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James Cook University Singapore to get bigger campus at Sims Drive

It can then take in more students, offer more activities

Published on Aug 5, 2014 8:57 AM
 

The popular James Cook University (JCU) Singapore, which is struggling for space with 3,400 students, has secured a sizeable site in Sims Drive for a new campus.

The former site of Manjusri Secondary School, which is government-owned, is 24,000 sq m, or over three football fields in size.

It will enable the private institution, which operates out of two temporary campuses in Ang Mo Kio and Upper Thomson Road, to double student numbers and offer more sports and co-curricular activities. The lease for the former campus expires next year, while that for the latter expires in 2017.

The aim of the outfit set up by the Queensland-based university is to expand enrolment to 7,500 in three to five years, said Dr Dale Anderson, deputy vice-chancellor of James Cook University who heads the Singapore campus.

 
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We can hopefully gain some traction in terms of partnering with business organisations.

- Dr Dale Anderson, deputy vice-chancellor of James Cook University, on how the school hopes that the new campus' proximity to the Singapore Sports Hub and Central Business District can lead to some benefits

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