The Tempinis diaries

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

New University in Singapore

Filed under: education, singapore — Tags: , — toru @ 3:41 am

Singapore is set to open a new university. The preliminary ground work seems pretty impressive.

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MIT tie-up to kick-start 4th uni
By Amresh Gunasingham

‘Traditionally in Singapore, we have established universities that start off with undergraduate studies, before moving on to postgraduate studies and then research,’ Dr Tan explained. — ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

A US$100 million (S$146 million) international design centre is in the works to kick-start Singapore’s fourth university.
A tie-up with the the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the centre would meld architecture, engineering and information systems to come up with, say, a must-have electronic gadget, or the best transport system for a fast-expanding Singapore.

The idea is to have research efforts firmly rooted before taking in students, said National Research Foundation chairman Tony Tan. Announcing the ambitious new proposal on Friday, he said that if all goes well, the centre could be up and running next year, a year before the university is even ready.

This would turn the current approach to university education on its head.

‘Traditionally in Singapore, we have established universities that start off with undergraduate studies, before moving on to postgraduate studies and then research,’ Dr Tan explained.

‘Under the proposed model, we will establish a research centre with a sound research base first before taking in graduate students and undergraduate students.’

Research universities around the world were no longer just education institutions, but were making their mark as key driving forces of economic growth, he added.

‘They are places where new knowledge is created by faculty members and students which facilitates the transformation of this knowledge into new industries and commercially viable enterprises.’

At MIT, for example, researchers and students have founded enterprises that produce output equivalent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the 17th largest economy in world. ‘This is significantly larger than our GDP…and underscores the importance for universities to be able to produce original research,’ he said.

Dr Tan, speaking during a visit to the Centre for Quantum Technology (CQT) at the National University of Singapore, said the design centre would add to the diversity of the tertiary education landscape here, and expects it to be well received by students and parents.

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