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August 18, 2008

The Globalisation of Higher Education

Filed under: Uncategorized — toru @ 2:57 pm
Interesting story in Newsweek. China, Singapore, Korea and the Middle East are mentioned as the places to watch.
Build It And They Will Learn

The geography of higher ed is changing fast, with Asia and the Mideast coming on strong.

Zvika Krieger
Updated: 2:21 PM ET Aug 9, 2008

Drive down Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai’s main thoroughfare, and you’ll pass the world’s only seven-star hotel, its tallest building and its largest man-made resort island. But head off into the desert and you’ll hit a modest-looking set of office buildings and construction cranes that promise to be just as superlative. This is the site of Dubai International Academic City: the future home of a Michigan State University campus and the center of the local effort to make the emirate into a new global hot spot for higher education. “There is a war out there for talent,” says Abdulla al-Karam, director-general of Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority, “and we’re not going to let everyone else take the best.”

Dubai, along with its neighbors, is leading a rush of countries trying to erode the dominance of Harvard, Yale and a handful of other, mainly American or British, schools. As of 2005 (the last year for which numbers are available) there were about 138 million students worldwide seeking university degrees, according to UNESCO—up 40 percent in seven years, reports the London-based Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. Traditional academic destinations—English-speaking countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia—are finding it harder and harder to meet that demand. Post-9/11 U.S. visa complications have also helped create a massive pool of international students looking for new places to learn. According to the Washington-based Association of International Educators, the market of postsecondary students studying outside their home countries grew 49 percent between 1999 and 2004, even as foreign enrollments in U.S. schools increased only 10 percent. That’s created an enormous opportunity that will only grow, as the number of students seeking education abroad triples by 2025 to 7.2 million, as the Australian testing company IDP Education projects.


August 16, 2008

UITM: No, you can’t come on board my (sinking) ship

Filed under: education, malaysia — Tags: , — toru @ 6:10 am

This is almost comical if not tragic beyond belief.  The whole institution is going down the tubes yet people are foaming at their mouths preventing non-Malays from joining Uitm.  What’s the point of having a 100 % bumiputra enrollment if your graduates can’t find a job?


PM vetoes call to open UiTM to non-Malays



Aug 13, 08 2:42pm



Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has vetoed a call to allow other races to enrol in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), a proposal which caused a furore and a student protest.

uitm students protest in selangor state office 130808 01The mentri besar of selangor, where UiTM is located, triggered an uproar when he suggested on Sunday that the institution could offer 10 percent of its places to other races.

“He has no power to do that. Matters related to (student) intake are under the jurisdiction of higher educational institutions,” Abdullah was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times daily.

khalid ibrahim selangor state budget pc 120808 03Selangor Mentri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (left) has reportedly said the move to include other races and foreigners into the university would allow students there to gain more exposure and be friendlier to people of other races.

Currently it is the only university in the country which is confined to Malays and indigenous races – known collectively as “bumiputera” or “sons of the soil”.

Abdul Khalid’s remarks triggered a protest by 3,000 students from the university who took to the streets yesterday and marched to the chief minister’s office, waving placards saying, “Do not seize our rights,” and “Save UiTM.”

S’gor MB told not betray own race

UiTM vice-chancellor Ibrahim Abu Shah said the public university was reserved for bumiputeras as a majority of students in leading fields of study in higher-learning institutions in Malaysia were non-Malays.


August 8, 2008

Shanghai Jiaotong Rankings 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — toru @ 4:13 pm

Shanghai Rankings 2008 out. As expected, Malaysian universities are no where in the top 500
August 7, 2008
American Universities Maintain Dominance in Latest Shanghai RankingsThe Academic Ranking of World Universities, published annually by China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University, has been posted online.

American institutions continue to dominate the top echelons of the influential list: 54 percent of the top 100 universities are in the United States, according to an analysis, with Harvard retaining the top spot, followed by Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley.

The only three non-American universities in the top 20 are the University of Cambridge, at number four, the University of Oxford, at number 10, and Tokyo University, in the 19th spot.

Chinese universities continue to be outperformed by other Asian institutions in regional powerhouses like Japan, but have improved their showing since last year and now occupy 18 spots in the Top 100 Asia Pacific Universities.

The list is not due to be published officially until August 15, but the new compilation has already generated a flurry of headlines in France, where the highest-ranking institution, Université de Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), comes in three places down from last year at number 42.

Education minister Valerie Pecresse used the relatively weak showing of French institutions to underscore the need for reforms championed by the government.

The French Senate last month “proposed developing a new European university ranking system to counter the powerful Shanghai world ranking, which is said to favor English-language institutions.”—Aisha Labi

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