new campus in Bandar Sunway in the State of
to the next decade
Monash University is seeking to expand its presence
in Malaysia through world-class research and high
This year is the 10th anniversary
of the opening of the first foreign university campus
in Malaysia. Australias Monash University, one
of the worlds top 50 according to the Times
Higher Education Supplements World University
Rankings of 2007, was invited to participate in the
Malaysian higher education sector at the request of
the government in 1998.
As it approached its 10th
anniversary this year, the university demonstrated
its long term commitment to its host country by moving
into a RM200 million (£31 million) campus in
the town of Bandar Sunway in the State of Selangor.
Professor Robin Pollard, recently
appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and President (Malaysia),
says Monash University has come a long way since its
establishment in 1998 and that the opening of the
new campus sets a strong foundation for its development
into a premier private university that will contribute
both to the nation and to Southeast Asia. By 2015,
it aspires to be a medium-size university, distinctive
for its quality of teaching and research.
Monash University enjoys the
same status as any other of the eight campuses of
Monash in Australia and South Africa, requiring the
same admission standards, offering the same curriculum,
using the same assessment methods and expecting the
same standards of students and graduates.
|Professor Robin Pollard
Pro Vice-Chancellor and President (Malaysia),
At the same time, it views
itself as a Malaysian education institution and is
keen to contribute to the development of the country
and the region through research and sharing its experience
and expertise in the higher education sector. Professor
Pollard expresses very strong confidence
in Malaysias ability to achieve its ambition
of becoming an education hub.
Monash University Malaysias
next development phase will be the expansion of its
research capacity through investments in research
infrastructure and by creating a pool of able and
We hope that various
initiatives being taken on campus in this area will
create an excellent place for researchers to build
their careers, says Professor Pollard.
Research relationships, both
with business and with other higher education institutions
in Malaysia, will be expanded. The university
has had numerous collaborations with other universities
in the country and we look forward to greater collaboration
in the near future, especially in the area of research,
he says. We will reach out to expand our collaborations
locally and initiate joint research programmes that
will benefit Malaysia and the region.
A number of projects are already
underway and the university boasts the only brain
research institute in the country. Headed by Professor
Ishwar Parhar, one of the world's leading neuroscientists,
the Brain Research Institute at Monash Sunway (BRIMS)
has been accepted as an Associate School of Neuroscience
of the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO).