KUALA LUMPUR: As part of its aggressive expansion plans, Sedaya International College has formed a strategic partnership with Lifeway College of New Zealand to set up the Sedaya-Lifeway International College (SLIC).
SLIC, which officially opens yesterday, has a two-storey library, lecture theatres, computer labs, accommodation blocks and lecture rooms, all built on its own property at Snells Beach in Warkworth, Auckland.
"In the past, our university partners come to Malaysia to offer their brand of education.
Now, we are making our presence felt overseas," Sedaya's chief executive officer and president, Datuk Peter Ng, said in a statement yesterday. "At the same time, this will give international students an option of continuing their education in our college in another country.
"This shows that Malaysian institutions of higher learning, like Sedaya, are capable of contributing towards the education of young people in advanced countries through smart partnerships," he said.
The setting up of a sister-college in Dhaka and now a branch campus in New Zealand showed that strong emphasis on the quality of our education would eventually pay off, he said. Sedaya had also reached a level of maturity that it could now spread its wings to become a truly regional education provider, he added.
On its long-term plans for SedayaLifeway International College, Ng said the institution would, initially, be known as a college.
"In the long run, SLIC will aim for university status. It Is looking at purchasing the needed property to allow for this expansion." SLIC recently obtained New Zealand Qualifications Authority's (NZQA) full approval and accreditation for its certificate and diploma courses through Lifeway College (for academic programmes leading towards the qualifications of Certificate in Business Administration, Diploma in Business Administration and Diploma in Business Information Systems). - Bernama