A FACILITATION Fund grant agreement for RM25mil was signed recently between Epsom College (a British-style boarding school) in Malaysia, and the Public Private Partnership Unit (Ukas) of the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya.
The signing of the grant, which supports the development of the college campus in Malaysia, was witnessed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, and the college’s board of governors chairman Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.
Signing the MoU are former Ukas director general Datuk Dr Ali Hamsa (who was recently appointed as Chief Secretary to the Government), Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad vice president and business banking head Zakaria Saad and the college’s director Kahlil Anwar Kamal.
The campus, currently under construction on a 50-acre site at Bandar Enstek, Negri Sembilan, reflects the college’s first international venture.
With a history of providing education to many Malaysians and other international students in the United Kingdom, the college’s development on Malaysian shores is a natural extension designed to further expand its tradition of excellence and all-rounded education to a wider scope of international students from Asia.
It is also in accord with the nation’s efforts to develop the country’s potential as the region’s global education hub.
The campus in Malaysia will open its doors to students in September 2013.
“We are very grateful to the Government of Malaysia, and in particular Ukas and the Prime Minister’s Department for the support of this project.
“We have started work on site, and through this facilitation grant support, we will now be able to speed up the work on site and launch the school by September 2013,” said Fernandes, who was an alumnus of Epsom College UK.
The project will cost almost RM150mil in total.
The college is aiming to attract around 900 students from all over Asia.
Source: The STAR Online Home Education Sunday July 1, 2012