UIU President Alan Walker, center, and
other members of the UIU delegation and
SEGi University College cut the ribbon for the
new UIU office in Kota Damansara, Malaysia.
FAYETTE, Iowa (December 19, 2011) Upper Iowa University (UIU) has opened its new office at SEGi University College in Kota Damansara, Malaysia. UIU has provided educational programs in Malaysia since 2000, but the setting up of UIU Malaysia Office at SEGi University College at Kota Damansara, marks the physical presence of UIU in Malaysia.
SEGI University College, has been the largest education provider in Malaysia and in collaboration with SEGi, UIU offers American degree programs in all five SEGi campuses namely SEGi University College, SEGi Subang Jaya, SEGi Kuala Lumpur, SEGi Penang and SEGi Kuching. Under a new collaborative agreement with SEGi, SEGi will provide the first two years of college courses to students who select the American degree option, and UIU will provide the second two years in the degree program. UIU's Malaysian centers offer programs to students from Malaysia as well as from other Pacific Rim nations. Current enrollment of students in the UIU Program at all SEGi Campuses in Malaysia is 1300
"A decade ago, we were small in Malaysia. Today, our students and scholars cover the globe in their search for knowledge and meaning, and their contributions make a difference everywhere." said Kalai Ponniah, UIU's Malaysia programs director. "In recent years, Upper Iowa University under the leadership of President Dr. Walker has steadily been building its capacity to create a truly great learning institution. Today, we mark the opening of a new office and we celebrate the spirit of forward-looking progress in Malaysia."
By establishing a UIU office in Malaysia, UIU now has a firm physical presence there in Malaysia as well as a stronger educational presence, said UIU President Alan G. Walker. "UIU will be able to serve its students better in terms of teaching and learning as well as offer advice and academic support directly to UIU students in Malaysia," he added.
Sixty-five people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony in Malaysia, including UIU and SEGi leaders, faculty, students in the American Degree Program, members of the Fayette House, vendors and suppliers, and guests from other foreign universities with centers in Malaysia.
The UIU delegation included Kalai Ponniah and his staff, as well as President Walker, Vice President for International Programs Christopher Sanders, Executive Director of International Programs Ryan Griffith, Senior Vice President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, CFO Don Aungst, and Student Government President, Anthony DiJohn.
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