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New UK university office set to open in Malaysia

Opening of new university office to bolster UK-Malaysia ties

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The University of Northampton will open a new office in Kuala Lumpur in efforts of lifting student numbers in the area.

The office, based alongside a number of other UK universities in Mid Valley, will work as an information and processing centre for students in South East Asia, as well as seek to strengthen academic ties between the UK and Malaysia.

‘The position of our latest regional office in Kuala Lumpur is particularly exciting because it allows our new and existing international staff to be well positioned to strengthen our collaborative partnerships in the region,’ Northampton International Officer Nicola Rozi said in a statement.

‘The international team is engaged in a competitive race to recruit the brightest and best students from across the globe.’

Employing both international and Malaysian staff, the centre will also explore potential for Northampton’s study programmes to be taught at local institutions.

The UK and Malaysia have long enjoyed strong educational ties. Following on from the University of Nottingham, a number of foreign-branch UK campuses have opened in Malaysia since 2000, including the University of Southampton, Reading University and Heriot-Watt University.

Malaysia is the largest market worldwide for UK higher education provision, with the amount of Malaysia-based students completing UK study programmes four times higher than the amount of Malaysian students studying abroad in the UK. Currently, Malaysia is the sixth largest source country for international students in the UK. 

With numerous dual-degree, ‘twinning’ and student exchange programmes, an internationalised tertiary experience has long been of key national focus in Malaysia.The Malaysian Ministry of Education currently holds 25 other applications to open foreign branch campuses.

Malaysian authorities are also working at developing the ‘Kuala Lumpur Education City,’ a project set to offer study programmes from Cambridge Business School, Epsom College and Universiti Sains Malaysia to an estimated 30,000 students. Three of the eight participating universities so far are from the UK.

Currently playing host to about 80,000 international students per year, Malaysia hopes to be the world’s sixth-biggest education exporter by 2020.

 

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