Sunday, April 27, 2008

RM6.1 Billion Space Science University Planned In Kota Tinggi. Viable Plan Or Just A Grand Design?

A local company and its overseas partner plan to set up Space Science University of Malaysia (UniSam) costing RM6.1 billion on 2,500-acre site in Kota Tinggi.

Next Systems Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Noor Faizal Abdul Samad said the university would be equipped with modern and international-standard space science laboratories and recruit renowned experts.

"If the proposal is accepted, Malaysia will emerge as the third country in the world to have a space science university after Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, United States, and International Space University in Strasbourg, France," he told Bernama recently.

He said the setting up of a space science university in Malaysia was also aimed at bringing back the glory of Muslims in the field by drawing well-known Muslim space scientists like Prof Ahmed Zemail and Prof Ibrahim Semiz.

UniSam, he said, would have eight faculties including Space Engineering and Aeronautics; Mechanical Engineering; and Bioengineering encompassing Biomolecular Engineering and Medicine.

Other fields were Chemical and Biochemical Engineering; Computer, Robotic and Software Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Electronics; Geological, Atmospheric and Planetary Engineering; and Mathematical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy.

The faculties would have 29 laboratories for the students to carry out research, Faizal said.

Among the technologies planned to be brought to Unisam were Fusion Reactor or Thermonuclear Reactor, Linear Collider, Large Binocular Telescope-Neural Network Telescope, High Performance Computing, Supersonic Wind Tunnel and three-dimension simulation laboratory.

As the technologies were expensive, Unisam planned to share the cost with others by renting them out, he said.

"All these will make Malaysia as a reference centre for space science studies," he said. A university college was also planned for lower secondary students before they enrol into UniSam, he added. (Bernama)

***** Can anyone comment on the viability of this multi-billion ringgit venture in the current climate of financial stringency? Off hand it seems too grandiose to be true. Let's hope it does not become a non-starter after some initial hype and grand opening ceremony and the principals behind this project finally sell the 2500-acre land in Kota Tinggi for a small fortune.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, another one in a long line of hare-brained ideas. It will go the way of the Multimedia Super Corridor. You know, the M... S... C...? Remember? But hey, what do I know? Maybe they actually will build the super-duper holy Islamic spaceship that must not be blasphemed, based on some obsolete technology purchased from the Russians.

7:24 PM GMT+8  
Blogger rational thinker said...

Wat the fuck is this? a joke? april fool is last month.

7:26 PM GMT+8  
Blogger mob1900 said...

Wah even going to Space also has a Racial/Religion Divide wan ar?

The Question is:
Can we shoose NOT TO PARTAKE in this as in making sure our Tax ringgit does not go into this?

Especialy the Non- Muslims as we're called, since it's only for the Glory of _________.

7:46 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

We better be putting our best minds and best resources to figure out how to secure our food supply and stabilise prices - very fast.

I fear the country is just a few months away from food-related unrest if current trends continue unchecked.

Space Science University - another crony enrichment project.

8:42 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow another mega project???

With that amount of money, we can at least built 10 normal university that will benefit more rakyat?

Those bozos can do any with their own money, if it is the rakyat it is big no.

8:42 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

Just like our so-called first (tourist) astronaut fiasco!
When will this BN Govt. ever understand?!
Our only hope is to get rid of them for good!
Let's hope DSAI makes good his "threat"!
God help us.

8:44 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Purple Haze said...

If the end products are what are being spewed out of our many, many "universities" in Malaysia, we should really be concerned about quality since there is very small margin for error in space travel.

10:22 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Warga Tua said...

It should be named ONLYSHAM, not UNISAM.

10:30 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Straight away some bastard says this is super duper holy islamic spaceship.Find out more b4 you open your fucking big mouth.

Why cant this asshole comment on the huge cost which Malaysia can ill afford if the money is coming from the govt coffers (not coffin).
If the private company wants to fund it fifty fifty or whatever with its international partner why not. But the question arises on the suitability of malaysia esp the local envoironment to cope up with the foreign brains and students. The type of rules the govt may impose, freedom of the press, speech, assembly etc etc and so forth. We heard some guy from the University of Nottingham Malaysia said that they regretted setting up the campus here. In Singapore The University Of New South Wales, considered to be a very respectable U packed up after a few months in Singapore.
We need to revise the Unversities Act to make it not only viable in terms of autonomy but also as an interesting instituition of educational excellence.
Its only a proposal, it may not even take off but just at the racial comments.
rational thinker and mob1900 JUST GO TO HELL

10:41 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Islam a race?

3:52 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the Space Science University of Malaysia build a spacecraft? Not even a satellite!

12:03 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Navi said...

If the local company has the funds go ahead.What's wrong with the whole idea, as long as the government does not invest our money in it.
My best bet is it will go the way of the US7billion petro pipeline from Yan to Bachuk and the US50 billion refinary in Kedah.
Malaysians like to plan and talk big. Can we implement this?

2:24 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Sceptic said...

Kota tinggi? Hmmm isn't this the place where it gets flooded each time the North east monsoon strikes? If that is the case then the Space Science University should include the Submersible Science University to its course because Malaysia has just bought its own submarine. Is there any place in Malaysia that is suitable to launch a rocket into space? So how to put theory into practice?

2:53 PM GMT+8  
Blogger nelly said...

Semangat Malaysia Boleh kata kan.... ingatkan pejuang2 politik ni dah sedar sikit dengan kekalahan BN dan berusaha membuat sesuatu yg nyata lebih utama untuk rakyat....tetapi yang nyata mereka2 ni masih dalam dunia mimpi rupa2nya! btw bole claim expert ke after sending just one person to outerspace? ...

1:08 PM GMT+8  

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