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‘Volunteering Malaysia’ can drive volunteerism to new heights

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Malaysia as a nation should do more to harness the power of volunteerism.

EACH YEAR, the third Monday of January is celebrated in the United States of America as a unique national holiday that honours the spirit of community service.

In short, this special day is dedicated to volunteering, a defining way of life for many American citizens, most of them, spurred to take action by a personal and religious ethos, driven to fill the gaps of a weak welfare state that leaves millions behind.

The day has a true distinctive history that goes back to the years of the civil rights movement where millions of African Americans nonviolently protested against a discriminatory system gamed to favour the white population.

One of leaders of such movement was Dr. Martin Luther King, the activist who paid with his life the price of freedom and emancipation.

The 15th of January is the birthday of Dr. King and the third Monday of each January has been officially sanctioned to commemorate the gestures and efforts of this modern times hero, a person that always believed in the responsibility of each person, no matter the background and social economic conditions, to do the best to serve the community, always striving to support those most in need.

From US to Malaysia is a long stretch and yet the teachings of Dr. King have universal meanings that extends well beyond the boundaries of the nation where he was born.

It is true that the 5th of December is already celebrated worldwide as the International Volunteering Day but still, it is important to think of what is now known as Martin Luther King Day as an inspiration for the entire world.

Malaysia as a nation should do more to harness the power of volunteerism, a tool that promotes social cohesion, local development and skills.

There are many ways to encourage local citizens, from all ages, races and economic status, from emboldening local social purpose organisations to the recognition of small but still significant gestures being carried out assiduously and in the shadows by millions of Malaysians, day in and day out.

Theountry is developed enough to design a strong, localised volunteering supporting infrastructure that harnesses, recognises and celebrates locally led volunteering initiatives.

A multitude of stakeholders can play a role, from local schools to universities, from small to big private companies, from local government to the federal one and from citizen to citizen, including the youngest and the eldest.

The government of Singapore, fully cognizant of the ethnic diversity of its population, prone to lead segregated lives and, propelled by a culture that awards resilience over dependency, has always been encouraging its citizens to volunteer and serve their communities

The city state therefore has developed a sophisticated volunteering “architecture” with a multitude of programmes and initiatives.

With different ministries always trying to involve the local citizenry, the leaders of country had the farsightedness of creating a special agency in charge of promoting a culture of empathy across the nation.

Since 2008, the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, NVPC has been mandated with the task of engaging not only the people of Singapore but also all its stakeholders with a variety of volunteering options, all tailored made to cater to the specific needs of its constituencies, from school children, to the members of corporate sector.

Recently NVPC has launched a bold and long term strategic vision of making Singapore a “City of Good” which is, according to its chairperson, Mildred Tan, is a “community where people care for one another and building it, “is not the job of one, but the responsibility of all”.

Those thinking of the City of Good as just branding exercise are wrong.

It is instead a systematic, radical strategic plan that wants to truly transform Singapore for the better, helping to set the foundations for a society that is less divided by inequalities and more united by a government encouraging a citizenry led welfare system.

Maybe it is an imperfect and debatable model spurred by measures to offset the side effects of the local “turbo capitalistic mindset” but it is interesting enough for the way it tries to engage the population.

With Malaysia and Singapore sharing a common history and a shared destiny, also because of their responsibilities as founding members of the Asean, it is mandatory to set aside egos and jealousies and working for a common good by harnessing, locally and regionally, the power of volunteerism.

Stimulated by the work being done in Singapore, therefore it is high time that the Malaysian government invested in setting up a strong volunteering infrastructure able to target all different groups and stakeholders within the country.

Initiatives in this direction taken by local social purpose organisations, many of which are not for profits or social businesses, should not be stifled by this new entity but rather supported.

‘Volunteering Malaysia’, let’s assume this would be the name of such agency, should work as framer of new national policies and initiatives that can build on what already exists.

It can also become an enabler, partnering with programmes currently run by non-state actors, helping them get rid of red tapes and other constraints, especially from the financial point of view.

For example, on the one hand, also following the example of the Corporation for National & Community Service, another public entity that similarly to what NVPC does in Singapore, supports volunteering throughout the US, including coordinating Martin Luther King Day, Volunteering Malaysia should set standards and parameters of national programs able to meet the greatest challenges of the country, helping Malaysia achieving its own Sustainable Development Goals.

It can do this by running programmes directly or by launching bids where local social purpose organisations can become the implementing partners.

On the other hand, while national volunteering programmes will be the unifying glue of national civic engagement agenda, Volunteering Malaysia could nourish local promising ideas from existing and new not for profits, social businesses and private corporations.

Fostering, leveraging and scaling the creativity and ingenuity of those actors already promoting an engaged and cohesive nation should be one of the strategic priorities of this new agency.

Let’s not forget that later this year the International Association of Volunteering Efforts, IAVE, the global not for profit championing volunteerism around the world, will organise the 26th World Conference that will be hosted by the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi in October.

What a great idea would be having the Prime Minister of Malaysia attending its inaugural ceremony and announce the world the creation of Volunteering Malaysia. No doubt that Dr. King would have surely have approved it.

By Simone Galimberti.

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Local varsities not on list

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

NO Malaysian institution made it into the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 2014.

The third annual Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 which was released on Thursday, is an annual ranking of the world’s best universities that have been in existence for up to 50 years, by Times Higher Education which also publishes the annual World University Rankings.

Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty says Malaysia is extremely close to breaking into the top 100 and must view this positively.

“With a little more sustained effort, attaining a ranking among the top 100 is possible within just a few years,” he adds.

According to Baty, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) rests just outside of the top 100 and is in the 100-120 bracket while Universiti Putra Malaysia sits in the 120-140 bracket.

UKM was ranked 98th when the inaugural list of young universities was released in 2012 but was not ranked last year.

UKM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali says the university remains positive and would strategise to suit its goals.

“These international measures are not our only goals. We incorporate all those in our strategies moving forward. There are also national elements that are our critical priorities,” he adds.

Prof Noor Azlan says both rankings and ratings are useful to universities in terms of evaluation and understanding of the different methods.

The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 uses the same, comprehensive methodology as the one used for the World University Rankings but the weightings given to each of the 13 separate performance indicators across five areas — industry outcome, teaching, citations, research and international outlook —have been recalibrated to better reflect the profile of younger, dynamic, and future facing institutions.

by Karen Chapman.

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University Ranking Not The Basis For Excellent Education, Says Muhyiddin

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

NILAI: The ranking of local universities at the international level is not the main consideration in accelerating the country’s higher education towards excellence, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

He said this was because most of the criteria and the yardstick used to gauge the position of local universities in the world ranking did not meet the country’s aspiration.

“The more important thing for the country’s interest is to ensure excellence of academicians, programmes and the institutions meet the three ‘R’ aspects, namely relevance, referred and respect.

“…we have to find a field to strengthen the country and become the world leader in the field and this is a more significant and suitable yardstick for all types of higher learning institutions (IPT) in the country,” he added.

He said this in his speech during a dialogue with key leaders of higher learning institutions on the preparation of the country’s education development plan for higher learning, here today.

He said these aspects would provide a better yardstick to gauge local universities than merely on perception.

He said the country’s IPTs, led by five universities which had been accorded research university status by the Education Ministry, had succeeded in producing high impact journals, hence placing Malaysia in an impressive position.

“Besides this excellence, the IPT should also focus on ensuring the returns from these research are felt by the people and benefit them,” he added.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said the rapid development in technology should be utilised in the learning and teaching process at IPT with lecturers and students having access electronically to materials developed by renowned professors, locally and abroad.

“These facilities can support the transition from curriculum development. In other words, this development should be used to enrich the learning and teaching experience of our graduates,” he added.

In ensuring the ability of universities to have a clear direction and effectively implement their action plan, the deputy prime minister said the board of directors and executives of the universities concerned should understand their role and function.


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DPM: Find out why varsities fell in rankings

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The world rankings of Malaysian universities attract “due attention” and the institutions must analyse and determine the reasons behind their decline, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

“What is important is that the respective public universities look into ensuring that their performance and rankings do not deteriorate.

“We understand that some will improve and some will decline but we should look at the medium-and long-term,” the Deputy Prime Minister told the Malaysian media covering his working visit here.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, was commenting on the QS World University Rankings 2013/14 which revealed that Universiti Malaya dropped 11 places compared to last year due to intense competition.

Apart from UM, there are six other Malaysian institutions in this year’s rankings – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, the International Islamic University Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Mara and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Six of the seven institutions slid down the rankings with UM as the country’s highest-ranked university at 167th place while UTM improved three places, from 358th place in 2012 to 355th this year.

Muhyiddin said he had met vice-chancellors during a meeting several weeks ago and told them to develop a plan to be more autonomous financially and to better use their resources, and pledged the ministry’s close cooperation on this.

He also advised universities to focus more on publishing international journals and improving the performance of students in critical areas like science and technology.

by Audrey Edwards in London,

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Malaysian higher education sector rating moves up 9 rungs in U21 report

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s higher education sector moved up nine rungs in a Universitas 21 (U21) report, and is now ranked 27th from a field of 50 countries, with an overall score of 52.4%.

Malaysia was ranked 36th out of 48 countries surveyed, with an overall score of 50.5%, last year.

U21 made its study based on the elements of resources, environment, connectivity and output said the Higher Education Ministry in a statement here Friday.

The Ministry felt the U21 ranking was commendable as it showed the Government was committed in the development of the higher education sector.

Malaysia is also listed as the second best in Southeast Asia after Singapore, which placed ninth with an overall score of 76.6%.

For the resource criteria, which looks at expenditure in the sector, Malaysia obtained a score of 70.9% which was better than Australia, Korea, Japan, England and Germany.

In the environment element, Malaysia scored 87.2%, surpassing countries like China, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Korea, Switzerland and Chile while the output of research and commercialisation saw Malaysia getting a score of 19.2%.

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Times Higher Education Publishes Asia University Rankings

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

LONDON: — The Times Higher Education magazine published its first Asia University Rankings here on Wednesday, China’s Xinhua news agency reports.

Japan’s Tokyo University topped the list of 100 universities ranked based on the trusted performance indicators used to create the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Among all, Japan took 22 spots in the top 100 list, whereas China’s Taiwan and the Chinese mainland took 17 and 15 respectively, with the Peking University ranking fourth, closely followed by Tsinghua in the sixth slot. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has six universities in the list, all in the top 50.

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, told Xinhua that the list was a “very promising showing for China.”

“Asia is the most exciting and dynamic continent right now in higher education terms. But the overall World University Rankings top 400 list remains dominated by Western nations,” Baty added.


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Ratings for specific fields of study

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

LOCAL tertiary institutions can choose to take part in a new ratings system that assess courses in specific disciplines.

During his New Year’s address recently, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin unveiled the results of the first Discipline-Based Rating System (D-Setara) exercise for universities and university-colleges.

Carried out by the Malaysian Qualifica-tions Agency (MQA), D-Setara builds upon the initial Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (Setara) with the view of eventually replacing the latter rating system.

While Setara rates the overall quality of institutions, D-Setara assesses undergraduate teaching and learning at universities and university-colleges in specific fields of study.

The first four disciplines rated by D-Setara were engineering, hospitality and tourism, medicine, dentistry and pharmacy as well as the health sciences.

Mohamed Khaled said in a statement that these disciplines were selected based on the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) in education.

Like Setara, the D-Setara is voluntary and classifies institutions in six tiers; Tier Six (outstanding), Tier Five (excellent), Tier Four (very good), Tier Three (good), Tier Two (satisfactory) and Tier One (weak).

Only the hospitality and tourism discipline had a Tier Six institution —Taylor’s University.

Universiti Malaya was the only Tier Five institution for the medicine, dentistry and pharmacy category.

For engineering, 11 institutions were in Tier Five; Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia; Monash University Sunway Campus; Multimedia University; Universiti Malaysia Perlis; University Putra Malaysia; Universiti Sains Malaysia; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; Universiti Teknologi Mara; Universiti Teknologi Petronas; Universiti Tenaga Nasional and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Five institutions were in Tier Five for the health sciences; International Medical University; Management and Science University; International Islamic University Malaysia; Universiti Malaya; and Universiti Sains Malaysia.

No institutions were rated below Tier Three in any of the disciplines.

by Priya Kulasagaran.

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Local unis not in list

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

The two Malaysian public varsities which participated in an assessment conducted by an international rankings publication this year, were not among the top institutions in the line-up.

THERE were no Malaysian public universities in the top 400 of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012-13.

Phil Baty who is THE World University Rankings editor, said Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) both participated in the rankings this year.

“As in previous years, both varsities did not make the top 400 and so do not have a ranking position,” he said in an interview.

Other prestigious Malaysian institutions such as Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) did not take part in the rankings.

Baty explained that the institutions were invited to participate in the rankings exercise but were not compelled to do so.

“The invitation to take part is issued by our data provider Thomson Reuters. If they (varsities) do not want to do so, they are not included as is the case with UM and USM.

“We would like to encourage more institutions to work with us so that an even clearer picture of higher education in Malaysia can be formed, allowing it to create a better benchmark for itself against the world’s very best,” he said.

A total of 655 universities from 69 countries this year submitted data to Thomson Reuters and were therefore assessed for the rankings.

by Karen Chapman.

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Not ready for rankings

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

THERE were no Malaysian public universities in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2011-12 this year but this is probably due to the fact that several chose not to take part.

THE World University Rankings editor Phil Baty urged universities to take part to assess their performance on a global stage as Malaysia has great potential as a major hub for international higher education, and needs to be a visible part of a rapidly globalising sector.

“We do not rank universities against their will, but we urge them to take part voluntarily,” he told StarEducate.

However, Baty declined to name the Malaysian universities involved.

Universiti Malaya vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon acknowleged that the university did not participate in the THE rankings.

“We made the decision not to take part in the THE two years ago as we feel we can only do so in about eight years when our income base has grown bigger from the private projects we are working on now such as the health metropolis and genome centre,” he explained.

He claimed that some of the criteria used such as funding and citations were unfair.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin said the university is improving and the results will show in a few years.

“It may be true that some chose not to send data but even if we did, I don’t think we can make it to the top 200 list.

“University and research cannot be separated. We must acknowledge that research is important and comparative research data must be given serious attention if we aspire to be in the league of renowned research universities of the world,” she said.

Baty said a few changes were made to one or two elements of the rankings methodology following feedback from industry experts after last year’s tables were published. One new indicator has been added regarding internationally co-authored papers, in order to better reflect the importance of a university’s global outlook.

“The rankings have been engineered to be more sophisticated, transparent, rigorous and reliable.

“As with last year, 13 indicators across five areas are taken into account, and our world rankings examines all core missions of a modern global university – research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity,” he explained.

“While hundreds of universities all over the world volunteer their data so that they can take part in this important global benchmarking exercise, it is disappointing that several Malaysian institutions chose not to take part.

“Of course, these rankings focus on the global, research-intensive university, and can not always take account of specific local circumstances, but our reputation survey is representative of scholarship all over the world, and we apply our 13 indicators fairly and consistently across all borders.

The THE World University Rankings 2011-12 is an annual rankings which provide a list of the world’s top 200 universities and was announced on Oct 6 with California Institute of Technology topping the list. This was followed by Harvard University and Stanford University in second place, Oxford University, Princeton University, Cambridge University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, Chicago University and the University of California, Berkeley in 10th place.

The highest ranked Asian institutions are Tokyo University at 30, Hong Kong University (34), the National University of Singapore (40), Peking University (49), Kyoto University (52), Pohang University of Science and Technology (53), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (62), Tsinghua University (71) and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (94).

Baty said results for Asian institutions have been mixed this year although there was an improvement for some institutions in several regions, such as Japan, but many Asian institutions have also moved down the rankings.

by Karen Chapman.

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Top universities, colleges in Malaysia 2011.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

World Rank —- ————
629                 Universiti Sains Malaysia 1

694                 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 2

731                 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 3

771                 Universiti P   utra Malaysia 4

788                 University of Malaya 5

995                  Universiti Malaysia Perlis 6

1126                 Multimedia University 7

1133                Universiti Teknologi Mara 8

1344                Universiti Malaysia Pahang 9

1491                International Islamic University of Malaysia * 10

1572                Universiti Utara Malaysia 11

1838                Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia 12

1838                 Universiti Tenaga Nasional 13

1862                 Universiti Malaysia Sabah 14

2106                 Open University Malaysia 15

2127                 University of Nottingham Malaysia 16

2154                  Universiti Teknologi Petronas 17

2274                  Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia 18

2993                  Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris 19

3333                  Taylor’s University College 20

3450                  Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka 21

3847                  Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman 22

3859                  Universiti Malaysia Terengganu 23

4571                  Universiti Malaysia Sarawak 24

5011                  Universiti Tun Abdul Razak * 25

5068                   Monash University Malaysia 26

5266                   Universiti Industri Selangor 27

5375                    Wawasan Open University 28

5528                     UCSI University 29

5554                    Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus 30

6117                    Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology 31

6628                   International Medical University 32

6716                   Help University College 33

6795                  Tunku Abdul Rahman College 34

6809                  Al Madinah International University 35

6867                  Universiti Kuala Lumpur 36

6995                   National Defence University of Malaysia 37

7003                  Segi College 38

7027                  Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (Universiti Darul .. 39

7209                   Universiti Malaysia Kelantan 40

7608                   Limkokwing University of Creative Technology * 41

7826                   KDU College 42

7991                   Selangor International Islamic University College 43

8326                    Sunway University College 44

8529                    Malaysia Theological Seminary 45

8705                   Malaysia University of Science & Technology 46

8772                   Olympia College Malaysia 47

8864                 Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus 48

9345                 Malaysian Institute of Management 49

9479                University of Malaya Medical Center & Faculty of M.. 50

9541                 INSANIAH University College 51

9879                Taman Pertanian University 52

9897                Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College 53

9911                 International Centre for Education in Islamic Fina.. 54

10114              Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia 55

10143              Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences 56

10169              Disted-Stamford College 57

10169               Berjaya University College of Hospitality 58

10281               Asia e University 59

10425               KBU International College 60

10831                New INTI College 61

11254                TATI University College 62

11571                Nilai International College 63

11889               Asia Pacific University College of Technology & In.. 64

11975               AIMST University 65

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