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University of the year for student experience.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

THE University of Dundee has been named University of the Year for Student Experience by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

This title confirms that University of Dundee is one of the best places in the United Kingdom to be a student.

It follows the university being placed fourth in the UK for overall satisfaction in this year’s National Student Survey, while Dundee was also named the Best Place to Live in Scotland by the Sunday Times earlier this year. Furthermore, the university was ranked second in the UK and sixth globally in the most recent International Student Barometer.

Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) president Josh Connor said, “This award won’t be surprising for anyone who studies at the University of Dundee. We are a community, a family, and that is why our student experience is the best in the UK, because we look out for each other.

“I’m proud of the integral role that DUSA plays in enhancing the student experience. We are in constant communication with the university about what is going well for students, but also what isn’t going well. This partnership of collaboration helps us to achieve the best possible student experience.”

Students said the quality of teaching, strong student representation, the friendly nature of a campus set in the heart of the city, the variety of life offered both on campus and off, and even the weather all contributed to Dundee being a great place to study.

Pursue your studies at University of Dundee in the UK for the best student experience.Pursue your studies at University of Dundee in the UK for the best student experience.

The university’s Malaysian Society president Kexin See agreed with that assessment, saying, “I love the fact that the University of Dundee is located near the city centre and everything is within walking distance. The teaching staff are friendly and they are happy to help whenever you need it. In lecture and workshops, they are engaging and always interact with students.

“Dundee is a small city with a very student-friendly environment. During the weekend, I will go to places in Dundee where I can relax and enjoy a picturesque view. The hills, parks and beaches are the perfect places to spend my free time to have a picnic or just to have a sunrise or sunset walk.”

Federica Chiti, a 20-year-old third-year Physics with Astrophysics student, from Italy, said, “What I love about Dundee is that you are not a number, you are a name. The staff are so friendly and they go above and beyond in helping you with your studies.

“When I first came here, I was afraid of the accent but actually I had nothing to fear, everyone is so friendly and when you study here you meet new friends from all over the globe which is amazing because you get to share your culture and passions. Having students from all these different corners of the planet is just amazing, Dundee is like my staircase to the universe.”

Student representation in university matters is very strong at Dundee, through a partnership agreement renewed every year between the university and DUSA. This ensures students are represented at every level of the university’s decision-making structure and are full members of panels for all senior management appointments.

Professor Blair Grubb, Education vice-principal added that, “This award shows that Dundee is one of the best places in the UK to be a student. This is something our students have consistently said in the major surveys of universities, where we are ranked highly in comparison to other universities in the UK and internationally.

“Our priority is to offer our students the best experience we can, to make them feel welcome, safe and enabled to realise their potential. We do that by working very closely with the Students’ Association and with the support of great staff across the university.”

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CUCMS gets university status

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Siti Hamisah (left) presented the Certificate of Registration to (from second left) Palan, Ridzwan and Mohamad.

CYBERJAYA University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS) is now officially known as University of Cyberjaya.

The institution that was set up in 2005 has been invited to upgrade to university status by the Education Ministry, making it the newest private university in the nation.In a simple yet meaningful ceremony on Tuesday, Higher Education Department director-general Datuk Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir presented the Certificate of Registration to the university’s pro chancellor Tan Sri Dr R Palan, Board of Governors chairman Tan Sri Dr Ridzwan Bakar and president and vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Abd Razak.

“The institution has grown over the years. Because of the name, professionalism and courses offered by the institution, it met the criteria that was required to become a university.

“We must now call CUCMS the University of Cyberjaya, ” said Siti Hamisah.

With the upgrade in status, Palan said that the university intends to increase its focus on developing programmes that will incorporate critical elements in support of Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) in more traditional disciplines such as healthcare.

“This is in support of the Global Technology Hub Blueprint for Cyberjaya launched by the Finance Ministry, ” he pointed out.

First established over 14 years ago, the University of Cyberjaya initially offered medical and pharmaceutical programmes only.

Now the university offers over 30 different programmes in the areas of medical, pharmaceutical, applied sciences, engineering and business.It has five stars under the Rating for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia (Setara), which was awarded by the ministry in 2017.

It was recently awarded a 5-Star rating for the categories of Teaching, Facilities, Employability and Inclusiveness under the QS Stars programme produced by the publishers of the QS World University Rankings.

Palan added that the upgrade to full university status marked a significant milestone for the institution’s growing stature as a leading institute of higher learning in the region.

“With the comprehensive offering of undergraduate and graduate programmes, including our expansion to doctoral programmes, the University of Cyberjaya’s educational profile is already well-positioned with the academic distinction of a nationally and internationally recognised private university, ” he said.

Mohamad believed that biomedical engineering, wearable technologies and innovation in drug technology are potential fields of expertise for the institution.

He attributed the achievement to the university’s leadership team, academicians and staff who have clocked in hours of hard work, made sacrifices and put in their commitment.

“We have come a long way and have brought together a strong faculty team led by experienced education professionals and academics with both local and international experiences, providing the perfect combination to take the university to greater heights, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Siti Hamisah gave an hour-long lecture on the Future of Higher Education in Malaysia as part of the institution’s Distinguished Lecture Series programme to an audience of 600.

The audience consisted of the higher management of several universities, academicians, researchers and students.

The talk shed light on the landscape of higher education, its challenges and youth development, among other areas.

Given that the world is growing increasingly complex at a rapid pace, she noted that software revolution is reshaping the economy, with 50% of existing jobs expected to be replaced by software and automation in the future.

“We have to move away from traditional conference-based lessons and create authentic learning experiences that connect students with real-world problems and work environments, ” she stressed.

She also touched on initiatives the ministry is undertaking to reduce the graduate unemployment rate in the country.

Concluding the lecture, Siti Hamisah said tertiary education providers need to transform their delivery of knowledge and put in more focus on real-world work.

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Children must be grateful with parents

Monday, October 28th, 2019
PENAMPANG: Children should be grateful to their parents for giving them education, love, money including spiritual and physical protection.
“You would not be on stage without your parents help,” said Law and Native Affairs Assistant Minister Jannie Lasimbang at SMK Bahang Penampang graduation ceremony held at International Technology & Commercial Centre (ITCC) Penampang.
“But, parents need to ensure that the efforts by the teachers at school in educating their children must be continued at home too,” she said.
She also added that religious education for the younger generation is essential to the building of faith, courage and upholding the principles of truth and trust.

Some 309 Form Five students and 10 students of Special Education Interaction Programme (PPKI) took part in the graduation recently.

School Principal Margaret Chee said parents should encourage and extend moral support to their children so that the latter would have confidence to sit for the SPM.

Rankings track top varsities in launching careers

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Universiti Malaya (UM) leads the rank for Malaysian universities at 141-150 position, rising two bands from last year. NSTP/SYAKIRAH AZHAR

The 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings (QSGER) by global higher education think tank QS Quacquarelli Symonds recently listed the top 500 universities according to their ability to provide students with a successful career.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is No. 1 in the list, with Stanford University at No. 2 and the University of California at Los Angeles at No. 3.

A total of nine Malaysian universities participated in this ranking, three more than last year. QS research director Ben Sowter said all nine universities either rose or remained in the same position.

Universiti Malaya (UM) leads the rank for Malaysian universities at 141-150 position, rising two bands from last year. In second and third place are Taylor’s University and UCSI University, respectively.

“This ranking offers a complementary perspective to our World University Rankings. By entirely focusing on employability, this table highlights that there are institutions which perform very well in this important dimension and others that while performing brilliantly in our overall exercise, have room for improvement in this area,” he added.

The methodology used to create this ranking include feedback from 45,000 employers, results from over 40,000 degree programmes and material on 320,000 work placement partnerships.

The rankings also provided scores based on five indicators: employer reputation, alumni outcomes, partnerships with employers, employer-student connections and graduate employment rate.

Employer reputation takes the biggest percentage, at 30 per cent of each university’s possible score, with the information derived from QS global poll of active recruiters involving 45,000 hiring managers and other employer representatives across the globe.

For Malaysia, UM is top on this measure ranked at 103, followed by Taylor’s University placed at 134, enumerating the universities in this country that employers believe produce the most talented, competent and employable graduates.

For alumni outcomes, both UM and UCSI are the only Malaysian universities ranked at 211. The other seven universities did not score for this indicator, thus placing them at 300+.

Taking 25 per cent of the overall score, this indicator is designed to go further than the graduate employment rate, not simply whether a university graduate has a career. It identifies those universities most likely to produce graduates that go on to become luminaries in their field.

More than 2,100 institutions provided at least one individual alumnus to these lists, and care was taken to ensure that the dataset was global and multisectoral. They analysed data from over 130 lists of highly successful individuals, comprising over 55,000 records pertaining to 29,000 individuals.

Also weighted at 25 per cent is how closely university and business work together. Partnerships with employers are derived from data including the frequency with which research papers which have been collaborated upon by both university and business authors appear in Elsevier’s Scopus database of academic publications. Those that are most successful in ensuring that these partnerships yield citable, transformative research.

Unfortunately, none of the nine Malaysian universities scored for this indicator, which accounts for university collaborations with 2,000 top companies.

The final 20 per cent of each institution’s possible score comes equally from two indicators. The first is ‘employer-student connections’, which is a measure of the recruiter presence on each university campus, including the number present at job fairs in a given year.

Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) scored the highest in this, ranking at 71, followed by Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) at 100.

The other 10 per cent is graduate employment rate which measures of how many alumni are working a year after graduation. UTAR scored the highest at 10, followed by UMP (15) and Taylor’s University (16).

There were 758 institutions from 81 locations included in the final evaluation with 682 institutions ranked. For more details of the rankings go to


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Universiti Malaya is world’s 15th best university for engineering

Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Engineering is ranked 15th in the latest Best Global Universities rankings. – NSTP/File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya’s Faculty of Engineering has been recognised as among the world’s best in the engineering studies category after being listed in the Best Global Universities rankings.

The ranking, published by leading college and universities ranking website US News & World Report, encompasses 1,500 of the world’s best universities.

UM’s Faculty of Engineering obtained 84.1 points, placing it in 15th spot behind the faculty from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland; Imperial College London, United Kingdom; Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan; and Southeast University, Nanjing, China, from 11th to 14th spot.

Apart from UM’s engineering faculty, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia was also listed in 40th place.

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China secured top spot with 100 points, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US at second (92.5 points) and National University of Singapore in third place with 91.6 points.

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Public universities reassess offerings to match job opportunities

Sunday, October 20th, 2019
Courses at universities must keep abreast with market developments and waves of change. -NSTP/Muhd Asyraf Sawal.

A recent news article citing a list of programmes to be dropped at public universities has raised concern among many quarters.

Students currently pursuing courses involved and their parents were particularly anxious about the status of the said programmes that will no longer be offered by public universities in the country.

Higher Education director-general Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir was quoted as saying that the department has asked all universities to identify and reshape their academic programmes to enhance students’ job opportunities and be in line with industry needs.

The idea behind the move is essentially to revise strategically and systematically what are currently offered at universities to keep abreast with change and market developments or risk stagnation.

Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) chief executive officer Dr Nurmazilah Mahzan.

As one of the industry voices — Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) chief executive officer Dr Nurmazilah Mahzan ― puts it: “If universities offer courses that are not in demand by industry, there will be a mismatch between demand and supply of labour; this in turn could affect graduate employability and, ultimately, overall economic and social sustainability and wellbeing.”

She said courses offered at universities should be periodically reviewed, revised or improved where possible to produce marketable graduates who can contribute to business, economic and social development.

So how are public universities reacting to this directive and how are they going about the selection process?


Curriculum review and reassessing of programme offerings are the norm among public universities, said spokespersons approached by Higher ED.

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) vice-chancellor Professor Dr Noor Azizi Ismail pointed out that the process started in 2017 when a team of professors were assigned to study the relevancy of programmes offered by local higher education institutions (HEIs).

“At universities, we have a Board of Studies which sits down before any programmes are offered and we are required to review all programmes every three to five years. But now because things change so fast, I would recommend a review be done every three years,” he sai

Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) vice-chancellor Professor Dr Noor Azizi Ismail.

At UMK, Noor Azizi said the engagement and involvement of the industry in the development and updating of programmes is key, apart from data from various analyses.

All decisions have to go through the Senate, Board of Directors, the Malaysia Qualification Agencies (MQA), Industry Advisory Panels (IAP) and the Education Ministry.

“Relevance in the context of past, current and future scenario, particularly in the context of IR4.0, are looked at. Data such as demand for the programmes, graduate employability (GE), future demands, national interest and so forth, as well as input from various agencies/industries are also taken into consideration,” he said.

As a result of the discussions carried out by UMK, for example, low value programmes that are important for nation-building such as history and heritage were suggested to be combined with other programmes such as history with law, and heritage with information technology (IT).

“Programmes with low GE such as very specialised science programmes like maths can be combined with economics and physics with computer science to make them more applied and relevant.

“Even Islamic programmes are embedded with science and technology such as biotech to make graduates ready for the halal industry. Based on the findings, we are taking the necessary action,” he said.

Engagement with industry leaders is crucial for the development of university programmes. Seen here is Tony Fernandes, chief executive officer of Air Asia Group at an executive talk held in Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin. – NSTP/Ghazali Kori

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) deputy vice-chancellor (Academic & International) Professor Dr Noor Azuan Abu Osman said when any curriculum review is done, apart from benchmarking with similar top programmes, market survey, report from industry as external reviewer, needs of stakeholders and the current requirements in the related field are the compulsory parameters set by the Department of Higher Education (JPT).

“From the analyses, we will decide either to change the programme to industry mode as regulated by JPT, to fully overhaul the curriculum, or to hold its offer for the next intake of students. The decision is made by the Senate of UMT, upon thorough evaluation by MQA before it is endorsed by JPT,” he said.

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), meanwhile, stated that it takes a number of factors into consideration in addressing or identifying whether a course (or a set of courses) is irrelevant to current industry needs.

“The decision to cease the offering of a programme is not taken lightly and various factors are considered. One example of this exercise is with the development of the Academic Program Competitive Index (IDSPA), a mechanism to measure the relevance and sustainability of an academic programme,” said UiTM deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Professor Dr Mohamad Kamal Harun.

Among the parameters measured by IDSPA are graduate employability, the popularity of the programmes, student enrolment, trends and needs of the programme(s) and the demand of the programmes based on data of the national and global workforce

UiTM deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Professor Dr Mohamad Kamal Harun.

Mohamad Kamal said the index indicates the possibility of whether a programme needs to be rebranded or cease to be offered. The justification for a programme to be deemed irrelevant is carefully negotiated and reviewed.

The deleted programmes at UiTM may be rebranded, replaced or combined with new relevant programmes, said Mohamad Kamal.

“The need to enhance the programmes is a priority in ensuring that the programme and its graduates remain relevant to the industry and society. The university is also moving towards the re-designing of academic programmes by creating programmes that are transdisciplinary or hybrid in nature. This is a strategy that is most relevant to current industrial trends and global needs.

Meanwhile, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Professor Dr M. Iqbal Saripan said that having a couple of programmes dropped from a university is not “a big thing”.

“Universities, especially public universities, must be dynamic and we are responding to the needs of the industry and global shift. The decision to drop any programme is based on the study of the current market needs and indicators such as the popularity of the programmes and the graduate employability, as well as the sustainability of the programmes,” he said.

In the case of UPM dropping two programmes ― Bachelor of Education (Primary School Education and Master in Water Management ― the decision was made last year due to the low number of enrolment for Primary School Education studies. There are no students currently enrolled.

For water management, the decision is to phase it out totally.

The right programmes need to be offered to ensure graduate employability. -NSTP/Danial Saad

“The bachelor’s degree was a one-off programme and not sustainable to keep. We offer the Master of Water Engineering to cater to students interested to study water-related courses,” he said.

He assured that students currently enrolled in programmes that are being phased out will not have their qualifications affected as the qualifications are accredited by MQA.

“The degree will still be recognised,” he said.

The same goes for students of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), as in other public universities, said its vice-chancellor Professor Dr R. Badlishah Ahmad.

“The decision to drop a programme is not an easy one. Once a programme is dropped, current students still have to complete the whole programme and will graduate. The university will not force students to change their programmes,” he said.


According to Universiti Malaya (UM) deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Professor Dr Kamila Ghazali, rather than discussing which programmes will cease to be offered, it would be more productive to talk about the effective new programmes in the revamp.

“We are currently in the process of ensuring that every UM graduate will be technologically-savvy and equipped with various life skills from personal financial literacy to analytics and even artificial intelligence. We call this new initiative Student Holistic Empowerment.

“In this initiative, students will choose courses, as part of their electives, from four subject clusters ― Thinking Matters: Mind & Intellect; Emotional, Physical and Spiritual Intelligence: Heart, Body & Soul; Technology/Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics: i-Techie; and Global Issues and Community Sustainability: Making the World a Better Place.

“This change is timely and will ensure that every graduate of UM is the best that any employer can find. This is our responsibility to our students,” she said.

She emphasised that the Student Holistic Empowerment subject clusters offered with every undergraduate programme will make every programme offered starting in 2020 essentially a new and improved one.

By Rozana Sani.

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Research important to innovation in education

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

KENINGAU: Don’t be afraid of change said the Director-General of the Ministry of Education Datuk Dr Amin Senin.

He said the teaching fraternity may lose something good but they would gain something even better.

He said when educators have the desire to get something started they will then have the courage and ability to solve it.

“These words are motivational words that can serve as a catalyst for educators to continue their research and can lead to innovations especially related to education,” he said at the opening of Sabah Zone Education Research Seminar (SPeZS 2019) at Keningau Campus Teacher Education Institute (IPG).

The text of his speech was read by Deputy Director of IPG Keningau, Jais Siarus.

Dr Amin said research seminars indirectly support and cultivate the practice of research development, innovation, publishing and translation as what famous astronaut Neil Armstrong said that  “Research is creating new knowledge”.

He said this highlighted the importance of research and seminars that was organised by the four Sabah IPGs namely, IPG Gaya Kota Kinabalu, IPG Kent Tuaran, IPG Tawau and IPG Keningau.

The seminar, he said is an opportunity to discuss issues and phenomena related to development of education as well as an opportunity to highlight the importance of research outcomes.

“This is in line with the objectives of this seminar, which is to provide a platform to share knowledge, skills and experience through the presentation of research findings.

“The public know and acknowledged that research is the key to the development and development of human civilisation.

“The exploration and the results of the research could highlight the realities of the situation and help in the clarification of various issues.

“The need to strengthen research especially in the new millennium-based research is increasing in responses to current challenges. National development issues are closely related to human capital development which needs to be addressed as the younger generation is the ‘face of the nation’ in the future,” he said.

Dr Amin said Malaysia is not exception to changes to the and complex shifts of globalisation, economic liberalisation and the development of information and communications technology.

He said the changes brought about by the evolution of the country’s education – a more open education system and broader learning infrastructure impacted the landscape of the people’s thinking and thus contributes to new values and culture.

But this phenomenon, he said, presents new challenges to the educators especially IPG lecturers who play a role in educating teachers before diving into the real world of the country education system.

“One of the key dominant challenges that we face is the high expectations of the people.

“Thus, research needs to become a culture to uplift the education system. As educators we need to be brave in researching and creating something new and useful to solve any problem,” he said.

In this regard, he said, educators need to become a pulse and backbone to make research a practice.

He said, as an institution moving on the foundation of IPG’s vision, ‘Leading Teacher Education Excellence’, lecturers and researchers must make product development-oriented thinking to produce models based on teaching and learning theories.

Dr Amin said this was a challenge that had to be dealt with wisely to ensure that the quality of IPG research and innovation are recognised and comparable to other institutions in the country and abroad.

He called on all educators to be bold in their research as this would help to enhance the educational status of the country.

“I hope the programme will achieve its goals and provide a positive impact on all educators,” he said.

The two-day seminar saw 200 participants taking part.

Also present were Kota Kinabalu IPG Gaya Director, Geturude Jock,  IPG Tawau Director, Dr Hajah Rosmawati Hamzah and IPG Kent Deputy Director, Doti Asing.
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Sultan: Build students with character

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Universities must take responsibility for building the character of their students by moulding them holistically instead of just producing a large number of graduates, says the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah.

“Individuals who are untrustworthy will bring harm to the people, religion, country and civilisation, ” he said in his speech at the 59th convocation ceremony at Universiti Malaya here yesterday.

Sultan Nazrin, who is UM Chancellor, said a university degree represented one’s outer clothing, serving as identification of a graduate’s level and field of knowledge acquired.

“But what cannot be cast aside, and indeed is becoming increasingly important, is the successful inculcation of good values within each graduate to ensure that he or she possesses inner strength and is able to appreciate ethics, morals, accountability and integrity when facing life’s challenges, ” said Sultan Nazrin.

Sultan Nazrin advised graduates at the convocation to complete the success they had achieved in their studies with good values so that they could continue upholding their dignity and the good names of their families.

Yesterday’s convocation saw 6,562 graduates receiving postgraduate and undergraduate degrees as well as diplomas.


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King urges govt to pay attention to jobs for grads.

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

PUTRAJAYA: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has called on the government to pay attention to issues pertaining to limited job opportunities for graduates of higher learning institutions.

Sultan Abdullah, who is also the Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) chancellor, said although various measures had been taken by the government to generate the nation’s economy, limited employment opportunities were still a worthy agenda.

His Majesty added that if not contained, it would result in a loss to the country and a waste of the government’s investment in higher education.

“I am of the opinion that the country should create an economic sector that opens up highly-skilled employment opportunities. In addition, positive action should be taken to reduce the number of unskilled foreign workers, especially in the service sector, ” he said.

Touching on Budget 2020, which was tabled Friday, Sultan Abdullah advised graduates to seize the opportunities through the various incentives announced such as graduate incentives, incentives to return to work, and incentives for employers to hire local workers.

His Majesty also hoped that UniKL graduates would remove the stigma of being lazy and instead develop a “hunger to gain experience and work”.

A total of 6,083 students received degrees, diplomas and certificates at the convocation yesterday. –


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Daim: Get graduates to think

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Well done: Daim receiving his scroll from Sultan Nazrin.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia must focus on producing graduates who can think logically and be able to solve problems, says former finance minister Tun Dr Daim Zainuddin, 81.

The mismatch between the kinds of graduates we are producing and what the market wants must be addressed, he said, adding that the continuous pursuit of knowledge was crucial in achieving success, but knowledge should not be used to do bad things.

As long as you are alive, read, seek knowledge and use it for good, he told a press conference after receiving his doctorate degree scroll during the Universiti Malaya (UM) convocation ceremony here yesterday.

Daim, from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, now holds a doctorate of philosophy after 11 years of study.

“When I started in 2008, I could walk. Now I have to use a cane. There were many challenges. When you are old, many illnesses come.

“I also had other responsibilities so I did my research off and on – when I had the time, ” he said.

His thesis is titled “The Implementation of The New Economic Policy: Success and Failure, 1970 – 2008”.

The most important thing is to learn so we do not repeat those failures and where there are successes, we must take advantage of them, he said.

Success, he said, was about achievements, not making demands.

“In Malaysia, it’s not only the bumiputras who are less fortunate. There are non-Malays who are poor too. Poverty does not depend on race. Those who need help, we give them help.”

Daim’s scroll was presented by Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, who is also UM Chancellor.

The 59th convocation ceremony, which started yesterday, saw 6,562 students graduating from the country’s top varsity.

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