Thursday, April 19, 2012

Grassroots initiatives in the academy

There are two initiatives I'd like to draw attention to today. The first is Scientific Malaysian, an independent attempt to connect Malaysians interested in science and to raise the profile of the Malaysian scientific community. It's an interesting initiative, so definitely check it out.

The other is a survey by a Malaysian undergraduate studying at the University of Michigan in the US. Jian Wei is trying to understand whether there is a relation between emotional attachment to one's country and one's desire to participate in its national affairs. Finding good data is a challenge for social scientists everywhere, so if you can give Jian Wei your dua sen, I'm sure he'd appreciate it.

11 comments:

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Daniel said...

for me, malaysia can be more success if she follow japan :-)

Anonymous said...

For me personally, the education level in Malaysia is still pretty average. Students rely heavily on distributed notes/ the feeding type of culture as opposed to researching themselves;in short lack of critical thinking as a consequence.

There are people (especially parents) who rely heavily on the idea that science students are smarter than commerce students too; which could be discouraging for students whose natural talents are on business/ more subjective subjects. And also in Malaysia, gwoing up surrounded by people of multi races; you are ought to fall into your typology---indian who would be lawyers, engineers or doctors; chinese students who would be more incline to study business/ finance/ other science courses and malays who would be studying politics/ business...

In addition, students dont have that much exposure on what they should do after high school and often they would just follow their parents profession. When it is all good; there are students who could have studied for the full course length but feel that it isnt what they believe in and over-achiever parents would degrade them and classify them under the 'failure' category.

The thing about education is that it is influed by what we believe in, how we grow up, the society we are surrounded when growing up. So perhaps, the social attachment is there. Often, people look at a person based on how well they did in their exams; their position in class, how many awards they have received. There are a lot of things that had been forgotten; some rich kids are also discouraged to work at a young age or even if working as a sales person is bad and useless--but from my own experience; i do come from the middle class background and i have had working experience as a sales girl and it didnt matter. It thought me all the things that i wasnt thought during my degree.

If Malaysia is to focus on science based degree; I suggest the mentality and culture of Malaysians should change too and no division/ classification on who is smart and who is not based on the subjects they take at uni because at the end of the day; it is about being strategic in life and knowing your competitive edge. As for following Japan; i totally disagree; it has been researched that Japanese might have high work ethics; but at the same time they cant manage themselves as good as Westerners when they operate abroad---apart from Toyota, Honda and the like. Nomura isnt doing so well even when they tookover Lehman Brother's european office.

If Malaysia is to succeed; they can do without having to follow any countries etc...the country just need to find their competitive edge and in terms of trade; they should follow what Lord Sugar in the apprentice would say 'they should be able to smell whats selling'.

And in terms of education; private higher educational institutions should be included in the world ranking because lets face it; i doubt that public universities are better in terms of the resources provided etc. Plus private universities are already carrying or delivering foreign programmes; why separate the two? How would you analyse which is better-private or public when the ranking remain separate and private universities dont even make it to the world ranking.

In terms of education; our neighbouring country can be said to be more successful---NUS is among the top university in the world so is a private institution(Nanyang). The education game should be more fair and should be of the same playing field.

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