Newcastle University Puts New Campus In Malaysia
21 November 2008 , By Telegraph.co.uk
It will allow students from south-east Asia to gain degrees from a British university at a much lower cost.
Called the NUMed branch campus, the £5million faculty will open in 2011 in the province of Johor.
It is expected to be the precursor to a number of other institutions expanding in the area, including Hull University and several British public schools.
Marlborough College and Oundle School are among those said to be considering campuses in Johor, which could involve sending out experienced teaching staff.
The likely influx has prompted the local government to built a vast complex for the British institutions, which could host 100,000 students and become the new adacemic hub of Asia.
Newcastle's arrival is the latest foreign investment in Johor's Iskandar region, which is regarded as an area ripe for development only a few kilometres from Singapore.
The province is in the midst of an aggressive drive to position itself as the logical spillover from Singapore, now that the city state is running out of land and other resources.
Nottingham University was the first to experiment with the satellite campus in Malaysia and opened its campus on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur in 2005, offering identical courses to ones taught in Britain.