Yesterday's NST reported the findings of the Academic Reputation Survey of Public Higher Education Institutions.
[Lulu is thankful that the ministry was honest about their findings. It is only when you know and admit that something is wrong then correction can take place.]
None of the many-many universities we have here in Malaysia were ranked outstanding.
USM, at the top of the chart, was listed as excellent.
Followed by Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) which were lumped in the "Good" category.
To probably no one's surprise, none of the election promise universities made it to the better list.
They all ranked satisfactory.
Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and Universiti Utara Malaysia.
You want to know how bad the quality of our graduates are?
Since the last recession, the government has been re-training graduates to equip them better for the job market.
In the early days, the training was cross discipline, meaning if you graduated in Business, your training would be IT, that kinda thing. You learn something totally new.
Today, the government has to retrain IT graduates on website skills.
SKALI is hiring 4,000 IT graduates, "retraining them to upgrade and maintain 573 govt websites that are in woefully bad shape".
The Msian govt will pay RM258 million for the 6-year project.
Skali's co-founder, Aimi Aizal Nasharuddin, was quoted The Edge weekly as saying: "We want to support the govt's mission to create 'glocal' Malaysians out of our unemployed and under-employed graduates."
read more on his cost and project justification here
Lulu is amazed that IT graduates have to be retrained, paid to be retrained. Didn't they go to university to learn and learn to learn and learn to think? Didnt their university prepare them to think on their own, to grasp and understand concepts?
True, somethings you may need additional training like if you were to learn up SAP and Oracle, but website building? 4,000 graduates? RM258 mil?
exasperated, Lulu is truly exasperated!