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Friday February 20, 2009

Limkokwing to set up more campuses

KUCHING: The Limkokwing University of Creative Technology is planning for campuses in 20 more countries in the next five years.

Founder Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing said the university had received invitations from countries in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe to set up campuses.

The university now has 12 campuses in seven countries, including Indonesia, Cambodia, China and England. It has some 25,000 students from 145 nations. Its Kuala Lumpur campus has 9,000 students from 135 countries.

“We should be reaching one million students in the next 10 years,” Lim said after the opening of the Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday.

He said the target would include those taking online courses.

Limkokwing Sarawak chief executive officer Prof Datuk Parid Wardi said Limkokwing had built up a collegial network of more than 170 universities in over 77 countries in support of its “global classroom” concept.

“We receive more than 4 million visitors from 188 countries every month to our website, making it one of the most popular university sites in the world,” he added.

Limkokwing now offers a 3+0 degree programme through partnership with the 150-year-old Anglia Ruskin University of Cambridge, Britain.

Parid said the Sarawak institute now had 500 students and there were plans to upgrade it to a university in three years.

He said some western countries had now moved from knowledge to creative economy.

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