SEPANG (July 10): Xiamen University Malaysia Campus (XMUMC) will open in Sunsuria City, a RM6.4 billion township development by Sunsuria Bhd, in the first quarter of next year (1Q2016), said its president Wang Rui Fang here yesterday.
XMUMC’s 150-acre campus will be located in the 525-acre township in Putrajaya South. It has a planned floor space of 470,000 sq m and a total estimated investment value of RM1.3 billion. It will be built in two phases.
The first phase comprises student accommodation, a lake, swimming pool, indoor basketball, tennis and badminton courts, café, cafeteria, multimedia rooms, library, classrooms, laboratories and administrative offices. There will also be an academic exchange centre that can accomodate more than 100 people. Phase two will comprise seven research laboratories.
The first phase is scheduled to be fully operational by next September, and phase two by 2020. Meanwhile, a temporary teaching site and student hostel will be completed by the end of this September.
The Salak Tinggi Express Rail Link (ERL) connects the campus to Kuala Lumpur in 30 minutes, and to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in seven minutes.
The campus is about 50km from the city centre and accessible via Elite Highway and Maju Expressway.
It can accommodate 10,000 students once fully completed in 2020. Wang expects about 30% local student enrolment, with 30% from China and the rest from other countries. All of its courses will be conducted in English, except for Chinese Studies and Chinese Traditional Medicine. XMUMC hopes to get all its courses approved by the government by next September.
XMUMC is the university’s fourth campus, and its first in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Sunsuria Bhd executive director Koong Wai Seng tells The Edge Property that the company will launch Phase 1B of Sunsuria City township located near the campus this year. It has a gross development value of about RM300 million, and comprises residential, commercial and retail components. Details are being finalised.
This article first appeared in The Edge Property pullout, on July 10, 2015. This article was updated at 14:34 on July 13 to add information on the construction of temporary teaching facilities and an academic exchange centre.