Thursday 3 May 2018, 08.00 - 09.15

Since 2014 there have been 5 UK universities operating a campus in Malaysia. Although termed ‘branch campuses’ under the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act (555), the universities themselves regard their Malaysian campus as a more or less seamless part of a global whole, with strong links to other campuses around the world. At the same time, they are very much part of the Malaysian higher education system, and believe they have an important role to play in delivering Malaysia’s vision for the future.

This breakfast session will take the form of a forum where the university leaders will talk about why they have come to Malaysia, what particular achievements have resulted from their being here, and how they are contributing to higher education goals in the country. The UK approach to current concern about ‘graduate work-readiness’ might also feature. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and engage in debate.


  • Paul J G Rennie OBE, Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission, Malaysia (Chair)
  • Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost and CEO, Heriot Watt University, Malaysia
  • Professor Roger Barton, Provost, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), Malaysia 
  • Professor Tony Downes, Provost and CEO, University of Reading Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Professor Graham Kendall, Provost, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia
  • Professor Rebecca Taylor, Provost, University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, Malaysia
  • Samantha Weston, Interim Vice Provost and Academic Director – Teaching & Learning, University of Reading Malaysia, Malaysia