Malaysia launches Multimedia University

By Julian Matthews

CYBERJAYA, Malaysia–Malaysia today launched the Multimedia University (MMU), which claims to be the first university in the world to embrace multimedia-based learning and technologies as the cornerstone of its education system.

Based in new intelligent city Cyberjaya, the university will provide the critical mass of “knowledge workers” needed for the resource-hungry Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project.

“It is designed to spawn creative ideas and technopreneurs–very much like the role that Stanford University plays in the success of the Silicon Valley,” said Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the launch today.
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Multimedia University to Be Built at Malaysia’s MSC

By Julian Matthews

February 26, 1998 (KUALA LUMPUR) — Malaysia is building a multimedia university, the first of its kind, to specialize in courses on multimedia technologies, on a 200-acre parcel of land in Cyberjaya, 30km from Kuala Lumpur.

Cyberjaya is a new city that is being constructed on a former palm-oil estate.

Telekom Malaysia Bhd, the country’s largest telecommunications service operator, is spending about US$150 million to construct and equip the university.

Telekom Malaysia recently awarded the contract to build the campus to MEPS Joint Venture, a consortium comprising developers Emkay Holdings Sdn Bhd, Projass Engineering Bhd, Eastbourne Corp. Bhd and Shorefield Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The university, to be called Multimedia University, also will accommodate staff and students from Telekom Malaysia’s Universiti Telekom or Unitele, in Malacca.

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