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Gua Tempurong in Malaysia is about to witness a new chapter in international higher education and research collaboration: an Indian consortium just signed an official agreement to build a RM 450 million (appr. EUR 90 million) international university there. Several Indian universities, e.g. the University of Hyderabad, are part of the consortium. Offering courses in medicine, biotechnology and geosciences, to name a few, the institution aims at specialising in the clinical training of students in medicine, dentistry and health sciences. Construction is expected to be completed by 2009.
The launch of the Indian mega-campus is yet another remarkable development in offshore education, blurring the classical geographical lines of offshore delivery. It is, however, important to understand that Malaysia has a long history of training doctors in India. The Indian Manipal University, e.g. was the first to offer a twinning medical degree programme between Malaysia and India some ten years ago.
Keeping that in mind, it should be even more interesting to see if this new university is just the first in a series of Indian mega-exports to Malaysia – a country which already hosts a substantial number of Australian and UK campuses.