University to work with alumni to stimulate growth

(From left) Bell and Prof Downes at the event.

NUSAJAYA: The University of Reading (UoR) plans to build a strong partnership with its alumni to help stimulate economic growth in the region.

UoR vice-chancellor David Bell and University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) provost Prof Tony Downes hosted an event for the alumni at the newly opened campus in EduCity Iskandar.

“Together with Henley Business School, we welcomed over 100 alumni from Malaysia and Singapore’s top companies here.

“British universities are among the best in the world and are proven engines of economic growth,” said Bell in a press conference at the UoR campus here.

He added that the opening of the campus in Malaysia demonstrated UK’s long-term commitment to invest in Asia.

He said that higher education is a key contributor to exports, creating jobs, training highly-skilled graduates and supporting the delivery of a knowledge-led economy.

Bell said that the UoRM opened its doors to students earlier in October to provide world-class British university education to students throughout Asia.

“Foundation, undergraduate and post graduate-level courses are available in business, finance, quantity surveying, real estate and psychology, with further courses to come,” he added.

The prestigious Henley MBA, recently ranked 22nd in the world, will also soon be having its Malaysia launch.

Prof Downes said the 21st century would be the ‘Asian Century’, and the UoR, together with Henley Business School, is investing in Malaysia for the long-term.

“Many of our alumni now lead major organisations across the region.

“By engaging them we plan to share ideas on how to give our future graduates the knowledge, skills and experience that they need to excel in their chosen fields.

“This will give us the best chance of helping Asean grow,” he added.

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