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Students from Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMUC) joined forces with UCLan fashion students to put on a catwalk show

Kuala Lumpur fashion show marks new partnership

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has celebrated cementing a partnership with a Malaysian educational provider with a fashion presentation in Kuala Lumpur.

Students from Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMUC) joined forces with UCLan fashion students to put on the catwalk show in the city exhibiting an exciting capsule collection from nearly 20 next generation fashion designers from both institutions. The event was attended by more than 70 industry players ranging from designers to retailers.

The event signalled the start of a partnership with the institution that will allow KLMUC students to progress onto UCLan degrees in a range of subject areas including fashion design, animation, advertising and marketing communications and accounting and financial studies. Students from UCLan will also be able to take advantage of the collaboration with the potential opportunity to spend time at the partner institution in Kuala Lumpur to gain an international experience.

Education, including developing as an international educational hub, is one of the 12 key focus areas under Malaysia’s Vision 2020.

Simultaneously, an agreement has been reached with KLMUC’s sister institution, Cosmopoint College Kota Kinabalu, enabling students to progress to UCLan undergraduate degree programmes such as animation and accounting and financial studies.

The agreements will help UCLan break into the Malaysian educational market which has become one of the top four host countries for transnational education from the UK.

Tim Steele, UCLan Acting Executive Director of International Operations, said that with the rapid development of the Malaysian economy, the demand for university education had never been higher.

“Education, including developing as an international educational hub, is one of the 12 key focus areas under Malaysia’s Vision 2020,” he explained. “Malaysia is one of the top four host countries for transnational education from the UK, and there has been strong enrolment growth in the programmes we have targeted. We are delighted to sign these partnerships, one of our first in Malaysia, and look forward to many years of successful collaboration which could also include spin-off activities such as collaborative research, knowledge transfer and joint project ventures.”

“Transnational education is high on KLMUC’s agenda as part of our effort to produce graduates who are globally competitive. We have chosen UCLan as our partner because of its strong links with over 1,000 employers as well as its outstanding academic standing,” said KLMUC Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr Mizarina Abu Bakar.

"UCLan’s strong emphasis on industry partners resonates well with KLMUC’s ‘Real World Practice’ motto. This synergy coupled with the diversity of culture, talents and skills of our students and staff will enrich the teaching and learning experience at both institutions especially in the area of design and creativity,” she added.


Kuala Lumpur fashion show

Lyndsey Boardman | 26 August 2016