Gerakan Youth disagreed that world university ranking list is not important Dr Dominic Lau proposed that public universities vice-chancellor be elected Press statement by Gerakan Youth Secretary General Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai

Gerakan Youth Secretary General, Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai disagreed and was disappointed with the remarks of the Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin that the world university ranking is less important towards local universities.

“I am saddened with the remark of our minister towards this issue. As an academician myself, I think that the ranking of our university plays a role in determining or become a benchmark of our performance. Besides, the ranking of our university will be a vital point in attracting foreign students to our shores,” said Dr Dominic Lau, who is also the UCSI Associate Professor.

He said that despite the government has allocated a huge amount of resources every year towards the improvement of our public universities; they fail to emerge in the top 200 of the Times list. Such an example put on Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) where it has been selected as an Apex university in 2008 with an objective of breaking into the top 200 in 5 years and by 2020, USM aimed to be in the top 50 in the world.

Lau also commented that since the government has provided massive funding for the improvement of USM, the university owed the public an explanation on its plan and innovative ways to improve their standard. He further commented on the important role of a university vice-chancellor on leading it towards a better performance.

He suggested that the current system of appointing the public universities vice-chancellor should be replaced with one which has been elected into office by the university staff, students and alumni as it has been practiced by other countries.

“By having an elected vice-chancellor, I think it is a good way of convincing the public that the vice-chancellor is truly capable of leading the university. Therefore I hope that the Ministry of Higher Education can pay attention to this matter by taking heed of our advice and suggestions.”




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