Kate to open Marlborough College in Nusajaya

JOHOR BARU: Princess Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expected to open the Marlborough College in Nusajaya during a visit to the state with her husband, Prince William.

Still famously known by her maiden name Kate Middleton, she and William will visit Johor in September as part of their tour to several countries in conjunction with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

“Arrangements are being made with the British High Commission to bring the royal couple here,” said Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) chief executive officer Ismail Ibrahim at the European Union (EU)-Johor Day yesterday.

He added that it would be a historic moment for the college to be opened by Catherine, who is herself a former student from the main campus in the United Kindgom and the future Queen of England.

The RM160mil college in Nusajaya is currently under construction and is UK’s Marlborough College’s first overseas campus since it was founded in 1843.

It is located near Iskandar Malaysia’s EduCity, an educational hub of primary, secondary and tertiary institutions from around the world.

It will be fully equipped with teaching facilities, comprehensive sporting facilities, including eight rugby fields, a 400m running track, a 25m swimming pool and cricket pitches.

At the age of 13, Catherine, now 30, went to the Marlborough College in Wilthshire where she studied chemistry, biology and art for her A-levels.

She left the college in July 2000.

Meanwhile, ambassadors and Charges d’Affaires from 15 EU missions, led by Ambassador and Head of EU Vincent Piket, will be in Johor Baru until tomorrow to look at investment opportunities offered by Iskandar Malaysia.

Ismail said in the manufacturing sector, Spain was the biggest EU investor in Iskandar Malaysia with RM4bil, followed by Netherlands with RM1.7bil, and Germ­any with RM1.5bil.

He said Britain was the main player in Iskandar Malaysia’s service sector with investments which include New Castle Medicine University Malaysia (RM83mil), Iskandar Pinewood Studios (RM400mil), Southamp­ton University (RM25mil) and Reading University (RM150mil).