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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Professor of Physical Geography and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Visit to the International University of Malaya-Wales

IUMW Block A with KL CBD in distance
I am visiting the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) and the University of Malaya (UM) this week in Kuala Lumpur. Over the past 2 years or so I have been working with colleagues at UM to establish IUMW as a new private university in Malaysia. Things have gone well and IUMW has been granted its own degree awarding powers and admitted its first students in August 2013 to follow its own degrees. The second intake of students to its degrees arrive this week and I will be talking to them in their induction tomorrow afternoon.

IUMW is situated in the City Campus (Kampus Kota) near to the central business district of Kuala Lumpur; in fact, the Petronas Towers can be clearly seen from the campus. The main commuter train-line (Putra Station) is within walking distance and main highways pass close by too, making it a very accessible campus.

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IUMW Block A
Although Kuala Lumpur is a built up and densely populated city the local authorities have done a good job at maintaining corridors of green spaces (forest, woodland and parkland) and IUMW is situated in one of these green belts (Bukit Tunku), so it's a very pleasant setting and, as a geographer, I can see that it offers local opportunities for studying the environment. The River Gombak (Sungai Gombak) is also within walking distance of the campus with interesting examples of river management approaches in a tropical city setting.

Courtyard in Block C at IUMW
IUMW shares the City Campus with UM and also the Open University of Malaysia. There are three blocks to the campus with IUMW and UM occupying Blocks A and C, and the Open University in Block B. The cafeteria and the IUMW Student Centre is located in a courtyard in the middle of Block C, and there are some recreational facilities also.

For the rest of the week, as well as addressing the new students tomorrow, I have meetings with colleagues about developing collaborative research projects. It's been a very enjoyable and interesting week.