WIPE Out Malaysian Uís
- From: pluto <pluto@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 10:21:37 +0800
WIPE out Malaysian Uâ??s in TOP 200 World University Ranking 2007 ? Britain
THES; 27 New universities - 4 Different countries Enter List; NUS 33; NTU 69
ABOVE: STAR Report today, Note: the credit "UMNO has built .." emphasis.. so now
can we say "UMNO has destroyed the Malalaysian Universities rankings...?"
Look at the top Nations, they have at least one or two top universities. What a
shame for Malaysia!? Will another Space tourist redeem the loss in face among
the "top Nations"?
As predicted in last yearâ??s post â??GOING, Going GONE Soon UM World UNIVERSITY
RANKING in Top 200â??, details H E R E , University Malaya finally and
ignominiously exited the list from position 192 to 246. UKM which managed to
crawl up to 185 (2006) & tasted glory for just a year and fell to 309. Its VC -
Datuk Dr Sharifah Hapsah should do an â??ostrichâ?? and eat her words:
"We do not consider this a success until and unless we reach the No 1 position".
Be humble in life and not be too boastful for some Malaysia Bolih success.
Malaysian Premier Uâ??s Ranking Records
----------------2004 2005 2006 2007
UM --------89 ----169---192 ---246
USM - - - --------326 ---277---307
UKM - - - --------289---185--- 309
The Higher Education Strategic Plan was only launched on 27 August 2007. The
Plan forms the basis for the development of higher education until 2020. It is
suppose to make Malaysia the centre of regional excellence in the field of
higher education and using higher education the instrument of national
integration. It will remain as an idealistic Plan in the transformation of
higher education because the foundation stones are weak as for years the erosion
has taken place when meritocracy is thrown to the winds for the sake of
correcting the imbalances in the numbers. With the lack of meritocracy,
systematic intense discrimination and racial profiling in our universities - not
giving promotions to qualified lecturers besides a discriminative student
admission policy. And the latest THES listing confirms a domino effect with the
quality of these universities deteriorating every year.
When passing marks are lowered in pushing out the numbers, standards would
naturally be compromised. And we have seen the â??means usedâ?? justified the
ends. A great many places and in many fields of endeavors they only â??look &
feel goodâ?? with all the money pumped in to shore them up. MSC is just a
glaring example; the birth of PKFZ and so will be all these â??corridorsâ?? now
being opened north, south, east & west. The situation will become - too many
corridors that open to nowhere. If these isolated places are slated to prosper,
they would have taken place naturally. All these are excellent business plans
with no fruitful results. Learn to walk first before running & rushing to the
Stars in space.
How many academic promotions were based on merits or academic citations of
faculty members? Only very recently we have seen â??outsidersâ?? from within
being appointed and promoted to head important academic positions and these are
just drops in an ocean and they would not have much significance on the
prevailing mindsets. Change can only take place in mass dreams where everyone is
And it will be a lofty dream and a wish of Government if existing institutions
of higher education can create an atmosphere that is competitive, based on
performance and meritocracy. The rot has set in a long long time ago and the
majority of the academic staff is so well entrenched in their positions they
would not budge from their well protected and privileged appointments. Where
will they be dumped or go and where do you find replacements for the
non?performing oones?. They will go nowhere and the status quo remains. Of
course it is a noble aim to churn out graduates that will attract employers in
the global marketplace but the input must be of the right quality materials.
The public institutions might fare better from their established years of
experience with proper annual funding.
The worries are the private colleges and universities mushrooming over recent
years where the bottom line is they are set up solely to make profits and
satisfy their shareholders. For them, every Tom, Dick or Mat would eventually
graduate after attending the prescribed period AND paying up all outstanding
fees. Throw a stone and you can be sure to hit someone with a basic BSC or BA.
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In the 2007 Top 200 List, it seems there is a shift to a new method of
compilation and higher scoring is given to â??staff-to-student ratioâ?? and less
to â??percentage of international facultyâ??. Even Singapore NUS registered a
fall to 33 from 19 and NTU to 69 from 61 and both are still in the TOP 100.
In the Top 10, the UK and USA still dominate - Harvard University, Cambridge,
Oxford and Yale retain the top four positions for the second year. University
College London and Chicago join the top 10 for the first time.
In the Top 50: The addition of the Netherlands sees 12 countries featured in the
top 50 compared to 11 in 2006 . New entrants include; Brown University, Bristol,
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Osaka, Boston, Amsterdam.
In the Top 100: The top 100 sees the number of Asian universities increase to 13
(12 in 2006) but the number of European Universities dropped to 35 (41 in 2006).
North America strengthened to 43 Universities (37 in 2006). Top 200:
Universities from 28 different countries represented in the top 200. Increases
in International Faculty: 143 of the top 200 Universities reported an increase
in their percentage of international faculty to total faculty. Increases in
International Students: 137 of the top 200 Universities reported an increase in
their percentage of international students to total students.
Some country highlights from the 2007 results:
UK: University College London joins Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and
Imperial College in the worldâ??s elite Top 10 and is the highest riser (from 25
in 2006) among the leading institutions.
USA: Princeton Universityâ??s continued domestic success is reflected in an
improved international ranking, featuring in the top 10 for the first time,
whilst, Pennsylvania, John Hopkins and Carnegie-Mellon join the top 20 for the
Asia: Universities of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kyoto, National University of Singapore,
Peking, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua and Osaka lead Asian higher
education, all featuring in the top 50.
China: Fudan University joins Peking and Tsinghua Universities in worldâ??s Top
Canada: Stronger performance with 11 universities (up from 7 in 2006) in top 200
Latin America: In Latin American 3 universities make worldâ??s top 200
Ireland: University College Dublin joins Trinity College Dublin in worldâ??s Top
Scandinavia: Stronger as Uppsala and Helsinki Universities join Copenhagen
University in the top 100
Africa: Cape Town at 200 is first ever African institution in the Rankings.
According to Martin Ince, of the Times Higher Education Supplement â??The 2007
THES-QS World University Rankings are the most rigorous and complete so far.
They show that the US and UK model of independent universities supported with
significant state funding produces great results, but they also prove that
academic excellence is found on every continent.â?? Nunzio Quacquarelli,
Managing Director of QS, says: â??The THES-QS World University Rankings has met
an important need amongst universities, employers and young candidates to be
able to compare and benchmark institutions across borders.
They have generated intense interest in recent years ? this year, over one
million unique visitors have checked out the results and methodology on
www.topuniversities.com. The 2007 results are likely to generate even greater
interest. Reflecting this, QS has received detailed survey responses from a
record-breaking number of academics and employers to underpin these results. The
QS website will have profiles of all ranked institutions available at a click
and detailed information on this year's enhancements to the research
= == == = and from down under Singapore
Nov 8, 2007
NUS drops from 19 to 33 in global rankings
But shift is due to new method of compilation, NUS' low staff-to-student ratio
By Sandra Davie, Education Correspondent THE National University of Singapore
(NUS) took a tumble, from 19th spot to No. 33 this year, in the ranking of the
world's top 200 universities published by The Times of London Higher Education
Supplement on Thursday. However, this is due to a new way of scoring, said QS,
the careers and education group that compiled the much-followed ranking. It
said, with the change, NUS' previously high scores in certain categories such as
the percentage of international faculty, did not give it much overall advantage
On the other hand, NUS' low score on staff- to-student ratio affected its
ranking. Mr Nunzio Quacquarelli, managing director of London-based QS, said NUS
continues to do well in all other categories. US improved its score this year
for the number of academic citations faculty members notched up. It scored 84
out of 100 here. 'There is no doubt it is one of the elite universities of the
world,' said Mr Quacquarelli.
'NUS and NTU's placing in the top 100 are recognition of the quality of
education that Singapore's universities offer.' Nanyang Technological University
(NTU) ranked No. 69 this year, down from its 61st spot last year. Singapore
Management University is not ranked because of its specialisation in business.
There are six categories.
Forty per cent of the total score depends on what academics from around the
world think of the universities; while global employers' keenness to recruit
their graduates counts for 10 per cent. The numbers of foreign students and
staff a university attracts are worth 5 per cent each; and the ratios of
students to staff and academic citations to staff count for 20 per cent each.
NUS president Shih Choon Fong said: 'NUS still has good standing' as one of the
top 50 universities and as one of the top five in Asia. He said NUS will
continue to 'enhance students' experience and push for world class research'. He
pointed out that NUS' effort in improving research is already showing in the
citation score. On the staff-student ratio, he said many universities in the
United States have significantly higher budgets and endowments and can thus
afford to keep their enrolments low and faculty counts high. He added: 'We don't
want to go and hire more faculties just to boost the numbers.
We want to ensure they are top quality in their field.' NUS currently have a
1,944-strong faculty, of which 52 per cent are from overseas. Harvard,
Cambridge, Oxford and Yale universities maintained their top four positions for
the second year. University College London and the University of Chicago join
the top 10 for the first time. Apart from NUS, the London School of Economics
was also affected by the scoring changes, dropping from 17th last year to 59th
this year. Stanford fell from sixth to 19th.
The universities of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Beijing, Chinese University of Hong
Kong, Tsinghua and Osaka were other Asian institutions in this year's top 50. Mr
Martin Ince, contributing editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement,
noted: 'The 2007 rankings show that the US and UK model of independent
universities supported with significant state funding, produces great results,
but they also prove that academic excellence is found on every continent.'
= == = ==
The THES-QS World Univer sity Rankings 2007 will reveal some dramatic changes
compared with 2006. Now in it s fourth year, the research isconducted by QS
Quacquar elli Symonds and the rankings compiled by andPublished in the Times
Higher Education Supplement on 8th November 2007. The increasing
internationalisation of universities is one of the emerging themes of recent
years, through strategic global partnerships, joint teaching and research
initiatives and increased international student recruitment activities. The
THES-QS World Univ ersity Rankings 2007 reflects the internationalisation of
higher education around the world, with 27 universities from 14 different
countries entering the top 200 for the first time
= === =and read UMNO great problem solver
November 08, 2007 23:37 PM
50 MIIM Students Evicted From College Building Complain To Umno Youth
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 (Bernama) -- Fifty students of the Malaysian Institute of
Integrative Media (MIIM), who were evicted from their college building
yesterday, have taken their complaints to the Umno Youth Education Bureau,
blaming SAL College, which manages the MIIM, for their problem. The students,
led by Student Council's president Nabilah Saleh and final-semester student
Kumaran Rajamooney, voiced their concerns to bureau chairman Ahmad Ikmal Ismail
at the Umno Youth headquarters in Menara Datuk Onn here today. "We were running
the induction programme yesterday, which was supposed to finish at 5pm, but at
4pm we were told to stop. We did not know what to do when we saw people taking
things away. The management has not informed us anything," Kumaran told Ahmad.
The parents' representative, Zulkifli Zainuddin, said the parents were also
unhappy with what happened. "We've asked to see the top management of SAL
College three times but to no avail. Instead, they kept sending a management
representative. We are always in the dark as to what is really going on," said
Nabilah. A representative of the college's lecturers and staff, Rahmahtunnisah
Sailin, said they were also not getting the answers as to what was going on. The
students also alleged poor maintenance of the MIIM building and lack of
equipment for their studies. "We pay a fee of RM18,000, which should be enough
to replace or repair the missing or broken equipment and to maintain the
building," said Kumaran. "We've never had enough lecturers. For some strange
reason, the lecturers at the college kept changing." Ahmad Ikmal then promised
the students, and the accompanying lecturers and parents that Umno Youth would
get to the bottom of the matter.
He said he would also talk to Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed,
the Private Education Department and SAL College board of directors. The student
body, which planned to hold a picket tomorrow, was advised against it by Ahmad
Ikmal who said that picketing would not solve anything. The MIIM, formerly known
as Akademi TV3, was sold to SAL Group of Colleges in July 2003. SAL then rented
the premises from TV3 until TV3 sold it to Zetro Aerospace Corporation, which
refused to allow SAL College to continue renting the premises resulting in
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