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Project Highlight Bird’s eye view of UCTS. New college campus design in East Malaysia takes a ‘leaf’ out of nature University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) in Malaysia aims for green ratings while taking design inspiration from the forest canopy and fern leaves. The complexity of the configuration of the aluminium cladding is to create the organic shape of the rainforest canopy. 6 Building & Investment | UNIVERSITY COLLEGE of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) is the culmination of the state of Sarawak’s vision in establishing a world-class institution of higher learning to spearhead the development and production of technical human resource for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). UCTS is committed to facilitating student access to an affordable world-class university education that nurtures creative and entrepreneurial leaders through a broad education in science and technology. Located in the town of Sibu, Sarawak in East Malaysia, one of the main gateways into SCORE, UCTS’ campus, when completed, will be equipped with the latest state-of-theart facilities to facilitate teaching, learning and research activities necessary in the production of graduates required by the industries within SCORE. UCTS will collaborate with Universiti Kuala Lumpur, one of Malaysia’s leading technical university with over 18,000 students across the country, in areas like: automation & industrial maintenance; machine building & metal fabrication; product design & precision manufacturing; information technology; animation & multimedia; food technology, chemical & bioengineering; marine engineering; automobile engineering; aviation engineering; electrical, electronics & telecommunication; quality engineering & industrial logistics; medical & allied health sciences; business, entrepreneurship & Islamic finance; oil & gas; built environment; environmental design; civil engineering & construction management. The campus site which covers a total land area of approximately 96.98 acres is situated adjacent to the Old Sibu Airport Runway. It is in an elongated shape with an organic form. UCTS is envisaged to be the first university