UNITEN IS TOP PRI­VATE UNIVER­SITY

Placed 6th in over­all lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties rank­ing

New Straits Times - - News / Region - SARAH RAHIM KAJANG news@nst.com.my

UNIVER­SITI Te­naga Na­sional (Uniten) cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary by achiev­ing No. 1 pri­vate univer­sity rank­ing in the We­bo­met­rics Rank­ing for Malaysia in Jan­uary.

Deputy Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Dr Mary Yap said the We­bo­met­rics Rank­ing was a rank­ing sys­tem for world uni­ver­si­ties based on a com­pos­ite in­di­ca­tor that took into ac­count vis­i­bil­ity, im­pact and qual­ity of in­for­ma­tion pub­lished on the web.

The We­bo­met­rics Rank­ing of World Uni­ver­si­ties is an ini­tia­tive of Cy­ber­met­rics Lab, a re­search group of Con­sejo Su­pe­rior de In­ves­ti­ga­ciones Cien­tí­fi­cas, the largest pub­lic re­search body in Spain.

Uniten, a pri­vate univer­sity owned by Te­naga Na­sional Bhd, (TNB) has pro­duced 25,884 grad­u­ates since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1997.

Mary said Uniten ranked at No. 6 among uni­ver­si­ties in Malaysia for the rank­ing.

“Uniten at­tained four stars for the Malaysian Re­search As­sess­ment In­stru­ment. It also ranked be­tween 251 and 300 in the Quacquarelli Symonds Asian Univer­sity Rank­ings last year.”

Mary con­grat­u­lated Uniten, say­ing she was pleased with TNB’s con­tri­bu­tion of RM1.45 bil­lion to the univer­sity’s de­vel­op­ment.

She said Uniten had a con­sis­tent em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate be­tween 95 and 97 per cent for its grad­u­ates based on a Grad­u­ate Tracer Study con­ducted by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

“So­ci­ety is con­cerned about a grad­u­ate’s em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

“Uniten’s con­sis­tent em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate speaks vol­umes of the qual­ity of its grad­u­ates.”

Mary said this af­ter the open­ing of a new mul­ti­pur­pose stu­dent cen­tre in con­junc­tion with Uniten’s 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

She said the cen­tre would be a place for staff, stu­dents and guests to meet in be­tween classes, to study and to watch per­for­mances and events.

Uniten Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Kamal Nasharud­din Mustapha said since 2014, Uniten had made it com­pul­sory for stu­dents to have a min­i­mum of 2.0 Cu­mu­la­tive Grade Point Av­er­age and to ac­quire co-cur­ric­u­lar points to grad­u­ate.

This was in view of the Malaysia Ed­u­ca­tion Blue­print 2015-2025 (Higher Ed­u­ca­tion) shift to de­velop holis­tic, en­tre­pre­neur­ial and bal­anced grad­u­ates.

Kamal said the univer­sity had also par­tic­i­pated in TNB’s Bet­ter Brighter In­tern­ship Pro­gramme, which al­lowed stu­dents to in­tern at TNB and its sub­sidiaries on an an­nual ba­sis.

“This is to pre­pare stu­dents to be­come in­dus­try-ready grad­u­ates.”

Present at the event were TNB and Uniten chair­man Tan Sri Leo Mog­gie and TNB pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Az­man Mohd.

PIC BY HALIM SALLEH

Deputy Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Dr Mary Yap (fourth from left) at Uniten’s 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in Kajang yes­ter­day. With her are Uniten Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Kamal Nasharud­din Mustapha (sec­ond from left), TNB and Uniten chair­man Tan Sri Leo Mog­gie (third from left) and TNB pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Az­man Mohd (sec­ond from right).

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