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Wednesday July 21, 2010

Pasir Gudang to be home for UITM campus

JOHOR BARU: The Pasir Gudang area will welcome the latest UITM campus to be built this year, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

He said the construction of the campus, which would handle intakes of up to 4,000 students, would start soon and was expected to be completed within three years.

“The campus will also have on-campus accommodation for 2,000 students.

Campus site: Khaled (third from right) looking at the model for UITM Pasir Gudang Campus after launching the campus’ ground breaking ceremony while Johor Higher Education commitee chairman Datuk Maulizan Bujang (second from right), UiTM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar (right) and others looks on.

“However, the remaining students, along with academic and non-academic personnel could easily find off campus accommodation in the surrounding areas,” he said in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony for UITM Pasir Gudang campus here recently.

He said Pasir Gudang was chosen given its strategic location near housing estates as well as industrial areas.

Mohamed Khaled said the courses that would be offered at the campus were diploma courses in civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and business management.

“We also hope the campus administration will take advantage of its location being near industrial areas by cooperating closely with various companies especially in research and development (R&D).

“Cooperation between the university and the industry will be beneficial for both parties,” he said.

Mohamed Khaled said the Pasir Gudang campus, along with five others would be built this year along with six others, still in the pipeline as part of the university’s goal to have 200,000 students by 2015.

“The ministry is confident the university has the potential of reaching its target.

“Among the other locations chosen for the campuses are Dengkil in Selangor, Nilai in Negri Sembilan, Pekan in Pahang and Jasin in Malacca,” he said.

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