New Straits Times, 4 December 2008
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing (left) and Accreditation Service for International Colleges chief executive Maurice Dimmock at the press conference.
CYBERJAYA: The Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has joined the ranks of an elite group of colleges holding the Innovative Leadership in Globalised Education award.
The university received the award from the United Kingdom's Accreditation Service for International Colleges (Asic) on Tuesday.
British Deputy High Commissioner Patrick Moody presented the award to university founder and president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing at the British High Commission.
Asic chief executive Maurice Dimmock told a press conference yesterday that during the three-month assessment period of the university's campus in Piccadilly, London, he was impressed by the quality of services provided in and out of the classrooms.
"We deliberated over many things such as the surroundings of the university, the qualifications and the delivery of lecturers, the students' experiences academically and non-academically and other elements before deciding to accredit the university with the premier status."
He said currently there were only five colleges in Britain with the status. They include St Peter's College (one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford), Kensington College of Business and the London School of Commerce.
"It is a big thing to be the first Asian university to be accredited by Asic and be ranked among the colleges in Britain with premier status as the country is the bastion of global education and has most of the world's most respected universities."
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had officially launched the London university campus in October last year.
Lim was also proud that the university had managed to receive an "A" rating from the British Home Office, meaning that students accepted into the university would not face problems with their visa applications.
"This pleases me greatly as now we will be able to accept as many students as we want as long as we comply with the rules and regulations of the Home Office."
Lim is planning to open more universities internationally, especially in countries that are in need of innovation and creativity to boost their economic situation.