Global education hub in Johor

EDUCATION@Iskandar Sendirian Berhad, a subsidiary of Iskandar Investment Berhad, signed a landmark agreement today to develop Marlborough College Malaysia, as part of a long-term plan to establish EduCity as a world class education hub in Iskandar Malaysia.

Marlborough College Malaysia is the first international venture for the leading British independent,co-educational boarding school for pupils aged between 13 and 18-years old.

Scheduled to open in Sept 2012, Marlborough College Malaysia will provide first class education to local and international students across Asia. It will also elevate Iskandar Malaysia’s standing as the ultimate destination for global citizens to live, work and play.

Marlborough College Malaysia will be easily accessible to students from across Malaysia and the region through Senai Airport in Johor and Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Marlborough College Malaysia will boost economic growth in Iskandar Malaysia with the creation of over 340 job openings for academic and non-academic staff, with additional employment and business opportunities in the future.

The agreement to develop Marlborough College Malaysia was officially signed between Education@Iskandar Sendirian Berhad (EISB), Marlborough Overseas Ltd (MOL) and M East Sendirian Berhad (MESB) in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, British High Commissioner for Malaysia Boyd McCleary and Iskandar Investment chairman Tan Sri Azman Mokthar.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said: “Malaysia is an emerging contender to attract  international students and the agreement today between Iskandar Investment and Marlborough  College is testament that we are moving in the right direction to become a global education hub in Asia.

He said there are approximately 16,000 international students currently studying in private and international schools in Malaysia. Meanwhile, Arlida Ariff, president and CEO of Iskandar Investment, said the company was excited to be bringing in Marlborough College Malaysia to complement EduCity in Iskandar Malaysia.

“This catalytic project will bring benefits for the entire community — from creating job and business opportunities in Iskandar Malaysia to providing a high-quality, international educational experience in an environment which seamlessly integrates elements from both Eastern and Western culture,” she said.

Chairman of Marlborough College Council Sir Hayden Phillips GCB, said the demand for international education in Malaysia is poised for growth and Malaysia is now a preferred study destination among international students.

“Marlborough College is proud to be at the forefront of the current demand for international education as Malaysia continues to stand out on the global stage.”

Located in close proximity to Medini, Iskandar Malaysia’s flagship development, the 90-acre Marlborough College Malaysia campus ill welcome its first intake of 350 students in June 2012, with enrolment projected to increase gradually to up to 1,300 students in 2020. The college hopes to work closely with local schools in Iskandar Malaysia to facilitate knowledge exchange through joint sporting and cultural initiatives in music and the arts.

Education@Iskandar Sendirian Berhad, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iskandar Investment, will be responsible for implementing all education initiatives in and around EduCity, which will comprise international universities, schools and colleges, recreational facilities and sports complexes.

“It is very exciting to have a genuine expansion of the Marlborough College brand here in Malaysia instead of following a franchise model adopted by many other schools that have ventured overseas,”  said Dato’ Siew Ka Wei, group managing director of Ancom and a former student of Marlborough College.

“I am certain that this initiative will enhance the fantastic education that the college affords and will provide all Marlborough students, based in both the UK and Malaysia, with a thoroughly international education, giving them the best possible start in today’s global marketplace.”

Marlborough College’s high profile alumni include Sir John Betjeman (Poet Laureate), William Morris (writer, artist and designer), Sir Francis Chichester (aviator and sailor), Sir Peter Medawar (zoologist and Nobel Prize winner), The Rt Hon Lord Malloch Brown (former Minister of State for Africa, Asia and the United Nations and former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General), Chris de Burgh (singer-songwriter) and Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York.

Iskandar Investment is continuing to develop its education offering in Iskandar Malaysia. In addition to the prestigious Newcastle University Medical Malaysia (NUMed) scheduled to open its campus in May 2011, Iskandar Investment recently inked an agreement with De Ruyter Maritime Institute and Willem Barentsz Maritime Institute to set up a Dutch Maritime University at EduCity. Other institutions Iskandar Investment is looking to bring in include skilled training institutions, international schools, research & development facilities and regional training centres.

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