The University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM) today launched its new campus in Eco Botanic, Iskandar Puteri. The launch of the new campus coincides with the celebration of UoSM’s 10th anniversary in Malaysia.
The event was graced by YB Dato’ Dr Badrul Hisham bin Kassim, the Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Dato’ Chang Khim Wah, President and CEO of Eco World as well as a representative from the British High Commission in Malaysia.
Professor Rebecca Taylor, the CEO of UoSM said, “Our new campus is an important part of the expansion of UoSM and demonstrates our unwavering commitment to bringing academic, research and institutional excellence to young Malaysians and students from around the world. Malaysia is a key market for UoSM; living costs, geographical location, outstanding students and the government’s commitment to establishing Malaysia as an international hub for higher education are all important factors in Southampton’s long-term commitment to this region. Over the course of the last decade, we are proud to have nurtured forward-thinking leaders who are now delivering innovation and change both in Malaysia and internationally.”
“Over the last three years, we have increased our programs from four to 20 programs now. This is the main reason we needed a bigger infrastructure to accommodate the increase of student and faculty members,” Professor Rebecca Taylor told BusinessToday.
The new 150,000 square foot campus is designed to cater to UoSM’s growing student population and can accommodate up to 2,000 students. It features new facilities including four Electrical and Electronic Laboratories, an Aerospace Laboratory (equipped with a wind tunnel), a Design Studio, a Business Experimental Laboratory, a 12-terminal Bloomberg Suite and a 10,000 square foot library with an attached computer suite. The campus is equipped with open learning spaces and lecture halls that can seat up to 200 students. Students also
have easy access to a wide range of restaurants, cafes, shops, and medical facilities located nearby.
Barbara Halliday, the General Counsel and University Secretary, University of Southampton and a member of UoSM Board of Directors said, “I’m proud to see UoSM’s growth in Malaysia. UoSM started off with only four engineering programmes. Today, UoSM has 20 programmes which are supported by world-class facilities, offering students hands-on learning experiences to prepare them for the future workforce. UoSM remains a pivotal part of the University of Southampton’s international strategy in providing educational excellence to students around the world.
UoSM offers a selection of research-led programmes in Engineering, Computer Science, Business Management, Business Analytics, Business Entrepreneurship, Economics, Finance, Accounting & Finance, Marketing and Actuarial Science at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The programmes offered by UoSM are taught and examined to the same standards as those delivered at the University of Southampton, UK. The University also recognises the importance of rewarding academic excellence and achievements through its scholarship scheme in the form of up to 100% tuition fee waiver for its foundation and undergraduate students.