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Malaysian students offered new UK degree options

Malaysian institutions set to offer five degree programmes from the UK


A new partnership between Malaysia and the UK has seen validation of five UK degree-level programmes at four Malaysian institutions.

The partnership, between the University of Bolton, UK and Malaysian tertiary education group the Legenda Education Group (LEG), will enable students at any of LEGs four colleges to undertake UK degree programmes in Engineering and Built Environments. In time, this may grow to include up to 21 programmes in areas such as Business and Art.

‘This partnership brings quality UK education at an affordable price for Malaysians and international students, Linton University College deputy vice-chancellor Alla Kasava Rao told The Bolton News.

‘Besides offering the University of Bolton programmes at LEG, the two institutions can also collaborate in research, staff exchanges and development,’ he said.

The group, made of colleges Kolej Universiti Linton (Linton University College), Institut Jati, International Institute of Science Mantin (IASM) and Kolej Legenda, seeks to offer high-quality education to Malaysian and international students. It is the fastest growing educational group in Malaysia.

LEG has a history of collaboration with UK institutions. Linton University College has long-term associations with the University of East London (UEL) and Coventry University, and offers a number of internationally recognised degree programmes.

Provost of External Relations Dr Zubair Hanslot at the University of Bolton named the partnership a great opportunity to strengthen the institution’s teaching provision in Malaysia. ‘The University [of Bolton] already has strong links in the region and a history of delivering excellent degree level courses there,’ he told The Bolton News.

Many other UK universities, such as the University of Northampton and Nottingham Trent University also work in partnership with LEGs four colleges.

Malaysia has been consistently developing educational ties with the UK, with Reading University, Herriot-Watt University and Epsom College announcing in 2013 that they will open foreign-branch campuses in Malaysia. In 2012, campuses for Newcastle University’s Medical School, the University of Southampton’s Engineering School and Marlborough School opened in Malaysia, whilst the first British university to open on the island was the University of Nottingham in 2000.

Enjoying a strong reputation for international education, Malaysia is currently ranked the world’s 11th most preferred study destination by UNESCO. The nation accounts for 2% of the global international student population, with around 100,000 international students currently studying in Malaysia.

The University of Bolton in has focused its attention to establishing relations with Asian institutions, signing six Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in the past six months with Chinese universities. The university is working towards increased collaboration with Chinese institutions and companies, in fields of both research and business partnerships.

There are currently about 14,000 Malaysian students studying in the UK, as well as an additional 58,000 completing UK degree programmes or professional qualifications in Malaysia.


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