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Japan-Sponsored Tech College To Open In Malaysia

Friday, May 27, 2011

TOKYO (Nikkei)--A technical college backed by the governments of Japan and Malaysia is set to open in Kuala Lumpur this September, with 22 Japanese schools providing support for education in such fields as precision machinery and electronics.

This groundbreaking institution symbolizes the close cooperation between these two countries, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday at the Future of Asia conference hosted by Nikkei Inc.

The Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology will also foster exchanges with students from Southeast Asia and Japan, as well as with Japanese companies operating in Malaysia. It could help promote Japanese technology and pave the way for more domestic firms to expand into the region.

The institute, which will operate under the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, will offer graduate and post-graduate degrees. It will take in about 130 students at first, with the number to go up to 2,000 in 2015. The faculty will include 40 or so teachers from such Japanese schools as Kyushu University, Tokai University and Ritsumeikan University.

(The Nikkei May 27 morning edition)

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.