Murdoch Uni unveils $1m S’pore campus

Murdoch Uni unveils $1m S’pore campus

 

By LEE U-WEN

 

AUSTRALIA‘S Murdoch University has opened a $1 million international study centre in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.

 

Located at the Singapore Manufacturers’ Federation (SMa) School of Management campus in North Bridge Road, the six-storey facility will offer students almost 20 different majors.

 

The number of Singaporeans studying at Murdoch has increased sharply in the past four years. From just 22 in 2004, more than 900 are enrolled today. With the opening of the new study centre, Murdoch plans to double this to more than 1,800 by the end of next year.

 

Speaking at the official opening yesterday in front of 100 lecturers, students and alumni, Murdoch’s deputy vice-chancellor (Faculty, Enterprise & International) Gary Martin said: ‘The centre, which was previously SMa-branded and hosted various international universities, is now solely dedicated to Murdoch University courses.’

 

The Singapore centre is the third such overseas facility for Perth-based Murdoch, after Dubai and Tokyo.

 

The Singapore centre – a skip away from the National Library – has a dozen classrooms, a computer lab and a newsroom for journalism students, among other facilities.

 

Prof Martin said the centre will cater to Singaporeans that, for one reason or another, are unable to study at any of the three Murdoch campuses in Perth. Students also have the option of transferring to Perth or Dubai to study at any time.

 

‘Courses delivered at the Singapore centre are the same as courses offered at the Murdoch campuses in Perth,’ he said. ‘The curriculum on offer is identical and at the completion of studies, the degree is the same as that awarded in Australia.’

 

Murdoch University, which turns 35 this year, is the latest Australian varsity to strengthen its presence in Singapore.

 

In March, another Perth institution, the Curtin University of Technology, announced that it would set up a campus here by year-end.

 

The most high-profile Australian university in Singapore so far – the University of New South Wales – pulled out of a plan last year to build a $147 million campus at Changi South, citing poor enrolment figures and high financial risks.

 

Source : Business Times

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