Malaysian Universities: Still NOT highly ranked..

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Education in Malaysia: Not up to standard

NUS, my first university, is ranked 1st in Asia! 25th in the world!

IF COWS COULD FLY AND ROCKS SWIM!

Idris Jusoh: Public universities in the country can be among the world’s best in future on par with Oxford University. 

4 December 2017

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Our future gens have been destroyed by the failed education policies and systems. See for yourself.
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17 Oct 2016

How to be world class universities with such outdated, harsh & discriminatory policies?

 

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TangkapMO1’s Anis faces censure for ‘smearing UM’

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Tangkap Malaysian Official 1 (TangkapMO1) rally organiser Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof has been issued with a show-cause letter for allegedly smearing Universiti Malaya’s name.

“Finally, a love letter from UM. I love UM,” the undergraduate wrote on Facebook.

UM vice-chancellor of student affairs Rohana Yusof said Anis Syafiqah “damaged or undermined university interests, good name and harmony” by organising the rally against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 27.

The undergraduate must reply to the show cause letter, dated Oct 12, seven days after receipt.

Failure to reply could lead disciplinary action, Rohana said in the letter.

Anis Syafiqah and her team of student organisers led about 1,500 people to march to Dataran Merdeka, where an effigy of Najib was forced behind bars.

The students said they will follow up the rally with a nationwide roadshow.

The rally was to call for the arrest of Najib following the United States Department of Justice in a court filing said ‘Malaysian Official 1’ received US$731 million which originated from 1MDB.

It did not identify ‘Malaysian Official 1’ by name but described the individual as a high ranking Malaysian official who is related to Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz.

5 November 2015

Idris Jusoh: By 2025
1 Malaysian university in the Top 25 in Asia
2 Malaysian universities in the Top 100 
4 Malaysian universities in the Top 200

Star

Thursday November 5, 2015 MYT 8:23:41 PM

Idris Jusoh: Uni rankings to be raised within two years

KUALA LUMPUR: The goal of raising the rankings of premier Malaysian universities to be among the world’s top is achievable in the next two years.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said recent efforts to do so had resulted in positive results.

“Universiti Malaya has broken the 150 barrier set for the world’s best universities for the first time, from 151 to 146, based on the QS World University Rankings,” he said when replying to Datuk Mohd Zaim Abu Hasan (BN-Parit) at the Dewan Rakyat today.

He also said Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia had improved on their rankings from 309 to 289 and 370 to 331 respectively.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/11/05/uni-rankings-next-two-years/

15 September 2015

Malay Mail Online

UM breaks into QS top-150 amid mixed results for Malaysian varsities

UM breaks into QS top-150 amid mixed results for Malaysian varsities

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 — Universiti Malaya (UM) broke past the top-150 barrier in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2015 to 2016, as local universities registered mixed results in the annual evaluation of varsities around the globe.

UM went up five spots to sit in 146th place this year as it remained Malaysia’s top public university, bettering its 2014 rank of 151.

The closest Malaysian university on the ranking was Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), which jumped up 20 places to make it among the top-300 in 289th place.

Also enjoying an improvement to their standings was Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), which recorded the biggest leap up 45 places to finish in 331st place while Universiti Utara Malaysia made its debut on the annual rankings, bringing up the tally of Malaysian varsities on the QS list to eight.

Malaysian universities that faltered include Universiti Teknologi Malaysia(303th) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (312th), both of which fell out of the top-300.

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UITM) also failed to better rankings and have landed in the 551-600 and 701+ bracket.

QS said Malaysian universities in the top 400 gained ground in the research indicator principally because of a new method applied to its assessment, whilst they have consistently lost ground in the academic reputation indicator and in the employer reputation indicator.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/um-breaks-into-qs-top-150-amid-mixed-results-for-malaysian-varsities?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#sthash.bLJ8eu3v.dpuf

Malay Mail Online

Local university courses among world’s best, Idris Jusoh says

NIBONG TEBAL, April 19 — Public universities in the country can be among the world’s best in future on par with Oxford University.

Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said it was not impossible to attain given that public universities’ performance was increasingly able to attract students from around the world to pursue knowledge in the country.

“It cannot be denied that engineering courses offered in public institutions of higher learning are among the best in the world so much so that Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP) has also become the choice of foreign students,” he said at the 2014 Outstanding Students’ Award ceremony at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Engineering campus, Nibong Tebal here tonight.

He said so far 135,000 foreign students had registered at local universities, which was a figure to be proud of.

In his speech, Idris said besides engineering courses, pharmacy science studies offered in USM was also among the best 100 in the world.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/local-university-courses-among-worlds-best-idris-jusoh-says#sthash.fJ9UHNqe.dpuf

MALAYSIAN UNIVERSITIES FAIL!

Malaysia failed to get on the list of the prestigious THE rankings now into its second year.

In the first rankings list in 2012, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) was ranked 98th.

The bad showing comes hot on the heels of Putrajaya’s claim that Malaysia has one of the best education systems in the world – better than United States, Britain and Germany.

REMEMBER THE STORY OF THE FOX WHO COULDN’T GET THE GRAPES?

THAT HAS BECOME ENGRAVED IN THE SAYING, “SOUR GRAPES!” “SOUR GRAPES!”

That sums up the reaction of this Minister. Malaysian universities are not up to standard. That’s the truth! The excuse he gives is, “Rankings are really not important.”

Malaysian Insider

Global rankings aren’t everything, says education minister

BY HASBULLAH AWANG CHIK May 06, 2014 Latest Update: May 06, 2014 03:35 pm

The decline in global rankings of Malaysia’s public universities does not reflect the overall situation for local tertiary education, said Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, adding that emphasis should be placed on the entire learning process rather than rankings alone.

The Second Education Minister said this in response to the failure of local public universities to make the list in the annual Times Higher Education (THE) Top 100 Universities under 50 years old.

“Rankings don’t mean everything, although we can improve (our performance). We must be realistic when aiming for a position. “If we are too focused on climbing the ranks, we may neglect the teaching and studying process,” Idris told a press conference at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang today.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysian-varsities-decline-in-global-rankings-doesnt-mean-everything-says

AT LAST, MALAYSIAN UNIVERSITIES MAKE IT TO THE TOP 100! IN FACT, TWO DID. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) took the 77th spot while Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) was in the 95th place.

HOWEVER, THIS IS ONLY THE TOP 100 OF EMERGING ECONOMIES, a subsidiary list. Well, like they say, in the Top 100 of something is better than in the bottom 100

Malaysian Insider

Two Malaysian varsities make it to list of top 100 universities in emerging economies

BY TRINNA LEONG

December 05, 2013

Two Malaysian universities have made it to the list of top 100 universities in emerging economies, the Times Higher Education revealed today.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) took the 77th spot while Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) was in the 95th place.

The list, which polled universities from 22 emerging economies, used the same performance indicators as the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. It is the first list of its kind to compare university performance among nations that also included the five major emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the so-called BRICS.

Taiwan, a small island nation, has 21 institutions ranked in the top 100 while India had 10. Even Turkey fared better than Malaysia with seven universities in the top 100. The round-up for the top 10 institutions saw five countries represented, namely, China, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and Russia.

Two Malaysian varsities make it to list of top 100 universities in emerging economies

Malaysiakini

Meritocracy key to bridging NUS-UM gap, says Karpal

Malaysian universities will not be able to catch up with its Singaporean counterparts as long as it does not practice meritocracy, said DAP chairperson Karpal Singh.

“If that is not lacking (meritocracy), then I think the other things will fall in place. We must strive for meritocracy, competition and so many things,” he said.

Karpal himself had graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) law school, class of 1967/68, about five years after it broke off from being a Universiti Malaya (UM) campus to become its own university.

Karpal also told Malaysiakini that the key to the performance of Singaporean universities is that they have better facilities than Malaysian universities, and have the ability to attract quality teaching staff. “And to top it off, (its classes) are in English. The English language is the international language and I think that is one of the reasons why NUS is one of the best in the world,” he said.

Meritocracy key to bridging NUS-UM gap, says Karpal

Malaysia Chronicle

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 22:42

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has emerged as the top university in Asia in the 2013/2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The University was placed 24th in the rankings, moving up a spot from its 25th placing last year.

The QS World University Rankings evaluates over 800 universities in the world based on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty student ratio, and proportions of international students and international faculty. NUS has been placed 9th in the world for academic reputation, and 16th for employer reputation.

The University improved significantly in the number of research papers published and citations generated. Its faculty areas were placed as follows: Arts & Humanities (17), Engineering & Technology (7), Life Sciences & Medicine (27), Natural Sciences (11) and Social Sciences & Management (9).

NUS President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “We are pleased that the latest QS World University Rankings has placed NUS as first in Asia and 24th in the world. This is a reflection of our country’s strong support for higher education and the ethos of continually seeking excellence, and hence is a very positive development for the whole of Singapore.

EdvantageFull article: http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=159261:national-university-of-singapore-ranked-no-1-asian-university&Itemid=2#ixzz2eVD2eF00 Follow us: @MsiaChronicle on Twitter

Rafizi, who himself had stellar academic performance in the past, also revealed that he would be visiting NUS in November to learn about how the university maintains its standards. Malaysiakini

‘When will UM be on par with its Singaporean twin?’
4:27PM Sep 10, 2013

They were twins, who later became separated. And while one has gone on to become an academic superstar, the other is in the doldrums. The situation has saddened PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli, who is demanding for answers. He was responding to Quacquarelli Symonds’ world university rankings, which recognised the National University of Singapore (NUS) as Asia’s best university. … “A lot of people don’t know that NUS has the same roots as UM because both were established as University of Malaya in Singapore following the recommendations by the Carr-Saunders Commission. “In 1959, University of Malaya had two campuses – the original campus in Singapore and a new campus in Kuala Lumpur. By 1962, the campuses were made independent of each other, becoming UM in Kuala Lumpur and NUS in Singapore. “After 50 years, even though they came from the same root, UM is not ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, while NUS had gone on to become Asia’s best. “This is a reality which must be faced openly without political or racial prejudice because education standards and the ranking of public universities influence our standards of life and the nation’s competitiveness,” he said. … In view of this, Rafizi mooted that the first thing the authorities should do was to restore academic freedom in all public universities and providing the university senate autonomy. ‘When will UM be on par with its Singaporean twin?’ — Malaysiakini video Malaysian unis drop in world rankings http://youtu.be/0t0E6hjC3lc … Malaysiakini

All but one tumble in university rankings
8:01AM Sep 10, 2013

All local universities featured in the World University Rankings 2013/2014 have performed worse than last year except for Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). The Johor-based UTM improved marginally, climbing three places to 355 in the ranking of 800 universities around the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The annual survey is considered one of the most trusted university rankings in the world. UTM’s position is jointly shared by Penang-based Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), which fell 29 places from its 326th ranking last year. Malaysia’s best hope to reclaim a spot in the top 100 universities was also dashed as Universiti Malaya (UM) continued to decline, falling 11 places to 167. The other four institutions which also tumbled were Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). abc Currently, there is still no Asian institution in the top 20. National University of Singapore (24th) overtook University of Hong Kong (26th) to rank highest in Asia. abc All but one tumble in university rankingsIs there a real chance for fulfilment, or is it just wishful thinking? 29 August 2012 | last updated at 09:14AM

Universiti Malaya’s road map to excellence

By NURADILLA NOORAZAM | nuradilla@nst.com.my 0 comments

MEGA PROJECTS: UM poised to be one of the world’s top universities

GHAUTH JASMON

KUALA LUMPUR: UNIVERSITI Malaya, the country’s oldest higher institution of learning, has embarked on the road to “recovery”, with massive projects under way that will generate more than 30,000 jobs in the next five years. A shopping mall on its campus, new private university and expansion of its specialist centre, UM Specialist Centre (UMSC), planned eight months after it was awarded autonomy by the Higher Education Ministry, will boost its standing in the world university ranking. Vice-chancellor Professor Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon said apart from attracting quality students from all over the world, the mega projects would ensure that UM emerged as one of the world’s top universities. Last year, UM, which had participated in the QS World University Ranking by the Quacquarelli Systems since four years ago, was at the 167th spot. Ghauth said its private university, now at the final stage of completion, would open its door to local and foreign students by early next year. Although Ghauth declined to furnish details about the projects, he said an official announcement would be made in a month’s time. “Our most anticipated project this year is the expansion of UMSC, which will be equipped with more medical facilities, purchase of state-ofthe- art research equipment and the creation of a commercial hub for medical companies to operate.

Read more: Universiti Malaya’s road map to excellence – Top News – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/top-news/universiti-malaya-s-road-map-to-excellence-1.130774#ixzz252aU6RUN ____________________________________________________________ A senior FoM member who spoke on condition of anonymity, told theSun that the VC’s directive had been deferred in light of the meeting on Monday. Sundaily

UM talent drain averted

Posted on 14 August 2012 – 08:55pm Last updated on 15 August 2012 – 08:53am

PETALING JAYA (Aug 14, 2012): A drain of academicians from Universiti Malaya’s (UM) renowned Faculty of Medicine (FoM) has been averted with the resolution of a contentious issue between its medical centre and the faculty. It is understood that UM finally resolved a “double governance” issue which has been brewing over the last year following a meeting called by vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon on Monday. Academicians from FoM had earlier warned of the possible “departure of talented members” in protest over a decision by Ghauth to place the faculty under the governance of the medical centre’s director. Ghauth had on July 31 issued a circular directing that from Aug 1, all faculty members who provide clinical services at the medical centre be placed under the management of University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). The decision to create a separate governance system under the UMMC director was ostensibly to ensure that clinical services would run smoothly in line with efforts to obtain Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) accreditation for the centre. In a strongly worded letter to Ghauth on Aug 9, the faculty members had voiced their extreme unhappiness and disappointment over the directive. They said their core responsibilities as members of the faculty are teaching, clinical services and research, and the medical centre had been set up to be a teaching hospital and to reaffirm these responsibilities. As such, they pointed out that a double governance system (UM and UMMC) was unacceptable as it would, among others, lead to duplication of processes, lack of accountability, blurring of pathways, and would be a waste of limited money and resources. “The ensuing chaos and fragmentation will lead to further disillusionment. The morale among staff members is already low to which this may be the tipping point that will result in the departure of many talented members,” they claimed. They added that over the past year, the issue had created much discontentment among the FoM members who felt they were not being consulted in decisions that jeopardise their effectiveness as academic clinicians. For more, read: UM talent drain averted ———————————————————————————————————– Facebook

This is what happened in University Malaya, one of the top universities, top medical school of Malaysia. Take your time to read it, and if you agree this nonsense should put be end, share this.

An Open Letter to Professor Junedah Sanusi, Principal of 6th Residential College, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Prof June: It is with a heavy heart that I write this open letter to you…

An Open Letter to Professor Junedah

by Timothy Cheng on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 12:16pm ·
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An Open Letter to Professor Junedah Sanusi, Principal of 6th Residential College, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur Prof June: It is with a heavy heart that I write this open letter to you. I have exhausted all other means of communication with you, from face-to-face conversation, to letters to the media and hence have resorted to writing this open letter. Having completed my studies here in UM, I have nothing to gain by sticking my nose into these issues. This is written for the sake of the students, the name of the college and the maruah of the university. The past In the month of July 2007, I stepped into 6th Residential College with a heart filled with excitement and awe as I began life as a medical student. I was inspired by the orientation facilitators and seniors in college and soon made the college my second home. Our batch (MBBS 2007/2012) were keen in helping and organizing college events. During my second year, Satpal and Simon (both my coursemates) organized Expo Ibnu Sina and the Creative Arts Week, probably two of the biggest events the college has in the last five years. I vividly remember staying up till 5am on one of the mornings in preparation for the expo. We were enthusiastic and excited about student activities simply because it was fun to do so. It was through the organization of these activities that we learnt leadership and management skills. Conflicts and disagreements taught us the importance of teamwork and accountability. After moving to Klang hostel for a year, we came back to 6th college for our final two years of study. I was elected as student committee member (JTK – Jawatankuasa Tindakan Kolej) of the faculty together with a few other coursemates. Being the keen students that we were, we wanted our year’s committee to be different. We wanted the JTK to be seen as a group of students that the residents could respect and look up to, to be role models for them. My first contact with you left me with the impression that you were very open to students’ suggestions and ideas. You were very encouraging with informal events in the college or any other ideas that the JTK brought up. Rules However this was short lived as you started implementing new rules without the knowledge of the JTK. The shorts ruling, for instance was put into place without any discussion with us. Shorts or skirts were required to cover the entire knee cap and exposing half a knee cap was also considered an offence. On one recent occasion, you spotted a girl wearing shorts and called her “naked”. Students leaving the college in above-knee shorts were told to wrap their legs with “kain” and remove the “kain” after leaving the compound of the college. What kind of mindset are we creating by enforcing such rules? The annual dinner of the college was around the corner when students were been told to adhere to the dress code of “no cleavage, no back, no shoulders and no knees visible”. Failure to do so would result in “action being taken” and expulsion if deemed necessary. Does that mean that sleeveless dresses are inappropriate at a hotel dinner? The dress code issue was obviously not a problem for the Muslim students (although they do not necessarily agree with it). However it has been a cause of disharmony and racial tension as the non-Muslim residents subconsciously feel that the administration is favouring the Muslim students in this area, although the reason given is “for formality and to be proper”. In the words of a senior UM administration official, “We are now creating future citizens that are more concerned about form over substance”. Besides that, spot checks were done before proper guidelines were set up. The administration confiscated items that were not on the prohibited items list in the rulebook and meted out fines as they wished. One particular room was said to have been “messy” and the owner fined RM50. This is absurd and I believe that residents have the responsibility to leave the room clean and tidy after checking out of college, and that they should not be punished for how they arrange their belongings in the room during their stay there. There was an incident where a student accidentally dropped a piece of paper containing his name and telephone number. You called him up and reprimanded him, summoning him to your office. He was found to be guilty of littering and fined RM50 and only reduced to RM20 after pleading with you. To punish someone for one piece of paper with the person’s name is really ridiculous. Some residents were alleged to have been smoking in the rooms and were caught. Without a first warning, you expelled them from the college, although the rule book at that time only indicated a monetary fine. I am not condoning smoking, but rational use of authority and power. A female resident was moving belongings into her room and solicited the help of a male friend. She too was caught and expelled from the college without a warning. Her parents drove down from another state but you refused to meet them, saying that the case had already been settled. Besides the rules, the admin-resident communication fell apart. Residents became wary of anyone of the administration. Speculations of misuse of college funds were rife among the students. One student lost about RM4000 worth of belongings from her room but did not bother to report to the office. Her words were, “Prof June wouldn’t care”. The dialogue A dialogue was held in October 2011, attended by yourself, Prof Rohana (Deputy Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Alumni) and Prof Hamimah (Undergraduate Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine). About 400 students turned up, a significant number for our college. We were thrilled to finally get a chance to air our views. Many issues were brought up and I personally presented an online survey regarding student welfare, college administration and so on, which had responses from nearly 400 residents. From the time of the dialogue till the dissolution of the JTK, there was no effort taken to meet with the JTK regarding the issues or the result of the survey. I have attached the survey to this letter. Banner A few weeks ago, a banner was found to be hanging in the dining hall with the words “Time to go, Prof June” written on it. A JTK member currently staying in college snapped a picture and posted it on facebook. After some investigations, his room and some others were ransacked without reason. No justification was given to them and their belongings were turned upside down. Another JTK member also had his phone taken from him to look through the contents of his phone, which is a direct invasion of someone’s privacy. The explanation given to him was that living in college means that you don’t have much privacy. Does that mean that the administration can, at any time, look through personal belongings of students without prior justification? Wardens Over the span of the last two years, a total of ten wardens have left and have been replaced by new ones. That is an extremely high turnover rate. I am not at liberty to quote names, but many of them have left because of differences with you and the inability to work together. On more than one occasion, wardens were terminated and asked to leave without being given a grace period. One of them even had no choice but to sleep in the department for two weeks while arranging accommodation elsewhere. This is highly inappropriate and unprofessional. Those that are currently in place are all new and inexperienced in the affairs and the running of a residential college. This lack of experienced wardens has also contributed to the current state of affairs in the college. Klang hostel accommodation The hostel in Klang was built for the MBBS phase IIIa students. However, you have recently implemented a new ruling that selects the students based on their participation in college activities. Those that do not obtain a place are then required to appeal and attend an interview to give reasons as to why they deserve a place. This is very unsafe for students that end up staying outside the hospital grounds. There is no reason why students need to appeal for a place in a hostel that was built specifically for them. One of your reasons for the appeals was to “train residents to write convincing appeal letters”. This is a ludicrous reason and does not justify such measures. Accommodation for clinical year students Rumours have it that not all clinical year students (post Klang) have a place in college. The same system of application may be put into place. The sign outside the college proudly reads “clinical students hostel”. Clinical students ever since the 1970s (maybe earlier) have been living there. It is imperative that all clinical year students be placed in 6th college, without the need for appeals and unnecessary paperwork. JTK During my term as a JTK member, distrust was bred between the JTK and the students as the JTK were powerless to do anything, despite being the students’ voice. We, the JTK became mere messengers and lost our function as the voice of the students. We became a barrier to the field of questions directed at you. There was no proper handover from the previous to the current JTK. The lack of transition is extremely unhealthy for any organization, whether corporate or student. The current JTK have been handpicked by you without prior discussions with the previous JTK. We were final year students, and would have been able to give valuable input into the selection of the new JTK, ensuring that mature and capable students were elected. But you chose not to take our views into consideration. Empowerment and ethos University rankings are important and to a certain extent, reflect the quality of the institution. However, a holistic tertiary education is so much more than just research papers, peer reviews and figures on a graph. Students have come to the university not only to graduate with a degree, but also to gain the leadership and interpersonal skills necessary for the working world, to be encouraged and empowered, not be put down, disenfranchised and ordered around. There is a great urgency and need to reinstate the students, to actively involve us in the running of the university, and instill a true sense of ownership of the academic institution that we are in. The Student Empowerment and Research Unit (SERU) was established for that very purpose. Your style of leadership over 6th residential college has done the complete opposite. Over the last two years, you used the UM statute saying that the principal has the authority to implement any ruling, whether verbal or written, at any time. You used expulsion as a threat towards any resident that dared to break the rule. During JTK meetings, you made it clear that you had the last say in all matters and that discussion was futile. Multiple emails were written to you personally over many issues but were met by silence. The ethos of the college has been turned into a place where students are governed by rules and fines. As the principal, you are meant to be someone who is respected and looked up to, but have become someone that people shy away from. The 6th college that I remember from my early years in UM is but a memory. The comments about 6th college on facebook are often laced with vulgarities and foul language. This is very saddening, for one who has fond memories of the college. Transformation The administration needs to undergo transformation. We need to bring transparency back into the administration of the college. Explain and clarify all important decisions made by the college to the residents. The previous JTK should always be consulted in the selection of new JTK members. After all, we know our own peers way better than the administration do. The JTK should also be consulted in all important decision making processes, not told what to do after decisions have been made. I believe that the leadership of the college needs to undergo a transformation too. With all due respect, I urge you to actively change your style of administration, or step down as principal of the college. You may decline and choose to maintain status quo. But be mindful that this will only result in the propagation of negativity among students, further suppression of student empowerment and eventual decline of the maruah of the nation’s premier university. Towards true student empowerment, JTK 2011/2012 Ismail bin Saudi (former president) Satpal Singh Charl (former vice president 1) Natasha Mohd Noh (former vice president 2) Committee members: Archana Subramaniam Benedict Francis Muhammad Danial Mohd Dzulhelmi Farid Hakim Saibun Cheng Wern Loong Tobias Javan Yangus Timothy Cheng Survey: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?ic8e9xrcowq14or

____________________________________________________________ QS Asian University Rankings Private universities: Multimedia University (MMU) is ranked in the 191-200 band. Universiti Teknologi Petronas                               201-250 Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia                 251-300 Lim Kok Wing University                                       251-300 Universiti Tenaga Nasional                                    251-300 Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman                          251-300 Star

Friday June 1, 2012 MYT 3:48:00 PM

MMU remains top private university in Malaysia

CYBERJAYA: Multimedia University (MMU) is still the top private university in Malaysia, according to the QS Asian University Rankings 2012. The annual ranking, which is conducted by QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd., currently places MMU in its 191-200 band, suggesting a tie. The ordering of the ranking seems to indicate that MMU is currently ranked 194 in all of Asia. This rank is an improvement over last year’s standing, where MMU ranked 201+. MMU’s current ranking places it as the seventh-best overall university in Malaysia. MMU remains top private university in Malaysia

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QS Asian University Rankings 2011

The rankings were based on the following factors: academic peer review (30 per cent), recruiter review (10 per cent), student/ faculty ratio (20 per cent), papers per faculty (15 per cent), citations per paper (15 per cent), and 2.5 per cent each for international faculty review, international student review, and inbound and outbound student exchanges. http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/asian-university-rankings/2011 ____________________________________________________________ Malaysian Insider

UM improves varsity ranking, 35th in Asia

By Ida Lim
May 30, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 — Universiti Malaya (UM) retained its top spot among the country’s higher learning institutes on the QS Asian University Rankings this year, cinching 35th position out of 500 surveyed. The country’s premier university went up three spots last year from 42nd place in 2010. However, more than half of the 15 Malaysian universities surveyed saw a fall in their ranking this year, with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), the second-best local institution, sliding five spots to place 58 this year. “Malaysia’s leading institution Universiti Malaya moves up four places to 35, though overall the nation’s results are more mixed, with nine out of 15 Malaysian universities dropping back compared to 2011,” Danny Byrne, the editor of TopUniversities.com wrote. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), which scored 54th spot last year disappeared from the top 300, and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) also dropped from 57th place to 76th this year. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), another local university in the top 100, rose from 76th place to 74th this year. Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) continues to be number one in Asia after first knocking off the University of Hong Kong from the top perch last year. This year, the National University of Singapore (NUS) climbed up one spot to place second, at the expense of the University of Hong Kong.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 30 — Universiti Malaya (UM) retained its top spot among the country’s higher learning institutes on the QS Asian University Rankings this year …

www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/umimproves… – Cached ————————————————————————————————————- Malay Mail

UM was never good’

Vice-chancellor Tan Sri Prof Ghauth Jasmon bares all on what ails the nation’s premier university following World Bank report on dropping standards; but says steps in place to address shortfalls
Monday, January 30, 2012 – 12:59
GHAUTH: I’m the only (Malaysian) vice-chancellor who talks about world rankings

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) is overrated. This is the damning verdict if none other than its vice-chancellor Tan Sri Prof Dr Ghauth Jasmon. He said the country’s oldest institution of higher learning “has never been good”, explaining that UM’s reputation has always been the product of public perception. He feared continued emphasis on quota policies, the lack of research and large numbers of academic staff who failed their doctorates would further contribute to the decline. His comments were sparked by a World Bank 2011 report that cited some of these factors for UM’s decline. However, Ghauth has embarked on the road towards UM’s “rehabilitation” during his last tenure as VC. The autonomy status awarded to UM last week, will also go a long way in addressing mediocrity which the university has been wallowing in all this while. “If you ask me why UM was very good back then and what went right, I tell you it was nothing. “It is difficult to compare between now and then but definitely when you talk about research productivity, there was nothing except in 2007 when the number of publications began to rise,” he said in an interview with The Malay Mail before Thursday’s announcement that UM was among five universities awarded autonomy. He said UM had always been a step behind the National University of Singapore (NUS), where the latter began focusing on research publication in 1980.

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) is overrated. … went right, I tell you it was nothing. … said the difference under the university’s first local vice-chancellor

www.mmail.com.my/story/um-was-never-good – Cached ————————————————————————————————————-

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