University Metropolis @ Batu Kawan

September 1st, 2015 Leave a comment


Penang’s first university metropolis in the fast-growing district of Batu Kawan. The metropolis will be developed by Paramount Property, the property development arm of Paramount Corporation Bhd. This development will be anchored by a new purpose-built campus for KDU University College Penang, and featuring residential, commercial and retail elements.

The university campus will occupy 10 acres of land while the remaining 20 acres will be dedicated to a mixed development, with an estimated potential gross development value of RM1.3 billion.

The new KDU University College in Batu Kawan will feature a green campus with a comprehensive range of academic, sports and recreational facilities to create live-and-learn as well as work-and-play environments to stimulate and promote learning. The new campus is expected to be ready by 2018.

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  1. Clear Cut
    September 1st, 2015 at 13:13 | #1

    Another “kangkung” university with the past 30 years of kangkung education.

  2. Jakky
    September 1st, 2015 at 17:30 | #2

    Wow! Bandar Cassia becoming more like Damansara with all the developments there! Should be looking for a house there now before the price in the area becomes too high.

  3. jame
    September 1st, 2015 at 22:47 | #3

    kangkung? not really… the standard could be higher than our ‘kampung’ local U nowadays…

  4. goodday
    September 1st, 2015 at 23:21 | #4

    Good news if high quality education in Batu Kawan, don’t need send kids to oversea in future as well as don’t headache currency rate drop. I believe there university try to get the MNC to recognize.

  5. Where
    September 2nd, 2015 at 00:06 | #5

    Where can you find high quality education in Malaysia ? Only kangkung education.

  6. Jakky
    September 2nd, 2015 at 09:45 | #6

    Kangkung or not, having education is better than no education. Those that immediately spew negativity rather than looking at the positive side is no different.

    I look at Bandar Cassia with hope. Hull Uni and now KDU. Both which will be providing higher education (not government syllabus) to the citizens of Penang and nearby states. Coupled with the growing industrial presence in the area will churn skilled and professional workforce which in turn will boost the economy.

    It may take years but this very well could be the next “Damansara”.

  7. pepper
    September 2nd, 2015 at 10:16 | #7

    hahaha… in malaysia, have money all can settle…

  8. @@
    September 2nd, 2015 at 11:07 | #8

    U all are wrong, only those get good result in spm or stpm can study in local U, those bad result only spend money send their child to foreign country buy degree then cum back replace his place and said got famous U degree and qualify to become orang besar, Malaysia Boleh

  9. Kaz
    September 2nd, 2015 at 16:33 | #9

    You want kangkung education? Go to Australia. There, universities pass foreign students who don’t know much because it’s all about wang. Fail students, their parents pull them out, lose $$$. So all students pass! I would employ local U IT graduate. I wouldn’t employ local with Aussie degree. I want skill and attitude, not BS.

    Very happy to hear about KDU in BK. So sick with the thought of sending children to Klang Valley. Who wants to live in Klang? Overhyped.

  10. Clear Cut
    September 2nd, 2015 at 19:56 | #10


    Don’t try to bullshit. Go to those recognised institutions of higher learning and not
    those with the same level as our “kangkung” universities. I think you are one of
    the local product from this kangkung institutions.

    Don’t talk about SPM or STPM. We are talking about GCE A level.

  11. john
    September 2nd, 2015 at 20:42 | #11

    At least we have another option to choose in Batu Kawan KDU or university of hull. Proud of Penang gov the way they develop at batu kawan. In Northern region we will have ikea, premieum outlet, education university, many more………..

  12. Kaz
    September 2nd, 2015 at 23:13 | #12

    @Clear Cut: I have worked with Australian unis. Have friends who have taught at them. Got the stories straight from them…and overhearing Chinese students talk! LOL Have degree from Australian uni myself. Worth something yrs ago. Not worth anything now. Sorry to burst yr bubble. As for BS, am putting money where my mouth is by educating children in MY, not AUS. We’ll see who’s right.You can make good ed choices in this country, but you have to do research. Think @goodday is on the right track. Have employed IT professionals for 20+ yrs. Am a “returning Malaysian”. Don’t retract anything I’ve said.

  13. boopy
    September 2nd, 2015 at 23:30 | #13

    You can buy uni degrees anywhere in the world, US, UK, Aus, no difference. But you also have good unis in US, UK and Aus. Only a small group of elite students would end up in the ivy leagues, the rest would have to content with 2nd & 3rd grade degrees. Life is never guaranteed. A degree is only a stepping stone. There’s no point arguing over whose unis are better, local or overseas. Bottom line, if you have money, invest in Gurney-Tanjung. No money, Batu Kawan. Don’t waste your time and money in anything else.

  14. Jakky
    September 3rd, 2015 at 12:51 | #14

    I won’t stereotype an country if I were you. I’ve got many well educated friends and relatives in Australia. All countries are there same. Nobody’s perfect. There’s the excellent universities and the useless ones that look at money purely.

    If the rich pays for their children to go to a crappy university just for the sake of getting a degree, it is a good thing. This would mean the descendants of the rich will be useless and more capable people will be able to make money through them.

    Hiring the right local graduates sometimes is the rightful decision. Being educated locally, they have adopted to the harsh environment that they are less prioritised. Hence, they work harder and demand less. A foreign graduate would almost immediately ask for a higher pay at entry level as their education would have cost a bomb. Whether they are good or bad students’ they will think that coming back from abroad gives them entitlement to ask for more. The reality unfortunately employers hires not based on where you graduated from but a combination of many factors which a local graduate could gain as well.

    So the kangkung university as Clear Cut state may churn out better graduates than that of foreign universities. :)

  15. KK
    September 3rd, 2015 at 15:14 | #15

    Two universities are setting up at Batu Kawan. I think this is a right move to educate, equip and orientate our people to meet the demand of skill-workers in the future. Sufficient numbers of skill workers, neat infrastructures and effective authorities, this will attracts more MNC’s investments in Penang the nearly future. Ultimately, this is healthy for Penang Economy.

    In term of the KDU (or generally refer to private university) standard, its standard is excellent for me. Private universities ventured with foreign or local partner university to delivery syllabus of teaching. This allowed students to access adequate study materials and research papers. More freedoms learning environment has shaped self-reliant to students. English language in teaching helps student communicate better in the language.

    Whereas, local universities funded by government are surely as good as foreign university. In fact, according to survey, many local universities had scored into top 500, ignoring the mass of the list. In short, we are on the second place in Southeast Asia region behind Singapore, for tertiary education success. Lectures for local university are apparently more well-known and remarkable in their field of researches if compare with private university. Local University has also equipped with better research facilities and funding.

    Which alumni are the most welcome for an employer? As an employer, I personally prefer employee who can demonstrate pragmatic and hand-on approach on problems, adopt to company working culture, and bring value to the team.

    There is no reason for an employer to care about your results and your university “brand”.

    I sat both STPM and GCE A level examination myself back in early 1990’s. I think these two examinations are the same levels but only the language. I found STPM’s further mathematics and physic questions were tricky for me. Whereas, chemical in the GCE A Level was tough for me as I can recall.

  16. Clear Cut
    September 3rd, 2015 at 16:29 | #16


    The products from “kangkung” universities are widely noticeable in many work
    places. Do I need to say more ?

    Unless you are taking HSC in the 70s. You sat for GCE A level as you could not
    gain admission to those institutions.

  17. jame
    September 3rd, 2015 at 18:56 | #17

    no doubt local Uni have better facilities & funding from the Govt (tax payers’s money) … but, the teaching staff & admin are ‘kangkung’…

  18. KK
    September 3rd, 2015 at 18:57 | #18

    @Clear Cut

    I went to the NUS, I was too young for HRC :) .

    Could you clarify your views on these so called “Kangkung” universities?

    How these institutions had eventually frustrated and/or downhearted your good self?

  19. KK
    September 3rd, 2015 at 18:58 | #19

    Sorry HSC

  20. Clear Cut
    September 3rd, 2015 at 20:14 | #20


    Those received “kangkung” educations from kangkung universities that produce
    kangkung or half-past-six graduates.

  21. Sunny
    September 4th, 2015 at 10:46 | #21

    @Clear Cut

    Totally disagree with your statements.

    Seems like you get a very good education at a well known universities, but do you know that currently the graduates from universities abroad actually being offered the same salary and the same benefits with graduates from local universities. The most important thing is the graduate attitude towards their work. Local universities graduates wont loss to foreign universities graduate, many foreign country absorb graduates from our local universities. If our local U are so Kangkung like what you said then why MNC still absorb local graduates? Why Singapore will take our local graduates? Why our local graduates able to perform at international platform by winning all those international competition. Maybe you do not meet any good local graduates before but doesn’t mean that there are no good local graduates from what you called “kangkung” universities.

  22. Clear Cut
    September 4th, 2015 at 15:56 | #22


    You can disagree in whatever way but you can’t change the realities in “kangkung”
    universities. Only quantity and not quality that matters. The current educational
    systems need to be overhauled and it will take no less than 40 yrs. to compensate
    to get back to the desired level.

    It’s not a matter of 3 to 5 years as pointed out by the education minister.A big lie
    and the “kangkung” graduates will eventually believe it.

  23. fiona
    September 4th, 2015 at 17:17 | #23


    Aiyar, why you go and waste your time with this shallow minded Clear Cut. From the way he/she talks, you can tell straight away he’s the real kangkung.

  24. kent
    September 6th, 2015 at 10:25 | #24

    here is for you to discuss on potential or development with regards to the topic… u keep kangkung here and there for wat? dont tell me you have a big land in batu kawan to plant kangkung? else pls keep quiet if you got no constructive point to share….

    this world will not care bout which kangkung uni came from… the only thing has the final say is.. how much $$$ do you have? and how much asset you own??? in simple word.. are you rich? else.. better stay diam

  25. Chocolate
    September 6th, 2015 at 11:37 | #25

    Kent, I give u a “like”!

  26. Island
    September 6th, 2015 at 13:22 | #26


    That is why you are saying nothing worthwhile and you are the ONE to shut-up.


    Only a “like” ? This is nothing like children play!!!!

  27. Dester
    September 6th, 2015 at 16:23 | #27

    Why you guys discussing about the education system in Malaysia instead of the property?

  28. Jakky
    September 7th, 2015 at 17:26 | #28

    Looks like “Clear Cut” and “Island” is the same person.

    Anyway, the topic here is the developments and investments seen within Bandar Cassia. It is painting a promising future. May take some years but in this economic situation, it is better to invest in a “growing” development area than a “matured” development area.

  29. Clear Cut
    September 7th, 2015 at 19:36 | #29


    You are the real “kangkung”.

  30. kang kung
    September 7th, 2015 at 19:57 | #30

    Haha kang kung place=kang kung building= kang kung university= kang kung development

  31. jame
    September 13th, 2015 at 16:00 | #31

    Okay, no more kangkung discussion… at University is a good thing to start with.
    overall development in Batu Kawan is exciting… the real concern is will it materialize & sustainable and how many years to get there… some even claim that the developer will reserve a ‘green lung’ and transform it like Central Park (in New York)!

  32. kc
    October 12th, 2015 at 01:07 | #32

    this area for sure will be blooming, but giving the fact of economy situation, it will push out few quarters easily… no one dare to move too fast, just like IKEA…

  33. kc
    October 12th, 2015 at 01:11 | #33

    but one good thing is whoever got cash, it is good time for property investment before the bullish come

  34. Dan Y
    February 23rd, 2016 at 16:33 | #34

    To those who claimed kangkung, People have been queried about your education level or what you do for living. we are not here to judge KDU or what. You may address KDU as Kangkung after you are able to provide a better education than KDU for people. Maybe you had your own personal issues with kdu. who knows.

  35. KP
    April 5th, 2016 at 22:22 | #35

    I think this Clear Cut must be having a very bad experience in his own personal life….pity her/him…

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