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The University of Reading is delighted to have opened its first teaching facility in Malaysia last month.

As one of the world‘s top 200 universities, the University of Reading has attracted international students to its campus in the UK for more than 100 years and has a long association with Malaysia. 

Having received its first Malaysian student in 1934, the university now has more than 1,400 alumni from Malaysia with 114 Malaysian students graduating in the last two years in the fields of law, finance and quantity surveying.

The University of Reading is renowned for its exciting and innovative research-led teaching, a friendly and supportive environment and an excellent graduate employability record.  Students at the Malaysia campus will benefit from the same world-class student experience that is offered in the UK.

The opening of the new teaching facility in Johor Bahru marks an important and very exciting step for the university.  It now offers executive education, English language and foundation courses whilst construction of the main campus in Iskandar Malaysia Educity takes place. 

The University of Reading’s Henley Business School, in association with the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA), are providing short executive education courses in Malaysia.  Henley is one of the few business schools to hold triple-accredited status, which places it among the top 1 per cent of global business schools. 

ICMA has a reputation for providing quality, cutting-edge education for the financial markets. Its executive education includes high quality innovative programmes in areas such as capital markets, corporate real estate, leadership and coaching. 

The university’s English language courses are well-established and known for their high-quality teaching.  This, along with IELTS testing at the end of each course, has secured an outstanding reputation for the University of Reading‘s English language courses.  These courses are aimed at students looking to improve their English language skills before embarking on a degree programme.

For those wishing to pursue a business degree, the university’s Business Foundation programme will offer an intensive one-year access course. The course has been designed for students without British A-level qualifications or the equivalent who plan to do an undergraduate business degree. Successful completion of the Business Foundation programme guarantees progression to the University of Reading, including Henley Business School courses.

The opening of the University of Reading Malaysia’s main campus is scheduled for 2015 and it will host 2,000 students at capacity. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are being planned in: built environment, business and law, and chemistry and pharmacy. A range of new research collaborations is also being explored with Malaysian and international partners.

The University of Reading is a global university and its Malaysia branch campus is integral to furthering this global commitment.  The university has been made very welcome in Malaysia and looks forward to supporting the country’s ambitious plans to harness global opportunities through greater emphasis on higher education.


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