Some good news to report for once. VC Jasmon seems to be making the right moves with regard to connecting with the alumni. I have written before on how important it is to re-connect with the alumni before here. I wonder whether my musings on this modest blog had some influence on this latest move by University of Malaya. Or am I being too big headed?
In any case, well done University of Malaya! Contributions in Singapore dollars by UM alumni will surely go long way in Malaysia.
February 28, 2009 19:36 PM
UM Launches Alumni Chapter In Singapore
By Zakaria Abdul Wahab
SINGAPORE, Feb 28 (Bernama) — University of Malaya (UM) today launched an alumni chapter for its graduates residing in Singapore, the first one to be set up outside Malaysia.
The chapter was launched by UM’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon at Shaw Foundation Alumni House at the National University of Singapore (NUS) here.
Speaking at the launch, Ghauth said the establishment of the chapter in Singapore was a natural choice, and a significant and historical one, looking at the early years of UM.
UM was established in Singapore in October 1949, with the merger of the King Edward VII College of Medicine (founded in 1905) and Raffles College (founded in 1928).
Due to the university’s rapid growth, an autonomous division of the university was set in Kuala Lumpur in 1959 until it was declared a national university in 1962.
In moving forward, Ghauth hoped the UM and NUS could collaborate in turning the Southeast Asia region into a centre of educational excellence in the global academic map.
He said UM would share and learn from the experience of NUS, which is one of the top 50 universities in the world, to improve its performance, especially in its ranking to at least, make it to the top 100.
In last year’s Times Higher Education (THE)-QS World University Ranking, UM was only ranked 240.
UM also plans to set up similar alumni chapters at over 20 other countries, with Brunei and Indonesia as the next in the coming months.
The Singapore chapter is expected to attract about 200 UM graduates, both Singaporeans and Malaysians who are residing here.
Also present at the launching ceremony were Malaysian High Commissioner to Singapore Datuk Hussin Nayan and his deputy, Ahmad Anwar Adnan, who are both UM graduates, and NUS senior officials.