did you see this in today's Star?
UM out to woo foreign students
In Y2004, UM was ranked 89th in the THES report. Everyone was happy-happy, proud-proud.
In 2005, it dropped to 169th position, when it was realised that local Chinese like Lulu and local Indians were categorised as foreign students, and that mis-assumption was corrected.
In 2006, not only did the ranking drop to 192, worse still, we were dethroned from being the #1 university in Malaysia, losing out to UKM.
Ouch! For Lulu, that hurts more than being 192.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed was quoted as saying, recruiting international students was to improve its rank in world university rankings, such as the Times Higher Education Supplement’s (THES) World University Rankings.
can you beat that?
of all the reasons to bring in foreign students?
of all the methods to raise our ranking?
Whilst the THES scoring and results is much debated over, it may be worthwhile to look at the critereas they use.
THES scoring is allocated in this manner
Peer Review 40%
Composite score drawn from peer review (which is divided into five subject areas)
Citations per Faculty 20%
Score based on research performance factored against the size of the research body
Recruiter Review 10%
Score based on responses to recruiter survey
International Faculty 5%
Score based on proportion of international faculty
International Students 5%
Score based on proportion of international students
Student Faculty 20%
Score based on student/faculty ratio
Lulu is wondering,
WHy not improve graduate employability?
Whether it's 80,000 or 18,000 unemplyed graduates, why not equip them better for the marketplace?
Peer review - sigh... our better academics would like to stay in negaraku, but the conditions of the university, the opportunities for promotion, the frustrations faced have forced many of the new generation to go elsewhere. The good peers are going-going-gone.
Citations, research - if Lulu's not mistaken, UM doesn't even put out the research done by their academics, because, well... you guess...
Why not improve on these three?
WHen these are improved, UM will be a university of choice, even for the foreign students. We don't need to go all out offering the schoplarships to come here. The name in itself will bring them here.
Let's be honest with ourselves, and do the right thing for the right reason.
In moments like this, Lulu wishes she was the Education Minister.
for further reading,
Times Higher Education Supplement
THES - QS World University Rankings - Methodology
Universiti Malaya: 89th or Nowhere? from the boys in Education in M'sia. Check out the related links too