Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pagoh: To be varsity town by 2015

Sime Darby Bhd group chief executive and president Datuk Mohd Bakke Salleh (left) showing Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin a model of the Pagoh Higher Education Hub. With them are Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin (right) and Sime Darby Bhd group chief operating officer Datuk Abd Wahab Maskan (third from right). Pic by Saifullizan Tamadi

KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIA is to have its first Multi-Varsity Education Hub in 2015, which would be geared towards producing   high quality human capital.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Pagoh Higher Education Hub (HPTP) would, under its first phase, bring together four public higher learning institutions; Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM), the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Research Centre and the Pagoh Polytechnic.

Private institutions of higher learning and foreign universities, he added, were also welcomed to open campuses at the hub, located in a 500-acre site in Mukim Jorak in Muar, Johor.

At a press conference after witnessing the signing of concession agreements between the Higher Education Ministry and Sime Darby Property Selatan Sdn Bhd, here yesterday, Muhyiddin said the hub would also come as a shot in the arm for the people in the area with its projected economic spill-overs.
The hub would be setup at a cost of RM 992.6 million in the form of Private Finance Initiative (PFI), he said, and could accommodate up to 10,800 students and would create least 25,000 jobs.

Muhyiddin said Sime Darby had also been given the responsibility of building the Pagoh University Town in the hub. It would be a self-sufficient township, with basic basic amenities as well as commercial facilities.

The Pagoh Polytechnic, he said was expected to produce more skilled workers in oleochemicals.
Also present were Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Sime Darby Bhd chairman Tun Musa Hitam and Sime Darby Property Bhd chairman Tan Sri Hamad Kama Piah Che Othman.

Meanwhile, at the opening of the three-day Education Services Conference 2012 in Seremban, 

Muhyiddin said outstanding teachers, headmasters and administrators, who graduated either through part-time or distance learning, would be promoted to grade DG41 without having to be interviewed.
They, he said could apply for this exemption with the Education Service Commission (SPP).

Muhyiddin also announced that the first batch of 2,960 teaching graduates from the Institute of Teacher Education (IPG) and public institutions of higher learning, would be employed on an interim basis by the Education Ministry from Oct 16.

They would be interviewed by SPP until Dec 6.

However, those who graduated after June must submit their application to the SPP from Nov 1.

*Taken from NST Online

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