ECO Botanic Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Eco World Development Group Bhd (EcoWorld), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM) yesterday, witnessed by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal.
UoSM opened in October 2012. To cater to the growing student population, it will be setting up a larger campus in Eco Galleria. This is a high-street mall situated in Eco Botanic City, which is fast becoming the premier commercial centre in Iskandar Puteri, set for completion this year.
UoSM’s new campus has a built-up area of 150,000 sq ft and is scheduled to begin operations in 2021. It will house offices, amenities, a library, lecture theatres and laboratories.
In his speech, EcoWorld president and CEO Datuk Chang Khim Wah said the group is delighted to play a part in promoting Malaysia as a centre of educational excellence.
“We are very excited to welcome UoSM to Eco Botanic. Since the launch of Eco Botanic in 2013, we have worked towards improving the amenities which complement the outstanding education and student experience currently offered by the university.
“UoSM’s decision to expand into Eco Botanic City further underlines Malaysia’s success in establishing Iskandar Puteri as a world-class destination for learning.
Over the years, extensive physical infrastructure and substantial investments have been made by Iskandar Investment Bhd to promote this region as a hub for education, creative industry, tourism and leisure, and health and wellness,” he said.
UoSM pro vice-chancellor (Asean) and CEO Prof Rebecca Taylor said the university is eager to move into Eco Galleria as Eco- World is known for quality and sustainable developments, which will provide UoSM students with a holistic educational and living experience during their course of study. This will help draw in more students in support of their quest to achieve their 10-year target of having approximately 2,000 students in five years.