Scottish university launches Malaysian campus

Scottish university launches Malaysian campus
Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

PUTRAJAYA - Heriot-Watt University has formally launched its RM191million (S$72 million) eco-friendly campus in Malaysia.

This is the Scottish institution's second international campus after Dubai.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the university's presence in Malaysia would drive competition to improve the quality of tertiary education in the country.

"We're hoping to launch our blueprint (for higher education) by the end of next month.

"This will focus on ensuring that our universities provide holistic and entrepreneurial (education), improving the governance of universities and encouraging industrial collaboration.

"This campus fits into our blueprint quite well," he said in his speech before launching the campus here yesterday.

Joining Idris at the launch was British High Commissioner for Malaysia Vicki Treadell, who emphasised Britain's historical ties with Malaysia, particularly in education.

She added that Malaysia had the potential to be a hub for education in the region.

The university, which admitted its first batch of students in 2013, was temporarily operating at Menara PjH here before moving its classes to its own campus last September.

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