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Old December 9th, 2008, 03:58 AM   #781
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Citroen, college set up training centre
By Zuraimi AbdullahPublished: 2008/12/09


AUTOMOBILES Citroen and The Otomotif College (TOC) have set up a training centre for automotive after-sales professionals to be more skillful with the vehicles produced by the French carmaker.

Called the Franco-Malaysian Training Centre, the initiative is also supported by the French Ministry of Education and Brooklands Motors Sdn Bhd, the local franchise holder of Citroen.

Citroen regional general manager Benoit de Lassus said the centre is a "one-step further" in relaunching the Citroen brand in Malaysia, after an absence of three years.

"On one hand, we are putting in place with our partner TOC, the structures which will allow our networks in Malaysia and other Asean countries to improve on its quality.

"On the other hand, we are preparing for the future, giving many students the opportunity to be introduced to the Citroen models and develop their skills," de Lassus said.

He was speaking at the official inauguration of the centre by France ambassador to Malaysia Marc Barety at the TOC college in Petaling Jaya last Friday.

Barety also presented certificates to the first batch of 10 trainees who attended the classes for over six weeks, which started on October 6 this year.

Citroen provides the centre with all the necessary equipment, mock-ups and cars as well as technical documentation and diagnostic tools and methods.

TOC founder and chief executive officer Adelaine Foo said the partnership with Citroen is part of the college efforts to provide opportunities for students to gain professional training and industrial recognition in the automotive industry.

TOC is the country's only private automotive college, having been set up in 2004.
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Indian Education Group To Invest RM100 Million In Iskandar Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 (Bernama) -- One of India's leading education groups, the Vinayaka Missions University, is keen to invest RM100 million to set up an engineering, technical and management branch campus in Iskandar Malaysia.

By 2015, the VMU group has earmarked RM220 million to be invested in various education based projects as part of its expansion plans in Malaysia.

"The concept of educity or Iskandar's education-hub ambitions appeals to us and VMU is keen to be part of this development, said VMU Pro-Chancellor, Dr. S Sharavanan.

VMU which currently manages 21 colleges and universities in India, Canada, USA, Thailand and in Penang in Malaysia, sees great opportunity in attracting students, not just from Malaysia but also from the region, he said in a statement here Sunday.

"A major advantage that Iskandar Malaysia offers is location, logistics and world class infrastructure. Foreign students will also enjoy the lower cost of getting quality education at the branch campus which can cater for up to 8,000 students," Dr. Sharavanan.

Dr. Sharavanan, who is also managing director and CEO of the Penang International Dental College (PIDC) which is operated by VMU, expressed confidence that Iskandar Malaysia has the required incentives to attract more local and foreign investments.

"We at VMU view Malaysia as a strategic location to invest especially with the government's push towards creating an education hub in the region. We certainly have ambitious plans in Malaysia," he said.

He said RM55 million has been set aside for PIDC and RM25 million for the Surya College, an allied health sciences college scheduled to open early next year in Butterworth.

"Another RM40 million has been set aside to be invested in education related ventures in Penang up to 2015. We will announce the details in due time," he said.

The proposed branch campus in Iskandar Malaysia will widen access to affordable education, extend VMU's global footprint and help meet the university's mission to spread education globally in the field of medicine, dental, paramedical, homeopathy, engineering, management and basic science using existing resources and technology.

"We have started initial discussions with representatives from Iskandar and our intention is to establish the branch campus as soon as possible. If everything goes well, we could see this materialize within the next three years", said Dr. Sharavanan.

VMU, established in 1981 has been granted the prestigious "Deemed University" status by the Indian Ministry of Human Resources and Development in recognition of its continued thrust to achieve excellence in education.

Nearly 20,000 students are presently studying in its various colleges and universities in the full time mode, and 75,000 students are enrolled in the distance education mode and every year, about 5,000 graduates pass out from its campuses.

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College offers nursing course
By JEREMY TAN


IN light of the growing shortage of nurses locally and worldwide, as well as the great potential of a nursing career, SEGi College Penang is now offering a Diploma in Nursing programme.

Accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) and the Ministry of Higher Education (MOE), the three-year programme will have its first intake in January 2009.

It is open to both male and female candidates interested in exploring the field of healthcare, which includes behavioural, health and nursing sciences.

Speaking during the launching of the nursing programme at the college’s campus in Green Hall recently, principal Jeffrey Goh said the nursing school would cater to students from the northern region, especially Penang, which is a medical tourism hub.


Wee (third left) taking representatives of various hospitals on a tour of the college's mock-up ward.

He added that the programme was specially tailored to produce nurses that were not only proficient with medicines and healthcare equipment but possess the human touch as well.

“This is because a pleasant personality will aid the communication process with patients and ensure a better recovery period,” Goh said.

Nursing school head Elaine Wee said SEGi’s Diploma in Nursing sought to fulfil the need for healthcare professionals to support people through all stages of life.

“The opportunities for those in the field is endless, as nurses can be found in all sorts of areas from health promotion, education and illness prevention,” she said.

Present to witness the launching were representatives from the Gleneagles Medical Centre, Island Hospital, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, LohGuanLye Specialists Centre, Tanjung Medical Centre and Hope Children Hospital.

The guests were later taken on a tour of the college’s nursing facilities, which include a full sized mock-up ward complete with isolation room, a nursery, anatomy room and nursing stations.
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Bernama Signs MOU With HELP University College On Journalism Training
December 16, 2008 00:13 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- Bernama signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with HELP University College (HELP) today to broaden its talent recruitment and offer training to aspiring journalists.

Bernama editor-in-chief Yong Soo Heong said the MOU was significant in providing more training opportunities for young people seeking a career in journalism to experience working in a news organisation before they sought employment.

"On our part, we are very happy to be able to receive students from HELP so that they can see how things work (in the journalism world)," Yong said after the signing here.

Bernama Acting General Manager Visvakumar Sangiah and Yong signed the MOU on behalf of Bernama while HELP University College (HUC) president and founder Datuk Dr Paul Chan and HUC Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke signed for HUC.

Ten students from the Mass Communication Faculty of HELP would undergo internship with Bernama every year, Yong said.

Yong said that besides the internship programme, the MOU would also explore ways to hold joint seminars on topical issues and courses on leadership training, public speaking and communications.

He said a committee would be formed soon to work on the collaboration between the two organisations.

Dr Chan said that with Bernama's support, his educational institution would have a good platform to promote Malaysia as a centre of training in communications.

"This is because HELP has a good network of students from more than 80 countries who will become its ambassadors when they return to their respective countries.

"In this borderless world, we need to make our presence felt not only in the traditional modes of communication but also in using new technologies, and we feel that our partnership with Bernama will help in this direction," he said.

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USM Ready To Lend Expertise For Sustainable Development
December 15, 2008 14:26 PM

PENANG, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is ready to share and lend its expertise to the state and federal governments for sustainable development in the country.

USM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Sstudent Affairs and Development) Professor Omar Osman said sustainable development depended on economic growth, social progress and protection of the environment and natural resources, hence conservation and restoration of resources were vital.

He was speaking at the International Conference on Environment (ICENV) 2008 which was opened by Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas here today.

When asked about hillside development in the country, he said the government should strike a balance between development and environmental management for public safety.

Development should not endanger nature's system capacity nor compromise the ability of the next generation to fulfil its own needs and aspirations, he added.

He said the conference was aimed at highlighting environmental management and protection as one of the most essential prerequisites for sustainable development worldwide.

"This conference aspires to provide the foundation for future engineering endeavours through the identification of new and innovative areas of environmental engineering, research and development and professional practices while maintaining sustainability in our enterprises," he said.

The three-day conference organised by USM's School of Chemical Engineering is attended by about 300 participants from 24 countries.

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Education Minister To Study Report From Roundtable Discussions
December 16, 2008 23:55 PM

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 16 (Bernama) -- The findings from the series of roundtable discussions on the policy of teaching and learning Mathematics and Science in English will be submitted soon to Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein before tabling the report to the Cabinet.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong said the result from these thorough discussions among academics, representatives of political parties and non-governmental organisations was a report containing seven options on the future of the policy.

The options are:

(1) To continue teaching and learning of Maths and Science in English as it is now.

(2) To use Bahasa Malaysia or pupils' mother tongue as the medium of instruction from the primary school level and English for Maths and Science at the secondary level.

(3) To start using English for Maths and Science from Standard Four right into the secondary level.

(4) To use Bahasa Malaysia or mother tongue at the primary level, and Bahasa Malaysia fully at the secondary level.

(5) Schools to determine the medium of instruction for Maths and Science.

(6) To use Bahasa Malaysia or mother tongue from Standard One to Three, implement bi-lingual use from Standard Four to Six and full use of English at the secondary level.

(7) To abolish the Science subject from Standard One to Three and incorporate teaching of Science in other subjects.

Wee said Hishammuddin was currently on a working trip abroad and expected to be back soon to study the options.

"I wish to stress here that the roundtable discussions or the results of the 2008 Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) will not determine the decision on the use of English for Maths and Science, but the Cabinet will make the final decision," he said after chairing a roundtable discussion on the matter at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre Tuesday.

On preparations for the teaching of Mathematics and Science for the next school session, Wee said the policy would not change until the Cabinet made a decision.

He said the decision would not be made based on political sentiments but rather on professional considerations.

"Datuk Seri Hishammuddin had excluded himself from the series of roundtable discussions so that he could impartially look at all views.

"So, when the time comes, I do not want people to say that the government makes the decision without considering the views of various quarters," he said.

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UM to reduce undergraduate intake


KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya (UM) has now shifted its focus on postgraduate studies by increasing the number of places for such courses and reducing the intake of undergraduates.

Newly-appointed Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon said the move was in line with the university’s efforts to boost its rankings in the Times Higher Education Supplement within the next two years.

”We want more and better postgraduates and reduce the number of undergraduates, so that we can improve the quality of research output.

”The focus now is to bring up UM quickly so that we can get back in the league of the top 200 universities in the world over the next two years,” he said.

UM has slipped down the ladder since 2006, going from number 169 in 2005 to 192 in 2006. It was at the 245th spot last year but rose slightly to 230 this year.

And, just a month after his appointment on Nov 10, Prof Ghauth has already set his plans for the university into motion to rectify the problem.

He said, the top of the agenda was placing more focus into research and development productivity.

”I’m working to attract first-class honours graduates into the system, to come and do research and improve the quality of research output.

”We also want more people to be involved in research, and this will be the key performance index for measuring their academic performance,” added Prof Ghauth.

He said first-class graduates would also be offered postgraduate scholarships immediately.

Next on the list was filling up 300 academic posts with qualified academicians from around the world, he said.

”We need them to strengthen our academic body, “ he noted.

Prof Ghauth said he was also bringing in experts into niche areas which he wanted UM to develop, such as in the fields of medicine, engineering, business and economics. - Bernama
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Limkokwing to open RM150mil branch campus in Sandakan
By CHOI TUCK WO


LONDON: Limkokwing University of Creative Tech***nology plans to set up a RM150mil campus in Sandakan, Sabah, in line with the state’s move to promote the town as an education hub.

It is learnt that the state government has identified a 40ha site in the Sim Sim coastal area, about 5km from the town centre, for the project.

The ground-breaking ceremony is expected to commence next month with the campus scheduled for completion within 18 months.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman confirmed that he had met university president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing last week to finalise discussions for the new campus.

“We look forward to having the branch campus in Sandakan very soon,” he told The Star after visiting the Limkokwing London campus in Piccadilly recently.

The state government has identified a row of 10 shophouses in Sandakan to be converted into a temporary campus by March for the first batch of 300 pre-university students.

Once the campus is ready, they will be transferred to the university which will have an initial intake of 1,000 students, before increasing the number to 3,000 eventually.

Musa said he believed the university would do well in Sandakan as the state wanted to turn it into one of the most progressive towns in Sabah
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UM shifts focus to postgrad studies


KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya (UM) is shifting its focus to postgraduate studies by increasing the number of places for such courses and reducing the intake of undergraduates.

New vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon said the move was in line with the university’s efforts to boost its rankings in the Times Higher Education Supplement in the next two years.

“We want more and better postgraduates, and to reduce the number of undergraduates so that we can improve the quality of research.”

UM has slipped down the ladder since 2006, when it went from 169 in 2005 to 192 in 2006. It was in 245th spot last year but rose slightly to 230th this year.

Prof Ghauth, who was appointed on Nov 10, said: “I’m working to attract first-class honours graduates to come and do research and improve the quality of research.

“We also want more people to be involved in research; this will be the key performance index for measuring their academic performance.”

Prof Ghauth said that first-class graduates would be offered postgraduate scholarships immediately.

Prof Ghauth also said he was bringing experts into niche areas which he wanted UM to develop, such as in medicine, engineering, business and economics. On the decline in the quality of UM graduates compared to its heyday, he said it was a national problem.

“People mainly attribute it to poor communication skills, but one method employed by UM to alleviate the problem is to teach more subjects in English as well as conduct course work and assignments in English,” he said.

According to him, the poor ability to interact affected the marketability of graduates.

Prof Ghauth said this could be remedied with community work which was a good training ground for leadership and social skills.

“For example, if they do community work, we must give them marks for these. If they do work for their kampungs, that must be recognised.”

He said this could be done by widening the choices of co-curricular activities. He also called on the student affairs division to come up with ideas for student participation outside the classroom. — Bernama
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Malaysia-Japan varsity's first intake in July

PUTRAJAYA: The cabinet last week approved the formation of a Malaysian-Japanese University (Maju) to boost educational co-operation between the two countries.

Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Noh Omar said the university would be placed under Mara.

The first intake of about 70 students for its technology engineering faculty will take place in July.

"The university had been a subject of discussion between the two governments since 2001," he said after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding on educational co-operation between his ministry and the Higher Education Ministry.

Present were Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Dr Zulkefli Hassan and Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry secretary-general Datuk Musa Muhamad.

Noh said the Japanese government would sponsor 15 Japanese professors to teach at the university. Its temporary campus will be the Mara Skills College in Beranang, Selangor.

"The curriculum and faculty's equipment will follow the Japanese university arrangements, but the medium of instruction will be in English."

He also said the government planned to upgrade the status of the Germany-Malaysian Institute (GMI) into a university.

He added that the ministry had set aside RM12.9 million to carry out entrepreneurship programmes in public universities next year.

Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, he said the government targeted the participation of 1.5 million Bumiputera students, youth, graduates and women in business.

Until last month, he said, 800,630 Bumiputeras had undergone training and courses organised by the ministry.

Khaled said a career and entrepreneurship carnival would be held every year to attract as many graduates as possible to be businessmen.

The carnival would also serve as an entrepreneurship outreach medium for companies interested in hiring the graduates upon completion of their studies.

He said an entrepreneurship subject with one credit hour had been introduced for every course in public universities.

"To complement the subject, we plan to rope in adjunct lecturers to give talks or workshops to our undergraduates as part of the syllabus."
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UiTM antara 3 universiti terbaik

SUBANG JAYA 17 Dis. - Pembaharuan yang dilakukan oleh Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) sejak 2001 membolehkan ia muncul antara tiga universiti terbaik di Malaysia.

Naib Canselor UiTM, Datuk Seri Dr. Ibrahim Abu Shah (gambar) berkata, pencapaian ini membolehkan siswazah UiTM mendapat tempat dalam pasaran kerja dengan setiap tahun, 75 peratus memperolehnya sebaik sahaja menamatkan pengajian.

''Kakitangan akademik juga mencapai pelbagai kejayaan di peringkat antarabangsa dengan memenangi pelbagai pingat emas dan platinum dalam banyak pertandingan inovasi di seluruh dunia,'' katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika membentangkan kertas kerja bertajuk Pemenang Anugerah Kualiti Perdana Menteri Sektor Awam 2008: Strategi UiTM Menyampaikan Perkhidmatan Terbaik pada Persidangan Peningkatan Daya Saing Negara: Peranan dan Inisiatif Sektor Awam di sini hari ini.

Tambahnya, ijazah-ijazah yang dikeluarkan oleh UiTM juga mendapat pengiktirafan 16 badan profesional luar negara termasuk dari United Kingdom, Kanada dan Australia.

Sementara itu di dalam negara, katanya, sebanyak 19 badan profesional tempatan mengiktiraf ijazah UiTM.

''Kecemerlangan fasa kedua yang ingin dicapai oleh UiTM bermula tahun ini ialah untuk menjadi universiti terkemuka negara, menjadi universiti penyelidikan pada 2010, menjadi 200 universiti terbaik dunia pada 2015 dan menjadi universiti terkemuka dunia pada 2020,'' katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Ibrahim mendedahkan pem- baharuan-pembaharuan yang dilakukannya di UiTM tidak digemari sehingga memaksa beliau mendapatkan perlindungan pihak polis kerana menerima pelbagai ancaman termasuk bunuh.

Beliau berkata, tindakannya untuk meningkatkan kualiti UiTM tidak disenangi menyebabkan menerima banyak ancaman.

''Ketika mula-mula menjawat jawatan sebagai Naib Canselor UiTM pelbagai perubahan dilakukan untuk memastikan universiti dapat mencapai pelbagai kejayaan.

''Dalam tempoh sama juga sebanyak 42 kakitangan akademik dan bukan akademik UiTM sama ada dibuang, diturunkan pangkat, dipotong gaji dan pelbagai lagi tindakan disiplin bagi membersihkan universiti daripada gejala-gejala tidak sihat,'' katanya.

Ibrahim memberitahu, tindakan- tindakan itu perlu diambil bagi memastikan UiTM yang mempunyai lebih 120,000 pelajar dengan 20,000 kakitangan akademik dan bukan akademik perlu diuruskan dengan berkualiti serta cekap.

Katanya, UiTM melaksanakan strategi pengurusan kualiti yang dilaksanakan dengan penubuhan pusat pengurusan kawalan dan jaminan kualiti, pensijilan ISO peringkat korporat dan inisiatif kualiti dalam pengurusan.

''Universiti ini juga melaksanakan pelbagai strategi lain bagi memastikan lebih 120,000 pelajarnya mencapai kejayaan terbaik berbanding universiti-universiti awam lain,'' katanya.
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RM70mil to retrain jobless grads
Friday December 19, 2008

SHAH ALAM: The Government has approved a RM70mil grant to retrain 10,000 unemployed graduates, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.

He said the grant would be used to train them in skills like communication, language and creative thinking.

“Some have good qualifications but their hurdle is language. So, we want to train them in English,” he said.

He said this during a press conference after opening a training and consulting agency at Glenmarie on Wednesday.

He added that the training courses would be carried out over a period of two to three years.

“We want to make our unemployed graduates more marketable,” he said.

He said graduates who were unable to land a job were encouraged to register with the Human Resources Ministry to be retrained.

He said priority is given to those who have been jobless for more than a year.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Assistant Minister for Industrial Development Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said Sarawakians need not worry about unemployment because the Sarawak Corridor for Renewal Energy (SCORE) would create some 1.6 million jobs by 2030.

“About 82,000 engineers and technicians and 217,000 semi-skilled workers are needed by 2030,” he said when opening a regional engineering conference yesterday.

Organised by Universiti of Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), the conference themed “Sustainable Engineering Infrastructure: Development and Management” will see 180 papers presented by local and foreign participants.

Daud said the implementation of SCORE would speed up the state’s industrial and economic transformation.

He said SCORE had identified 10 priority industries, including aluminium and related downstream industries.

“Through SCORE, 30,000MW of electricity will be produced mostly through the implementation of hydroelectric dam projects,” he said.

To achieve sustainable growth, Daud said the state had to strengthen partnerships with others to improve knowledge and expertise among its 2.4 million people.
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80,000 foreign students by 2010


KUALA LUMPUR: The number of foreign students in the country is expected to reach 80,000 by the year 2010, the Senate was told Monday.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung said Malaysia could have 80,000 foreign students pursuing higher education in the country as the number of such students had been on the rise lately.

“To date, an estimated 63,000 students from 150 countries are already here to pursue higher education,” he said when replying to Senator Datuk Azian Osman at the Dewan Negara sitting.

He said Indonesia led the list of countries with the highest number of students followed by China and Iran.

“The number of Indonesian students in the country stands at 9,348 followed by China with 9,081 students and Iran with 5,531 students,” he said.

Dr Hou also said that the ministry was endeavouring to attract more students from the developed nations to pursue higher studies in Malaysia. -- Bernama
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Flying High With Higher Education
December 22, 2008 14:10 PM
By Melati Mohd Ariff

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 22 (Bernama) -- The book "Mengangkasa Pengajian Tinggi" which means glorifying the tertiary-level education is the 15th penned by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia's (UTM) Vice Chancellor Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang.

Dr Zaini took some six weeks to complete his latest effort, a 271-page book that also includes his literary work that had been published in the media as well as discussed at seminars.

For Dr Zaini, this book reflected his effort to manifest the knowledge tradition, which stresses on the print culture.

"The verbal culture is vital particularly when delivering lectures or explaining a certain concept or issue. But the importance of the print culture took its roots in the field of academics and knowledge since thousands of years ago.

"To me, this situation and practice are getting less gleaming now, despite the various policies and initiatives to make Malaysia a regional hub for tertiary education excellence".

That was an excerpt of Dr Zaini's speech at the function to unveil his book by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin here recently.

IDEALISTIC APPROACH

For Dr Zaini, "Mengangkasa" means the need for tertiary-level education to be placed on a higher pedestal. It also means that achieving excellence, glory and distinction.

As a theorist and an intellectual activist, Dr Zaini takes an idealistic approach when airing his views on the higher education particularly during the days when he was not yet involved in university management.

However when delving on current issues like accreditation, internationalization and performance indicators, his views are more practical and realistic.

The Higher Education Minister, in his foreword, said Dr Zaini who is a young academic personality should be an example as he dispenses knowledge and experience audaciously and brilliantly through, among others, the latter's suggestions, criticisms and observations.

The minister was also attracted to Dr Zaini's bold attempt in his write-ups that amalgamated university traditions of the Islamic perspective and that of the modern western world.

Former Higher Education Minister, Datuk Mustapa Mohamed who is now the Minister for Agriculture and Agro-based Industries, said "Mengangkasa Pengajian Tinggi" is Dr Zaini's immense contribution for the philosophy and illustration of Malaysia's tertiary-level education.

Mustapa said the book provides fitting perspective on development of the nation's higher education development, government' initiatives and in-house progress of the academic community.

"(Dr) Zaini is critical in terms of commitment and idealism among the academic community. For him, commitment is the pre-requisite for glorification of higher education while idealism is the beacon in the sea of knowledge", said Mustapa.

CONTENTS

The book is carved out into five parts that are university's concept and tradition, vision and philosophy, benchmark and grading, research as well development and perspective.

The book outlines the history of tertiary-level education in Malaysia covering the pre-Merdeka years like the setting up of 'pondok' and modern schools as well as colleges.

Several of the colleges were upgraded into universities. An example is Universiti Malaya (UM) that took shape in 1949 as the Straits and Federated Malay States Government Medical School in 1905.

It later became the King Edward VII College of Medicine (in Singapore) in 1912.

The Maktab Perguruan Sultan Idris in Tanjung Malim was established in 1922 and it became Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

According to Dr Zaini, there were tertiary-level institutions that began as schools.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) began as a technical school in 1904, before developing into a college 38 years later. It was named Institut Teknoloji Kebangsaan in 1972 and finally, as UTM in 1975.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) started as an agriculture school in 1931, bloomed into Kolej Pertanian Malaya 16 years later and graduated into a university in 1971 as Universiti Pertanian Malaysia.

To Dr Zaini, this 'metamorphosis' is a firming up process of the national education at tertiary-level which is always experiencing improvement in terms of entity, role and focus.

In Dr Zaini's opinion, the country's higher education institutions, famously known as IPT, have transformed tremendously over the past one decade particularly after the then Education Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak reformed higher education with various policies and initiatives.

Dr Zaini thinks that the rapid transformation that occurred over the past 10 years 'overwhelmed' what had transpired for higher education in Malaysia some four decades before, in terms of the number of IPT, student population and new courses.

Also in the aspect of the establishment of Private Higher Learning Institutions (IPTS).

The UTM Vice Chancellor thinks that progress in knowledge is not merely based on certificate achievements but also on qualitative aspects of individuals.

This covers the person's spiritual quality, mental strength, unsullied aspiration, smooth oral and written expression as well as sustainable life.

Dr Zaini also expressed his opinion that quality of higher education should be viewed comprehensively as well as holistic and knowledge should be placed on higher pedestal as compared to that of materialism-related social status, hedonism, rank and understanding.

According to Dr Zaini, an 'ideal' graduate is defined by the person's ability to have critical thinking, speak and communicate well according to various dimensions and perspectives apart from being the person who seeks the truth and well in searching for knowledge as well as having noble values.

A REMARKABLE POSER

Should academically outstanding Malaysian students be sent to study at tertiary-level institutions abroad?

This is among the salient points highlighted by Dr Zaini in his book.

To him, the local universities are offering the first degrees of almost all courses required in the current job market in Malaysia.

In Dr Zaini's belief, excellent performing students are the best 'raw material' needed to produce a university's quality products.

He quoted the words of a renowned Harvard University lecturer who said:" Harvard's students are the cream among outstanding students. Even by skipping lectures, they would be able to perform very well in Harvard".

Dr Zaini has the conviction that the presence of outstanding students at local universities would provide the impetus and dynamism to boost the competitive edge of Malaysian universities, hence making the country the hub of knowledge growth for major courses.

READING MATERIAL

Dr Zaini hopes that "Mengangkasa Pengajian Tinggi" would be used as discussion material at least to brighten up the academic state of affairs among intellectuals and undergraduates particularly in the local universities.

The hard cover version of this UTM publication is priced at RM55 a copy while the soft cover books sells RM40 each.

The book is suitable for policy-makers, university management, researchers, academicians, intellectuals and undergraduates.

It is also fitting for anybody who desires to pursue higher education issues.

-- BERNAMA
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Kampus cawangan UiTM di Rembau

REMBAU 24 Dis. - Sebuah kampus cawangan Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) bakal dibangunkan di sini tidak lama lagi selaras dengan hasrat kerajaan negeri untuk mewujudkan koridor pembangunan pendidikan di negeri ini.

Ahli Parlimen Rembau, Khairy Jamaluddin berkata, perbincangan mengenainya telah diadakan dengan pengurusan UiTM selain Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi malah maklum balas yang diterima amat menggalakkan.

Beliau berkata, setakat ini pihaknya masih lagi menunggu kata putus oleh kerajaan Persekutuan bagi membolehkan kampus cawangan berkenaan dapat didirikan di kawasan itu.

"Kita sebenarnya telah lama berhasrat untuk mengadakan satu kampus UiTM di sini. Saya dan Menteri Besar (Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan) telah meminta kepada kerajaan Persekutuan untuk membuat permohonan supaya diwujudkan kampus cawangan di sini," katanya ketika ditemui di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas menghadiri Majlis Anugerah Kecemerlangan Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) 2008 Parlimen Rembau di sini hari ini.
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PMR 2008 results better than last year, more preferred Maths and Science in English
2008/12/30 BERNAMA



These are some of the 50 pupils from Sekolah Menengah Seksyen 9 Shah
Alam who scored five A's in the PMR exams. - NST picture by Wan Jailani Razak


PUTRAJAYA, Tues: A total of 26,378 students or 5.96 per cent of the 2008 Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) candidates scored grade A in all subjects they sat for compared with 5.65 per cent last year and 4.83 per cent in 2006.

Education director-general Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom said the PMR results this year was better than last year in terms of the number of candidates getting grade A to E in the subjects they had taken.

“The results in all subjects, except for Geography and Arabic Communication, are better than last year with English achieving the highest increase by 3.6 per cent,” he said when announcing the results here today.

He said the disparity in the performance between urban and rural candidates have narrowed especially in Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics and Science.

The number of rural students who obtained grade A in Mathematics increased by 2.7 per cent compared with urban students (2.1 per cent) while in Science, rural students who obtained grade A went up by 0.3 per cent while the performance of urban students dropped by 0.3 per cent.

“The reduced disparity shows that the second thrust of the Education Strategic Planning in the Education Development Masterplan, that is to bridge the performance gap between urban and rural students, has met its objectives,” he said.

On the number of candidates who failed to achieve the minimum standard by scoring at least grade D in all subjects, he said the figure had reduced from 63.53 per cent last year to 62.93 per cent this year.

On the number of students who scored grade E in all subjects, he said they accounted for 440 candidates (0.1 per cent) compared with 559 candidates (0.13 per cent) in 2007 and 524 (0.13 per cent) in 2006.

“The majority of the candidates achieved better than grade C in 12 subjects and this is commendable,” he said.

Alimuddin said it was encouraging to notice that the number of students who opted to sit for their Science and Mathematics papers in English had increased.

He said 51.2 per cent of the candidates who sat for their Science papers in English this year compared with 21.5 per cent last year; and 26.9 per cent tackled their Mathematics paper in English compared with 4.6 per cent last year. — BERNAMA
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India's Surya College in Penang to open in Q1
Published: 2008/12/31



VINAYAKA Missions University (VMU), one of India's leading education groups, will open its RM25 million allied health science college in Butterworth, Penang, in the first quarter of 2009.

Called Surya College, the new facility can accommodate 3,000 students and will cater for students in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia.

It is also eyeing students from countries in the region including China.

VMU Pro-Chancellor Dr S. Sharavanan said Surya College will widen access to affordable education, extend VMU's global footprint and help meet the university's mission to spread education globally.

The RM25 million investment is part of a RM220 million VMU has earmarked to be invested in various education-based projects in Malaysia up to 2015.

"We at VMU view Malaysia as a strategic location to invest especially with the government's push towards creating an education hub in the region.

"We certainly have ambitious plans in Malaysia," Dr. Sharavanan said in a statement yesterday.

Dr. Sharavanan is also managing director and chief executive officer of the RM55 million Penang International Dental College, which is operated by VMU.

VMU manages 21 colleges and universities in India, Canada, the US, Thailand and Malaysia.
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Malay boy is Jit Sin’s pride


A MALAY student from SMJK Jit Sin in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, created history of sorts when he scored 9As in the PMR examination to emerge the top student in the Chinese school.

Muhammad Hafiz Sobri, 15, scored As in Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Living Skills, Islamic Studies and Chinese Language.

“The formula for my success is dividing my time for studies, games and other activities daily and increase the study time before the examination,” he said, adding that he studied at least an hour a day.

Muhammad Hafiz, who scored 7As in the UPSR in 2005 at SJKC Kim Seng, said he preferred to study alone as he wanted to be independent.

Jacqueline Toh Chun Ling, who got 8As, could not believe her eyes as her trial examination results were unexceptional with only 1A and 7Bs.


Muhammad Hafiz receiving kisses from dad Sobri Hussain and mum Nurliana Tan Abdullah.

She said friends, teachers and family members motivated her to study hard.

School principal Tan Kim Tong said he was happy with the increase in the number of students who scored an A in the English subject which showed a jump to 78.1% from 61.4% last year.

Of the 612 students who sat for the examination in the school, he said one got 9As, 219 scored 8As and 110 obtained 7As.

At the Bukit Mertajam High School, 242 students sat for the examination of whom 47 scored 8As and 61 obtained 7As.

G. Sharmilan, who got 8As, said he put in an extra three to four hours daily for studies several months before the examination.

“My teachers, parents and my friends motivated me to study hard,” he said.

Scorer of 8As, Anis Adlina Abu Bakar, said she completed all exercises given by the teachers and gave full concentration in class.

“After school, I revised what the teachers had taught for the day,” she added.
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She was in intensive care but gets 8 As



Nur Naizatul Ismah Ishak showing her PMR results to her parents at Kampung Kubang Kenyai in Kuala Nerang.


ALOR STAR: Unlike her peers who prepared for the Penilaian Menengah Rendah examination in the comfort of their homes, Nur Faezah Zainon was forced to do it in the intensive care unit of Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here.

The fifth of six children from Kampung Berdikari, in Kuala Nerang, the 15-year-old was admitted to the hospital for kidney failure in early October.

After being hospitalised for two weeks, she was discharged on Oct 12, the day before the examination week started.

"Only God knows how difficult it was for me. But Alhamdullilah, I managed to survive the ordeal," said the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Naka student.

"I was determined to get excellent PMR results. I would spend about two hours daily to do revision.

"But I did not force myself too hard. I would rest when I felt tired and weak."

She said her younger sister who had kept her company in hospital had helped her with her studies.

Last Friday, Nur Faezah was admitted to the hospital again when she started vomiting, a symptom of the illness she suffers from.

Yesterday, she found out to her surprise and delight that she had obtained straight As in eight subjects.

Nur Naizatul Ismah Ishak, another 8 A scorer from Kuala Nerang, said her family's difficult circumstances had given her the drive to study hard so that she could do well in PMR.

She said she found it difficult to manage her time as she had to help with chores at her father's cattle breeding farm.

"My family is poor. Every day, after class, I helped my father at our farm near our house at Kampung Kubang Kenyai.

"I would revise what I had learned in school for one or two hours at night.

"Although it was difficult to manage, they say what does not break you, makes you."

Nur Naizatul, the eldest of three children, is one of 18 students of Sekolah Menengah Dato Syed Ahmad who obtained As in all subjects.
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Kite Flying Proposed As Co-curricular Activity In Schools
January 01, 2009 23:11 PM

MELAKA, Jan 1 (Bernama) -- Kite flying has been proposed as a co-curricular activity in schools as the traditional game is losing its attraction among the public.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam who made the proposal said interest in kite flying should be revived starting from schools.

"In schools, there are co-curricular activities like playing 'congkak' and top spinning, but not kite flying although there are those interested in this traditional game," he said in his speech text read out by State Assembly Speaker Datuk Othman Muhamad at the launching of the Malaysia-China Kite Festival at Dataran Pahlawan, here, today.

About 50 participants are flying 100 different types of kites from Malaysia and China during the festival.

Mohd Ali said kite flying was now being organised at the international level where Malaysia had also participated in such events abroad.

He said Malaysian kites had their uniqueness in terms of shape and design such as the Wau Bulan, Wau Jala Budi, Wau Kucing and Wau Merak which could draw the fans.

He added that kites from China also came in different shapes like the eagle, dragon and others, in accordance with Chinese beliefs and mythology.

Local kite flying enthusiasts will be able to learn from the Chinese participants hailing from Nanjing and Beijing on kite making and flying as the Chinese are known for their expertise and skills in the field.

Mohd Ali said the kite festival could also help strengthen relations between Malaysia and China.

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