Sunday, November 05, 2006

Nottingham Extravaganza

In conjunction with the just concluded "Nottingham Games", our most senior officials in charge of Education spent a couple of days deliberating educational issues with Malaysian students in the United Kingdom (UK).

The Nottingham Games is billed as the largest Malaysian sporting event in the UK, this year’s game was the biggest so far involving more than 7,000 Malaysian students from 70 universities across UK.

What was interesting however, was the extensive nature of the dialogue, presentations and discussions with the Malaysian students. For a start, the panelists included:
  • Dato Mustapa Mohammed, our Minister of Higher Education
  • Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, our Minister of Education
  • Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hassan Shahabudin, Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Prof. Dato’ Dr. Dzulkifli Abdul Razak Naib Canselor, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Dato' Dr. Salleh bin Hassan, Education Planning & Research Division Deputy Director, MOE
  • Pn Hajah Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim, School Division Director, MOE
  • Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim, Education Planning & Research Division Deputy Director, MOE
  • Dr. Mohd. Padhil bin Hashim, Planning & Research Division, MOHE
I for one, would applaud the Ministries for having these dialogue sessions with Malaysian students although I must say that I'm a little taken aback by the number of top guns making the trip to the UK.

I would also not comment on the potential outcome of the dialogue and exchange which you can read in here, here or here.

What I would love to have happen however, is for the respective Ministries to hold such functions here. I'm certain that there will be plenty like me, who wouldn't hesitate to write papers, present and attend such dialogues if held in the country, not out of it.


Anonymous said...

Free trip Maaa....First class seats, First class hotels! All sponsored by Rakyats money maaa....Who dont want to go there???

Chen Chow said...

While it is costly, I would say that similar efforts (although, we might not need to have many VIPs, just a couple of senior officers) be replicated at other countries like US, Australia etc. Malaysian Students Dept officers could actually be the one coordinating and this would avoid any need of having someone traveling from Malaysia for it.

And back in Malaysia, similar efforts could be done to initiate brainstorming among Malaysians at IPTAs, IPTSs, alumni group, various NGOs etc.

Anonymous said...

bukan takut...hanya itu big big politicians and senior ministry staff want to enjoy a first class paid holidays overseas. If you have it in jerantut or besut, or long pasau, i doubt they want to attend even if its free