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University of Reading Malaysia Celebrates its First Anniversary of Official Opening

Staffs and students of the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM) have come together to celebrate the first anniversary of the official opening.

The Educity campus in Iskandar will be having celebrations from Wednesday 1 March and the University of Reading Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell, will attend the events. The campus was inaugurated last February by the British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Vicki Treadell CMG, MVO, and also serves as home to UoRM and Henley Business School Malaysia.

Sir David will unveil a commemorative plaque signed by Ms Treadell during his visit to UoRM. Ms Treadell was also presented with an honorary degree as part of last year’s official proceedings.

UoRM has accomplished much over the past year:

– Trebled student numbers:
The number of student on campus has increased from 200 in February 2016 to an estimated 600 by the end of April 2017. 2,500 students are forecast to be enrolled at UoRM when the campus reaches capacity in approximately seven years’ time.

– Expanded the number of programmes to offer:
UoRM has successfully launched the Henley MBA, with a total of 39 experienced managers studying part-time for the MBA programme. Eight new programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD level have been accredited by the Malaysian Ministry of Education in the past year. Many of the programmes have also gained external endorsement from professional bodies, such as from the Malaysian Board of Valuers & Estate Agents, RICS (Royal Institute of Charters Surveyors) and RISM (Royal Institute of Surveyors Malaysia) for Henley Business School’s Real Estate programme.

– Elected its first Student President and Executive Team:
Elections were held for UoRM’s first ever executive student body, Reading University Malaysia Student Association (RUMSA). The new President and Executive Officers are now in post and developing plans for the future.

– Established a growing research programme:
UoRM staff are currently engaged in 71 research projects. A new weekly seminar programme has been launched to support research and features presentations from academics from across the globe. New collaborations with regional, national and international partners have also been developed with aim to make a positive impact on research development and socio-economic growth in the region.

– Developed the skills of its teachers:
Academic staff have benefitted from a dedicated Teaching and Learning fund, additional specialist professional training, and a Quality Assurance Seminar Series to ensure they are well equipped to bring out the best in their students and help them excel in their studies.

– Expanded the student mobility programme:
UoRM has welcomed nine students from the UK to study at the Malaysian campus over the past year along with 21 UoRM students coming to study at the University of Reading UK.

Sir David Bell said:

“Our work is not yet finished; however, in fact this is just the beginning. As UoRM looks to grow, further establish its teaching, and research strength and expand its programmes, we must continue to work hard to shape the future of our new campus.

“This summer, we will see our first students graduate – I am confident they are the first of many future generations of UoRM graduates.”

UoRM is the University of Reading’s first multidisciplinary overseas campus and its fifth campus overall, alongside the Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading, the Henley Business School sites at Greenlands and Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, the University recently launched a partnership with the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China. UoRM, together with Henley Business School, offers courses at foundation, undergraduate, and postgraduate level in subjects including business, finance, accounting, psychology, law, real estate, quantity surveying, and pharmacy. Students from both Reading and Iskandar campuses have the option to study from a term up to one year of their degree in the UK and Malaysia – or transfer permanently.

For more information, visit the University of Reading Malaysia website: www.reading.edu.my or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/universityofreadingmalaysia.

About Yi Wen Lee

Year 2 International Business and Finance student.

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