performance (3 days)
February 2013 (date tbc)

Details of these programmes can be found on our website ( and announcements about further programmes will be made via the website, blog and future issues of Malaysia Insight.

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English Language teaching is part of the first wave of programmes offered by the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) at its new facilities in Johor Bahru.  Sebastian Watkins, one of the University’s most experienced English Language lecturers, has temporarily relocated to Malaysia to get our English language programmes up and running. Seb is ensuring that the teaching and learning experience offered to students in Malaysia is of the same high quality as that delivered at our UK campus in Reading.

Seb has extensive international teaching experience and has taught English as a Foreign Language in Europe and the Middle East. He is highly qualified, with a BA (Hons) English Literature from the University of York, an RSA Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and an MA in English Language Teaching (ELT) from our own University of Reading.

When not working for UoRM, Seb is Programme Director for Short Courses at the University’s International Study and Language Centre (ISLC) and has been a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Reading since 2002. He teaches on a range of courses, including pre-sessional courses, in-sessional courses and tailor-made short courses for a variety of external sponsors. He is also part of the team developing English for Academic Purposes tests and is co-author of Speaking in the English for Academic Study series, published by Garnet Education. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, doing crosswords and hill walking.

Seb has been in Malaysia since April 2012 and has been extremely busy during the last few months. A great deal of his time has been spent on marketing our English language and Foundation programmes. He has been visiting the principals and staff of schools in Johor, to raise the UORM profile, and offer free taster sessions for students.

Seb Watkins and school pupils

University of Reading Malaysia lecturer Sebastian Watkins (back row, centre) with Form 4 and 5 pupils from Taman Johor Jaya 1 Secondary School, Johor Bahru

Seb has attended recruitment fairs in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to publicise both UORM and the programmes available in the UK. When not out and about, he has been busy developing a range of information to be given to students based in Malaysia, as well as setting up the physical premises with books for our Learning Resource Centre and testing our IT facilities for teaching purposes.

When asked about his first impressions of Malaysia, Seb says “It’s a vibrant place, with a colourful mix of cultures and great food! It’s also a stimulating place in which to work. The students I’ve come into contact with so far have shown a very positive and enthusiastic attitude to learning. They seem determined to succeed.”

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