Educity @ Iskandar Malaysia
First of its kind in Asia, Educity @ Iskandar Malaysia is a Univeristy Hub catering to the various forms of education. At Educity, all the educational disciplines will come together to create an extraordinary ambient environment for both students and academicians. Here, universities will work hand-in-hand with industries to support an applied application of ideas over and above a theoretic curriculum. Presently, this university hub consist of a branch campus of the University of Newcastle of UK, Marlborough College, Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) and Netherlands’ Maritime Institute of Technology
Newcastle University Iskandar Malaysia (NUMed)–first international branch campus from the renown Newcastle University of UK. Developed over 13 acres of prime land, NUMed is expected to take in first batch of students in September 2009. It will offer the degrees Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), which are recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) and will be identical to the five-year programme offered by the parent University in the United Kingdom. These initial students will study the first two years of the course at Newcastle’s campus in the UK, before transferring to Malaysia to continue their studies when the campus opens in 2011. NUMed will form the ‘anchor tenant’ within the EduCity site. By opening its facility in EduCity, the University will offer prospective students from Malaysia and the region the chance to obtain a UK medical education at approximately half the cost of studying at the UK campus. NUMed will feature ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities that will eventually accommodate approximately 900 medical students. There are also future plans to offer post-graduate provision at the campus, which will enable continuing professional development to be delivered to doctors in the public and private hospitals in the region. In a synergistic move, NUMed will sit in the midst of the Wellness Township where five hospitals are also cited. The Wellness Township is a joint venture between the Singapore and Malaysian government and is a symbol of the cooperation between the two countries. NUMed sits on a piece of land with a thirty year lease and it is estimated that the total cost of the project will exceed RM2.5 billion spread out during the lease period.
Marlborough College Iskandar Malaysia—One of Britain’s leading public coeducational boarding schools will open its campus in September 2012. Marlborough Iskandar will cater for up to 432 pupils in the day preparatory school and 915 pupils in the predominantly boarding 11 – 18 senior school. It will provide educational facilities that, in terms of scope and quality, will equal those offered by Marlborough College in the UK. Initially, Marlborough College staff and governors will assume responsibility for the management and governance of the new institution.
Marlborough College Iskandar Malaysia is a joint venture between Education @ Iskandar Sdn Bhd and Marlborough College Overseas Ltd of UK. M East Sdn Bhd (MESB), owned by Education @ Iskandar Sdn Bhd will built, operate and run the college. With the new set up campus, Marlborough College UK hopes to be able to exchange its expertise with its Asian partner and also to expand its business concept to a wider area.
Netherlands’ Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) at Iskandar Malaysia aspires to be the leading regional maritime education and training solutions’ provider – possessing world class facilities and faculty. Situated next to the world’s second busiest port of Singapore and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Johor, being one of the fastest growing container ports in Asia, the Netherland Maritine Institute will be a force to reckon with.
It will further support the development of Malaysian ports, shipping and logistics, shipbuilding and ship repair, and offshore oil and gas sectors, especially in the development of human capital in the region. NMIT will welcome its first intake of about 240 students at the beginning of 2011, with enrolment projected to reach approximately 1,620 students by end 2015.
The institute will offer diploma, degree and masters programmes in transport, shipping, seafaring, maritime and logistics management. Courses will commence at the initial location in Kotaraya in the heart of Johor Baru City, before the institute moves to its permanent campus in the multi-varsity enterprise building in EduCity by 2012.
The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) will be the largest campus in Iskandar Malaysia. The RM300 million investment will have a campus that will take in 10,000 students by 2023. Its major course includes business management, mass communication, information technology and digital media, and travel & tourism.
Raffles Education Corporation of Singapore is currently conducting a feasibility study before it makes a decision to open a campus in Iskandar Malaysia. The Raffles Group is synonimouse with commercial education in the region and has become a household name.