Justice For All Malaysia

The State of Malaysian Unversities

Posted on: October 11, 2008

When VIP positions in Unversities are politically appointed disregarding professionalism as prioririty or appointed VIPs are disallowed from acting professionally…such will be the state of Universities in any nation…

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Kenyataan Media
10 Oktober 2008

Peningkatan kedudukan universiti lembab di bawah Barisan Nasional

Akhbar harian hari ini melaporkan 4 daripada 5 universiti di Malaysia telah memperbaiki kedudukan mereka didalam kedudukan universiti terbaik dunia.

Antaranya, dalam artikel The Star yang bertajuk, “Varsities improve on rankings” tulisan Chui Tuck Wo, dinyatakan bahawa Universiti Malaya (UM) mengekalkan kedudukan tertinggi mereka dikalangan universiti tempatan apabila berada di tangga 230 berbanding dengan ditangga ke 246 tahun lalu.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) pula berada di tangga ke 250 berbanding dengan ditangga ke 309 tahun lalu. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) dan Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) turut memperbaiki kedudukan mereka apabila berada di ranking ke 320 (dari 364) dan 356 (dari 415).

Sementara itu, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) yang terpilih sebagai universiti Apex baru-baru ini jatuh kedudukannya dari tangga ke 307 tahun lalu ke 313.

Walaupun empat daripada lima universiti tempatan berjaya meningkatkan prestasi mereka, ianya tidak membanggakan dan bermakna kerana tidak ada satu pun yang berjaya tersenarai sebagai 100 universiti terbaik dunia, sebaliknya masih dibawah tangga ke 200 universiti terbaik dunia.

Hakikatnya, universiti di Malaysia masih tertinggal jauh berbanding dengan universiti di negara-negara Asia yang lain. University of Tokyo berada di tangga ke 19, Kyoto University berada di tangga ke 25, University of Hong Kong pula mendapat tempat ke 26, sementara National University of Singapore (NUS) berada di tangga ke 30.

Ironisnya USM yang terpilih untuk menyertai Program Pemacuan Untuk Kecemerlangan atau Apex yang seharusnya berada di tangga ke 50 universiti dunia pada tahun 2020 jatuh kedudukannya sebanyak 6 tangga.

Penyertaan USM dalam program Apex yang sepatutnya menunjukkan kemajuan sebaliknya memperlihatkan kemerosotan bukan sahaja menjatuhkan imej negara di mata dunia tetapi menjejaskan keyakinan masyarakat tempatan dan antarabangsa terhadap mutu pendidikan negara kita.

Kami tidak terkejut dengan peningkatan kedudukan universiti tempatan yang lembab didalam kedudukan universiti terbaik dunia memandang Barisan Nasional masih mentadbir urus negara ini dalam keadaan yang berkecelaru, penuh dengan kepincangan dan mengekalkan sekatan Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti.

Perubahan yang serta merta dalam semua aspek masyarakat dan dasar negara khususnya pendidikan yang merupakan asas pembangunan negara adalah perlu sebelum terlambat. (tamat)

SHAMSUL ISKANDAR
Ketua Angkatan Muda Parti Keadilan Rakyat

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berita berkenaan dari The Sun, 10 Oktober 2008:

UM’s ranking up
KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya’s (UM) ranking
improved to 230th position in this year’s The Times
Higher Education (THE)-Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)
World University Ranking, from 246th place previously.
Its Acting Vice-Chancellor Datuk Dr Muhamad Rasat
Muhamad said the position showed that UM’s strategic
plan which was implemented two years ago under the
leadership of Vice-Chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim and
the excellent support of the staff was bearing fruit,
Bernama reports.
Meanwhile, Karen Arukesamy reports that the
United States’ Harvard University remains the number
one in the world followed by Yale University, topping
United Kingdom’s Cambridge and Oxford.
No Malaysian university made it into the THE-QS
2008 world top 200 universities list which was released
yesterday. Rankings beyond 200 will only be released
on Monday.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), which was named
Apex University recently, was in the 307th position last
year, falling from 277 in 2006, while Universiti Kebangsaan
Malaysia (UKM) was at at 309, falling from 185 in
2006. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) which was at 292
in 2006 fell to 364 last year.
Japan’s University of Tokyo is still the highest Asian
university, at number 19 in the list (17 in 2006), while
Kyoto University maintained its position at 25.
The National University of Singapore is at 30th place
this year, climbing from 33rd last year.
The THE-QS World University Rankings were created
to present a multi-faceted view of the strengths of the
world’s leading universities.
The overall rankings are compiled based on six distinct
indicators: Academic (40% weightage), Employer
(10%), Faculty (20%), Citations per faculty (20%), International
Faculty (5%) and International Students (5%).

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Siphoning EPF money

On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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