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Saturday, March 1, 2008

UK varsity plans Iskandar campus

BRITAIN'S Newcastle University will set up its first international branch campus within the Iskandar Development Region (Iskandar), putting the price of medical studies within reach of Malaysians.

South Johor Investment Corp Bhd (SJIC), the promoter of Iskandar, said the university will offer degree courses in medicine and bio-medicine studies.

"While the university's Iskandar campus is expected to be completed in 2011, the target date for the first intake of students will be for September 2009," SJIC said in a statement.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed handed over the letter of invitation to the university's dean of International Medical Education professor Reg Jordan in Johor Baru yesterday.

Mustapa said students could get a Newcastle University medical degree at about half the cost of doing so in the UK.

"The cost for completing a course in the UK is currently about RM1 million for a five-year programme," he said.

According to SJIC, the Newcastle University will be housed in the Iskandar region under its EduCity concept.

EduCity is a fully integrated education hub where all the educational disciplines will come together in one location.

"EduCity serves to provide a platform for facilities from world-renowned universities to work together within a multi-varsity university environment," SJIC said.

SJIC will develop the campus, accommodation and recreational facilities for EduCity, and is currently finalising the design of the campus. Infrastructure work is expected to commence in the third quarter this year.

By New Straits Times

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