Published: Thursday February 21, 2013 MYT 7:17:00 PM
Updated: Thursday February 21, 2013 MYT 7:19:16 PM
Kyutech to open Japan's first overseas campus in Malaysia
SERDANG: Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) will be the first Japanese university to open an overseas branch campus when it sets up its satellite campus in Malaysia.
The Malaysia Super Satellite Campus is scheduled to open in April and will be housed at Universiti Putra Malaysia's (UPM) premises here.
Kyutech president Dr Morio Matsunaga said Malaysia was an ideal spot because of its central location in the Asean region.
"Malaysia has a stable political and economic climate. It is home to a diverse group of people, and English is spoken widely," he told reporters after signing a memorandum of understanding between UPM and Kyutech here Thursday.
The campus will provide a dual-degree doctorate programme in selected areas such as biotechnology and engineering.
UPM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Fauzi Ramlan said the programme aimed to take in 10 students a year.
"We expect the number of students to increase as we offer more courses in the future," he told reporters.
Also present at the event were Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Shigeru Nakamura.