Appeal of the East
An agreement has been signed between the University of Southampton (UK) and Iskandar Education Enterprise (Malaysia) to establish a campus in Iskandar. The University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC) will be located in EduCity within Iskandar Malaysia (EduCity@Iskandar) and is scheduled to open in 2012 with an intake of 60 students. The 0.6 hectare USMC will be established as part of the 2.8 ha Multi-Varsity Enterprise Complex in EduCity@Iskandar. The complex will also house the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology campus and a Students Centre shared among the tenants. The complex will be able to accommodate approximately 5,000 students by 2020. The university will initially offer undergraduate courses in engineering, taught by Southampton professors in Malaysia for the first two years of the programme.
Students will then spend the last two years at the University of Southampton campus in the United Kingdom.
Some 30 UK university Vice Chancellors passed through Malaysia last year suggesting that other UK Universities are looking to establish eastern satellites too. Nottingham something of a pioneer in this respect, has a campus in both Malaysia and China. Why? Because that is where both the demand is, with highly motivated students keen to learn particularly STEM subjects and where the money is too. Most of their economies escaped the credit crunch and subsequent recession.