Choosing the best university
PROF Dr Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq, president of Multimedia University ( MMU), gives some handy pointers to students and parents who are deciding on the best university to study in.
The university you choose to pursue your undergraduate studies in will shape your attitude towards learning, your work ethics and even how you network. Be prepared to do some research on the various indicators of quality.
One such indicator is the origin of the university. Excellent universities are usually established to fulfil the greater need of the society or nation rather than as commercial enterprises driven by a desire for maximum profits.
Back in 1996, the Government was looking to liberalise higher education in Malaysia. There were only public universities then and no one knew how to set up universities that could not only produce high- quality graduates, but also stand independently without any assistance from the Government.
At the height of the national Multimedia Super Corridor ( MSC) strategic thrust, the Government approached Telekom Malaysia Berhad ( TM) and asked it to convert its training centre into a university.
TM saw this as the perfect opportunity to exercise its corporate social responsibility and make a unique mark in the industry of telecommunications, ICT and multimedia.
After researching on the methods of the best universities in the world, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Tokyo University, the curriculum of MMU was formed and is now a premier university in Malaysia.
Another indicator of quality to consider is the trust that the university receives. MMU was entrusted by the Government to liberalise higher education and aid in transforming the Malaysian economy from being a manufacturing- based economy to a knowledge- based one.
Since establishing MMU’s campus in Cyberjaya, the university has supplied hi- tech firms and multinational corporations with tens of thousands of skilled knowledge workers over the years.
In 2013, the Government, through the sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad, invited MMU to establish a campus dedicated to cinematic arts programmes in Educity, Iskandar, Johor.
Launched this year, the campus is meant to be Malaysia’s thrust into the content creation industry that will rival large productions.
The second set of example involves the industry’s acceptance of MMU’s graduates. More than 96% of MMU graduates secure employment within six months of completing their studies, which speaks volumes of how the industries trust MMU to produce quality graduates.
Throughout the years, MMU has received numerous awards from different parties in recognition of their trust for the university’s quality.
The most significant comes from Quacquarelli Symonds, the British organisation that creates World University Rankings and the World University Rankings by Subject.
The World University Rankings by Subject named MMU as a Top 200 University in Communication and Media Studies in 2012, in Computer Science and Information Systems in 2014 and in Electrical and Electronics Engineering last year.
Currently, the university is embarking on its MMU 3.0 journey towards becoming an i- University to uphold MMU’s position as the leader in ICT- related education, especially in championing innovation and entrepreneurship.
As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, MMU is offering automatic rebates for its April intake.
Foundation students are assured rebates of 5%, while bachelor’s degree students are offered 10%. On top of these rebates, qualified students stand to enjoy scholarships
worth a total of RM2.5mil.
For more information, call 1300 800 668 or visit www. mmu. edu. my.
Choosing the right university to pursue your undergraduate studies is an important decision to make as it will greatly impact your life.
Prof Dr Ahmad Rafi Mohamed Eshaq.