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‘Higher Education Ministry’s revival needed’

Thursday, January 16th, 2020
Malaysia’s higher education sector has been sidelined since the two education ministries; Education and Higher Education, were merged into one, claims Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) General Staff Union (Kepertama) president Mohd Razali Singah (2nd from right). – NSTP/ROSELA ISMAIL

SERDANG: Malaysia’s higher education sector has been sidelined since the two education ministries; Education and Higher Education, were merged into one, claims Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) General Staff Union (Kepertama) president Mohd Razali Singah.

He said this during a press conference held at UPM today in response to Prime Minister and interim Education Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mulling whether or not to revive the Higher Education Ministry.

Voicing Kepertama’s support for the ministry to be revived, Mohd Razali, who is also the deputy president of the Joint Councils of Presidents and Honorary Secretaries of the Malaysian Universities Staff Union (Gakum) believed that this move would strengthen the focus on higher education institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia.

“From our observation, the progress of HEIs in Malaysia have lagged behind and we are not given the focus that we need.

“While we acknowledge and appreciate the many reforms that the former minister Dr Maszlee Malik made, there is no denying that higher education has been sidelined.

“We are aware of the increasingly challenging higher education sphere. Hence, it calls for a specific ministry to focus on spearheading the direction of HEIs in the nation.

“With the split, we hope the new Higher Education Ministry will propel public universities to achieve a higher prestige in the global arena,” said Mohd Razali.

He highlighted several issues faced by the Malaysian HEIs that need to be addressed.

Firstly, Razali said the ministry has been too concentrated on improving schools in Malaysia, leaving universities to be set aside.

“We found it difficult to communicate with the ministry to share our wishes and complaints. The current ministry’s portfolio is too wide, as it comprises both school-level and tertiary education.”

Secondly, the proposed merger of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) was not well planned.

“We are not happy with the merger due to the universities’ very distinct specialisations. Unisza focuses on Islamic studies, management and medicine while UMT is marine-focused.

“It is not relevant to merge the two universities due to geographical convenience. It is more efficient for UMT which originated from our Fisheries and Marine Science Centre to merge with UPM.

“We are concerned that the ministry did not go through more consultation and engagement with the stakeholders. This might have happened due to the lack of focus.”

Thirdly, te university and academic staff’s burdens need to be addressed.

“There is a shortage of executive staff. As universities progress and the number of students increase, our welfare is getting more sidelined.

“For instance, issues relating to the appointment of vice chancellors which falls under the ministry’s purview can disrupt the university’s administration. Again, we are not blaming anyone, but we feel that the portfolio is just too huge for one ministry.”

Mohd Razali added: “We worry for the future of higher education in this country. On behalf of public universities, we hope that the government can take our aspirations into consideration.

“We hope to see a ministry which exclusively oversees higher education, led by an experienced minister. We are confident that Dr Mahathir will make the right appointment.”

By Rayyan Rafidi.

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Entrepreneurship Action Plan Could Shift Graduates’ Mindsets, Says Idris Jusoh

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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PUTRAJAYA, April 15 (Bernama) — The Higher Education Institution Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2016-2020 launched today could shift graduates’ mindsets from seeking work to creating jobs, says Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said the plan targets the participation of 100 per cent of higher education institution students in entrepreneurship programmes and 15 per cent in business activities, besides aiming to get five per cent of graduates to be self-employed rather than working for someone else by 2020.

Speaking when launching the plan at his ministry here today, Idris said the five-year action plan outlines four initiatives — High Impact Education Practice (HIEP) incorporating entrepreneurship in the curriculum, a framework for job creation, improving the student entrepreneurship ecosystem, and enhancing the competencies of entrepreneurship lecturers.

“All student entrepreneurship programmes by the ministry will be branded as Siswapreneur and Siswa in Social Enterprise (SISE),” he said.


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ASEAN Committed To A Harmonised Higher Education System

Friday, April 24th, 2015

PUTRAJAYA, April 24 (Bernama) — With 6,500 higher educational institutions and 12 million students in 10 nations, ASEAN is committed towards improving quality in education to achieve a harmonised higher education system in the region, said Malaysia’s Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said higher education played a vital role in enhancing human resource development, fostering cultural understanding, generating knowledge and promoting networking, all of which had an impact on ASEAN’s ability to be competitive globally.

He said four areas that needed focus in order to achieve a harmonised ASEAN higher education system were student and staff mobility, credit transfers, quality assurance and the promotion of research clusters.

Therefore, he said that all ASEAN members were working closely to ensure the goals were achieved and that there would also be enhanced collaboration on human capital investment and the promotion of ASEAN within the fast changing global higher education landscape.

“With the continued support (of all ASEAN member countries), we will see a strong and united ASEAN community by end of this year and beyond,” he told Bernama here.

Idris said higher education was one of the core focuses in promoting the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) which focused on nurturing the human, cultural and natural resources for sustained development in a harmonious and people-oriented ASEAN.

“The primary goal of the ASCC is to create an ASEAN Community that is people-centred and socially responsible based on shared values. Education is an important contributor towards achieving this goal,” he said.

However, Idris conceded that the 10-member bloc would face challenges especially in agreeing on common standards within the higher education systems.

“This is because the process would take time and there is a need to take into account matters such as language, history, culture and established practices,” he said.

In a recent discussion with other ASEAN member countries at the ASEAN + 3 meeting, he said Malaysia had recommended the idea of finding commonalities in practices when developing standards and that initiative be undertaken in stages, taking into consideration the various level of higher education development in ASEAN.

To harmonise higher education systems in the region, Idris said a plan was set up in 2009 to create a systematic mechanism to support the integration of universities across Southeast Asia and the ultimate goal was to set up a Common Space of Higher Education in Southeast Asia.

by Linda Khoo Hui Li.


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Building blocks for blueprint success

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

It took two years to come up with the higher education blueprint, and the man who helmed the project is optimistic of its smooth implementation.

THOUSANDS of hours spent poring over every single word and colour choice in the thick glossy document.

Over 60 people – who made up the writing team – worked on more than 20 drafts of it.

Finally, the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) was launched last week by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Education Ministry secretary-general II Prof Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang, who helmed the team, joked that after two years, he was “tired” of the blueprint.

The amount of hard work that went into “this mammoth project” was not a joke, though.

“In the past, we used to assign chapters to different authors. They turned out to be independent of one another.

“Most of our old documents are like that,” he said.

But this time, the ministry “saw the importance of integrating the entire blueprint”.

“In the final stretch, we went into the minute details. Our choice of colours, fonts and choice of words, too,” he said.

The process of “deciding which words to use” in the blueprint was one that took a lot of careful thought and planning.

“In the document, you can see the connectivity between all the chapters. Our terminology, concepts and ideas throughout were synchronised,” he said.

It has been “an interesting journey” for Prof Zaini. But, the most challenging part about forming the blueprint was “getting the commitment of the team”.

“We had no idea when our work would actually end. We were given a date when the final document must be ready for printing.

“But, it was hard to get people in the team to commit full-time when they have their other responsibilities as well,” he said.

Smiling, he added that “in the end, the blueprint is a success. The end product made every bit of hard work worthwhile.”

A strategic blueprint

Two years ago, the ministry acknowledged that it was time to review the National Higher Education Strategic Plan 2007-2020 as phase two of the plan would end this year.


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Charting a new path for tertiary learning

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Much has been done, but the new education framework will see the nation stay abreast, if not ahead, of global trends.

IT IS a glossy and thick document which charts the direction of higher education for the next 11 years.

Or as it says in its executive summary, the blueprint was developed by Malaysians for Malaysians and will equip Malaysia for the final leg of its journey towards becoming a high-income nation.

Ambitious plans indeed, and the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) was drawn up in order to achieve them.

It is obvious that much work has gone into preparing the new blueprint. Just as important is for the Education Ministry to see it through the next 11 years and to ensure that these are not just pipe dreams.

Although the blueprint mentions that “these measures are not intended to be exhaustive and may evolve over time”, it is important that the framework which sets out its plan of action is adhered to.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who launched the blueprint earlier this week, has rightly pointed out that implementation is key.

And, on the road to delivering a comprehensive and necessary transformation of the higher education system, everyone involved has to truly understand what the blueprint is all about.

It took about two years for the blueprint to be ready.

After consulting more than 10,500 individuals and referring to studies by the World Bank, Unesco and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the blueprint will now guide the transformation of Malaysia’s higher education landscape.

An extension of the National Higher Education Strategic Plan 2007-2020, work on the new blueprint started in 2013 with the ministry collecting input from multiple sources through town hall sessions, forums and public feedback through their web portal.


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New direction for higher studies

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Our columnist gives his take on how the blueprint for higher education will affect school-leavers in the long run.

THE Higher Education Blueprint goes beyond education. It is about charting a new direction that will determine the future of our nation – this was what Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said at the launch of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) on Tuesday.

There is no doubt as to the importance of education to a nation and the statement reaffirms the Education Ministry’s aim in introducing the Higher Education Blueprint – to raise the standard of our higher education system, to build on our strengths and comparative advantages, and to meet the demands and needs of the ever-changing education landscape.

I would also like to state that a student-centred focus lies at the heart of the Higher Education Blueprint. All initiatives and strategies are ultimately pursued with the best interest of the students as foremost consideration.

Therefore, a question I am frequently asked is “How will the Higher Education Blueprint appear like in action?”

In answering this, allow me to share the following examples involving three friends, namely, Hasiah, Chong and Sam. These stories will reflect the future of the higher education system — as well as explain the seamless continuity from the Malaysia Education Blueprint (Pre-School to Post-Secondary) 2013-2025.

First, there’s Hasiah. Upon completion of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations, she applies and is offered a place in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to study environmental sciences. It’s a good choice because USM’s environmental sciences programme is one of the best in the world (ranking 28th overall).

Hasiah will receive a full scholarship from USM’s endowment fund which covers both her tuition fees and living expenses. USM’s endowment fund would be big as many successful alumni contribute to it.


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PPPM-PT Can Create Holistic Graduates With Entrepreneurial, Balanced Skills

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

PUTRAJAYA, April 7 (Bernama) — The Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education) 2015-2025 (Bahasa Malaysia abbreviation PPPM-PT) can create graduates who are holistic and have entrepreneurial and balanced qualities, said Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said the PPPM-PT which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur today was seen as the best education blueprint to date which could create graduates who could help generate more employment opportunities.

“These graduates will be assessed through the integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and we believe that this education blueprint is the best that we have had,” he told reporters after attending the 2014 national-level Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) Excellence Awards Ceremony here.

According to the Prime Minister, the blueprint which outlines 10 thrusts, can create human resource who are talented, of international quality and have positive values.

Idris said the blueprint would ensure a joint network with industry and had the support of corporate leaders to ensure students were more prepared to participate in the real industry.

On the status of the Malaysian students who were evacuated from Sana’a and Hodeidah, Yemen, following the turmoil in that country, Idris said the situation was different from the status of students during the upheaval in Egypt previously.

“Most of them are students of religious and syariah studies from religious schools, different from the ones in Egypt who were mostly medical students, the context is different,” he said.


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New blueprint will transform Higher Education: DPM

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrive at launch of the Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education) 2015-2025 in Royal Chulan hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Also present are Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education) 2015-2025 will chart the transformation of Higher Education in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the MEB-HB, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the main aim of the blueprint was to produce holistic and balanced graduates with an entrepreneurial mind.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said that this would be achieved through the MEB-HB’s 10 main shifts.

These 10 shifts include developing holistic, entrepreneurial and balanced graduates, quality Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates, financial sustainability and globalised online learning among others.

“The 10 shifts will build on the foundations of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025’s five aspirations on improving access, quality, equity, unity and efficiency for the pre-school to secondary education system.”

“The blueprint is inclusive. Over 10,500 stakeholders from over 100 groups of stakeholders were engaged in its development,” he said, adding this included input from international organisations.

He added that the blueprint took two years to develop.


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PM: National Higher Education Blueprint will create ‘morally sound graduates’

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2020 will create morally sound graduates who are well-rounded and balanced individuals, and who can hold their own against the world’s best, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak(pic).

“Our education must have spiritual strength, be  morality based and value-driven. If someone is clever but does not have morals, they will use their education to destroy our country and the world. For example, someone could use their education to build bombs,” said Najib on Tuesday in his speech at the blueprint’s launch here.

He said the overarching goal of Malaysia’s higher education system was to develop Malaysia’s talent base so the nation can be competitive on an international level.

“Any nation wishing to compete internationally will say it is about talent. So our education must generate talent, and to get that we are setting international benchmarks, aiming to be among the top one-third of nations in the world.  All that we do will have global benchmarks, so Malaysia’s standards will improve,” said Najib.

Najib added that he was attracted to the idea that universities would be granted increased autonomy under the blueprint, including increased financial autonomy.

“You can monetise your assets and get your alumni to give endowments to their alma mater. I am confident this plan can transform the nation and secure a better future for all of us,” said Najib.

He had pointed out that under the blueprint, the Government will contribute RM14bil, while public universities must get an extra RM4bil on their own in 2025.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minster Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in his speech that a focus of the blueprint would be to create graduates who are balanced in a holistic manner.


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‘Higher education plan to be centred on 10 shifts’

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin launching the higher education blueprint website in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. With him are (from left) Education Ministry secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad, Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and Deputy Education Minister Mary Yap Kain Ching. Pic by Aizuddin Saad

KUALA LUMPUR: THE soon-to-be released Malaysia Education Blueprint for Higher Education 2015-2025 will cover 10 shifts in the higher education sector, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said the initiatives, to be implemented under the blueprint, would improve the quality of higher education in the country in the next 10 years.

“A national blueprint is being formulated and will centre around 10 shifts to address challenges facing the country’s higher education sector,” he said during a dialogue session with higher education stakeholders at a hotel here yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also education minister, said key challenges facing the higher education industry revolved around the employability of graduates and availability of skilled lecturers.

He pointed out the need for local universities to improve the quality of research and development, as well as create financial sustainability for institutions of higher learning.

“No less important is the issue of university governance and autonomy. Is the current management system enabling efficient decision-making or is there too much bureaucracy involved?”

Muhyiddin said the blueprint, to be released next year, would attempt to resolve these longstanding issues.

“These are challenges that must be studied if Malaysia is to become a global player in higher education and a premier educational hub in the region.

“I would like to stress that private institutions must not be left out, as almost half of our students
are studying at these establishments.”

He said the ministry was collecting and analysing feedback, ideas and views from stakeholders in the country’s higher education sector.

Feedback will also be collected via print, electronic and social media to formulate a cohesive and inclusive higher education blueprint.

Muhyiddin said he was confident that the blueprint, once launched, would be “inclusive, current, realistic and effectively implemented”.


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