First Aussie university up north

(From left) Noel, UOW Global Enterprises group CEO and managing director Marisa Mastroianni and Chew (right) presenting a memento to Ramasamy at KDU Penang.

THE northern region is set to receive the first Australian-quality tertiary education following an acquisition of KDU Penang University College by the University of Wollongong (UOW), a public university in Australia.

The acquisition, which was approved by the Education Ministry on April 22, will see UOW Global Enterprises taking up a 65% stake of KDU University College and KDU Penang University College besides a 70% stake in KDU College.

Paramount Corporation Group CEO Jeffrey Chew said they embarked on the partnership with UOW in order to enhance and grow their tertiary institutions.

“As a pioneer in Malaysian education, KDU shares UOW’s spirit of innovation and focus on producing career-ready graduates to meet real-world needs.

“Thus, we strongly believe this partnership will enable KDU to leverage on UOW as a global multi-

campus university and its array of programmes,” he said at a recent press conference at KDU Penang.

UOW Malaysia director and chairman Noel Cornish Am said the university aimed at introducing new undergraduate and post-

graduate programmes based on high quality standards of curricula, teaching and assessment.

“UOW is here for the long run, as we plan to develop KDU University College at Glenmarie, Shah Alam, and KDU University College in Penang into private universities within the next five years,” he said.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy said, “We believe there is great future for UOW here as Penang has always enjoyed a high degree of foreign investments.

“This partnership would not only bring great benefits to Penang, but also to the northern region.”

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