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University of Reading Malaysia celebrates first anniversary of official opening

12:31 08 March in Uncategorized

A year since the official opening, staff and students came together to celebrate the first anniversary of the University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM).

Much has been accomplished over the past year – UoRM has:

  • Trebled student numbers: the number of students on campus has increased from 200 in February 2016 to an estimated 600 by end of April 2017. When the campus reaches capacity in around seven years’ time, 2,500 students are forecast to be enrolled at UoRM.
  • Expanded the number of programmes on offer: eight new programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level have been accredited by the Malaysian Ministry of Education in the past year, many gaining 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. In addition, UoRM has successfully launched the Henley MBA, with a total of 39 experienced managers studying part-time for the MBA 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; to support research, a new weekly seminar programme has been launched and features presentations from academics from across the globe; new collaborations with regional, national and international partners have been developed that 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 to 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, with 21 UoRM students coming to study at the University of Reading UK.

Professor Tony Downes, UoRM Provost and CEO said: “We are proud of the progress the University of Reading Malaysia has made this year.

“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.”

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, and 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.