Thursday, November 15, 2007

World's Higher Education's Ranking

It has been quite some time I last heard absurdity coming out from the mouth of a full-fledged parliamentary Minister. This time it's Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim.

It has been noted that this round not a single Malaysian university was listed in the year 2007's edition of the Top 200 Universities as published by Times Higher Education Supplement, compared to the year 2006's listing where Malaysia still has two universities in the Top 200.

The Malaysian government, in response to various worldwide publications that sort of downgrade ratings related to the country of Malaysia, was always keen to say that this publication was not recognised or that their records relied on was not up todate or that those measurement / weightage adopted didn't take into account of many related issues.

Well, this time the Deputy Minister of the Education Ministry didn't mention any of the above. Was glad that they have changed but not for the better. Reasons given this time (I almost fainted):-

* quality of the institutions has not dropped BUT because foreign universities are moving ahead too fast; and

* likened Malaysia to the hare in the Tortoise and the Hare story where the hare (Malaysia) is taking a nap now and those tortoise (universities that lagged behind when one of the Malaysian university was amongst the Top 100) has caught up and went ahead to win.

I noticed that in many occasions, the Malaysian government would not say that they will study the reasons or to arrest the situation for the drop in rankings but rather gave thousands of reasons to the public to defend the drop. Weird isn't it?

When I surfed the Ministry of Education's website, there was nothing about this World University Rankings 2007.
Tags: Education, University, Higher Education, Ministry of Education, World University Rankings 2007, Top 200 Universities, Times Higher Education Supplement, THES, Datuk Hon Choon Kim, Malaysia, Tortoise And Hare Story



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no need to take it seriously. You may want to examine the beneficiaries of the criteria change...

16 November, 2007 11:34  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

dont worry, i'm not losing sleep over this. maybe that's what the higher education ministry staff/personnel are thinking too "no need to take it seriously".

having a higher ranking in such highly publicised rankings means better marketing approach for our universities in which malaysia has been targetting to bring in tons of foreign students.

16 November, 2007 15:31  
Blogger Convivialdingo said...

Most of those schools will never have my children. Many schools, such as Harvard, Stanford and others are politically repugnant, morally corrupt, and anti-Christian in character.

I'm not saying kids can't get a good education at many institutions, but don't be surprised when they come back spiritually bankrupt.

18 November, 2007 12:00  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

agree with u on the 'politically repugnant'. it cld be the same thing in the local universities here in malaysia

18 November, 2007 22:31  

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