The University of East Anglia (UEA) has announced it is to open a new base in Malaysia, with offices in the capital of Kuala Lumpur later this month.

With existing bases in China, Nigeria, and India, expansion into the Asia-Pacific region is expected to strengthen relationships between the university and local businesses, support international studentship, and improve graduate employment prospects.

Deputy vice-chancellor of UEA, David Richardson, will host a launch event addressing UEA alumni and other guests and dignitaries on a variety of activities to be overseen by the new site, including student exchange programmes, summer schools, and collaborative research projects.

Aquaterra Energy works closely with universities in the UK, and with headquarters in East Anglia and an office in Kuala Lumpur, will be looking to forge similar relationships with education providers in this region. The company’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Ken Crawford said: “The new Malaysian university site will provide many new opportunities for students hoping to develop careers in international industries such as oil and gas.   We believe supporting young people in this industry is the key to sustained economic prosperity, and Aquaterra Energy applauds the university’s vision and ambition.”