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February 28, 2010

STPM 2010 And Studying in Hong Kong

Filed under: education, malaysia, singapore, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — toru @ 2:58 pm

I seemed to have neglected this blog for quite some time. But I noticed a spike in readership especially on my post on what to do after STPM. Another year has passed and we have a fresh crop of bright young things doing well in STPM. Well done! Remember to apply to Singapore universities besides the local ones. Don’t be caught flat footed if for some strange reason the local universities reject you.

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For students who can afford it, you can consider Hong Kong as an alternative to the usual places where Malaysian students have traditionally gone like Australia, UK and the US. Further information on undergraduate studies can be found here. Information on postgraduate studies can be found here. I don’t know why Malaysian students have traditionally not gone to Hong Kong but there are many good reasons for going to study in Hong Kong. The universities are excellent, the city is vibrant and exciting for a young person and if you speak and write Chinese, job prospects ought to be quite good in Hong Kong and big cities in China after graduation.

June 28, 2009

Hong Kong PhD Scholarship

Filed under: education — toru @ 12:28 pm

For those looking for PhD Scholarships.
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The Research Grants Council in Hong Kong is launching a Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme and PolyU is actively recruiting outstanding students for this Scheme.

This PhD Fellowship Scheme offered by PolyU provides a generous package totalling approximately US$114,000, covering tuition scholarship, monthly stipend and annual conference travel allowance for the three years of studies. We are looking for your nominations for outstanding graduates who are interested in pursuing PhD studies at PolyU starting in September 2010.

PolyU has a long history of producing research of high application value. Our six Faculties and two Schools (as listed below) offer PhD students the opportunity to work with leading researchers, supported by modern facilities to make a difference to the community.

1. Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles

2. Faculty of Business

3. Faculty of Construction and Land Use

4. Faculty of Engineering

5. Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

6. Faculty of Humanities

7. School of Design

8. School of Hotel and Tourism Management

If you would like to receive more information on the Scheme, please contact us at oapres@inet.polyu.edu.hk

June 18, 2009

Malaysia as a Centre of Education in the Islamic World

Filed under: education — Tags: — toru @ 2:07 pm

Obama’s historic speech in Cairo presents Malaysian universities with unique opportunities. Malaysian universities should seize on Obama’s promise and pitch to house centres of research. They better do so before Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Egypt steals a march from the Malaysians.
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Obama vows to boost science ties with Muslim world
Wagdy Sawahel

5 June 2009 | EN | FR | 中文

Barack Obama speaking at Cairo University

Flickr/The Official White House Photostream
[CAIRO] The United States’ commitment to science diplomacy in parts of the developing world assumed a firmer shape yesterday (4 June) when its president, Barack Obama, outlined a science plan during his landmark speech at Cairo University in Egypt.

Obama’s speech, which tackled the United States’ relationship with Muslim communities around the world, included several pledges to develop science and technology initiatives as part of his vision for promoting peaceful relations.
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Fund Raising and Branding NTU

Filed under: education — Tags: , — toru @ 1:51 pm

Interesting story about NTU and its efforts to boost fundraising and brand itself effectively.
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Thu, Jun 18, 2009
The Straits Times

He aims to boost NTU brand

By Leow Si Wan

NANYANG Technological University (NTU) has a new point man for fund raising, engaging the university’s alumni and strengthening its ties with the community.

He is Mr Chew Kheng Chuan, 51, who now assumes the title of chief university advancement officer.

The newly created post is aimed at giving oomph to NTU’s fund-raising capability, developing its base of supporters and champions and building its brand, so it can become a ‘great global university’.Mr Chew, a committee member of the Singapore chapter of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals, is no greenhorn in this game.

He comes to NTU after five years of leading fund-raising efforts at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

It has been reported that on his watch, NUS raised $1.5 billion – more than four times what it raised in the previous 12 years.

Before the NUS job, he and his wife, Dr Chia Kwok Ying, ran their own business producing publications, annual reports and designing identities for brands such as the Banyan Tree and Channel NewsAsia. He has his work cut out for him at NTU.
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May 27, 2009

The Rise of Hong Kong Universities

Filed under: education — toru @ 2:07 pm

Hong Kong universities seem to be giving Singapore a run for her money lately.

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Academics needed, by job | May 27, 2009
Article from: The Australian
ANDREJ Bogdanov would have been a great catch for any American university. He arrived in the US from Macedonia in 1996, and succeeded at the top computer-science programs in the country: bachelor of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; PhD from Berkeley; postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study.

But after a fruitless job hunt in the US, he turned his sights to East Asia.
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Actuarial Science Links

Filed under: education — toru @ 6:48 am

One of my post popular blog posting, is on actuarial science courses in Singapore. Anyway, besides Singaporean universities, Hong Kong universities also offer this course. A useful link is found here.

May 25, 2009

The Annual Heartbreak Season

Filed under: Uncategorized — toru @ 1:55 pm

And so it begins. The yearly ritual of top students getting rejected. I have written about this here before. Kian Ming’s very well thought through suggestions on how the system needs to be overhauled seems to be a way out of this terrible situation. Also, I think Kian Ming is right – the government should stop dishing out these overseas scholarships to SPM holders but only offer them when the candidates have gained admission to a top university abroad.

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She scores 12 A1s but gets 0 scholarship

SHE has a stellar academic record, and is among the top in her cohort in the most recent Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) national exam.

SPM is equivalent to O levels.

But 17-year-old Cai Bao Yuan, who scored an impressive 12 A1s in the national exams, will not fulfil her dream of studying overseas on a Public Service Department (PSD) scholarship, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Bao Yuan, who is from Pahang, wrote to the press after she found out her scholarship application had been rejected.

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May 23, 2009

Global University Rankings

Filed under: education — Tags: — toru @ 3:02 pm

An interesting take on global university rankings and its effect on universities

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May 21, 2009
Global College Rankings Can Have Positive Effects on Campuses, Report Says
Systems for ranking colleges and universities are becoming more common worldwide, and are exerting an ever-more-powerful influence on how those institutions operate, according to a report issued today by the Institute for Higher Education Policy that reviews four countries in particular: Australia, Canada, Germany, and Japan.

The 28-page report, “Impact of College Rankings on Institutional Decision Making: Four Country Case Studies,” is the latest in a series issued by the institute, a Washington-based research group. The report says more than 40 countries have rankings systems, which it describes as “entrenched,” and several other rankings attempt to evaluate colleges and universities across international borders.

The report, which is based on interviews with people at more than 20 higher-education institutions in the four countries, seeks to determine what role rankings play on their campuses and to suggest lessons for American institutions. While criticizing the impact of rankings in ways that will be familiar to American readers — skewing priorities, warping hiring decisions, hurting disadvantaged students, and so forth — the interview subjects say that rankings can have positive effects.

Among them are better decision making based on data, better teaching and learning, prompt recognition and easy copying of model programs, and increased collaboration, not just competition, among peer institutions.

The research behind the report was financed by the Lumina Foundation for Education, which is making such work a priority and whose president, Jamie P. Merisotis, is a former president of the institute. —Andrew Mytelka

Top Asian Universities

Filed under: education — toru @ 3:56 am

This ranking is quite peculiar with Chinese University of Hong Kong ousting Beida and NUS. Ah well, with all rankings there are ‘kinks’ here and there. What is significant for Malaysia is that USM is ranked significantly lower than UM and UKM.

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5 Malaysian varsities among Asia’s top 100

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Malaya topped the list of five Malaysian universities that were ranked among the top 100 institutions of higher learning in Asia last year.

The ranking was provided by London-based QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, the compilers of the Times Higher Education world university rankings.

In the “Asian University Rankings” which was compiled for the first time, UM took the 39th spot, followed by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia at 51, Universiti Sains Malaysia at 69, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 82 and Universiti Putra Malaysia, 90.

“The results of the QS.com Asian University Rankings focus on regionally relevant measures of excellence,” said QS managing director Nunzio Quacquarelli in an email yesterday.

He said the top performing universities distinguished themselves not only by quality, but also by high productivity of research.

“Malaysian universities have performed well, with high numbers of international students and faculty. These results make studying in Malaysia an attractive option for international students.”

The top spot for the Asian university went to the University of Hong Kong.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong came in second, followed by University of Tokyo in third placing.

The National University of Singapore and Peking University in China are ranked at the 10th spot.

New Medical School in Singapore

Filed under: education, singapore — toru @ 3:45 am

A new medical school is expected to be set up in NTU. Again, the groundwork for this project seems to be thought through carefully.

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Third medical school
A proposal for Singapore’s third medical school, which is likely to focus on areas such as the healthcare needs of the elderly, is expected to be submitted within six months to a year. “… The healthcare needs of the future will move in a direction to cope with more elderly people with an increased proportion of chronic diseases,” said Professor Jan Carlstedt-Duke, director of the Medical School Project at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
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He also sits on an advisory panel that was formed in response to a request by the Education and Health Ministries for NTU to submit a proposal – as the Education Ministry considers the establishment of the third medical school.
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While there is no hurry yet for another medical school, “we need to start planning for our future because we (will) have different demands”, said Education Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday. “If the proposal is good and affordable, the Government can consider.” Dr Ng said he expects the proposal within six months to a year. ALICIA WONG
A proposal for Singapore’s third medical school, which is likely to focus on areas such as the healthcare needs of the elderly, is expected to be submitted within six months to a year. “… The healthcare needs of the future will move in a direction to cope with more elderly people with an increased proportion of chronic diseases,” said Professor Jan Carlstedt-Duke, director of the Medical School Project at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
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He also sits on an advisory panel that was formed in response to a request by the Education and Health Ministries for NTU to submit a proposal – as the Education Ministry considers the establishment of the third medical school.
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While there is no hurry yet for another medical school, “we need to start planning for our future because we (will) have different demands”, said Education Minister Ng Eng Hen yesterday. “If the proposal is good and affordable, the Government can consider.” Dr Ng said he expects the proposal within six months to a year. ALICIA WONG

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