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UM VC doing a triple in
blitzkrieg of self-glorification campaign over THES World University
Ranking 2005 despite falling 80 places from 89th to 169th
Media Conference Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
This is the right and proper attitude to adopt whether by educationists or the ordinary lay-persons. Unfortunately, the Higher Education Ministry seems to be unable to convey its message to the University of Malaya, whose Vice Chancellor, Prof Datuk Dr. Hashim Yaacob, has launched the third phase of his campaign of self-glorification over UM’s placing in the THES World University Ranking 2005.
The first phase was the Seven Billboards of Shame and Dishonour put up in the campus on Oct. 31, where the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Higher Education Minister were drafted in the campaign of self-glorification, giving the university lecturers, students and visitors the impression that the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Higher Education Minister were mightily pleased with UM’s 80-point fall from 89th to 169th position in the Top 200 Universities Ranking.
The second phase were the 150 banners/buntings hung on lamp-posts in the campus on Saturday celebrating UM’s “achievements” in the THES World University Ranking 2005 and turning UM into a short of Disneyland.l.
The third phase was launched yesterday when thousands or even tens of thousands of leaflets, 37 cm by 37 cm, flooded the campus, whether residential colleges or faculties, reproducing an article by Hashim in the local media extolling UM’s “achievements” in the THES World University Ranking 2005.
The Cabinet tomorrow should put a stop to this binge of self-glorification and splurge of scarce resources in the UM and restore some sanity of academic aplomb, culture and tradition – as it is most shocking and unbecoming for the nation’s premier university being converted into a Disneyland or a pasar malam as if to shout out the wares or games offered up for sale!
Enough money have been squandered in the misguided three-point blitzekrieg campaign of self-glorification by Hashim. If he had shown the same passion and obsession to raise the academic excellence, quality and standards of University of Malaya, UM would probably already be ranked within the World’s Top 50 Universities – something which should not be regarded as impossible for Malaysia when Singapore could have two universities in the Top 50 Universities.
UM has been placed among the top 100 universities in three out of five categories – Arts and Humanities (45th), Biomedicine (82nd) and Social Science (83rd). This should not be unalloyed joys for the following reasons:
For Arts and Humanities, UM is ranked No. 45 among the Top 100, and is ahead of the two Singapore universities in this grouping, National University of Singapore (No. 56) and Nanyang Technological University (No. 89).
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman