JOHOR BARU: A new 10-storey building worth RM16mil would be added to Southern University College (Southern UC) to cater to its international students by 2014.
The construction for the building is slated to begin early next year and is expected to be completed within one year, said the University College’s Board of Directors chairman Datuk Teo Ah Kiang.
He said that the construction of the building was in line with its recent status upgrade from college to University College.
“We understand the need for consistent and continuous upgrade in human capital, infrastructure and courses that we offer.
“The first three floors of the new building will be used as lecture rooms and halls while the rest of the block will be used as hostels and facilities catered for our international students,” he said during a press conference here recently.
Teo added that with better facilities, the university college hoped to attract more international students in the next five years.
He also said that the fund was part of Southern UC’s education foundation where the institute collected about RM30mil from the public and its alumni.
Besides that, Teo said that the university college has an existing five faculties, three schools and two research centres offering 24 courses.
“By next year, we will increase the number of courses to 35 and aim to offer up to 50 courses in various fields of studies by 2018,” he said, adding that they currently have about 2,000 students.
Southern UC was recently awarded its new status by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin after establishing the institute 22 years ago.
Meanwhile, Hua Zong president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah, who also attended the ceremony, encouraged more parents to enrol their children to the university college to push it to greater heights.
“This is a positive sign as it is rare a college set up by a community can have such an achievement after only two decades of operations,” he said.