Choos­ing the best univer­sity

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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.

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