Thursday, July 24, 2008

No Chancellor, No Convocation, Three Years After Being Upgraded To University Status!

More than 1,800 graduates of Universiti Darul Iman Malaysia in Terengganu have yet to receive their scrolls or don their graduation robes even though some graduated three years ago, Kosmo! reported.

This is because the university has yet to hold a convocation ceremony since it was upgraded to university status three years go.

According to the report yesterday, students had been trying to ask the university when the convocation would be held but the staff did not seem to know.

In an immediate response, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Idris Haron gave his assurance that the convocation would be held once a chancellor was appointed.

“I am sure it will be held this year and we will not disappoint the graduates and deprive them of such an important day,” he said. (The Star)

***** Three years have passed since the upgrade to university status was announced and yet there has been no convocation and worse still, no chancellor! I wonder what the Education Minister has to say about this sad state of affairs?

It's all well and good to go around upgrading colleges to universities and creating new varsities in every nook and corner of the country. But if they do not perform or maintain the standard required, then it is incumbent upon the authorities to take appropriate action to remedy the situation.

Everyone knows that a lot of political wheeling and dealing goes into the setting-up of varsities without proper evaluation, but that will not change any time soon. If there are votes to be won by the ruling party in announcing university upgrades and the creation of new ones, you can bet your last ringgit that the government will continue to do so with gay abandon. So what if there is no chancellor or a convocation? The votes are more important than varsities that perform. 'Malaysia Boleh' comes to mind.

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Blogger kittykat46 said...

Having been involved in the Interview and Hiring decision process in my organisation for a number of years now, I really distrust the quality of local university graduates.

Its not that they are all bad - there are excellent candidates. But mixed in there are such poor specimens, I have wondered how they could be awarded the degree.

Its simply no longer a certificate signifying a high level of academic achievement. Quite the opposite.

For a person doing my job, it becomes much more difficult, as I have to probe into more detail on their knowledge and mental ability.

Can't help contrasting with overseas graduates. If a person graduated for example, 1st or 2nd Class Honours from a UK or Australian university, I hardly need to have any doubts about their academic ability.

Of course, the candidate's likelihood of success on the job are much more than just academic ability, but that's a different matter.

11:57 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Rauff said...

By no means am i doubting but I think they kick students out faster for blogging than everything else that they should do.

It's not the system that is's the people in charge.

12:22 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Avatar said...

I feel that this is really a sad state of affairs. For many, a university is the pinnacle of intellectual achievement, the ivory tower.

And here we have a university that has not held its' convocation after 3 years.

The spokesperson is so nonchalant about it, as if it's a three weeks delay.


BTW - I've added your blog to links section.


12:24 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Warga Tua said...

Even years back when I appointed a graduate to teach Form 6 classes, he told me that he himself did not go through From 6, so he could not teach the subjects in Form Six. True enough, he struggled and gave up teaching the classes after 1 month. This shows how those universities which had been hastily set up are not producing graduates worthy of being conferred a degree. It makes no difference if there is or there is no convotions.

1:02 PM GMT+8  

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