RM650mil investment set to boost Malaysia’s status as education hub

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s status as an education hub has been boosted by Manipal Education’s investment of RM650mil over five years to establish the Manipal International University (MIU).

Announced in conjunction with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official visit to Malaysia, the multi-disciplinary MIU would be based in Kuala Lumpur and classes could commence as early as March next year.

Manipal CEO and managing director Anand Sudarshan said a 33.5ha campus would be built and of the six available options, Manipal had shortlisted three sites, one of which was in Sepang and another near the Selangor Technology Park.

He said MIU students would temporarily be housed at the MAS Academy in Kelana Jaya while the new campus was being constructed.

“We’ve been fortunate to play a role in the development and success of thousands of Malaysians,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

“It is natural for us to further our expansion plans in Malaysia after a decade-long presence in the country through the Melaka Manipal Medical College (MMMC).”

Anand added that MIU’s ground-breaking ceremony should take place within four months and the new campus would be completed in three years.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin told The Star that Manipal’s huge investment showed its confidence in Malaysia.

“Traditionally, Indian students bypass Malaysia by opting to study in Australia.

“This development boosts Malay­sia’s status as a regional education hub,” he said.

MIU will offer, among others, courses in Engineering, Management, Hospitality, Law, Business and Eco­nomics.

It is expected to enrol 15,000 to 20,000 students over seven to eight years.

International students would constitute 50% of the total population.

MIU would not affect the MMMC as the latter would serve as the new university’s medical wing.

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