Monash Malaysia gears up for move to new campus
Issue 18 | November 2006
Report: Jasbir Singh and Lonnie Sik
Photography: Lily Leong and SunCon
|Up high: An overview of the progress of the new campus.
Construction is continuing on the initial phase of the new Malaysia campus, with the first students expected to start classes there in January.
Work is progressing on the new purpose-built Malaysia campus, with the university's School of Medicine and Health Sciences the first unit to move into the new campus in January 2007. The remaining schools and administrative personnel are expected to be on campus by June 2007.
The new facilities will support current and new programs that are planned to be introduced by the university such as pharmacy, psychology, food science and technology, double degree in business and commerce and communication, and other postgraduate programs.
The campus is being developed in two phases over a land area of 12 acres, located across from the university's current facility in Bandar Sunway. The new campus will have a built-up area of 73,000 square metres.
The $A61 million first phase will be the construction of six buildings able to accommodate between 4,000 and 4,500 students and more than 500 staff. In phase two, the university's capacity will be increased to between 8000 and 10,000 students.
The buildings are designed around an oval-shaped three-storey library and learning commons equipped with facilities for student interaction and IT facilities. This area will be the heart of the campus.
Facilities will include a sophisticated medical faculty with digital learning equipment, a clean room for medical research, a plant house that has a separate section for transgenic plants, laboratories for teaching and research in the fields of engineering and science, an auditorium, 11 lecture theatres that can each accommodate between 120 and 350 students and 19 tutorial rooms.
Students will have access to 40 science labs, which will be used by the School of Science for units including biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, physiology/pharmacology, applied immunology and pathology. There will be 24 engineering labs, a networking and multimedia lab for the School of IT, and 12 computer labs for general use. Students will continue to have access to wireless connectivity on campus.
The campus will remain a pedestrian-friendly place, with the car park located on a parcel of land adjacent to the campus. Effort has also been put into the landscaping of the new campus, to ensure students learn in a 'green' environment.
Monash staff will also have access to a staff centre, which will feature a lounge area, catering facilities and space to host small events.