Gerakan hails universities’ ranking Press Statement by Gerakan Lau Chin Hoon Pemanis Assemblyman Chairman of Central Bureau of Education and Knowledge Society

Although our five local universities rank among Asia’s top 100, our education quality level can still improve further, said Gerakan’s chairman of Central Bureau of Education and Knowledge Society, Lau Chin Hoon.

He said while the rankings were commendable, it was more important for the quality and standard of our tertiary education to reach a very high level.

“It is also more important for our local universities to produce knowledge-based students and ensure that all the graduates can excel in their respective fields of studies,” said Lau, who is also Pemanis assemblyman.

It was reported in the newspapers yesterday that 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-base Qs Quacquarrelli Symonds Ltd, the compilers of the Times Higher Education world university rankings.

“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.

Lau said it was common today to see many Malaysians pursuing higher levels of education and becoming graduates. “However, it is important that their academic achievements are at a competitive level with other countries,” he said.

He urged the Ministry of Higher Education to be stringent in their supervision of all public and private institutes of higher education.

It would be good for the Ministry to extend the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to all public and private universities in the country, he added.

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