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Leading UK University strengthens ties with Malaysia with launch of new education programmes in Johor Bahru – University of Reading

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Leading UK University strengthens ties with Malaysia with
launch of new education programmes in Johor Bahru

Release Date 19 August 2011

The University of Reading is delighted to announce that it will deliver English Language and Executive Education programmes in the Malaysian southern city of Johor Bahru, from January 2012.

The programmes will be delivered by the University's internationally renowned International Study and Language Centre and Henley Business School, a Faculty of the University.

The University of Reading is ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world¹ and offers a student experience of the highest quality. The University's international students gave the University a 92% satisfaction rating in the most recent International Student Barometer² and the quality of its teaching is consistently ranked in the top quartile of UK universities in the National Student Survey³.

This exciting development is part of the University of Reading's wider plans to deliver high-quality degree programmes in Malaysia. The University is in the advanced stages of negotiation with Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) to build a campus as part of the EduCity development at Iskandar. The University aims to provide a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as advancing its application with the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education for permission to operate and award University of Reading degrees.

Professor Rob Robson, Provost and Chief Executive Officer of University of Reading Malaysia said: "We are delighted to be extending our existing strong ties with Malaysia by opening in Johor Bahru in January 2012 and we are excited about delivering programmes that will meet local and regional needs.  The University's multi-disciplinary campus at EduCity, which will offer a wide range of programmes, is planned to take its first students in July 2014."

More information at www.reading.ac.uk

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Further information from the University of Reading press office on +44 (0)118 378 8005; a.brannen@reading.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

¹ QS World University Rankings 2010

² International Student Barometer 2010. The International Student Barometer research tracks the opinion of international students at two points in the academic year, autumn and summer. It tracks satisfaction with arrival, learning experience, living experience and student support.

³National Student Survey 2010 - Reading's UK students gave the University a 88% satisfaction rating.

The University of Reading is one of the UK's top research-intensive universities. The University is ranked in the top 20 UK higher education institutions in securing research council grants worth nearly £10 million from UK research councils.  The University is a member of the 1994 Group of leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience. www.1994group.ac.uk

The University of Reading's International Study and Language Centre specialises in the provision of academic and language programmes, designed both for international students and the wider University community. The programmes, courses and facilities available through the Centre have a long established reputation for academic excellence and student support. www.reading.ac.uk/islc

Henley Business School at the University of Reading is one of Europe's largest full-service business schools. It is one of the few global business schools to hold triple accredited status (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB). Henley Business School is a global leader in executive education. Established by business, for business, Henley has over 60 years experience in developing managers of, and for, the future. The Business School is recognised worldwide for delivering executive leadership and management development programmes that build capability and enhance performance. www.henley.reading.ac.uk/executiveeducation

The University of Reading has around 100 Malaysian students studying each year at the University's Reading campus and has been in partnership with Taylor's University College (TUC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia since 2002.

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