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Thursday March 6, 2008
By CLARA CHOOI
IPOH: Perak will see the opening of its first foreign university when construction of the RM450mil Premier International University of Perak in Gua Tempurung is completed in 2010.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali said that the university would be set up by India's Blair Education Services consortium, which has a string of five universities in its home country.
"It will be a viable institution and we are certain that it will be successful. At least now, our children will not have to travel all the way to India to take up courses - the ones offered here would be cheaper and just as credible.
"At its peak, the university would be able to accommodate as many as 8,000 students," he said after handing over land offer letters to Blair Education Services Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Dr R. Subramanian at the Impiana Casuarina Hotel here on Wednesday.
Tajol Rosli added that the university, set to be built on a 101ha site in Gua Tempurung, some 20km from here, would only be partly residential.
"I requested that the university authorities not set up a fully residential campus. I want the students to live in the surrounding areas of Ipoh too," he said.
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