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Two Private Universities To Develop Healthcare, Early Childhood Education Under ETP

Last update: 13/06/2011
KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 (Bernama) -- The government today announced two education projects under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) for healthcare and early childhood development, to be spearheaded by two private universities.

The projects are to develop a 160-acre (64 hectares) integrated Premium Health Education Cluster in Bandar Springhill, Port Dickson by UCSI Group, the parent organisation of UCSI University, and the establishment of a consortium and Early Child Care and Education (ECCE) Training Hub by SEGi Education Group.

The two projects are among the nine ETP initiatives announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, here, Monday.

The UCSI Group project will see the building of the first private teaching hospital in Malaysia.

Its 1,000-bed UCSI University Hospital will also feature Malaysia's only anti-ageing, aesthetics and regenerative medicine facility.

The project will also include a new UCSI University campus and the UCSI International School, which will offer the globally-recognised International Baccalaureate catering to those aged three to 19, and a new five-star UCSI Hotel Springhill to provide patients, visitors and guests five-star accommodation and meeting facilities.

"The Group is expected to invest RM850 million by 2012, which will generate RM1.3 billion in GNI and 2,000 jobs by 2020," Najib said.

The consortium and ECCE Training Hub by the SEGi Education Group, meanwhile, aim to upgrade qualifications of the existing workforce to a minimum of diploma level, as well as to recruit and train more qualified childcare providers and teachers.

In addition, SEGi Education Group is investing to develop an ECCE Education Hub in the Greater KL region, along with other satellite hubs in other parts of the country.

The hubs will have, among others, facilities for teaching and learning, childcare and pre-school labs, early childhood simulation rooms, auxiliary services for children and families, and hostels. The project, to be fully operational by 2015, is worth RM1.2 billion and will generate RM900 million in GNI and 30,000 jobs by 2020.

SEGi International Bhd ECCE director of project management, Lydia Foong, told reporters that in future, all ECCE educators would be required to have at least a diploma qualification.

She said currently, there were some 40,000 ECCE educators in the country and Malaysia would need 218,000 ECCE educators by 2020.