but it is changing. QS standard is very simple really. Much easier
than other quality standards such as ISO9000, MQA, and EAC, but it can
capture the Geist of issue. Unlike Singapore that are particular about
any standard especially anything that has global exposure. There is no
conscious effort to increase international ranking. The easiest to
achieve is staff to student ratio. Failing this means that you fail
all the educational standards. The academic is also easy. Just employ
well known academicians. We are fortunate that many academician don't
value monetary rewards so much, but paying them competitively will
help a lot.
The bottom line is money. If you don't want to spend money, do not
dream of greatness. Singapore can do it, why can't we?
KUALA LUMPUR: UNIVERSITI Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) occupied the 98th
spot in the inaugural Times Higher Education 100 Under 50, a new
annual global ranking published yesterday.
UKM, established 42 years ago, was the only Malaysian tertiary
institution in the table, which lists the world's best 100
universities established in the last 50 years.
It bested Brazil's Universidade Estadual Paulista and Australia's
Edith Cowan University, which were in the 99th and 100th spots,
Vice-Chancellor Professor Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan
Shahabudin said she was pleased that UKM now stands among "young
universities that are making huge strides in educational development".
She attributed the success to UKM staff members' hard work and
dedication to the university's transformation programme.
"We have stressed on quality research and publications, innovative
teaching and learning, community engagement, internationalisation and
international benchmarking, good governance and effective delivery. It
is bearing fruit now," she said.
The new exercise was a collaboration between British magazine Times
Higher Education (THE) and research-metrics company Thomson Reuters
and released in addition to the yearly World University Rankings.
It was based on the same comprehensive range of 13 separate
performance indicators -- including research, teaching, knowledge
transfer and international activity -- used to compile the World
THE rankings editor Phil Baty said: "The indicators have been
carefully re-calibrated to better reflect the profile of the younger
South Korea's Pohang University of Science and Technology led the
pack. Baty considered the new ranking as an indication of "the
countries challenging the United States and the United Kingdom as the
next higher education powerhouses and provides an insight into who
will be the possible future Harvard and Cambridge universities".
He said he hoped UKM's presence in the league table will "encourage
other Malaysian institutions to recognise the importance of
benchmarking themselves against global counterparts".
UKM, on the other hand, viewed such exercises as a guide to help it
improve in specific areas such as publications and citations.
"While we take steps to better our performance, we continue to pursue
other missions such as community engagement and societal development.
"These activities will enhance our reputation in the long run," added
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Meanwhile, there was also joy for Universiti Malaya as it achieved its
best position so far in the QS Asian University Rankings 2012.
UM placed 35th overall, the highest among higher learning institutions
in the country.
Vice-Chancellor Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon said in this year's rankings,
UM achieved an overall score of 71.4 out of a possible 100 and ranked
fourth for inbound and outbound student exchange.
"We also ranked number one in Malaysia for academic reputation and
employer reputation," he said in a statement yesterday.
QS Asian University rankings represent the most extensive study of
institutions conducted with 500 universities assessed and
includeresponses to academic and employer surveys by QS.
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