New UiTM campus in Terengganu

Wednesday February 6, 2008
KUALA TERENGGANU: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) will set up a 1000-acre
campus in Bukit Besi, 85km from here, under the East Coast Economic Region
(ECER) initiative.
A tender has been called for Phase 1, consisting of 300 acres, and scheduled to start
construction in May, Ketengah, one of the government agencies tasked with the
economic development of Terengganu, said in a statement.
Estimated to cost RM60 million, the campus will be built at the edge of Tasik Puteri
near an 18-hole golf course, and will form a part of the state’s recreational areas,
said UiTM Vice-Chancellor Datuk Seri Professor Dr Ibrahim bin Abu Shah.
The 700-acre Phase 2 will commence upon the completion of its initial phase. “The
first phase is expected to operational by June 2010 and will have its first student
intake of 1,000 students in sports sciences and marine architecture. By 2012, the
university will have about 5,000 students based on-campus,” he said. Education has
been earmarked as one of the main drivers of ECER’s economic growth. In addition
to developing human capital, it has also been designated as a tourist draw.
Existing university branch campuses of UiTM are located in Machang, Dungun and
— The Star Online