MALAYSIA: Raffles Education to set up university

Singapore-based Raffles Education, one of the largest private education groups in the region, is setting up a university in Johor, Malaysia, reports Xinhuanet. According to the Straits Times, the new institute, Raffles University Iskandar, will be located in Johor's Iskandar EduCity, an education hub located in the town of Nusajaya just across a link with Singapore.

Raffles Education will partner with a member of state-owned Iskandar Investment in the $82 million project over the next few years. Raffles will contribute 80% of the funds. The university will take in up to 400 students for its first batch in October and have about 5,000 students within five years. The first phase of the 26-hectare campus is expected to be ready by 2013.

The Singapore private institute has been given university status by Malaysia's Ministry of Higher Education and will offer bachelor and masters degrees in subjects ranging from design to art and business. The university will be the first to be set up by Raffles Education which started its first college in Singapore in 1990 and now has 1,700 students at its Singapore campus and 28,000 students in 38 colleges in 14 countries and regions including Australia, China and India.
Full report on the Xinhuanet site