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Earlier this year, the University of Reading Malaysia’s teaching centre in Johor Bahru was delighted to be approved as an IELTS test venue by the British Council.

The first IELTS test date at the University of Reading Malaysia will be on 6th July 2013.  Further tests will be held on 28th September and 7th December 2013.

IELTS preparation courses are also available before each test date.

Both preparation courses and tests are held at our teaching centre at Level 7, Menara Kotaraya, Jalan Trus, Johor Bahru, 80000, Johor.

For more information please visit our website www.reading.edu.my or contact us by email ielts@reading.edu.my or call +60 7 295-5000.

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The University of Reading Malaysia will this week (16-18 April 2013) host a symposium bringing together experts from the University of Reading and South East Asia to discuss the vital issue of climate change. This is the first symposium in a series which aims to create a vibrant network across South East Asia and so enhance the University’s teaching and research activities as part of our development in the region.

The success of our growing network will be marked at the symposium when three new formal partnerships will be established with the University of Indonesia, the University of Danang (Vietnam) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños. We will be collaborating with these Universities to develop research and teaching in areas such as climate change, agriculture, food science, biodiversity, economics and systems engineering.

Professor Steven Mithen, University of Reading Pro-Vice-Chancellor for international and external engagement said: “We are delighted to be holding our first symposium in Malaysia and we see this as key to the University’s development in the region. Climate change is a fitting topic and an area where the University excels. Our success is already in evidence through the establishment of formal partnerships with the Universities of Indonesia, Danang and the Philippines Los Baños. We know this is just the start of many rewarding and productive links.”

Climate change, a particular strength of the University of Reading and a key challenge in South East Asia, is the issue under discussion at this first symposium which is being organised jointly with the University of Reading’s Walker Institute for Climate System Research. Areas being discussed include: cities and health; water and ecosystems; agriculture and development.

Dr Maria Noguer, Walker Institute research co-ordinator said: “This event provides a wonderful opportunity to bring together Walker Institute experts in climate change with experts from across South East Asia who bring vital local knowledge. Working together we can make a real difference to addressing climate change in the region.”

South East Asia is expected to be seriously affected by climate change. Extreme events such as floods, droughts and tropical cyclones are being experienced throughout the region with major impacts on people and the economy and such events are expected to get worse through the 21st century. To deal with the cross-boundary issues, regional cooperation and information sharing is required. The University of Reading wishes to bring its expertise to support research in these matters and gain from that existing within the region, through collaborative projects and teaching partnerships.

Dr Martha-Marie Kleinhans, Vice-Provost (Academic), University of Reading Malaysia said: “This series of symposia is an important step in the development of the University of Reading Malaysia and the collaborations we develop will lay strong foundations for our research and teaching activities. We’re already teaching students here and we look forward to opening the doors of our new campus in Iskandar Malaysia to many more students in 2015.”

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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.

SIR DAVID BELL
VICE-CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF READING

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, Sir David Bell KCB, will make his inaugural visit to the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) during the week of 17 September 2012.

Sir David Bell KCB, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading

About the visit

During his time in the region, Sir David will meet with key stakeholders in Malaysia and Singapore including government officials, industry leaders, alumni and the British High Commissioners to both countries.

In Kuala Lumpur, the Vice-Chancellor will co-host a formal dinner with Mr. See Lian Ong, Reading alumnus (BSc Quantity Surveying, 1974) and recent Global President of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (2011-12) .  In Singapore, he will co-host a formal dinner with the CEO of Savills Southeast Asia, Mr. Christopher Marriott.  During the visit, Sir David will also visit UoRM’s new teaching facilities in Johor Bahru and tour the Iskandar Malaysia region, including the site at Educity where the main campus will be built.

During his trip to Malaysia and Singapore, the Vice-Chancellor will be hosted by Dr. Martha-Marie Kleinhans, Vice-Provost (Academic) for UoRM, who says “I am delighted to be welcoming the Vice-Chancellor to the region on this, his inaugural visit.  I look forward to showing Sir David the substantial progress that we have made to date and introducing him to the many people who are integral to our success in Malaysia”.

About the Vice-Chancellor

Sir David was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading in January 2012.  Born in Glasgow in March 1959,  he studied history and philosophy at Glasgow University and obtained his PGCE from Jordanhill College of Education. He also has a Master of Education degree in Management and Administration from Glasgow University.

He held teaching posts at primary schools in Glasgow, moving on to become a Deputy Head, and then a Headteacher in Essex.

Between 1990 and 1995, he was Assistant Director of Education at Newcastle City Council. During this time, he spent a year as a Harkness Fellow at Georgia State University, Atlanta, studying education and local government reform across the United States of America.

Sir David trained as an Ofsted team inspector in 1993. He became a Registered Inspector in 1994 and carried out inspections in primary schools. He was promoted to Director of Education and Libraries at Newcastle City Council in 1995 and became Chief Executive of Bedfordshire County Council in 2000.

Sir David was appointed HM Chief Inspector of Schools in England (HMCI) by the Privy Council in 2002. In 2006 he became Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education and Skills which, later, became the Department for Children, Schools and Families and then the Department for Education. As the most senior education civil servant in the country, Sir David served four Secretaries of State and three Prime Ministers.

Sir David became a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.

We will bring you a full report of the visit on our website, blog and in our next issue of Malaysia Insight.

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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 (www.reading.ac.uk/malaysia) and announcements about further programmes will be made via the website, blog and future issues of Malaysia Insight.

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The University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) has achieved a major milestone with the opening of its brand new teaching and office facilities in Johor Bahru, Malaysia in June 2012.

The premises are within the Menara Kotaraya building in central Johor Bahru and feature five teaching suites, equipped with audio-visual and smartboard technology.

Large classroom at University of Reading Malaysia

There is a large learning resource centre housing a 24-station PC lab which serves as both a dealing room (for ICMA Executive Education training on capital markets) and language laboratory. The 9,000 square foot space boasts a resource library and a cafeteria-social area as well as a reception and administration offices, for our burgeoning staff on site.

Cafe Area at University of Reading Malaysia

The facilities are also equipped with the latest internet and telephone services with Wi-Fi throughout and a touchdown space for recharging laptops. To support the new office, Mr Nandan Ramachandran, the first locally employed member of staff of UoRM, has been appointed as Office Manager.

Sir David Bell KCB, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: “The University is exceedingly proud to be able to open our first teaching facilities in Malaysia. Our links with Malaysia go back many years and we are excited at the prospect of cementing these relationships through our new facilities and programmes in Johor Bahru. UoRM’s initial academic offering in Malaysia will provide excellent quality English language and business programmes, taught by faculty with extensive international experience, and delivered in the first-class facilities to be expected from one of the world’s top 1% of universities.”

This is the first phase of major investment in Malaysia by the University. In 2015, the University will open its main campus in the Iskandar Malaysia with the intention of delivering a wide range of degree programmes in business and law, pharmacy, chemistry and the built environment (applications are being prepared now for approval by the various governmental and professional bodies which are required to approve all our programmes offered on the campus).

Delivery of programmes at Kotaraya has already begun with the University’s Henley Business School providing programmes for business leaders and you can read more about Henley Business School Executive Education programme in Malaysia here.

Pre-sessional courses for students wishing to raise their English language and academic levels before starting a university degree course are also planned for Kotaraya along with a Foundation in Business programme. You can find out more about Programmes at University of Reading Malaysia here.

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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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The University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) is proud to announce the opening of its brand new teaching facilities in Johor Bahru.

Press release

UoRM will deliver programmes for future business leaders through the University’s Henley Business School, one of the world’s leading business education providers. The University will also be running pre-sessional courses for students wishing to raise their English and academic levels before starting a university degree course and a one-year International Foundation Programme preparing students for an undergraduate business degree.

The programmes, which start in June 2012, are taught by University of Reading faculty in the brand new purpose-built University of Reading Malaysia facility in the Kotaraya Office Tower in central Johor Bahru. This is the first phase of a major investment in Malaysia by University of Reading Malaysia¹. In 2015, the University will open its permanent campus in EduCity, Nusajaya within the Iskandar Development Area to deliver a wide range of programmes, from law to chemistry, construction and finance.

The new business courses are designed for managers who want to get ahead in business. Programme members on UoRM’s Henley Business School courses will benefit from some of the best executive education in the world. The programmes include the study of capital markets, real estate and planning and leadership and coaching.

Henley Business School was established by business, for business, and as the UK’s oldest business school, has over 60 years’ experience in developing managers. One of the world’s few business schools to hold triple-accredited status, Henley Business School is also ranked in the European top 20 business school for Executive Education, in Open and Custom programmes (FT European Business Schools ranking, 2011).

The pre-sessional programmes and International Foundation Programmes will be delivered by the University’s internationally-renowned International Study and Language Centre. The International Foundation Programme is an intensive one-year access course which draws on University of Reading’s long-established reputation for academic excellence and student support. The course has been designed especially for international students without British A level qualifications, or the equivalent, who plan to do an undergraduate business degree. UK-based teachers will be delivering the excellent quality English language teaching.

Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: “The University of Reading is exceedingly proud to be able to open our first teaching facilities in Malaysia. Our links with Malaysia go back many years and we are excited at the prospect of cementing these relationships through our new facilities and programmes in Johor Bahru. UoRM’s initial academic offering in Malaysia will provide excellent quality English language and business programmes, taught by faculty with extensive international experience, and delivered in the first-class facilities to be expected from one of the world’s top 1% of universities.”

Full details of all the programmes can be found at www.reading.ac.uk/malaysia

ENDS

Further media information from University of Reading press office on +44 (0)118 378 7115, media@reading.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

¹The University of Reading Malaysia’s brand new campus in Iskandar is expected to be completed in 2015, with an initial intake of 500 students. Enrolment will rise to 1,800 students by 2018, with long-term numbers thought to be around 2,000. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are being developed¹ to include programmes within real estate, construction, finance, law, chemistry and pharmacy. The new campus was formally launched in December 2011 in partnership with Education@Iskandar Sendirian Berhad (EISB in the presence of Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia.

New teaching facilities – contact details
University of Reading Malaysia, 7th Floor, Menara Kotaraya, Jalan Trus, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Tel: +60 7 295 5000 or by fax +60 7 221 1762.

The facilities at Kotaraya include 5 teaching suites and a large learning resource centre with a 24 station PC lab, each room with the latest smart board technology. Within the 9,000sq ft of space the UoRM also provides a resource library, a touch down space for recharging lap tops and a cafeteria/social space as well as a reception and administration offices. The facilities are also equipped within the latest internet and telephone services with Wi-Fi accessible throughout.

About the University of Reading
The University of Reading is one of the UK’s top research-intensive universities. It was established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, and received a Royal Charter in 1926.

The University is one of the UK’s top research-intensive universities and is ranked in the top 20 UK higher education institutions in securing grants worth over £10 million from UK research councils.

The University of Reading is ranked 164th in the world in the Times Higher World University Rankings 2011 and consistently rates highly in measures of student satisfaction – the UK’s National Student Survey 2011 (top 20 ranking) and the International Student Barometer.

The University of Reading has around 100 Malaysian students studying each year at the University’s Reading campus and has been in partnership with Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia since 2002.

The University is a member of the 1994 Group of leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience. www.1994group.ac.uk

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The University of Reading has announced that it will be establishing a campus in Southern Malaysia in partnership with Education@Iskandar Sendirian Berhad (EISB).

University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) will open in September 2014 as part of EduCity Iskandar Malaysia in Johor Bahru with an initial intake of 500 students. Enrolment will rise to approximately 1800 students by 2017 with long-term student numbers around 2000. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees will be offered across multiple disciplines including real estate, construction, finance, law, chemistry and pharmacy*.

Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading Prof. Tony Downes and Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim, President/CEO of IIB and Chairman of EISB

Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading Prof. Tony Downes and Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim, President/CEO of IIB and Chairman of EISB

Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB)’s development of EduCity Iskandar Malaysia (EduCity) is a best-in-class education hub in Southeast Asia. The signed agreement was exchanged between the University of Reading and EISB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IIB responsible for the development of EduCity, in the presence of Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Professor Tony Downes, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading, said: “The University of Reading is a global university with ambitions to increase our contribution to global development and understanding and further enhance the depth, breadth and worldwide impact of our research.

“We have established historic links with Malaysia and University of Reading Malaysia will build on these relationships to provide programmes across multiple areas for Malaysian students and the wider region. It will also provide opportunities for our UK students to develop the values, skills and experience of living and working in a globalised world.

University of Reading Malaysia signing

University of Reading Malaysia signing

“We are very excited about this opportunity to play an active role in the development of the Iskandar region project as it becomes a leading economic and educational hub for South-East Asia.”

Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim, President/CEO of IIB and Chairman of EISB, said: “IIB understands that developing human capital is key to the progress of Iskandar Malaysia and the nation. In our role as the catalytic driver of Iskandar Malaysia, partnering established international universities such as the University of Reading will ensure that we are continually nurturing top talents to lead and build core competencies in the region’s economic pillars. This will contribute significantly to the supply of talents not just for the successful transformation of Iskandar Malaysia but also the nation as well,”

University of Reading joins a group of prestigious international institutions in EduCity including Newcastle University

Architects impression of the elevated view of the Malaysia Campus

Architects impression of the elevated view of the Malaysia Campus

Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT), Raffles University Iskandar (RUI), University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC) and Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM).

IIB will build the campus and the University of Reading will deliver the programmes and student experience with staff from University of Reading UK and locally engaged employees.

More information at www.reading.ac.uk/malaysia 

*Subject to accreditation by appropriate professional and regulatory bodies.

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