The Tempinis diaries

March 5, 2009

Wrong Partnership for UM

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — toru @ 2:47 pm

This comment is a little late in coming. But this arrangement with Unisim is, in my view, the wrong kind of partnership for University Malaya. With respect to the staff and students at Unisim, the fact is that Unisim is not a research university like NUS, NTU and SMU. It is not a very strategic move for UM, the premier research university in Malaysia, to be collaborating with Unisim. Perhaps, in future University of Malaya will try to form meaningful research collaborations with NUS, NTU or SMU.

Sunday February 8, 2009
Pact signed

Dr Ghauth (third from left) exchanging documents with Prof Cheong. Also present are (from left) UM’s Dr Mohamad Mokhtar Abu Hassan, Deputy Director, Academy of Malay Studies, Prof Dr Azirah Hashim, Dean, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, and UniSim’s Provost Prof Tsu Kai Chong and Registrar Assoc Prof Yip Woon Kong.

UNIVERSITI Malaya (UM) has agreed to collaborate in advisory and training services with the Singapore Institute of Management University (UniSIM) for the latter’s Bachelor degree in Malay Language and Literature.

March 2, 2009

Loans for varsity staff

Filed under: education, Uncategorized — toru @ 2:12 pm

This is frankly bizarre. Tell me again why is USM offering micro-credit? I thought USM is a university not a bank! And this scheme is not an incubator scheme which is found in some universities. This is a complete waste of tax payers’ money. The VC has some explaining to do. Perhaps, Malaysiakini can chase down this story.

Loans for varsity staff


GEORGE TOWN: Universiti Sains Malaysia has become the first public university in the country to offer interest-free loans to its clerical staff. With a repayment period of two years, a total of RM37,500 was given out to 10 USM employees recently to upgrade their small businesses.

USM vice-chancellor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said the USM micro credit project is important to assist enterprising staff in view of the economic downturn.

“It is our duty to fulfil the financial needs of the USM employees during these challenging economic times,” Dzulkifli said after handing over the loans to the first group of recipients.

Still no word from Prof Dzulkifli Abdul Razak: Frogs, Bushfires and Employability

Filed under: education — toru @ 2:05 pm

Our dear prof has found time to write about bushfires, frogs and employability. Oh yes, and an article on the greatness of the Higher Education Minister, Khaled Nordin. This writer takes another view of the Higher Education Minister.

Frankly, I think the fact that the dear Vice Chancellor of USM, the Apex University of the nation, has written so many newspaper articles without articulating his vision for USM is proving to be slightly embarassing. Can we have a little bit more vision and substance in future articles?

50 laggard lecturers get show-cause letters

Filed under: education — Tags: , — toru @ 1:46 pm

Again well done VC Jasmon! It is time someone cracked the whip. If an employee doesn’t perform in the private sector, the employee will have to leave their job. There is no reason why lecturers who do not perform, in this case get their PhD in a timely manner, should get to stay on in their jobs.

50 laggard lecturers get show-cause letters

PETALING JAYA: About 50 show-cause letters have been sent to Universiti Malaya (UM) lecturers who have not been able to complete their PhDs within the stipulated time in their contract while 15 letters of demand were sent to those who could not explain when they would complete theirs.

UM Launches Alumni Chapter In Singapore

Filed under: Uncategorized — toru @ 1:40 pm

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.

George Mason University, Among First With an Emirates Branch, Is Pulling Out

Filed under: education — Tags: — toru @ 1:31 pm

Uh-Oh…It seems that the recession is also hitting the higher education sector.

March 1, 2009
George Mason University, Among First With an Emirates Branch, Is Pulling Out
In 2005, George Mason became one of the first American universities to open a branch campus in the United Arab Emirates — but in May, it will become the first to close its campus there, never having graduated a single student.


VC chosen based solely on race

Filed under: Uncategorized — toru @ 1:29 pm

From Malaysiakini. If I am not mistaken, all the Vice Chancellors in Malaysia are Malay. I guess the answer to Prof Ramasamy’s question is pretty obvious.

‘VC chosen based solely on race’
Rahmah Ghazali | Mar 2, 09 12:45pm
P Ramasamy (DAP-Batu Kawan) questioned the process of appointing vice-chancellors of public universities, asking if candidates are considered only from among bumiputeras.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Hou Kok Chung denied this, however, saying that a search committee appoints the vice-chancellor “based on qualifications and experiences rather than race”.

For SPM students

Filed under: Uncategorized — toru @ 1:24 pm

What an absolutely brilliant idea! To publish a book on different routes which people took after spm. My own modest contribution is found here.

January 31, 2009

USM as a Quota Free University

Filed under: education, malaysia, politics — toru @ 6:23 am

Dare we even hope that USM would be designated as the first quota free university in Malaysia in terms of recruitment of faculty and student admissions? This would effectively cement its status as the apex university of Malaysia.

Even in India, they are reversing quotas at some of the top universities.


January 29, 2009
India Reverses Faculty Hiring Quotas at 47 Top Universities
New Delhi — Buckling under pressure from academics at the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology, the Indian government has decided to exempt those and a number of other universities from quotas in faculty appointments. News of the exemption was revealed at a meeting on Wednesday of the institutes’ council, the highest decision-making body for the engineering schools.

January 6, 2009

Prof Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, tell us about your plans for USM

Filed under: education, malaysia, Uncategorized — toru @ 1:33 pm

I am happy to read that USM is organising class reunions. As I have written before, class reunions are important to keep in contact with alumni; the alumni is a huge untapped resource for funding for a university.

On another note, I realised that the Vice Chancellor of USM has a regular column in the Straits Times. Glancing through the past few pieces, his writings are a pleasant and light read. But what I really want to know from Prof Dzulkifli is his plans for USM especially since it has been granted the coveted Apex status. As the extra funding comes out of the taxpayers’ pocket, I feel that the public has a right to know. So please, enough of the lighthearted stuff. Can you tell us your plans for USM?

DZULKIFLI ABDUL RAZAK: Oh, the treasured memories at the reunions
By Dzulkifli Abdul Razak


FORTY years seems a very long time. But, when gathering for a reunion, 40 years seem just like yesterday as experiences and faces neatly fall into place. It’s much like a jigsaw puzzle meant for children. The pictures are vivid and large, the colours fresh and appealing. Most of all, it is fun as everything comes alive. At times, it is like re-living everything all over again, especially when it exudes happiness, in contrast to the predictions of gloom and doom ahead.

I discovered this twice last week when my alma mater celebrated its 40th anniversary. Both occasions were equally grand and captivating as though we were in a time-capsule, flashing from point to point, just quick enough to sample the moments.

The first time-capsule in this case brought us back to the days when Universiti Sains Malaysia, then known as Universiti Pulau Pinang, was newly established in 1969.

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