UK: Reading hopes Malaysia branch will bear fruit

The University of Reading aims to open a campus in Malaysia, becoming the latest in a growing band of UK universities to establish overseas offshoots, writes Sarah Cunnane for Times Higher Education. Reading's plans follow recent announcements from Lancaster University, which will partner with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies to open a campus in China, and the University of Nottingham, which has begun talks on a Shanghai branch that would be its third overseas campus.

Currently, 10 UK universities have students studying at overseas campuses under their ownership, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. The undisclosed capital costs for Reading's Malaysia campus will be taken on by its partner, Education@Iskandar Sendirian Berhad. Subject to approval by the Malaysian Ministry for Higher Education, the university will run courses in business and law, the built environment, chemistry and pharmacy.
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