Can Zahid Higher Education Study Committee pinpoint causes and propose remedies why University of Malaya has fallen 71 places behind University of Singapore in academic quality and excellence, ranked No. 89thand 18th respectively in the World’s 200 Best Universities of The Times Higher Education Supplement 2004 when both had a common origin and are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year?
Media Statementby Lim Kit Siang
(Parliament, Thursday): Former education director-general Dr. Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin, who has been appointed by the Higher Education Minister, Datuk Dr. Shafie Salleh to head a 12-member Committee to Study, Review and Make Recommendations concerning the Development and Directions of Higher Education in Malaysia, said yesterday that his committee is ready to come out with a blueprint to create a world-class tertiary education in the country. (Malaysiakini)
He was optimistic that the committee, which has been given six months by July 17 to complete its report, would be able to fulfill the public’s expectations, declaring: “Let the public judge…we (the committee) hope that we don’t disappoint them (the public).”
The Zahid Higher Education Study Committee does not inspire much confidence and expectation for at least five reasons:
This month, both the University of Malaya and University of Singapore will be celebrating in a big way their centennial anniversary, as both Universities share a common origin with the establishment of King Edward VII Medical School in 1905..
Can the Zahid Higher Education Study Committee pinpoint the causes and propose remedies why the University of Malaya has fallen 71 places behind the University of Singapore in academic quality and excellence, ranked No. 89thand 19th respectively in the global ranking of the World’s 200 Best Universities of The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) in November 2004?
What is even more shocking is that the University of Malaya administration, led by its Vice Chancellor, is so proud of its THES ranking, although 71 places behind the University of Singapore, that it is unabashedly both in mass media advertisements and in the campus about the UM “restoring its old glory” – which is an insult to the memory of the international recognition of the University of Malaya as a world-class university in the sixties.
* Lim Kit Siang,
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman