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Friday, 14 July 2017

(The Star) Construction on new campus to start in October

Construction of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris’ (UPSI) Teluk Intan campus is set to commence this October.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister and Teluk Intan MP Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said once the campus is completed, it will be a symbol of Teluk Intan’s rapid development.

Mah made a pledge to turn Teluk Intan into an educational hub during the 2014 by-election for the constituency.

“This construction not only makes Teluk Intan an educational hub but also promotes economic progress in this town.

“When students and lecturers are here, the economy will get better. Job opportunities will also increase.

“In the last two years, we have been having meetings to quicken the process and I am glad the construction is set to commence,” he said to reporters after witnessing the handover of the project between the soil treatment contractor and Public Works Department at the campus site in Changkat Jong on Monday.

Mah said, land acquisition, earthworks and soil treatment for the site took two years and was done in record time as most educational institutions in the country took a longer time to start construction.

“UPSI will add value to this town. The construction has been our ambition. We are sure that this project will be done well.

“When the project was first discussed an 8ha site was found. After speaking with the Changkat Jong Assemblyman Mohd Azhar Jamaluddin, we found a bigger site and now we have 32ha of land for the campus.”

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the site this October.

The project’s value is projected to be RM200mil. Of the total 32ha site, 20ha will be used for the project initially.

“There will be 21 buildings, including an agriculture research centre and engineering technology building.

“The university will decide what to do with the remaining land in the future.

“Also, some of the facilities in the university will be open to public. There will be a huge hall for the public to use.

“The overall project is expected to take 30 months. Phase I, which is the soil treatment, has been completed, so now we are all set for Phase II,” he said.

Efforts are being made to transform Teluk Intan into a student-friendly education hub by 2020.

Mah said with the number of institutions of higher learning in the coastal town coupled with wireless high-speed internet services and accessibility via the West Coast Expressway, Teluk Intan could potentially become a major destination for students seeking to further their education.