Hands-on: Prof Zaini says that the blueprint is realistic as the initiatives can be implemented by the ministry.
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.
by ANN-MARIE KHOR.
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