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KUALA LUMPUR: Home-grown maritime professionals graduating from the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMUC) in EduCity in Malaysia can now go global by pursing degree and graduate qualifications from Southampton Solent University (SSU) in the United Kingdom. Under a cooperation agreement signed yesterday, NMUC diploma holders will be allowed direct entry into SSU for internationally recognised graduate maritime qualifications. The agreement also covers other areas of collaboration including staff and student exchanges, new academic programme development as well as joint research and consultancy.
JOHOR BAHRU: One thousand new students are expected to enrol at the Netherlands Maritime University College (NMUC) Educity campus in Nusajaya when it opens in May. Its president Prof Malek Pourzanjani said that number was expected to double by the end of the year at the institute, which has been built to accommodate 4,000 students.
Malek said this after signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Southampton Solent University(SSU deputy vice-chancellor Prof Mike Wilkinson at the NMUC City Campus at Galleria@Kotaraya, here,yesterday. Also present were SSU Dean of Maritime and Technology Faculty Prof John Chudley and NMUC founder and managing director Captain Razali Yaacob.
The city campus began offering diplomas in Maritime Transport Management, Port Management and Shipping Management in May 2011. It currently has 620 students. Malek said NMIT would offer programmes in Maritime Health, Safety, Security and Environment, Maritime Law and Logistics in September. With the signing of the MoA, homegrown professionals and students graduating from the NMUC can now pursue degree and graduate qualifications from SSU in the United Kingdom.
NMUC academic programmes are designed by academicians and industry players to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the maritime industry, maritime transport and its interface with associate industries. The signing of the MoA will see an exchange of students from both countries. Plans for a twinning programme are in the pipeline. Malek said NMUC, a Malaysia-Dutch private educational collaboration,was in talks with several global partners for joint collaborations.
“We are selective about who we want to work with. The two globalpartners we are in talks with are in the United States, Canada and Australia,”he said, adding that NMUC was also looking at the possibility of working with a group of universities.
Razali said NMUC would play a significant role in nurturing Malaysian maritime professionals to meet the increasing demand for such professionals in Johor, which has a burgeoning oil and gas industry, in Malaysia and worldwide. “However, students lack awareness of what the maritime industry is all about,” he said.
Razali said 97 per cent of what wnet into Johor came through the three ports — Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Gelang Patah; Johor Port in Pasir Gudang; and Tanjung Langsat Port, which is between the first and second ports. Wilkinson said it was the same in the United Kingdom, where 97 per cent of its imports also came by sea.
Kampus Newcastle University di Iskandar Malaysia mula beroperasi suku ketiga 2011.
EDUCITY@ISKANDAR, bandar pendidikan bersepadu Iskandar Malaysia, sedia menerima kemasukan kumpulan pertama pelajarnya pada Oktober ini apabila institusi pengajian tinggi pertama iaitu Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) mula beroperasi di wilayah pembangunan ekonomi selatan itu.
Ketua Eksekutif Education@Iskandar Sdn Bhd, Khairil Anwar Ahmad, berkata pembangunan kampus cawangan fakulti perubatan kampus cawangan Newcastle University itu kini sudah 85 peratus disiapkan dan sedia untuk menerima kemasukan pelajar menjelang suku ketiga tahun ini.
Beliau berkata, kemasukan pelajar NUMed itu yang terdiri daripada kumpulan ketiga pengambilan pelajarnya dan dua kumpulan pengambilan pertamanya yang kini sedang melanjutkan pelajaran di kampus induk United Kingdom (UK), yang mana akan menghabiskan baki pengajian mereka di Iskandar Malaysia.
“NUMed memberi tumpuan khusus kepada kursus perubatan sepenuhnya, di samping itu terdapat cadangan untuk meluaskan skop pengajian seperti kursus bioperubatan pada masa depan,” katanya ketika ditemui Berita Harian di Kuala Lumpur, baru-baru ini.
EduCity@Iskandar, kawasan kampus pelbagai universiti yang dibangunkan Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB) di kawasan seluas kira-kira 122 hektar di Nusajaya itu bermatlamat menjadi pusat pengetahuan, bukan saja bagi Asia, malah dunia.
Projek itu akan menjadi hos kemudahan bersama dengan satu kombinasi universiti utama terpilih dari seluruh dunia, termasuk institusi pengajian tinggi tempatan.
Khairil Anwar berkata, sebagai persediaan untuk menerima kemasukan kumpulan pertama pelajar di wilayah itu, Education@Iskandar yang juga anak syarikat IIB kini sedang menyiapkan kemudahan untuk pelajar yang merangkumi pembinaan pangsapuri, kompleks sukan dan stadium.
“Semua kemudahan berkenaan dijangka siap menjelang suku pertama 2012, yang mana kemudahan berkenaan dikongsi oleh semua universiti yang akan beroperasi di situ,” katanya.
Beliau berkata, pangsapuri setinggi 12 setengah tingkat yang kini sudah 25 peratus disiapkan itu mampu menempatkan 815 pelajar pada satu-satu masa dengan pilihan untuk menyewa bilik untuk seorang atau berkongsi antara dua hingga empat orang sebilik.
Sementara itu, katanya kompleks sukan terbabit akan dilengkapi sebuah kolam renang bersaiz Olimpik manakala stadium pula mempunyai kapasiti 12,000 penonton dengan fasa pembangunannya kini sudah 15 peratus disiapkan.
“Kemudahan berkenaan bukan saja boleh dikongsi percuma oleh semua universiti di wilayah itu tetapi ia akan turut disewakan kepada umum,” katanya.
Sementara itu, katanya, kampus universiti kedua yang ditubuhkan di EduCity@Iskandar iaitu Institut Maritim Belanda dijadualkan beroperasi pada Jun 2012.
Katanya, universiti yang ditubuhkan dengan kerjasama dua institusi pengajian tinggi maritim terkemuka dari Belanda iaitu Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (MIWB) dan Maritime Instituts de Ruyter (MIR) itu mula mengambil kumpulan pertama pelajarnya di kampus sementaranya di Plaza Kotaraya, Johor Bahru pada April ini.
“Institut Maritim Belanda akan memberi tumpuan kepada kursus berkaitan maritim seperti pengurusan pelabuhan dan perkapalan,” katanya.
Iskandar Malaysia, the country’s first economic growth corridor, is making significant progress and moving in the right direction despite uncertainties in the global economy. Launched on Nov 4, 2006, it had until September last year, attracted investments totalling RM64.38bil, exceeding the RM47bil targeted for 2010.
A total of RM37.26bil or 58% of the the total investments up to September was from domestic investors and the balance by foreign companies. Of the total, RM25.65bil is invested in the services sector, RM12.81bil in the tourism sector, RM19.64bil in properties and RM6.28bil in the public sector. So far, RM26.89bil or 41.85% of the total investment has been spent on developing projects in the region.
Sprawling over 2,217 sq km in the southern-most part of Johor three times the size of Singapore Iskandar is divided into five flagship development zones. They are the JB City Centre, Nusajaya, Eastern Gate Development, Eastern Gate Development, Western Gate Development and Senai-Skudai.
The development of Iskandar was spearheaded by the public sector with several infrastructure projects such as the construction of roads, road improvement and widening projects, river cleaning and public housing. These projects are either completed or are to be ready within the next two years.
The private sector initiative projects currently under construction include Asia’s first Legoland Malaysia Theme Park, Newcastle University of Medicine Malaysia, Malaysia Premium Outlet, Indoor Theme Park @ Puteri Harbour, Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studio and Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology. These developments are due for launch in one or two years. The projects mentioned are few of many more components of developments planned for Iskandar in its quest to transform itself into a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing in line with its Comprehensive Development Plan 2006-2025.
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Government-backed investment holding company Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB) are the two bodies that have been tasked to promote and develop Iskandar. IRDA is the regulatory body mandated to plan, promote and facilitate the development of Iskandar and IIB to drive commercial initiatives within Iskandar via joint ventures or contribution of land.
IIB, formerly known as South Johor Investment Corp was formed on Nov 3, 2006 with Khazanah Nasional Bhd holding 60% equity and the Employees Provident Fund and Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor each with 20% stake. Initially, Iskandar stakeholders focused mostly on foreign investors especially from the Middle East, lured mainly by the huge petrodollars of the Arab nations.
However, certain quarters in Malaysia were unhappy with the strategies, claiming that Iskandar had neglected potential investors from China, India, Indonesia and Singapore. With the US subprime crisis and the financial crises in Dubai and Europe in 2008 and 2009, Iskandar stakeholders made several changes to their strategies to attract investors. These included paying more attention to local investors and organising more roadshows to attract investors from Asia, especially Singapore, China, India and Indonesia.
The improvement in bilateral ties between Malaysia and Singapore also provided opportunities for Iskandar to attract more Singaporean investors, who previously were reluctant to invest in a big way in Johor. The change has also been significantly driven by statements made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong on the need for both countries to work closely for mutual economic benefits.
This is reflected in the involvement of Malaysia and Singapore’s investment arms, Khazanah and Temasek Holdings Ltd, to jointly develop an iconic wellness township project in a 50:50 joint venture at Danga Bay Waterfront site in Iskandar. It is not, however, smooth sailing for the authorities overseeing Iskandar.
IRDA had changed guards three times since its inception in 2006. IIB, meanwhile, received a new president and CEO Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim on Nov 1 when Khazanah decided not to extend his predecessor Arlida Arif’s contract, which ended on Dec 31.
NUSAJAYA: At the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, just across a strait from Singapore and in the middle of a new metropolis rising from the flat, green landscape, workers are constructing what officials hope will be a hub for higher education.
The project, EduCity@Iskandar, is part of the Iskandar Malaysia development zone, a large government undertaking announced in 2006 to increase investment in the country. The entire development zone is scheduled to be completed in 2025 and will include a large manufacturing area, new financial and civic districts, a medical village, amusement parks and residential housing.
EduCity is spread over 123 hectares, or 305 acres. It will be the base for at least seven institutions of higher learning. The purpose of EduCity is to offer world-class universities. The plan includes a sports complex with a stadium, as well as an international students village that will offer housing to 4,000 students. The entire development zone covers about 222,000 hectares.
For now, the new education hub is modest, with only a few buildings almost finished for the University of Newcastle Medicine Malaysia. But several other institutions have committed to opening campuses, and Iskandar Investment, the government-controlled developer of the whole Iskandar project, is seeking more international universities.
Khairil Anwar Ahmad, the chief executive of Education@Iskandar, which is part of Iskandar Investment, said he planned to soon announce the signing of a deal with a “prominent U.K. university for an engineering school.”
He said Iskandar Investment has also recently signed a memorandum of understanding with an American film school with a view toward setting up a partnership with a local private university and is also in negotiation with an Australian hospitality school. “Hopefully a deal should be announced next year,” Mr. Khairil said this month while showing foreign journalists around the construction sites.
The projects already scheduled include the University of Newcastle Medicine Malaysia, to be completed next September; a campus for the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, set to open in 2012; and a campus for the Management Development Institute of Singapore, which will open in 2013.
The Malaysian government started the Iskandar development with the hope of attracting 335 billion ringgit, or $106 billion, of investment to the area over two decades. Once completed, the project could be three times the size of Singapore.
N. Parameswaran, chief executive of Iskandar Investment Singapore, which seeks support from local investors, said investments in the Iskandar Malaysia zone have reached 63.77 billion ringgit. Mr. Khairil estimated that 500 million ringgit of these investments were for EduCity.
Mr. Khairil said the universities setting up a campus there would act as “feeders” into the various businesses being developed in Iskandar Malaysia. For example, students who graduate from the film school could find work in the nearby Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studio, scheduled to open by early 2013. Some students from the hospitality school could find jobs in the hotels planned in the area of the Legoland Malaysia Theme Park, expected to open next September.
The medical facilities at the Newcastle University campus are nearly complete, and the university plans to start moving in next May, the provost, Professor Reg Jordan, said in an e-mail.
NUMed Malaysia recruited over 40 students in September, adding to its existing student body of 24 from its first enrollment in 2009. The current students will complete their first two years’ of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programs in Newcastle, England, but will move to Malaysia to complete the remaining three years. Newcastle has plans to expand its annual intake to 1,000 students by 2017, Mr. Jordan said.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, which will offer degrees in marine transport, shipping, seafaring, maritime and logistics management, will be able to serve 2,500 students a year.
Other international schools considering opening in Iskandar include Raffles Education, a large private education group with schools around the Asia-Pacific region that is conducting a feasibility study with a view to offer undergraduate programs in business, technology, arts and design, health science, education, and social science specializations.
“If Raffles comes in, they will take the largest plot in EduCity — 65 acres,” Mr. Khairil said.
In addition, Marlborough College Malaysia, an international boarding school with ties to the school in Britain of the same name, will also be opened in Iskandar Malaysia by 2012. It will be in a location not far from EduCity.
“We had originally planned for EduCity to host 12,000 students when it’s completed,” Mr. Khairil said. “But judging by the response, I think we will end up with 16,000 students.”
Education@Iskandar Sdn Bhd (EISB) plans to complete the ongoing education-related projects and facilities at EduCity in Nusajaya, Iskandar Malaysia next year.
Chief executive officer Khairil Anwar Ahmad said it was vital to have them ready by then to ensure the respective institutions would be able to operate at their premises as scheduled.
The projects are the Newcastle University of Medicine (NUMed) and the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) campuses, a 12-storey apartment block of students hostel and a sports complex.
The RM300mil NUMed campus on 5.26ha is scheduled for completion next May, followed by the RM30mil NMIT campus on 2.83ha, the apartment block on 3.24ha (phase one) and the sports complex on 11.54ha by the end of 2011.
“At the same time, we’ll continue with our ongoing efforts to attract international educational institutions to set up their branch campuses at EduCity,’’ he told StarBiz.
Khairil said the company had signed agreements with Singapore-based Raffles Education Corp Ltd (REC) and the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), Singapore’s oldest non-profit professional institute for lifelong learning to set up faculties there.
The company and REC will jointly develop and build Raffles University on 26ha in EduCity.
He said apart from REC and MDIS, the company had recently signed a memorandum of understanding with an American cinematic art school to set up a creative school at EduCity.
It would be a partnership between the American school and a local private university.
Khairil said the EduCity creative school would focus on cinematography courses such as film production, script writing, editing, stage design, music, special effect makeup, wardrobe and costume design.
“The school will complement the Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studio (PIMS) in Nusajaya scheduled to open by early 2013,’’ he said.
Khazanah Nasional Bhd is investing RM400mil to build the region’s biggest independently-owned studio together with renowned international film production company Pinewood Shepperton plc.
Khazanah’s wholly-owned unit Beserah Venture Sdn Bhd will be involved in the project.
Pinewood has over 75 years of filming history and was involved in over 1,500 productions including international blockbusters like the James Bond and Harry Potter series, Batman Begins and The Da Vinci Code.
The NMIT, Khairil said, would start at its temporary campus in Menara Kotaraya here with the first intake of about 150 students of SPM school leavers next March.
He said the institute would start taking students from the region in the second year onwards when it moved to its permanent campus in EduCity by 2012. It has the capacity to enrol up to 2,500 students.
Khairl said NMIT courses are International Maritime Organisation accredited and its graduates could be employed by any international shipping company.
The institute will offer diploma, degree and master programmes in marine transport, shipping seafaring, maritime and logistics management.
NMIT is a collaboration between Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz, Maritiem Instituut de Ruyter and Maritime Intel Sdn Bhd (MISB), the operating company of NMIT. Malaysian and Dutch partners jointly own MISB.
“We are now negotiating with a top British engineering university for an engineering faculty and have also started looking at hospitality and business schools,’’ said Khairil
He said if everything went well, the construction of the engineering faculty would probably start next year.
For the hospitality school, the company was keen to have the Australian vocational schools curriculum.
Khairil said the Australian hospitality school model would be able to produce workforce better suited for Iskandar Malaysia’s leisure and tourism sector.
He said courses offered were related to day-to-day operations such as customer relations, front office management, culinary, banquet, spas personnel, food and beverage staff and outdoor activities.
Khairil said the opening of Legoland Malaysia Theme Park, the Indoor Theme Park@Puteri Harbour and other leisure attractions in Iskandar would create job opportunities for the hospitality students.
The 123.42ha EduCity is being developed to be the leading knowledge hub in the region catering to the schooling needs of local and foreign students.
“By having foreign universities set up their campuses in EduCity, local universities and industries have much to gain from their presence,’’ he said.
Khairil said it would encourage them to share their expertise by working and collaborating with local public and private universities through joint-research opportunities and academician and student exchange programmes.
ISB is a wholly-owned unit of Iskandar Investment Bhd, which in turn is 60% owned by Khazanah, while the Employees Provident Fund and Kumpulan Prasarana Rakyat Johor each has 20% equity.
EDUCATlON@lskandar Sdn Bhd (EISB), part of the Iskandar Investment Group, will partner leading Dutch maritime institutes to establish the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) at EduCity In Iskandar Malaysia.
EISB Chairman Arlida Ariff exchanging documents with Razali (right). Looking on are Deputy Higher Education Minister Hou Kok Chung (centre) and the deputy head of mission of the Dutch embassy, Jan Soer
The company signed a smart partnership agreement on Friday with Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz (MIWB), Maritiem Instituut de Ruyter (MIR) and Maritime Intel Sdn Bhd (MISB), the operating company of NMIT.
The managing director of MlSB, Captain Razali Yaacob, said NMIT, which aspires to be the leading regional maritime education and training solutions provider, would accept its first intake of 240 students in 2011.
The Institute will offer diploma, degree and masters courses in transport, shipping, seafaring, maritime and logistics management.
Courses will begin at the Initial location in Kotaraya, Johor Baru, before the institute moves to its permanent campus in EduCity by 2012. — Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: Education@Iskandar Sdn Bhd (EISB), a company of the Iskandar Investment Group, had signed an agreement with top maritime institutes from Netherlands to establish the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) in EduCity in Iskandar Malaysia.
The agreement was signed with Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz, Maritiem Instituut de Ruyter and Maritime Intel Sdn Bhd (MISB), the operating company of NMIT. MISB is jointly owned by Malaysian and Dutch partners.
Maritime Intel managing director Captain Razali Yaacob said the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology aspired to be the leading regional maritime education and training solutions’ provider – possessing world class facilities and faculty.
“This will further support the development of Malaysian ports, shipping and logistics, shipbuilding and ship repair, and offshore oil and gas sectors, especially in the development of human capital,” he said in a statement.
NMIT will welcome its first intake of about 240 students at the beginning of 2011, with enrolment projected to reach approximately 1,620 students by end 2015.
The institute will offer diploma, degree and masters programmes in transport, shipping, seafaring, maritime and logistics management.
Courses will commence at the initial location in Kotaraya, Johor Baru, before the institute moves to its permanent campus in the multi-varsity enterprise building in EduCity by 2012.
“Malaysia and the Netherlands share over 50 years of strong bilateral ties. The agreement to establish theNetherlands Maritime Institute of Technology in Iskandar Malaysia is a true testament to the numerous opportunities for partnerships to progress both nations,” said Jan Soer, deputy head of Mission of the Netherlands Embassy in Malaysia, at the signing ceremony.
EISB chairman Arlida Ariff said Malaysia, as one of the top 10 countries in the shipping industry, believes that theNetherlands Maritime Institute of Technology would play a significant role in nurturing well-trained maritime professionals in Malaysia to meet the increasing demand for industry experts worldwide.
“This pool of talent will also feed into and support the growth of the trade and logistics sector which Iskandar Investment is developing in Iskandar Malaysia,” Arlida said.
The event was graced by Deputy Minister of Higher Education Dr Hou Kok Chung.
NETHERLANDS Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) yang akan beroperasi di Iskandar Malaysia mulai tahun depan akan mengukuhkan lagi kedudukan wilayah ekonomi berkenaan sebagai hab pendidikan dan pelaburan modal insan bertaraf dunia di Asia.
NMIT dijangka menjadi tumpuan pelajar di rantau ini, Afrika dan Asia Barat kerana ia menawarkan program pengajian berkaitan pengurusan pelayaran yang belum pernah ditawarkan di Asia walaupun rantau ini adalah laluan perkapalan paling sibuk di dunia.
Bagi merealisasikan penubuhan itu, dua universiti pelayaran terkemuka dunia, Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz (MIWB) dan Maritiem Instituut de Ruyter (MIR) semalam memeterai perjanjian muktamad dengan Education@Iskandar Sdn Bhd, anak syarikat Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB) dan Maritime Intel Sdn Bhd (MISB), pengendali operasi NMIT.
Presiden dan Ketua Eksekutif IIB, Arlida Arriff, berkata dalam industri perkapalan dunia, Malaysia kini berada di senarai 10 negara teratas.
“Susulan itu kami yakin NMIT akan memainkan peranan penting melahirkan profesional dalam bidang maritim bagi memenuhi permintaan kepakaran dalam industri berkenaan di peringkat global.
“Melahirkan modal insan pakar dalam bidang itu juga adalah untuk menyokong pertumbuhan perdagangan dan sektor logistik yang sedang dibangunkan IIB di Iskandar Malaysia,” katanya selepas majlis memeterai perjanjian itu di Putrajaya, semalam.
Pada majlis disaksikan Timbalan Menteri Pengajian Tinggi Dr Hou Kok Chung itu, Iskandar@Educity diwakili Arlida; MISB oleh Pengerusinya, Mohamed Zohari Mohamed Shaharun; MIWB oleh Pengarah Projek Antarabangsanya, Prof Kapten Cross Stephen Jan; manakala MIR oleh Pengarah Urusannya, Verhagen Diederik August.
Hadir sama Timbalan Ketua Misi Kedutaan Besar Belanda ke Malaysia, Jan Soer.
Mohamed Zohari berkata, pengambilan pertama NMIT ialah pada 2011 membabitkan kira-kira 240 pelajar dan angka itu dijangka meningkat kepada 1,620 menjelang penghujung 2015.
PUTRAJAYA: In efforts to become a worid-class education hub in Asia, Education lskandar Sdn Bhd today signed a landmark Agreement with top maritime Institutes from Netherlands, to set up the Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology (NMIT) In Iskandar Malaysia. The agreement was signed between Education Iskandar and Maritime Institute Wiliem Barentz as well as Maritime Institute de Ruyter.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung who witnessed the signing ceremony said NMIT would offer Diploma, Degree and Masters programmes in transport, shipping, seafaring, maritime and logistics management.
NMIT will welcome its first Intake of about 240 students at the beginning of 2011, with enrolment projected to reach approximately 1,620 students by end 2015.
“The setting up of the institute displays an unreserved zeal of the people of Netherlands to want to share their wealth of knowledge, expertise and experiences in matters of the maritime with the people of Malaysia.
“I hope people from other countries will also benefit when they learn of the existence of NMIT here In Malaysia and choose to study in it,” he said in his speech at the ceremony here.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of Maritime Institute de Ruyter, Diederik August Verhagen said the aim was to increase the international standard of maritime and logistics education.
“Developing NMIT In Iskandar Malaysia which is highly accessible to three of the world’s leading container ports in Malaysia and Singapore is a strategic move that is advantageous not only for our institution but also for the fast-growing maritime Industry,” he added.