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Old June 30th, 2017, 02:14 AM   #1761
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Malaysia and Iran to enhance education ties
By Bernama - July 11, 2017 @ 4:28pm



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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Iran are working together to enhance cooperation in the education sector by introducing various programmes to attract and encourage more students to pursue higher education in both countries.

Iran’s Ambassador to Malaysia Marzieh Afkham said it included courses offered in universities and for professor exchange programmes which could benefit the students.

Currently, there are less than 4,000 Iranian students pursuing their tertiary studies at various universities in Malaysia. Many Iranian researchers are also based in your universities, at the same time, we offer Persian language course at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

“Malaysians opt to study in Iran because our universities’ ranking is getting better, ” she said.

Marzieh was speaking to reporters after launching the translated version of one of the well-known Persian classics entitled ‘Rose Garden’, to ‘Taman Mawar’ in Malay, which was written by famous Persian poet Abu-Muhammad Muslih al-Din Abdallah Shirazi, better known as Saadi Shirazi at the National Library (PNM), here today.

A great Iranian poet during the medieval period, Saadi Shirazi was born in 1210 in Shiraz.

PNM collaborated with the Cultural Centre of Islamic Republic of Iran through the Iranian embassy here to introduce the great works of Iran.

The embassy contributed 500 copies of ‘Taman Mawar’ to PNM, which will be distributed to libraries in Malaysia while the public can purchase it in book stores nationwide soon.

Meanwhile PNM director-general Datuk Nafisah Ahmad said there are about 622 items related to Iran in the library’s collection comprising books, serials, journal articles, video and maps.

“These items have been acquired through purchases and gift exchange programmes with the National Library of Iran and other agencies,” she said.

She also welcomed embassies and High Commissions in Malaysia to work together to disseminate information on their respective countries through various activities such as art exhibition, cultural events, book launch and professional talks. - Bernama
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Malaysia is strengthening its position as a destination for international students, having recently inked bilateral deals related to tertiary-level education with partners in Turkey and Senegal.

The most recent of these moves took place in May, when Malaysia’s Al Bukhary International University and Turkey’s Ibn Haldun University signed an agreement to work on a collaborative education programme.

Set to begin in September, the arrangement will see greater academic cooperation between the two countries, with the goal of fostering cultural as well as educational links.

This followed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) undertaken between Malaysia and Senegal in March. On top of offering 10 scholarships for Senegalese students to study in Malaysia, the MoU aims to increase the number of student and lecturer exchange programmes between the two nations.

Both agreements should help to enhance student mobility, particularly in an environment when students are choosing less traditional destinations to obtain their education. This trend was highlighted by Idris bin Jusoh, minister of education, in an opinion piece published by local media in May.

“Various factors around the world today, including a challenging global economy and changes in geopolitical trends in the US and Europe, mean that international students are looking to pursue higher education outside of traditional destinations, such as the US, the UK and Australia,” he wrote.

High-class appeal

One development playing a key role in bolstering Malaysia’s higher education offerings is EduCity. A fully integrated education centre that stretches over 123 ha, EduCity hosts several private universities and branch campuses.

The University of Reading is the most recent international addition to the EduCity hub, opening in March 2016. Enrolment at the branch campus is forecast to reach 2500 by 2024, with the UK-based university joining Malaysian branches of the UK’s Newcastle University and University of Southampton, as well as the Netherlands’ Maritime Institute of Technology.

A new addition is also expected in September, when the Management Development Institute of Singapore is scheduled to move from its current location in the city centre of Johor Bahru to a new EduCity campus currently being constructed.

The influx of foreign universities aligns well with Malaysia’s aim to take advantage of growing globalisation in the job market, as skills learned in one country become marketable in many, according to Joanne Oei, managing director of EduCity.

“It is important to understand that the job market and labour are becoming increasingly mobile and global,” she told OBG. “EduCity should prepare students to enter today’s global market.”

Education windfall

Attracting foreign students is a key goal in the National Education Blueprint for Higher Education 2015 to 2025, which sets the target of hosting 200,000 by 2020 and 250,000 by 2025.

Malaysia is well on its way to achieving the mid-term goal, with foreign enrolment at just under 173,000 at the start of this year, according to the Ministry of Higher Education.

Hitting its 2025 target could generate significant revenue: the Ministry of Education estimates that foreign students bring in RM5.9 billion (US$1.4 billion) each year, a figure that it says could more than double by 2020 as student numbers climb towards the 250,000-mark.

Malaysia’s recent focus on improving higher education services has yielded some international recognition, with Kuala Lumpur ranked 41st globally and eighth in Asia in the 2017 QS Best Student Cities Index. The 2017 result, a jump of 12 places on the last year, was based on the capital city’s affordability, quality of education and multicultural appeal.

Kuala Lumpur came in first on the affordability ranking due to its low cost of living and tuition fees, which averaged US$2,900 a year, much lower than in other prominent educational centres such as London (US$21,400), Sydney (US$23,000) and Boston (US$46,800).

While the city ranked lower on other indicators such as desirability (74th) and employer activity (59th), high levels of investment could spur improvement in these weaker facets of the country’s tertiary-level offerings.

“Malaysia devotes a higher proportion of the national budget to education than many countries, and establishing itself as an international destination for university education is part of the economic plan,” Downes told OBG.
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PUTRAJAYA, July 19 (Bernama) -- A university college is to be established in Malaysia with courses dedicated to design-thinking focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said the setting up of the so-called Genovasi University College (GUC), with 'genovasi' formed from 'generasi and inovasi' (generation and innovation), had the approval of the Higher Education Ministry.

The college would reach out to a wider audience and position Malaysia as a hub to promote design-thinking, he said in his speech in conjunction with the 'Cultivating a Thinking Culture' showcase at the Perdana Putra Complex here.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) Advisor Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa and AIM CEO Datuk Mark Rozario were also present at the event.

"This aligns with other initiatives such as the Design Thinking Association of Malaysia, which among others, looks to expand Genovasi and Design Thinking into the ASEAN region," Najib said.

Genovasi, which was launched on Aug 1, 2012, aims to have Malaysian youths foster the culture of innovation using the Design Thinking (DT) methodology as a skill to create community-centric projects, which is the new wave of wealth and solutions to improve public service delivery.

Earlier, Najib chaired a meeting of the Governance Council of AIM.

The Prime Minister said Genovasi Malaysia, which is governed under a public-private partnership between the Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) Foundation and Ancom Berhad, is one of the Hasso-Platner Institute (HPI)-certified Design Thinking schools in the world.

"It is here that a human-centred approach to innovation has been disseminated to more than 3,000 Innovation Ambassadors and 33 public organisations such as the Royal Malaysian Police and the Public Works Department," he added.

At the same event, Najib also announced that nine out of 10 pilot schools from the International Baccalaureate® Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) programme had received the IB World School accreditation, and the remaining school is expected to receive verification later this year.

"Our nine schools now join a select cadre of 1,424 IBMYP schools worldwide. This is a tremendous achievement and I would like to acknowledge their effort and drive to achieve this prestigious award. I must stress that the government's efforts in bolstering education does not just involve providing funds. The Malaysia Education Blueprint for 2013 to 2025 is a comprehensive plan consisting of 11 shifts to transform the education system.

"The Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR) and the Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Menengah (KSSM) will develop Higher Order Thinking Skills to enhance the potential of students. I cite these examples as demonstration of the government's resolution to transform Malaysia into a global model for high-quality education," he said.

Najib also presented certificates to the principals of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sungai Tapang, Samarahan, Sarawak; Malay College Kuala Kangsar, Perak; SMK Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar, Kedah; SMK Putrajaya Presint 9(2), Putrajaya; SMK Pantai, Labuan; Kolej Tunku Kurshiah, Bandar ENSTEK, Negeri Sembilan; SMK Seri Tualang, Temerloh, Pahang; SM Sains Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra, Kota Bharu, Kelantan; and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama (SMKA) Sheikh Abdul Malek, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.

IBMYP was initiated in 2013 at 10 public secondary schools across Malaysia in order to support one of the core elements of the National Innovation Strategy, which is to Build Future Skills Today, promoting fundamental concepts of intercultural understanding, communication, holistic learning, development of students, capacity for Highly Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) and interdiscplinary connections.

Meanwhile, Genovasi Malaysia Sdn Bhd CEO/Executive Director Datuk Lee Yew Meng said GUC would would be temporarily located next to its Genovasi School at Section 13, Petaling Jaya.

"The range of GUC's executive programmes will target Malaysia's estimated one million employees who have significant executive and supervisory experience but with no tertiary qualification," he said.

AIM, in a statement today, said the GUC will collaborate with TalentCorp to offer programmes in line with the country's Critical Occupations List with the target to contribute to the achievement of zero-graduate unemployment, as well as offer scholarships to single mothers and students from families in poverty.

It said the university college had designed every programme to include entrepreneurship, intra-preneurship, as well as innovation knowledge and skills that promote the creation of a highly-skilled workforce and a high-income economy for Malaysia.

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Partnerships In Education Vital For Malaysia, New Zealand’s Diplomatic Ties
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MALAYSIA, 21 JULY 2017: Strong sectoral partnerships, including education, have been a key element in the warm relationship between Malaysia and New Zealand over the last 60 years, said New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Dr John Subritzky.

Speaking at an exclusive Education New Zealand (ENZ) roundtable discussion ahead of the annual ENZ fair later in Petaling Jaya this month, Dr Subritzky commented on how partnerships across sectors such as education, trade and tourism have allowed both countries to prosper by providing quality education, career experiences and business opportunities for the citizens of both countries.

“Malaysia and New Zealand’s diplomatic relationship was forged almost immediately after Merdeka in 1957, with some of our ties in defence and education going back even further in time.

“Malaysia has also always been an important market to New Zealand when it comes to education. The first students from Malaysia arrived in New Zealand in the early 1950s under the Colombo Plan and many thousands have come since then including to the present day. These students return to Malaysia to take up positions in business, government or academia. Both our countries are significantly enriched from their experiences,” said Dr Subritzky.

John Laxon, ENZ’s Regional Director of South, South East Asia and the Middle East, spoke on the growth of Malaysia and New Zealand’s education relationship, highlighting that many agreements and collaborative programmes have been launched over the 60 years to provide the best opportunities for students in both countries.

“In 2016, there was a 10 per cent growth in the number of Malaysian students choosing New Zealand as an education destination. This is very encouraging as this is the third year in a row we’ve seen growth. Currently, we have just over 2,000 Malaysian students in New Zealand.

“Over the years, many initiatives have been launched to provide Malaysian students with the opportunity to study in New Zealand. These initiatives include the recent launch of the FCertNZ Foundation Programme have been developed to strengthen our relations in education.

“Furthermore, programmes like the New Zealand Government’s Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) have also allowed New Zealand students to study in Malaysia and experience the diverse and innovative education system here,” said Mr Laxon.

The FCertNZ Foundation Programme launched in March 2017 provides Malaysian students with the opportunity to experience a seamless transition from a foundation programme to an undergraduate degree in New Zealand.

Under this programme, students in Malaysia who are keen on pursuing their education in New Zealand will be able to complete their foundation year at the KYS Business School in Melaka before completing the rest of their undergraduate degree at their university of choice in New Zealand.

“As recognition of the commitment New Zealand has towards the education relationship we have in Malaysia, we are hosting the annual ENZ Fair next weekend, which will see over 13 institutions from New Zealand come down to Malaysia to give students here a good preview of the education system there and how they can benefit from it,” added Mr Laxon.

Mr Affandy Faiz, an alumni of Victoria University of Wellington, and President/CEO of Francorp Malaysia, shared his experiences studying in New Zealand.

“If I could turn back the time to about 30 years ago, I would still choose to study in New Zealand. The education system in New Zealand encouraged me to keep asking questions which were not only relevant to my course of study, but my other areas of interest as well.

“I was also given the flexibility to choose the subjects I want to study which meant that even though I was taking a degree course in Commerce, I had the opportunity to also pursue my interest in literature. This flexibility developed my creative and independent thinking which allowed me to express myself better and be more confident.

“I’m a product of how beneficial the partnerships between the education sectors in Malaysia and New Zealand are and I’m excited to see the many other different opportunities that future collaborations will bring for Malaysian students,” Mr Affandy shared.

Those interested to learn more about education opportunities in New Zealand are invited to visit the ENZ Fair at One World Hotel in Petaling Jaya on 29 and 30 July.

More information can be found on http://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/my/nzfair/.
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Remote Sarawak school wins major int'l competition in Tokyo
By Goh Pei Pei - August 6, 2017 @ 1:58pm


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KUCHING: A rural school located deep in the interior of northern Sarawak shone on the international stage yesterday when it won the Best Storytelling Award at the Kid Witness News (KWN) Global Summit 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.

Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Long Sepiling Baram walked away as the winner amidst stiff competition from schools in 18 countries, with its video clip entitled The Powers of Hands.

The four-minute video clip, produced by the students in the Kayan and Iban languages, brought the message that humans must appreciate their hands, which were gifted from God.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid congratulated the school via his Facebook page, and expressed his pride over the students and teachers of the school in the remote area of Sarawak.

"This is the example, that if we have self-confidence, are willing to work hard and work together as a team, we could made it, despite all the challenges," he posted.
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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has urged academicians and teachers to keep abreast with the latest trend and innovation in English language education to ensure the language could be effectively taught.

To stay ahead in the teaching of the international language, those involved must find ways and acquire the relevant skills to make lessons interesting for students.

“While I am not an educator, I believe that teaching English requires one to be creative and have the ability to keep lessons interesting, especially in areas where this language is widely spoken.

“The ability to communicate effectively in English is crucial in a borderless world, which allows us to interact with global citizens through various platforms, including that of the internet,” he said in his speech text at the 26th Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA) conference here yesterday.

The speech text at the conference held in the TH Hotel here was delivered by Sabah Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid.

Musa noted it was crucial for classroom practices to stay relevant to the learning needs of the younger generation and adapt to global trends.— Bernama
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TELUK INTAN: The Education Ministry is considering extending the 1Malaysia Milk Programme (PS1M) to secondary schools in future, as proposed by parents.

Its deputy minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the ministry would consider the proposal based on the current financial allocations so that the benefits derived from PS1M for primary schools could be extended to secondary schools nationwide.

“This proposal is contained in the list of proposals that we received from the parent-teacher associations and local leaders,” he said after the launching of the Perak state-level PS1M at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) Ladang Batak Rabit, here, today.

Kamalanathan said PS1M was aimed at improving the nutrition and health of primary school pupils to ensure optimum levels in their physical growth, and mental and general health.

He said 757,439 pupils from 7,780 primary schools across the country benefited from PS1M this year.

For this programme, he added, the ministry had allocated RM49.3 million for the period of July 3 to Dec 2, 2017.

“The milk supplied is for selected pupils from the low socio-economic stratum and lacking in nutrients,” the deputy minister said.

Previously, the School Milk Programme was implemented fully by the education ministry from 1983 until it was rebranded as PS1M on July 9, 2010.

It is part of the Supplementary Food Programme aimed at encouraging milk consumption among primary school
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JAKARTA: Asean can be a force to be reckoned with in the global higher education market if member countries, particularly Malaysia and Indonesia, share information, learn from each other’s experiences and leverage on each other’s strengths in the sector.

Addressing some 40 Malaysian students studying at various Indonesian institutions of higher learning and senior staff of the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta during a dinner hosted by the Malaysian Ambassador here yesterday, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said Malaysia can learn about how Indonesia carries out its waqf programme in the higher education sector, and share the secrets behind the success of various youth volunteer programmes at Indonesian universities.

”From us, they want to learn about redesigning education – to align education with the fourth industrial revolution, as well as find out how we made headways in international university rankings,” he said.

Idris is currently on a three-day visit to Jakarta to conduct a courtesy call on Indonesia’s Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Professor H. Mohamad Nasir; and to hold a bilateral meeting between the two Ministries.

On Monday, he will also deliver a keynote speech titled “Redesigning Higher Education for the Future and the 4th Industrial Revolution: A Malaysia-Indonesia Experience” at the Future Of Modern Education exhibition organised by Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).

Other speakers at the event include the National Council of Professors CEO Professor Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose, who will be speaking on Education and Human Capacity Development; and Universiti Sains Malaysia vice chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail on Innovations in Postgraduate Studies.

A total of 18 Malaysian public and private universities will run booths for promotion purposes at the exhibition.

Other than the talks, EMGS will be also be holding seminars and meetings with teachers, recruitment agents, Indonesian government bodies and officials from Indonesia’s Higher Education Ministry
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Recently saw the news that five Malaysian universities, including the University of Malaya, have been placed among the world's top 300 best universities in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings for 2018 released today, according to New Straits Times. University of Malaya remains Malaysia's top-ranking university and now ranks 114th. A rise by 19 places from last year's. Cool!
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Recently saw the news that five Malaysian universities, including the University of Malaya, have been placed among the world's top 300 best universities in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings for 2018 released today, according to New Straits Times. University of Malaya remains Malaysia's top-ranking university and now ranks 114th. A rise by 19 places from last year's. Cool!
UPM is 2nd in Malaysia right behind UM which to me is amazing by itself since only couple of years ago they were behind UKM,USM,UITM and nowhere under the radar.
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PETALING JAYA: Starting next year, imported English textbooks will be used in schools instead of locally produced ones.

This is part of the Education Ministry's move to implement the new Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) aligned curriculum.

The CEFR is a guide developed by the Council of Europe to gauge foreign language proficiency.

From next year, preschoolers, Year One and Two pupils, and Form One and Two students will start off with the curriculum,
Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kama*lanathan told The Star.

"The Ministry will buy off-the-shelf books to cater to schools because locally produced textbooks are not able to meet the new CEFR levels," he said.

Primary school pupils will use Super Minds from Cambridge University Press, while secondary students will read MacMillan's Pulse 2.

According to the MacMillan website, Pulse 2 provides an integrated approach to skills so that students can develop receptive and productive skills while perfecting their communication competence.

Super Minds comprises a seven-level course that enhances young learners' thinking skills, memory and language skills, as described on the Cambridge website.

A check online showed that the books are priced between RM78 and RM135.

Teachers, said Kamalanathan, were being trained and the books were already available in all schools.

"This is part of the Ministry's English reform to ensure students achieve proficiency levels aligned to international standards," he said.

In August last year, the Education Ministry launched a roadmap to continue enhancing English proficiency among teachers and students.

Focused on the country's 40,000 English teachers, the English Language Roadmap 2015-2025 is part of the implementation of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 to reform English Language education in the country.


The roadmap to upskill teachers uses the CEFR and was produced by the English Language Standards and Quality Council.

The CEFR lists six grades, with C2 – or "specialist English Language teachers" – being the highest and A1 the lowest.

English teachers need to achieve a minimum C1 grade to teach lessons based on the CEFR, said Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

C1 and C2 grades mean that the person is a competent user of the language and is able to participate fully in both professional and academic life.

While welcoming any effort by the ministry to improve the teaching of English in schools, National Union of the Teaching Profession Secretary-General Harry Tan said the "bigger issue" of non-optionists in schools must also be addressed.

Currently, many English teachers are not trained in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), but were chosen by school heads to teach because they know "a little more English" than their colleagues.

"It would be counterproductive to force these teachers to do the CEFR training because English is not their forte to begin with
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However, he said using imported instead of locally produced textbooks was more current and cost-efficient.

"This means the schools can have new books every year or every few years, unlike the current practice where the textbooks are only replaced when there is a change in the syllabus.

"The textbooks are used for at least five years or more before being replaced, so current issues aren't dealt with," Tan added
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Kota Belud: Kota Belud will have a polytechnic by 2021 and allow youths in the district to have more opportunities to further their education and acquire technical and vocational skills.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said "Politeknik Kota Belud", which is estimated to cost RM70 million, would be built in Kampung Kesapang on 12.1 hectares.

He said the groundbreaking ceremony would be held at the end of this year.

"Kota Belud does not yet have a public higher education institution and therefore rather left behind, compared to other districts such as Kota Marudu and Kudat. Alhamdulillah, the Government has decided to provide allocation to build Politeknik Kota Belud.

"Land reclamation is being carried out and the construction would take about two years; by 2021, Kota Belud could stand tall with a modern polytechnic of its own," he told reporters after visiting the project site, here, Saturday.

Abdul Rahman, who is also Kota Belud MP, said the polytechnic could accommodate more than 1,000 students and will initially accept 500 for its first intake.

On clean water supply in the district, Rahman said treated water coverage is almost 69 per cent.

He said the situation had vastly improved compared to 10 years ago, after the Government spent hundreds of millions of ringgit to upgrade water supply services in Kota Belud.

"This included the construction of a new water treatment plant and provision of a bore-hole pump to boost the water pressure," he said after surveying ongoing works to deepen Sungai Tempasuk, near Kampung Bobot, here.

Deepening the river was part of the Government's flood mitigation measures for the district, he said, adding that two more rivers, Sungai Kadamaian and Sungai Gurung-Gurung, would also be deepened, at a cost of about RM80 million.

Abdul Rahman said other steps taken by the Government to prevent floods in the district included building flood barriers and watercourses with the cooperation of relevant departments and agencies.

"We are making every effort to resolve the flood problem and I hope residents here will remain patient," he said.

He attributed the frequent incidents of flood in the district to the earthquake in Ranau in 2015, saying hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sand, rocks and other debris flowed downstream, filling the rivers, rendering them shallow and flowing unsmoothly.
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Austin Heights International Schools team up with UM on language centre
By VINCENT D’SILVA - September 27, 2017 @ 4:56pm



(From left) Professor Dr Stefanie Shamila Pillai, Datuk Professor Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, Datuk Steve Chong, Datin Low Peck Tim, Paul Thomas Walton and Suresh Kumar Balakrishnan at the signing of the memorandum of understanding between Universiti Malaya and Austin Heights International Schools today. Pix by Vincent D’Silva
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JOHOR BARU: Austin Heights International Schools (AHIS) is working with Universiti Malaya (UM) to establish an English language and linguistics centre at the school here.

The centre aims to provide schoolchildren opportunities to further their studies, and acquire a deeper understanding of the English language, as well as other major languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

The school’s founder and chairman Datuk Steve Chong today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UM acting vice-chancellor Datuk Professor Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud to jointly set up the centre.

Speaking to the New Straits Times after the signing ceremony, Chong said he felt honoured and excited to be a partner in this programme, which proved AHIS’ and UM’s commitment to maintain a high standard of education.

“Under this collaboration, the school will provide a wider range of academic pursuits to our (pupils and) students, as well as students from other institutions.”

Chong said AHIS had always emphasised on the importance of holistic approaches to education, which incorporates a teaching practice that focused less on traditional milestones of academic achievement and more on the complete physical, emotional and psychological well-being of (pupils) and students.

“At AHIS, we recognise the connections between students, families, educators and communities, and the importance of reciprocal relationships and partnership for learning,” he said.

Chong said this had led to better academic performances when the schoolchildren realised the need to acquire knowledge, rather than them being forced to learn.

Under the English language and linguistics centre, AHIS and UM will jointly market and conduct language courses to external parties at the AHIS’ Johor Baru campus.

Chong said the centre would utilise existing UM and AHIS programmes or modules. Besides regular courses, AHIS would organise summer language camps, short-term workshops and seminars.

Meanwhile, Awang Bulgiba said the collaboration would lead to language-based competitions, such as choral speaking, debates, public speaking and essay writing, in the state with the cooperation of the Johor Education Department to promote the use of these languages.

“Under the collaboration, UM will conduct language-related workshops for schoolchildren from public and private schools.

“UM will be responsible for developing the syllabus for the external courses and workshops besides identifying and endorsing the teaching staff for the language courses and workshops,” said Awang Bulgiba.

He said certificates of completion for the language courses and workshops would be given to participants.

The signing of the MoU was witnessed by UM Faculty of Languages and Linguistics dean, Professor Dr Stefanie Shamila Pillai, AHIS chief executive officer Datin Low Peck Tim, principal Paul Thomas Walton and deputy principal Suresh Kumar Balakrishnan.
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Infrastructure to facilitate education redesign
By ROZANA SANI - October 25, 2017 @ 1:42pm



Najib Razak (centre) at the launch of Myren-X, accompanied by (from left) Higher Education Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak andHigher Education Ministry secretary general Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur.

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THE enhancement of the existing Malaysian Research and Education Network’s (Myren) online ecosystem to Myren-X, a 100 gigabit high speed broadband infrastructure, is set to be a gamechanger for the local higher education sector.

Designed to be a dedicated network for research and learning activities with its own separate and independent gateway to the Internet, Myren-X will increase bandwidth capacity at public universities to a maximum of 100 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) and for other institutions under the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), up to 10 Gbps.

It will also offer a bandwidth of more than one megabit-per-second (Mbps) per student.

Datuk Kamel Mohamad, deputy secretary general (management) of the Higher Education Ministry, said: “Myren-X is an extension of Myren, which was established following the decision of the cabinet meeting in July 2003 and was officially launched in March 2005.”

Myren, which initially was linked to 12 public universities, now includes 150 institutions, comprising 20 public universities, four private universities, 31 polytechnics, 85 community colleges, five teaching hospitals and five MOHE agencies.

“Under Myren, all public universities received a maximum of two Gbps bandwidth speed as part of the general public Internet. However, Myren does not provision all 206 campuses of MOHE’s higher education institutions. Only the main campuses and select research laboratories have access to the national research and education network. Myren-X aims to connect all these campuses and provide inter-connections between them,” he added.

The higher overall bandwidth speed and bigger capacity envisioned under Myren-X will allow huge amounts of data to move at higher speed, which is a requirement of teaching and learning activities.

Myren-X will also enable big data research and experiments which consume huge network bandwidth and capacity like those in the fields of genome, telemedicine and particle physics.

“Myren-X is also expected to further spur the implementation of programmes under the Redesigning Higher Education initiative stipulated in Malaysia’s Education Development Plan (Higher Education). It will facilitate new ways and methods in 21st century teaching and learning such as collaborative online learning, virtual classrooms and Massive Open Online Courses.

“In addition, it will not only allow Malaysians to access overseas education online, but also enable foreigners to access education in Malaysia and bring Malaysian education overseas. Researchers in the country will have access to and collaborate with research communities as well as access international research labs in real-time,” added Kamel.

By designing Myren-X as a separate infrastructure with its own independent network equipment, the risk of data contamination and corruption can be eliminated.

“The separate network infrastructure and equipment give Myren-X the advantage of avoiding congestion in public Internet, which can potentially reduce its effectiveness for research and educational activities. The specialised dedicated experiment platform created by Myren-X will enable higher value research that Myren has not been able to facilitate such as telesurgery, detailed DNA analysis and particle physics collaboration with the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland.”

With Myren-X availability at all 206 campuses of MOHE’s higher education institutions, students and researchers — regardless of their location — will enjoy the same standard of network facility.
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