While EduCity@Iskandar is getting lots of attention as more and more international institutions sign on to the project, some are setting up elsewhere. The Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus says it wants to play its part in Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) as well.

This part would fall under ‘Entry Point Project (EPP) 9: Building an Advanced Engineering, Science and Innovation Discipline Cluster’ which aims to create new science and technology parks. Swinburne says the Sarawak government is addressing a local skills shortage by bringing them to the region, and opening it to the internationalism that development is bringing.

The national government is taking the value of education seriously, pointing to European studies that show a direct correlation between education levels and economic growth. Education spending now makes up the largest percentage of the national budget, with 15.9% going to the Ministry of Education and 6.8% to the Ministry of Higher Education.

source & article: The Borneo Post