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The Star Online -Creating talents for development project
07 JANUARY 2018

THERE was a vision to have six key sectors incorporated when the Iskandar Malaysia project was first launched – healthcare, leisure and tourism, financial services, logistics, creative sector and education.

Educity was created to fulfil the education portfolio of this development project, says Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) president and chief executive officer Datuk Khairil Anwar Ahmad.

He says the next step was to decide which educational institutions will be part of Educity.

“But we wanted the chosen institutions to become a ‘feeder’ of talent for the various sectors of Iskandar Malaysia,” he adds.

That was how Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia became the first foreign university to open a branch back in 2011.

“I thought we could supplement the other disciplines by bringing in faculties from other, top performing, universities,” he adds.

Unique concept

Since then, another six higher learning institutes have opened branches in Educity – University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, University of Reading Malaysia, Multimedia University, Raffles University Iskandar, Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology and Kolej MDIS Malaysia - have opened campuses on the 1.21 square kilometres (300-acre) land.

There are also two international schools – Marlborough College Malaysia and Raffles American School.

Khairil says The Management Development Institute of Singapore will open its doors in the middle of 2018.


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