Malaysia's Minister of Education, Dr. Maszlee Malik recently visited EduCity to get a closer look at the unique concept and education opportunities offered at the fully integrated education hub.
“The Ministry is very pleased with the various initiatives and investments by Khazanah Nasional Berhad and Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) in building a comprehensive education hub in Iskandar Puteri which is also the first of its kind in Malaysia and this region.
"Equipped with comprehensive infrastructure, EduCity offers a 'plug & play' concept in the set up of any faculty/campus in EduCity. This makes EduCity an ideal location for any international/local university to start or expand their presence in Malaysia,” said Dr. Maszlee.
EduCity currently has nine education partners; some are offering best-of-class education by opening their leading faculties at the RM800 million Iskandar Puteri campus ground. The education luminaries at EduCity are Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NuMed), University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC), University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM), Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT), Multimedia University (MMU), Raffles University Iskandar (RUI), Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM) and Raffles American School (RAS).
SMK Medini, while it sits within the compound, is not a part of EduCity. It is a trust school; a public-private partnership between the education ministry and Yayasan Amir.
There are over 4,000 students currently pursuing their primary, secondary and tertiary education at EduCity, and the hub has produced over 3,000 graduates who have entered the local and international workforce, especially in the robust Iskandar Malaysia corridor.
Students across the institutions at EduCity share centralised facilities such as comprehensive sports facilities that include indoor and open stadiums, swimming pools, tennis and multi-purpose courts, a student village and recreational lakes within the 300-acre campus ground.
Dr. Maszlee also spent an hour with some student representatives, the management staff of EduCity and the hub’s university partners in a simple tea session.
*photos courtesy of IIB.