University college hopeful of upgrade to full varsity status

Southern University College in Skudai has seven faculties, three schools and nine research institutes.

SOUTHERN University College in Johor is applying to become a full-fledged university.

Its chairman Datuk Vincent Tan said the necessary documents were submitted to the Higher Education Ministry in November last year.

“Pursuant to that, we held several online engagements with the ministry.

“The progress is quite slow as expected because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and recent political developments,” he said during an online press conference on Southern UC’s upcoming programmes.

Tan says Southern UC submitted its application to be upgraded last November.Tan says Southern UC submitted its application to be upgraded last November.

Southern UC principal Dr Teh Geok Bee said the tertiary institution had done its best to fulfil the criteria for the upgrade.

Located in Skudai, Southern College became a university college in 2012.

It was established in 1990 to provide affordable tertiary-level education and is a not-for-profit institution.

It currently has seven faculties, three schools and nine research institutes offering various courses including traditional Chinese medicine, engineering, technical education, mass communications and language studies. — By YEE XIANG YUN

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