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