‘HAVE FAITH IN OUR ED­U­CA­TION SYS­TEM’

Malaysian var­si­ties on a par with world’s best, says deputy min­is­ter

New Straits Times - - News - MOHD IKHWAN JA­MALUDIN NILAI news@nst.com.my

THE Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is call­ing on the pub­lic to re­store and build their con­fi­dence in the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion pro­vided by lo­cal pub­lic and pri­vate higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

In her speech at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of this year’s Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Car­ni­val at Univer­siti Sains Is­lam Malaysia (USIM) here on Satur­day, the min­istry’s deputy min­is­ter, Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching, said many lo­cal pub­lic and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties were on a par with, and some were even above, the world’s top aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions abroad.

“This is proven by the suc­cess of five uni­ver­si­ties mak­ing it to the Top 50 for 11 best cour­ses of­fered, while seven more made it to the Top 100 for 52 out of 100 cour­ses,” she said.

“Those uni­ver­si­ties are Univer­siti Malaya, Univer­siti Sains Malaysia, Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia, Univer­siti Te­knologi Malaysia, Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia, In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Uni­ver­sity of Malaysia and Tay­lor’s Uni­ver­sity.”

Yap said such achieve­ments were in line with the min­istry’s as­pi­ra­tions to pro­duce grad­u­ates who were knowl­edge­able and highly com­pe­tent in their field of stud­ies, which would help them be­come job creators, and not just job seek­ers.

“Grad­u­ates have to be in­no­va­tive and self-driven to ac­quire out­stand­ing cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties like an­a­lyt­i­cal and crit­i­cal think­ing in prob­lem-solv­ing, be­ing mul­ti­lin­gual to en­hance their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and be tech­nol­ogy savvy.

“At the same time, they must con­tinue to pre­serve their moral val­ues and prin­ci­ples to bet­ter con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety, coun­try and the world.”

The Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Car­ni­val is in its 12th year run­ning. It was first held in 2005.

USIM was se­lected to host the cen­tral and fi­nal zone, and this year’s clos­ing cer­e­mony, after a na­tion­wide tour in Kota Baru, Ke­lan­tan; at Univer­siti Sains Malaysia, Pe­nang, and Univer­siti Malaysia Perlis, Perlis; and in Kota Kin­a­balu, Sabah, and Kuch­ing, Sarawak.

Yap said there were four main rea­sons why the min­istry held the car­ni­val an­nu­ally.

Firstly, it was to fa­cil­i­tate dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­for­ma­tion on for­mal higher ed­u­ca­tional pur­suits at uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and in­sti­tu­tions (both pub­lic and pri­vate) to the pub­lic and Si­jil Pe­la­jaran Malaysia and Si­jil Tinggi Perseko­la­han Malaysia school leavers.

“The three other rea­sons are to pro­mote cur­rent and new pro­grammes of­fered (in­clud­ing dis­tance learn­ing, part-time and short-term cour­ses) at uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and in­sti­tu­tions (both pub­lic and pri­vate), cre­ate aware­ness of the avail­abil­ity of in­for­mal life-long learn­ing pro­grammes and high­light the on­line en­rol­ment ap­pli­ca­tion via UPUOn­line at http://upu.mohe.gov.my, which is open to the pub­lic from Feb 6 to April 5,”

She said the tagline for this year’s car­ni­val was “Jom Ma­suk IPT” (Let’s Enrol into In­sti­tu­tions of Higher Learn­ing) and it in­volved pub­lic and pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties, poly­tech­nics, pri­vate, com­mu­nity and ma­tric­u­la­tion col­leges, pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions of vo­ca­tional train­ing and teach­ers ed­u­ca­tion, as well as the Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Fund, Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency and other spon­sors.

The car­ni­val was joined by nonaca­demic min­istries like Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­tries; Women, Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment; Hu­man Re­sources; and Plan­ta­tion In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Min­istries, which also of­fered life­long learn­ing pro­grammes to the pub­lic.

Present at the clos­ing cer­e­mony were USIM Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Musa Ah­mad, the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istr y ’s dire ctor-gen­eral Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tap­sir, its deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral (de­vel­op­ment), Datuk Nik Ali Mat Yunus, and deputy-sec­re­tary gen­eral (man­age­ment) Datuk Kamel Mo­hamad; and Com­mu­nity Col­lege Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Amir Md Noor.

PIC BY KHAIRUL NA­JIB ASARULAH KHAN

Vis­i­tors at the Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Car­ni­val at Univer­siti Sains Is­lam Malaysia in Nilai on Satur­day. (In­set) Deputy Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching.

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