EduCity Iskandar has announced its new strategy EduCity 2.0 to be implemented from 2021 will include new identity, enhancement of current facilities and addition of new institution partners which open its door to a new mix of institutions such as schools, training companies and R&D companies.
EduCity Iskandar also announced the establishment of EduCity International College as an avenue for a flexible partnership model and EduCity Academy to position EduCity Iskandar as a research living lab.
This innovative approach will complete the education city ecosystem and strengthen the strategic business partnership and opportunities for existing and future EduCity Iskandar partners. EduCity Iskandar will be hosting Future Education Summit 2021 as a venue for the partners to share evidence of innovations, large or small, that show promise of improving the future of education globally, starts at EduCity Iskandar.
“EduCity 2.0 is an expansion plan where we extend our value proposition towards creating a new learning environment as well as positioning EduCity Iskandar as a destination. A few initiatives including completing our current ecosystem and establish a flexible partnership model to attract potential partners. We are also working with enabling partners to maintain and optimise our shared facilities and enhancing the student experience,” said Wan Ahmad Saifuddin Wan Ahmad Radzi, Managing Director of EduCity Iskandar.
Wan Ahmad Saifuddin also announced the establishment of both Reliance Aviation Academy and LEA Academy & English Centre in 2020 followed by IDRISSI International School to start operating in 2021.
“We chose EduCity Iskandar as our new destination for IDRISSI International School because of the complete ecosystem. The facilities provided make our students and staff feel at home. There are various accommodation choices at EduCity Village, world-class EduCity Sports Complex and
EduCity Hub as the student-centric centre,” said Zaliza binti Alias, Chief Executive Officer of GAINS Education. EduCity Village offers 210 hostel rooms and 66 apartments totalling 640 beds. The 12 1⁄2-storey building is equipped with 24-hour multi-tier security with CCTV surveillance, cafeteria, launderette, indoor games area, badminton court, basketball court, student lounge and reading area all under one roof. Car rental and electrical scooters are available from EduCity Village to other main areas within the city.
EduCity Sports Complex features an indoor arena, a main outdoor stadium and an aquatic centre with an Olympic size pool. The indoor arena is suitable for team building exercises with a seating capacity of 1,500 (stand) and 500 (ground). The aquatic centre features a 50m Olympic size swimming pool, 25m Warm-up pool, SEIKO timing system and 500 pax spectator capacity.
The main stadium features a football/rugby pitch (cow grass quality) and 400m Bitumen running track with 1,600 pax spectator capacity. EduCity Hub is a platform where the exchange of ideas will lead to exciting collaborations. It comprises of a 2-storey building with a 24-hour convenience store, a cafe, and food courts, ATMs, rooms for multipurpose usage i.e. meeting, seminars, discussion room, dance studio, an audio recording room and music studio and a Coworking Space.
“EduCity Iskandar is a catalyst development driven by Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) as a fully integrated education city to compliment IIB’s promoted sectors. The best in class faculties in EduCity Iskandar is expected to be a feeder of talents to support Iskandar Malaysia’s various economic activities whilst grooming the future generation of leaders,” said Khairil Anwar Ahmad, Chairman of EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Khairil added that EduCity is a unique gateway to students in Asia because of its strategic location within the growth triangle of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. It is well connected to major cities in the region such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Indonesia and others via land, sea, air and rail.