Queen Margaret University set to open UK's first university campus in Singapore
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, is set to become the first and only UK university with a campus in Singapore. The university today (19 February 2008) announced an agreement for the establishment of the QMU Asia campus in Singapore, opening up UK higher education opportunities for students across the Asia Pacific region.
QMU Asia Campus, a joint venture between Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (QMU) and the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), is the product of a seven year collaboration. The two principals have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that now provides for detailed negotiation to create a joint venture company based in Singapore.
The new development with EASB, one of Singapore's premier private higher education organisations, will enable increased numbers of students from Asia and further afield to study in Singapore and gain a degree from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
Over the last seven years, QMU has collaborated with EASB in the provision of courses, with the first degree programmes validated in 2003. The partners currently offer programmes in hospitality and tourism management; business management; and events management. The new venture will enable the expansion of courses from those presently offered in to other aspects of business and subsequently to degree and post graduate qualifications relevant to the allied health professions.
Future plans for the QMU Asia campus include the development of a centre for bi-lingual curricula development and the possibility of developing courses in banking and financial activities. The design of bilingual English-Chinese courses will facilitate access for an even wider pool of students from the region. As a country where several languages are in daily use, Singapore provides an ideal location for such a development.
Professor Anthony Cohen, Principal of Queen Margaret University, said: "This is an enormously exciting and innovative project for Queen Margaret University and for the EASB. It is based on a sound record of collaboration which has succeeded over seven years because both partners are absolutely committed to the quality of our educational provision. It gives us both the confidence to extend our partnership for the great benefit of Singaporean and regional students and of the businesses for which they will eventually work."
Mr Andrew Chua, the founder and Principal of EASB, said: "This combination of Queen Margaret University's academic excellence and international reputation with EASB's strength and experience in delivering career-ready graduates for the Asia Pacific region will open up huge new opportunities for students from Singapore and, further afield, from China, India and Vietnam. One of its key features will be the bilingual curricula. In the new era of globalisation and the diversity and complexity of the global business market, we are confident that the graduates of these courses will have maximised their competitive advantage for securing the highest quality employment and marketplace competency."
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Notes to Editors
About Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh:
Since its inception in 1875, Queen Margaret University has made crucial and distinctive contributions to Scotland's higher education. It is the 'low-volume, high quality' university of first choice for students seeking professional and vocationally-relevant education in Business and Management; the Health Sciences; Social Science; and Drama. It has by far the highest rate of research participation among the new Scottish universities, and has just built the first entirely new, complete university campus to have been created in Scotland for more than thirty years. It has recently been named by The Sunday Times as the leading modern university in Scotland, and as among the top ten in the U.K. as a whole.
About East Asia Institute of Management (EASB):
East Asia Institute of Management, is a leading Singapore Quality Class (SQC) and Case Trust Awarded Private Education Organisation. It is registered with the Ministry of Education and is a leader and innovator in providing up-to-date curricula and courses to meet the needs and challenges of today's New Economy. EASB conducts programs at Diploma (Bachelor Year 1), Advanced Diploma (Bachelor Year 2) and Final Year levels in the areas of Business Management, Hospitality & Tourism, Accountancy, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Computer and IT-related studies with a business application focus. These diploma courses, developed by EASB, use the structure of the UK Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) and serve as pathways for students to progress onto a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from foreign universities in UK, Australia, USA and New Zealand. EASB programs are recognized locally as well as internationally as quality programs offered by our distinguished partner universities. They are accepted in the market place as programs that equip graduates with industry relevant professional and vocational competences and skills.
EASB also conducts a range of Masters' and Doctorate level management and business related courses, including MBA and DBA qualifications
With the commissioning of the new Balestier Campus, EASB will add a Professional Development Division wing to its portfolio of management and business consultancy services. The PDD will offer both public and in-company workshops and seminars in conjunction with the National Management Association, USA, and Louis Allen Worldwide. Also in the pipeline is the introduction of an innovative General Management program built around a computer-based Business Simulation exercise.
For more information, visit: http://www.easb.edu.sg