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Old February 6th, 2005, 08:48 AM   #41
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From bernama.



GATES TO THE FUTURE… Chairman of Microsoft Corp Bill Gates (second left) and Education Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (left) looking at a presentation by students of Sekolah Alam Shah, Putrajaya during their visit at the school computer lab, Tuesday. Gates, who is on a one-day visit to Malaysia, and Hishammuddin jointly launched the "Partners in Learning Programme" where both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the initiative to promote digital inclusion in the education space and bring 21st century skills and tools to the learning environment.

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Microsoft labur RM10j rapatkan jurang digital di Malaysia


BILL Gates dan Hishammuddin Tun Hussein mendengar penerangan mengenai demo perisian daripada pelajar Fitri Al-amin (duduk, tiga dari kanan) sebelum majlis menandatangani MoU program Rakan Kongsi Pembelajaran antara Kementerian Pelajaran dan Microsoft Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. di Sekolah Alam Shah, Putrajaya, semalam. - Gambar AZMAN GHANI.

PUTRAJAYA 29 Jun - Syarikat perisian terbesar di dunia, Microsoft Corporation memberikan komitmen untuk menghulurkan bantuan terbaik kepada kerajaan Malaysia bagi menghapuskan jurang digital di negara ini.

Sebagai permulaan, syarikat itu akan melabur dana RM10 juta dalam tempoh lima tahun untuk memberikan latihan serta perisian yang akan memberi faedah kepada 10,000 pelajar sekolah rendah dan menengah di seluruh negara.

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berkata, hasrat kerajaan untuk mengurangkan jurang digital bagi memastikan teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi (ICT) dapat dinikmati oleh semua rakyat disambut baik oleh Pengerusi Microsoft, Bill Gates.

``Saya tekankan betapa pentingnya kita mengambil tindakan mengurangkan jurang digital sebab jika tidak, akan berlaku jurang pembangunan yang besar kerana pada masa akan datang, peranan ICT sebagai pemangkin pembangunan adalah amat penting.

``Dan saya diberitahu reaksi beliau adalah baik tentang apa yang kita laksanakan,'' katanya kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Lembaga Pengarah Lembaga Pembangunan Langkawi di pejabatnya, di sini hari ini.

Terdahulu, Perdana Menteri menerima kunjungan Gates yang dalam lawatan dua hari ke Malaysia bagi menghadiri pelancaran program Rakan Kongsi Pembelajaran di Sekolah Alam Shah, di sini.

Program itu membolehkan guru diperkasa dengan pengetahuan ICT melalui latihan kemahiran dan pembangunan kurikulum.

Kata Perdana Menteri, Gates turut menyatakan mengenai pentingnya Malaysia memastikan generasi muda mendapat latihan secukupnya untuk membina pekerja berpengetahuan (K-Pekerja).

Sementara itu, Gates berkata, syarikatnya menyambut baik komitmen Malaysia untuk mengurangkan jurang digital melalui pemerolehan teknologi ICT oleh pelajar termasuk di luar bandar.

``Dan saya pula dapat menjelaskan kepada beliau mengenai komitmen kami untuk bekerja bersama kerajaan, membantu dengan cara terbaik yang kami mampu,'' kata Gates selepas menandatangani memorandum persefahaman (MoU) bagi program Rakan Kongsi Pembelajaran di Sekolah Alam Shah.

Gates yang juga Ketua Arkitek Perisian Microsoft mewakili syarikat berkenaan manakala Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein memeterai MoU itu bagi pihak kementeriannya.
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Old February 6th, 2005, 04:47 PM   #42
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Minister Assures Terengganu On University
February 06, 2005



KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 6 (Bernama) -- The Higher Education Ministry is studying data before deciding on the setting up a public university in Terengganu as promised by Barisan Nasional (BN) during the general election last year, Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Shafie Salleh said Sunday.

He said the ministry might establish a new university or upgrade an existing institution of higher learning in the state to university status.

The institutions that could be upgraded were University College of Science and Technology Malaysia (Kustem), Terengganu Higher Technical Institute (TATI) and Sultan Zainal Abidin Religious College (Kusza), he said.

Whatever the decision, the promise of creating a university in Terengganu would be kept, he told reporters after attending a briefing on KUSTEMvax, a vaccine for small ruminants like goats and sheep.

The vaccine was developed by Kustem.

"The establishment of a full-fledged university in Terengganu is included in the BN election manifesto. So, like it or not, it will be built," he said.

The chairman of the state Umno education bureau Datuk Rosli Mat Hassan was reported to have said it would submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi urging the federal government to speed up the proposed university.

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Old February 8th, 2005, 08:19 AM   #43
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i wonder how they rank that. all of them scored straight A's
Maybe the government just simply pick it randomly. There were more than 15000 PMR straight A's this year. I have seen many straight A's student in PMR get a really bad result in SPM. So PMR is not good indicator to determine who is the best student or so on. The marking system is too lenient and the standard.... Well hopefully the new syllabus will have a better standard.
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Old February 8th, 2005, 07:19 PM   #44
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ROBOFEST 2003 (3rd Malaysia Robot Games Festival)

Date: 13-14 September 2003.
Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition Centre.
Organizers: Ministry of Science, Technology & the Environment of Malaysia & SIRIM

MMU teams achieved a tremendous triumph as they swept away a few major awards, as follow:

Category Prize
RoboDance Champion, and Second Runner Up
RoboGrab Champion
Survivor Robot First Runner Up

RoboDance

The robot (looks similar to a doll) has to dance synchronically with the music played. It'll start its movement after hearing the music. Basically, it is judged based upon its design, circuits, programming and choreography.

Supervisor: Mr. Yong Yik Seng.
Group Members: Mohd Rasheed Bin Mohd Abd Rahman (leader), Ginanjar Nur Rahmat, Musili Bin Mustapa, Mohd Faizal Bin Abd Khalek, Pang Shkang, Chong Shao Pin.

RoboGrab
To score as many 'sepak takraw-s' as possible into the goal-post. The 'sepak takraw-s' are either red or blue in color, and are scattered on the floor (game field). Each team is assigned one of the color. Scoring own- team's color 'sepak takraw-s' into the goal increases points in the scoreboard, while scoring own's color into opponent's goal deducts the opponent's point. Round robin.

Supervisor: Dr. Wong Eng Kiong.
Group Members: Chua Shing Chyi (Leader), Kang Chee Chiang, Khoo Kah Hean, Lam Yoke Khei, Ng Kang Song.

Survivor Robot
This is a competition that use wireless remote control mobile robot to bring a golden cup from the center of the stage back to the home place (One of the 4 corner of the stage). Along the way from the corner to the center of the stage, there will be tracks which have some obstacles on it, such as slope, turner and so on. For the qualification round, each team has to start from corner to the center of the competition stage and bring back a golden cup, 16 teams that have the fastest time will enter the 2nd round.
At 2nd round, four teams will compete at the same time that starts at each corner. Point will be given for team that manage to get the cup back to home or manage to push others team's robot off the track. Points also will be deducted if the robot drop the cup or off the track. Four teams from the 2nd round will enter the final. The same rules as 2nd round apply to final. The team that gets highest point will be the winning team. .

Supervisor: Mr. Lim Ka Sing.
Group Members: William Hii How Hsin, Ng Kang Song, Ng Kai Chong, Edmund Woon Chee Yong .


ROBOFEST teams



RoboGrab group

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Robocon Malaysia 2003 was held on 3rd May 2003 (Saturday), at SIRIM, Shah Alam. MMU team has developed two classes of machines, automatic and manual machine (control by student operator).

Our team, RoboForce, had done our best and appeared as the Second Runner Up for the game. In addition, our team won the Best Idea Award.



Robocon Malaysia 2004 -- First Runner Up & Best Idea Award

Robocon Malaysia 2004 was held on 7th - 9th May 2004, at SIRIM, Shah Alam. Our team, RoboForce 04, emerged as First Runner Up after a nail-biting final. In addition, our team won the Best Idea Award.



Robocon Malaysia 2003 -- Second Runner Up & Best Idea Award
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Click to view the competition.
http://fet.mmu.edu.my/fet/research/c...ge/robocon.mpg
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Robocon 2002 Malaysia - Mencapai Puncak Gunung Kinabalu



The aim of the contest is to place beach balls into 17" tubes representing Mt Fuji to score points. A team becomes the winner when "Reach" is achieved, that is, when they successfully fill five tubes diagonally, including the highest "Summit" tube in the center representing Mt Fuji. The game duration is three minutes.

Robocon 2003 Malaysia - Takraw Space Conqueror



The purpose of this year's competition is to place as many takraw balls into hanging nets at heights of 1.5m, 2m and 3m.

MMU team has developed two classes of machines, automatic and manual machine (control by student operator). The total weight of all machines must be less than 50kg and 3m height (fully extended). The starting base dimension should not be more than 1.2m x 1.2m.
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Ahamad Sipon Made New Education D-G
February 15, 2005 23:13 PM



KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) -- Former Deputy Director-General of Education (Technical) Datuk Dr Ahamad Sipon has been promoted to Director-General succeeding Tan Sri Rafie Mahat who retired last Dec 31.

He had assumed the duties of the Director-General since Jan 1.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who announced the appointment in a statement Tuesday, said he hoped Ahamad would continue the ministry's efforts to strengthen national schools, enhance the teaching profession and bridge the gap between urban and rural schools.

"I am confident he will be able to fulfil his responsibilities with full commitment, transparency, sincerity and honesty and be with me and the ministry staff to shoulder the duty of enhancing education in the country," he said.

Ahamad was born on July 15, 1951 and started his career in education 30 years ago when he became a lecturer at the Ungku Omar Polytechnic in Ipoh in 1975.

Among the posts he has held are Principal of the Sultan Ahmad Shah Polytechnic (1984), Principal of Batu Pahat Polytechnic (1987), Principal Assistant Director of the Curriculum Unit (1989), Director of the Polytechnic Management Division (1997) and Selangor Director of Education (1999).

Ahamad obtained his PhD in technical and vocational education from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the United States.

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Malay Gains Access Under New School Curriculum
February 19, 2005 23:14 PM



By Salbiah Said

SINGAPORE, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Singapore's Education Ministry is revamping the curriculum and teaching of the Malay language to make it more "convenient and accessible" to non-Malay students keen to take it up as a third language.

"We're looking at a range of issues: how we fit it in the curriculum, should there be more scope to take the language within your own school -- for which of course we'll need more resources. But we have to make it more convenient and accessible," Channel News Asia quoted Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam as saying Saturday.

He said students already had a very heavy academic schedule. "So how we can incorporate it in the curriculum of your own school is something we're looking at. It won't be possible in every school because we simply don't have enough resources. But we should try to make it possible in a certain number of schools."

News reports quoted Minister Mentor, Lee Kuan Yew as having said on Thursday that Singapore was planning to increase the number of its non-Malay citizens who could speak Malay as a way of building links with Indonesia and Malaysia.

He said the Education Ministry was considering introducing Malay as a third language at schools, following English and the student's mother tongue. The goal was to get 10-15 per cent of Singapore's non-Malay population to be fluent in either Bahasa Malaysia or Bahasa Indonesia, Lee said at a Chinese New Year dinner Thursday night.

"We learnt from our experience in Aceh that we need more Singaporeans who can speak Bahasa, either Bahasa Malaysia or Bahasa Indonesia," said Lee, the father of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the nation's founding father.

According to Channel News Asia, some 340 Secondary One students were taking Malay as a third language this year, more than double the number five years ago.

As part of the Education Ministry's move to give students more say in selecting the subjects they want to study, the Ministry had announced that all Secondary One students could take a third language in addition to their mother tongue from 2007, it said.

Besides revamping the curriculum, Tharman said his ministry would also look into hiring more Malay language teachers.

Said Tharman: "First, we have to make sure that it is convenient and accessible to take Malay as a third language. Second, we have to make sure that the curriculum is suitable for people who are not native speakers of the language.

"Our focus should be on building the skills that they can really use in everyday life, and in the future careers and professions. That means the focus on the oral skills, communications ability especially, and to some extent reading.

"The way we teach the language is also something that we're looking at to make it an engaging subject that students can relate to in everyday life," he said.

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More Rural Students Can Do Degree Programmes With Open University
February 20, 2005 23:27 PM



PETALING JAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- More rural students will now have the chance to pursue degree courses with the Open University Malaysia (OUM) starting May this year.

Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan Selangor (YBKS) founder Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib said this was made possible with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with OUM Sunday.

"More rural students who have completed their diplomas can now pursue their degree courses with OUM," Muhammad told reporters after the signing ceremony at Dewan Utama, Tabung Haji Complex in Kelana Jaya.

He said students could pursue their degree courses in areas like business studies and information technology via the e-learning facilities provided by OUM.

"This is one way to expose our students to higher education," he added.

OUM president/vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Datuk Dr Anwar Ali said OUM had 32 centres nationwide and students had easy access to continue their degree programmes.

The signing was witnessed by the Higher Education Ministry's Deputy Secretary-General Dr Mohd Nasir Mohd Ashraf.

Meanwhile, at the same ceremony Muhammad, who is Umno information chief, said the proposal of RM2 to be a life member of Umno would ease the collection of membership fee.

"There are lots of problems collecting membership fee every year. Based on our proposal members have to pay RM2 and become a life member of the party," he said.

Saturday, Umno secretary-general Datuk Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said the new proposal would be tabled at the party's supreme council meeting on Tuesday to move away from the current RM1 annual membership fee and RM100 life membership fee.

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PM: Trace the student loan defaulters
Tuesday February 22, 2005
BY JANE RITIKOS and GAVIN GOMEZ



PETALING JAYA: Trace them and make them pay up, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) on the high number of student loan defaulters.

He also lambasted the attitude of defaulters, who have jobs but refuse to repay their loans, as “unforgivable.”

“Action must be taken. Sorry, but we have to take stern action because they must realise that the responsibility (to pay back the loans) is theirs.

“They (PTPTN) must know who owe them and what they are doing now,” he said upon his return from a three-day working visit to Saudi Arabia.

It was reported that PTPTN had RM7bil in arrears, which had accumulated over the years, forcing it to borrow RM2bil from the EPF in 2003.

The corporation had said the outstanding amount was due to loan defaulters and also because it had not received any Government allocation since 2003.

Abdullah said if stern action were not taken against the loan defaulters, the corporation would never recover its money.

“Many people want facilities, loans and will lobby or seek support to get them. But after they graduate they do not want to pay up,” he said.

However, those who have graduated but have yet to find a job should be given time to repay their study loan.

“But if they have found jobs but are not repaying the loans, that is something which we cannot forgive,” he said.

In Putrajaya, PTPTN senior manager Wan Ahmad Wan Yusoff said the defaulters would be taken to court as they have already received reminders to pay up.

“We are serious. In cases where students have responded, we have been understanding,” he added.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh said the Cabinet has asked his ministry to “relook the criteria” for awarding loans in light of the high number of loan defaulters.

Among the criteria being considered were to only award loans to students enrolled in critical courses and those from low-income families, he said.

This means that fewer students will qualify for PTPTN loans in future.

The days of students, whether rich or poor, obtaining a loan from the corporation might soon be over, he said.

“What I am trying to do now is get more ideas from the public,” he said, adding that a “friendly chat” would be organised to get feedback from students, parents and others on ways to speed up the repayment of loans.

“The Cabinet has directed us, together with the Finance Ministry, to come up with a working paper on how to make the loan scheme more viable,” Dr Shafie said.
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Young scientists
Sunday February 20, 2005



By ZECH PHARAMOND

SCIENCE student Mohamad Ariffudin Che Mohammed Ariffin was beaming from ear to ear. And who could blame him, for it was the second time running that a team from his school – MRSM Kuala Terengganu – was named grand prize winners of the Sony Science Education Award (SSEA).

Mohamad Ariffudin's team impressed not one but two panels of judges selected by Sony (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, organisers of the community-based project for the past five years, with their “Disposable Biodegradable Diapers” idea.

Said Mohammed Ariffudin of his school's achievement, “We took five months to put our project together. Much of it was about getting the right combination of materials for the diaper.

“We experimented many, many times and then suddenly, after many hours, the solution became clear,” he shared.






The jubilant winners and their teacher (right) were thrilled to have won the grand prize for the second year in a row.



Another member of his four-man team Muhammad Azani Azan Azra'ai agreed, saying: “Sometimes, it was like we weren't getting anywhere. Then suddenly a new idea would come and we could get the results we wanted.”

What they wanted was to find an environmentally-safe solution to the synthetic polymers used in commercial diapers, something that could be broken down and assimilated by fungus or bacteria.

So they put together a diaper made of congograss (imperata cylindrical) with starch, egg white and pandan laut (Pandanalese kirkii). The pandan laut extract, which eliminated foul smells, was first used in their seniors' winning project last year.

The jubilant students were happy to explain their project to the small crowd gathered around their exhibition table.

Second prize winners SMK Seafield in Petaling Jaya developed a particle board made of crushed plastics and old newspapers. Calling it the “eco-board”, this team even got their product tested by SIRIM Bhd.

“We were confident of the eco-board – it was quite sturdy – but we wanted to see how it compared to professional standards,” said Kimberly Louise Francis of the Seafield team.

The eco-board was deemed almost as tough as other composite materials, and thus suitable for making furniture, floor tiles and the like.

Third prize went to the students of Kuching’s SMK St Thomas who used the laws of physics to bend toothbrushes at their heads and stems so that they would be easier to use when cleaning around corners.

“When you bend these toothbrushes at 45 and 90 degree angles, they become incredibly easy to handle,” said Aldrin Wong Shen Wee.

Handing out flyers that showed 100% of their respondents agreeing with them, Aldrin was quick to encourage the curious to give their unique toothbrushes a go.

They even brought along tap faucets, cups and an old telephone for people to test out their idea on.

The SSEA is a community-based project spearheaded by the Sony group of companies in Malaysia to promote science education and to foster intellectual creativity among secondary school students.

This year’s theme was “Scientific Solutions for the Environment”.
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Discover Malaysia
Sunday February 20, 2005



PART of the fun of going overseas to brush up on language skills is that students not only get to improve their mastery of a language but also enjoy diverse cultural experiences. And in this respect, Korean students at the Language Centre of KBU International College (KBU) have not been disappointed.

KBU has been playing host to university students from Korea enrolled in its nine-month Intensive English Programme (IEP). The students selected Malaysia as their study destination because they wanted to avail themselves of the world-class language learning opportunities here.

IEP coordinator and student mentor Lim Yew Choy said that the college had made extra effort to ensure that the students had an enriching learning experience in Malaysia.

“They were accorded unofficial ‘guest’ status so that they could experience holistic development, a global outlook and cultural appreciation,” Lim said.






Korean students ar KBU enjoying a study tour of Putrajaya.


Personalised tours to various parts of the country had been organised for the benefit of the students.

“We’ve taken them to a number of places of varied significance and importance in the country. We’ve even taken them to kampungs and new villages in Batu Gajah, Perak so that they could ‘capture’ the other side of Malaysia. All this has a direct impact on their language learning and will enrich their lives as KBU students,” he added.

Students from the other countries said the Korean students were polite, friendly and diligent. Some even described them as excellent role models.

Student Baek Ji Yeon said that although most Koreans would have chosen the United States as the destination of choice to study the English Language, she chose to come to Malaysia for personal reasons and had no regrets about her decision.

“After being in the programme for three months, I’ve no regrets at all,” she said.

Another student Yun Seok Min wrote an article for his Korean university’s newsletter in which he shared his study experience in Malaysia.

He summed up his thoughts about studying at KBU in Malaysia when he wrote “In Malaysia, it is no problem to learn how to understand in English, how to think in English and how to express in English. And as a bonus, you learn how to respect other cultures.

“Everything is beautiful, and I wonder why the sky is so high today. I’m really afraid in December, I might call my mom and say that I don’t want to go back to Korea. That is the only problem I can think of now.”
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They’ve got the most awards
Sunday February 20, 2005



SUNWAY University College (SUC) is one of three Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) providers in the world but its students swept six out of the total nine subject awards at the SUC MUFY graduation night which saw 300 students celebrating their achievements recently.

Chua Pei Ling, Tan Shi Yan and Jolene Yeoh secured top marks in Accounting.

Nur Raihanna Abdul Rahman clinched the top prize for Economics, Chua Pei Ling took home the award for Mathematics A while Lai Chiang Wei won the subject prize for Physics.

Kuah Swee Heng secured a double, taking the awards for both Computer Science and Mathematics B. He was also named overall top scorer by Monash International, with the highest cumulative scores from his best four subjects.





Top scoere Kuaj (right) receiving his award from Sunway Group Healthcare and Education Division chief executive officer Lee Weng Keng.


Ever since the MUFY programme started at SUC in September 1999, it has experienced an impressive growth. From an initial student enrolment of 30 students, there are now more than 500 students.

The students select their choice of subject combination from nine subjects – Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Mathematics A, Mathematics B and Physics.

More students are viewing the 10-month MUFY programme as a popular and viable pre-university option, especially since the programme places equal importance on extracurricular activities and academic performance.

“MUFY gives us a head start for our university education,” said Kuah, a Petronas scholarship holder who will be leaving for Melbourne soon to pursue a degree in Commerce.
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No barrier to success
Sunday February 20, 2005



IT was indeed an occasion that touched the hearts of many of those present. When Systematic College Petaling Jaya (SCPJ) recently presented certificates to wheelchair-bound trainees Lean Chin Kit and Low Mee Li, many had to hold back tears of joy. The duo, proving once again that disability is no barrier to success, had just completed their National Vocational Training Council (MLVK) programme.

The inaugural convocation ceremony also saw 150 MLVK graduates being awarded the Human Resource Ministry’s Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) for completing one-year courses to qualify as computer systems technicians, information systems analysts and multimedia artists.

SCPJ principal Danny Chee presented the certificates to the graduates. The occasion was graced by the presence of senior corporate managers from SEG International (SEGi).




Lean receivinghis certificate from Lee.


SEGi chief operations officer KC Lee highlighted the importance of developing human capital through vocational programmes like the MLVK.

”Since opening our doors to vocational trainees in 2003, we have trained almost 400 students,” Lee said.

”Several of the vocational graduates who completed training at Level Three have found employment in different sectors of industry while a few were already working in large corporations such as Western Digital and Panasonic,” he added.

“Systems analysts and computer technicians are the right and left hands of organisations which support and work with management so that they function effectively.

“Multimedia training also helps to fill the country’s need for more skilled multimedia designers,” Lee said.

Another graduating trainee for whom the convocation ceremony held special meaning was 20-year old Jenab @ Jannah Mohd Kasim.

Born with cerebral palsy, Jenab said her most fulfilling experience while attending the course was being able to share knowledge with other multimedia students at SCPJ.

“I am glad I finished up to Level Five. I hope to enter the job market soon, maybe as a graphic designer,” says the student who had received her basic education at The Selangor and Federal Territory Spastic Children’s Association.
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Sunday February 20, 200



A COMMON mission has brought the Irish Universities and Medical Schools Consortium (IUMC) and Taylor's College together.

The desire to provide more options for students to pursue their studies saw three of the partner universities of the IUMC – National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, University College Cork and University College Dublin – and Taylor's enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently. The MoU was signed by Taylor's president Khoo Soo Peng and NUI's Prof Padraic O'Donoghue.

The MOU allows students who successfully complete the first year of an engineering degree programme at Taylor's to transfer into the second year of selected undergraduate electrical and electronic engineering courses at the Irish universities.

Taylor’s College principal Anucia Jeganathan said that students who choose to continue their studies in Ireland stand to benefit from state-of-the-art research facilities at the universities.

The degree programmes are also fully accredited by the Institute of Engineers in Ireland and thus, internationally recognised.

Prof O'Donoghue said that the strong curriculum at Taylor's places the students in good stead as they move on to the later years of their undergraduate engineering studies at the Irish universities. Malaysian students also have a good track record at the IUMC universities as students pursuing medical degrees there have shown high levels of commitment to their studies.
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Inaugural convocation
Sunday February 20, 2005



LIMKOKWING University College of Creative Technology recently celebrated its first graduation at the Cyberjaya campus since moving there last year.

About 400 students received their scrolls at the university college’s Hall of Fame.

The students from Limkokwing’s Faculties of Architecture and the Built Environment, Communication, Multimedia and Broadcasting, Art and Design, Creative Multimedia and the Millennium Institute of Technology received their degree, advanced diploma or diploma scrolls before a packed audience that included industry leaders, faculty members and proud parents.

Various honours were also handed out. These included prestigious awards such as the Tan Sri Datuk Dr Awang Had Salleh Award, the Presidential Award and the Young Achiever’s Award.





(From left) New graduate Brandon Loh and Emmeline Lyon with Fu and Lim after the inaugural graduation ceremony in Cyberjaya.



Communications, Multimedia and Broadcasting student Nor Hazlin Norsalam, 23, received thunderous applause as she went on stage to receive the Tan Sri Datuk Dr Awang Had Salleh Award for her many achievements.

Besides excelling in academics, the aspiring thespian is active in the local art scene, appearing in local productions such as The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Swettenham. The talented lass said her experience at Limkokwing has made her proactive and independent.

“Instead of waiting for someone to tell us what to do, we get going and that’s fun!” she said.

Hazlin also helped to organise the official launch of the Cyberjaya campus by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi – she was master of ceremonies and described the experience as “a real confidence booster”.

President Scholar’s Award and Industry Award for Excellence in Public Relations winner Eleanor Simone Danker, 23, said her lecturers did not just teach theory but made sure students were exposed to industry. Danker served her internship with Rantau PR where she had the chance to handle events such as the Apple U2 iPod launch.

Limkokwing graduates have always benefited from the vision of its president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing, who is committed to producing a creative and versatile workforce for the knowledge economy.

Lim’s “industry-within-university” concept introduced through the university college’s professional arm, Malaysia Design Innovation (MDI) centre, exposes students to the real working world via business units set up on campus. These business units – a hair salon, fashion boutique and cafés – give students first-hand experience on how businesses are run.

Winner of the Industry Award for Excellence in Advertising Concepts Ethan Lim was happy with the industry exposure.

“The business units have given me an idea of what to expect when I join the workforce,” he said.

“I had many opportunities to interact with industry professionals while on campus, and I learnt from them,” he added.

Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow commended Limkokwing on its contributions to the education sector, pointing out that many firsts for the university college turned out to be firsts for the country as well.

He said that the university college’s innovative creativity is “something Malaysians must embrace in order to become more competitive globally. We certainly need this to help us advance our national innovation agenda,” he added.
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Explore furniture design
Sunday February 20, 2005



KEEN to experiment with furniture design? Well, the opportunity to do that may just have arrived.

In a bid to revolutionise the furniture industry, the Malaysian Furniture Promotion Council (MFPC), via its Furniture Design Services Programme (FDSP), is now offering students the opportunity to explore the world of furniture design.

Launched in May last year under the Furniture Design Division (FDD), the programme aims to nurture an interest in students to develop world-class furniture designs using high technology production capabilities which cater to discerning tastes and conform to global standards.

The students are contracted to work hand-in-hand with key Malaysian furniture manufacturers. This is a collaboration fully guided and supported by the MFPC and other authorities in the industry.





Students are now encouraged to pool resources and share ideas about furniture design via workshops.



The objectives of the FDD programme are varied. The programme aims to encourage the growth of a design-oriented furniture industry in Malaysia, to promote research and analysis of furniture design trends, as well as to create a pool of designers who can come up with world-class designs.

Designers are contracted for a three-month period during which they can be attached to specific furniture manufacturers or work independently on their own or at the MFPC.

They can experiment with either the bedroom, dining, living or outdoor range of furniture.

All expenses during this period will be borne by the MFPC.

Since its launch in May, the FDD programme has produced five designers who have “graduated” and been recruited by industry players.

MFPC chief operating officer Paul Wang says that Malaysian furniture manufacturers now realise that the industry’s pillar of support lies in the expertise of its designers.

“Changes are constantly taking place in this industry and the only way to keep up with the changing trends and demands, besides competing in the price war, is to become a trend setter,” he said.

“We also hope to expose furniture designers to trends in furniture design by organising seminars and workshops,” Wang added.

The FDD programme will be run throughout the year. The MFPC is confident that the partnership will be a win-win collaboration, with the industry benefiting from the input of innovative designers and the designers gaining from the opportunities offered by the industry.
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Foreign student intake still increasing
Sunday February 20, 2005



THE Private Education Department welcomes comments and feedback from the general public for the betterment of the private higher education sector.

With regard to Alarm bells go off over drop in foreign student intake by V.K. Chin (The Star, Feb 3), I would like to clarify that the number of international students coming to Malaysia is increasing. We are confident that we can reach the target of having 50,000 international students by the end of 2005 as projected.

As of January 2005, the number of international students was 40,686. This figure includes 25,939 students in private higher education institutions, 6,315 students in public higher education institutions, 3,376 in public schools and 5,056 in private schools.

Looking at the statistics for private higher education institutions, the number is increasing yearly from 22,827 in 2002 to 25,158 in 2003 and 25,939 in 2004.

There is a slight decline in the number of students from China (from 10,230 students in 2003 to 9,075 students in 2004) and Bangladesh.

However, our statistics show that the number is increasing for Indonesia, Pakistan and Middle East countries.

The drop in the number of Chinese students coming to Malaysia is due to several factors. One of them is the setting up of the branch campuses by foreign universities in China.

International students who are studying in Malaysia come from 161 different countries throughout the world.


To attract more of these international students, the ministry has set up Education Promotion Offices in four countries, namely China (Beijing), Indonesia (Jakarta), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City), and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai).

The ministry also plans to participate in education promotion activities overseas.

I would also like to comment on the time taken to process applications to conduct courses. Since the implementation of the one-stop agency for approval of courses, the time taken to get approvals has been shortened by half of the actual processing time.

To ensure quality courses in private higher education institutions (PHEIs), the ministry feels all courses need to be evaluated thoroughly by the experts prior to approval being granted.

There is no shortcut in evaluating the curriculum content to ensure standards are met by the PHEIs.

The ministry would also like to remind the PHEIs that they need to apply for minimum standards as soon as they are ready. Although accreditation has not been made compulsory, PHEIs should apply for accreditation as only accredited courses will be recognised by the international market.

We assure the public that no red tape is involved and any delay in giving the approval is mainly due to incomplete information submitted by the applicant.

All students, local or international, are required to take the compulsory subjects, namely Bahasa Malaysia, Malaysian Studies and Moral Education/Islamic Education. However, international students are not required to pass the compulsory subjects.

The Private Higher Education Act 1996 only stipulates that it is a prerequisite for Malaysian citizens to pass these compulsory subjects to be awarded any certification.

International students take these compulsory subjects for added value, as they not only get to acquire another language which will make it easier for them to be immerse in the local culture, but also get to learn more about the country they are studying in.

As a matter of fact, it is a normal practice in most countries to make it a requirement for international students to take a certain number of credit hours for compulsory subjects.

I hope my explanation will clear up confusion and clarify certain points highlighted by Chin’s article.
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