Saturday, November 11, 2006

Private Higher Education Roundtable (II)

As mentioned a couple of days back, I was invited to be part of a panel to discuss the development and future of the Malaysian private higher education sector on Astro's Asia Entertainment Channel (AEC). The roundtable discussion is in Mandarin.

Just an update to let you know that the roundtable discussions is "broken" into 3-parts of 15 minutes, to be shown over 3 Sundays starting tomorrow, 12th November 2006 at 10.45pm news segment. There wasn't anything too controversial, but I thought the discussions did cover some of the more pertinent issues within the given timeframe. I'll blog more on the discussions next week ;)

For those who are watching, do let me know if I made the cut speaking in Mandarin (for which I tend to be weaker when dealing with the more technical or sophisticated terms). I'll also probably have to figure out how I'm going to catch the episodes, since I can't afford the Astro subscription ;p.


Anonymous said...

Start selling tembikai and Astro might give you a free Astro dish and decoder plus a year free astro subscription. A lucky boy got it that way :))

Anonymous said...

Tony, It is sad to tell you, surely, I will not support nor to agree the two VIP to talk about education in Malaysia. First, they have not significant qualification that relates to education (I know they background very well) except they are running a good education "business". Second, no significant academic works were contributed by both of them, eg publication to quality education journals on education related research. Third, they are businessman :) Not educators. Anyway, you may not like my post but I have no specify issuse to againt them but why the TV not invite someone form better institution? Like MMU? or May be these two VIPs just want an opportunity to promote their "business". Last, please do not involke in this kind of "educational commercial" event. When a few of Norbel Laureates came to Malaysia, why those TVs did not invite them to talk about Malaysian Education? You know, I know and everyone known.

From a PhD student in Education Science.

Anonymous said...

From a PhD student in Education Science.

You sure you are a PhD student? Gosh.....your language.

Anonymous said...

phd student at local universitiy now no class...cant spiel proferly

Anonymous said...

My friend, you may doubt on my student status as a PhD student based on my English. It is ok, I am not an English native speaker and I thank you for your commants. I hope the discussion is on the roundtable but not to my student status. Basically, what I like to say is, I do not think these two businessman are qualify for discussion of our Malaysia education. If you think I am wrong and my post is too preconception to be accepted, please ignore it or may be Tony you can delete my post. TQ.

Anonymous said...

Dear Phd Student who cannot spell,

No doubt they are not academicians, but Mr.Tan from INTI has been involved in the private education industry for many years. It would be nice to find out what does he, as the founder of one of one larger private college has to say with regards to the directions of Malaysia's education. Although Malaysia aims to be an education hub, we are sadly behind countries such as China (Harvard will set up its first ever foreign campus in China!), and Singapore (UNSW will be operating very soon!).

Although many of us look down on some of these private colleges, please do remember that they have an important role in our higher education. Each year, many students graduated from these colleges. Many of us will say things like "yeah, they have no quality, don't hire them etc". But this will not solve the problem. I have hired a few graduates from private colleges and they are doing very well in my company. However, how can we improve since as a whole, we are still behind other countries. How can we truely be an education hub, and what roles can private colleges play? It is indeed important to hear what they have to say and hope that our education system can improve, and thus producing good graduates who can write and spell properly.

Since I am not Phd student, please don't criticize me on my english.

keropok lekor said...

Just my thoughts,

Can you guys stop criticising each other about English proficiency? Having a better command of English doesn't mean that one is superior and can't spell properly doesn't mean that one is inferior academically. And attributing the lack of the language command with Public Universities is a very irresponsible and insulting remark. PhD student has his/her own opinion that should be respected as much as the opinion of others.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thousand apologies!
he he he

Anonymous said...

oh my eyes! blind me, please!

phd or not, SOME command of english would go a loooong way in any field.

Anonymous said...

come on...the broken englis is made me laf very muchh. thad is y i loved these blog

Anonymous said...

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keropok lekor said...

Haha... nice one

liz said...

there are some really mean-spirited comments here. as keropok lekor said, being proficient in english doesn't make you any more academically superior/ smarter than someone who isn't proficient in english. take a look at the top universities in UK and US. there are PHD and postdoctoral foreign students there whose accents are so unintelligible that, half of the time, people can't understand what they are saying. but they weren't accepted to these universities on basis of their english language. they were accepted because of their academic superiority and their capability for research. we had guest speakers and lecturers from european universities whose english would horrify the superior readers of this blog.

true, english IS important in our efforts to be globally competitive, and of course, everyone should strive to improve their english as best they can. however, unlike what so many malaysians seem to think, being proficient in english doesn't make you superior. it's a post-colonial mindset.

keropok lekor said...

Lliz said,
"true, english IS important in our efforts to be globally competitive, and of course, everyone should strive to improve their english as best they can. however, unlike what so many malaysians seem to think, being proficient in english doesn't make you superior. it's a post-colonial mindset."

Well said. Plus, if we ridicule those who are taking baby steps to improve themselves (in this case, English), then are we demeaning the whole ethos of education, which is "to learn"?

I am sick of self-flaunting people like these. They are no different from Billboard-Hashim.

Anonymous said...

No body can compare with Bill board Hashim! Ne is the greatest charlatan of all

coleong said...

Language is just a way of communication. It doesn’t matter whether an article is written in perfect English or other language, it’s the idea and the opinion that count. You can laugh at people that can’t speak proper English but can you speak other languages as well (i.e. Tamil, Chinese, Japanese and etc). Please be respectful.

Anonymous said...

I got this blog by recommendation of a fren...thought it must have some valuable info provided by wise ppl, but seems turn out that this is a page for ppl who's so posses with their GOOD english to prove their standard with the equation

good english = better in everything

Anonymous said...

Hi Bloggers,

Salute to our friend. Even if his English is not up to the standard of some bloggers BUT he care enough to share his opinions. This is the sprit of students that we are looking for. Not the one just talking and shooting people without any constructing ideas.

Our friend brave enough to admit his weaknesses. I salute u 'Phd Student in Science Education'

old and tired PhD holder said...

How will he ever write up his PhD in Science Education in English?

Will it be written in Malay?

As my friend used to say:

"..Maths is very important, but English is more important.."

Anonymous said...

But why Japanese can be very successful eventhough some of them can't even speak English? Our students were forced to study japanese language in order to study in Japan.

My England No Good, Wat to Do? said...

Old and tired PhD holder said "How will he ever write up his PhD in Science Education in English? Will it be written in Malay?"

Why do you assume PhD student in Science student must be someone who's mother tongue is Malay? And why should we assume that all who do not speak English well, speak Malay well?

There are thousands, if not millions of Chinese students in China who struggle just to speak good English, and yet Beijing University rank higher than many of our so called superior English-medium universities.

Check out his latest comment in

I guess most of us are still imprisoned with our "superiority-complex" and our post-colonial mindset, as Liz mentioned.


Mr. My-England-no-Good
Rejected Phd Candidate

Anonymous said...

Mr. My-England-no-Good
Rejected Phd Candidate ,

agree 100%.