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Limkokwing University London will commence classes for the first batch of 300 students on March 19, said its president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing.

He said about 100 of them would be final year Malaysian students from its Cyberjaya campus, while the rest would include those from China, India, Pakistan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Middle East.

Lim said he hoped to enroll about 300 Malaysian students by September and a total of 1,000 by end of this year.

“We will be quite happy if we can recruit 1,000 students every year,” he told Malaysian journalists after meeting Westminster Lord Mayor Alexander Nicoll on Wednesday.

Lim added that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been invited to open the campus in March.

Limkokwing London occupies an 18th century heritage building in the posh end of Piccadilly, not far from Oxford Street.

Lim said he was confident of the London campus’ success.

He said students pursing the business programme would also learn about Asian business culture and Asian languages.

On top of that, Limkokwing London students can opt to spend one semester in the Malaysian campus and another in the soon-to-be opened campus in Botswana, Africa.

Lim also said there would collaboration with leading Malaysian entrepreneurs in London. such as Laura Ashley and the Corus chain of hotels, to provide students with internships in fashion design and the hospitality industry.