Malaysia’s stalled MIT-led varsity may be revived

By Julian Matthews

KUALA LUMPUR–A stalled project to create an elite research university for Malaysia’s brightest science, engineering and technology graduates may be revived by end of this month.

Professor Fred Moavenzadeh of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who is an advisor to the project, said he was told the government is willing to foot half of the RM200 million (US$52.6m) needed to finance the project for five years provided the private sector contributed the other half.

“The Cabinet is expected to act upon the government funding by the end of August. Should that funding be approved we will be able to go ahead at the expected pace,” he said.

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