Malaysian university buys Trent Park campus

By Jim Dunton - Fri 30 August 2013, 4:27 pm

Middlesex University's former Trent Park campus has been bought for almost £30 million by Malaysia's Allianze University College of Medical Sciences.

The 21 hectare campus, situated in Enfield’s green belt between Oakwood and Cockfosters, was vacated by Middlesex last year when its Hendon campus was completed.

Allianze said it planned to bring in teachers and students from Malaysia to further their studies in mathematics and science and would spend another £10-20 million renovating the campus’ nine buildings, which include student dormitories, dining halls, lecture rooms and an indoor gym.

Its first 300 students are expected to arrive in October.

Allianze said that while the campus’ existing teaching facilities could accommodate a maximum of 3,000 students, it expected only 500 would live on site when some of the existing buildings had been converted to provide additional living space.

University founder and president Datuk Dr Zainuddin Wazir said Allianze was currently in the process of getting the necessary academic approvals from UK authorities and would offer courses including bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery, bachelor of science, and bachelor of Islamic finance.

“The programmes reflect the aim of the university to be internationally known as well as to portray London as a capital city for finance and education,” he said.

“We plan to introduce these courses by 2014."