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IPOH: Quest International University Perak (QIUP) has reduced its tuition fees by almost 50 per cent for all its courses in line with the state government's push to turn Perak into an education hub.
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the move was to provide students with quality tertiary education at affordable rates.
"QIUP has made tertiary education so affordable in Perak that everyone can have access to it," he said after attending the meet-the-people session here yesterday.
"It will definitely assist students facing difficulties in getting loans to pursue their higher studies and making QIUP a landmark in the state.
The university currently operates from a temporary campus in Jalan Raja Permaisuri Bainun here. The permanent campus would be built on a 100ha site in Gua Tempurong at the eco-tourism belt, 30km from here.
QIUP University Council member Kuna Senathirajah said the varsity would help develop a university township in Gua Tempurong and create an educational hub in the state.
"We decided to subsidise the tuition fees to support the state government's vision of turning Perak into an educational hub," he said.
QI Group executive chairman and QIUP University Council chairman Datuk Vijay Eswaran was instrumental in pushing for the subsidy.
"We have reduced the fees for the three-year Business Studies and Computer Science degree programmes from RM36,000 to RM19,000," said Kuna.
"As for the 13-month Foundation in Science and Foundation in Business programmes, the fees have been lowered to RM3,500 and RM2,500, respectively."
As the first full-fledged university in Ipoh, QIUP will offer scholarships to top students and those who come from poor background.
Students who excel in sports will also be given scholarships.
For details, call 1-800-88-7487. By P. Chandra Sagaran