02 December 2012

EI Connect

Education unions work to prevent violence against women

Pakistani women chain themselves during a rally to condemn domestic violence against women in Pakistan (AP Photo/Khalid Tanveer)
EI marks November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as a day to promote women’s rights at work and to call for the prevention of violence against all women and girls. EI calls on governments to guarantee the provision of quality free public education, with qualified teachers and gender-sensitive curricula. Such measures will ensure that girls and women have the chance to not only achieve literacy, but to also become empowered so they can lead their lives free of the fear of violence. As former UN Secretary General, Kofi Anan, stated in 1999: "Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. And it is perhaps the most pervasive. It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development, and peace."Gender-based violence at work persists on a daily basis, in different ways, and is a major challenge to the goal of equality between women and men in the world of work.  It is an important issue for trade unions. As education trade unions, we can lobby and advocate for school curricula that are sensitive to the gender inequalities and inequities that characterise places of learning and communities across the world. General attitudes to gender must be transformed if violence against women and girls is to be prevented effectively. Teachers and other education personnel are well-placed to promote commitment to gender-sensitive human rights education and non-violent approaches to conflict resolution.
Click here to see the full EI Statement

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More information?

Education International is the voice of the teachers and other education employees across the globe. A global federation of about 400 unions in more than 170 countries and territories, it represents 30 million teachers and education employees in education institutions from early childhood to university.

26 November 2012

PAS slams termination of 92 defence lecturers

Malaysiakini 22 November 2012

13 November 2012

Malala Yousafzai Day

for children and girls education
10 November 2012

Malala, pictured in her hospital bed in Birmingham, was shot as she travelled home from school with two classmates in Pakistan
Malala, pictured in her hospital bed in Birmingham, was shot as she travelled home from school with two classmates in Pakistan (Daily Mail, UK)


09 November 2012

Rights of universities, academicians ignored

Speaking at the Asia Pacific Academic Conference, local academicians discuss how their fundamental rights have been ignored.

Free Malaysia Today, November 6, 2012

02 November 2012

Asia Pacific Academic Conference


Public Lecture

Tuesday, 6 November 2012, 2.30-4.30 pm
Bilik Wawasan, Rumah Universiti, Universiti Malaya

Institutional Autonomy and Social Responsibility: 

The Magna Charta Universitatum and the Application of the Fundamental Principles of Higher Education

Anna Glass, Secretary General, Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna, Italy

Within the context of globalization, population growth and economic imperatives, universities are struggling to respond appropriately to challenges as they arise. Institutions are becoming entrepreneurial to stand out in the race to be ranked and to attract students and funding. Curricula, research and teaching practices are linked ever more closely with the needs of the market – whatever the “market” is for a given institution. Universities also market themselves as pathways toward private gain: prestige and the promise of gainful employment appeal directly to students and justify ever-higher tuition fees, even in countries with a long tradition of government-sponsored higher education.

In this context, what remains of higher education? What principles are retained? The Magna Charta Universitatum sets forth the fundamental principles of higher education, namely: 1) institutional autonomy, 2) academic freedom, 3) the intrinsic relationship between teaching and research and 4) the universality of knowledge. These principles set limits to the compromises higher education can make with the market, with the government and with all stakeholders, internal and external.

01 November 2012

Asia Pacific Academic Conference

Pendaftaran percuma untuk ahli GERAK. Oleh kerana tempat terhad, keutamaan diberi kepada ahli seumur hidup. Tolong berikan nama secepat mungkin kepada akademikmalaysia@gmail.com. Permohonan keahlian, pembayaran yuran dan naikkan taraf keahlian boleh dibuat semasa pendaftaran persidangan.

Free registration for members of MOVE. Priority will be given to life member because of limited space. Please submit your name to akademikmalaysia@gmail.com. Membership application, payment of fees and upgrading of membership can be done during conference registration.

Death knell for higher education

Brave New World
by Azmi Sharom

The Star, 31 October 2012


12 October 2012

Asia Pacific Academic Conference (APAC)

Third Announcement

Rumah Universiti, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6-7 November 2012

Co-organized by
Malaysian Academics Movement (MOVE/GERAK)
University of Malaya Academic Staff Association (PKAUM).

Co-sponsored by
National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Australia

Invited Speakers
Anna Chai Glass, Magna Charta Observatory, Bologna, Italy
Nordin Hassan, International Council for Science (ICSU)
Colin Long, National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), Australia
Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) (to be confirmed)
Education International (EI) (to be confirmed)
Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) (to be confirmed)

Further details

09 August 2012

Fauzilah Salleh v. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

[CIVIL SUIT NO: 22-02-2009]
16 OCTOBER 2011

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW: Rules of natural justice - Right to be heard
- Breach of - Revocation of Master’s Degree by University due to
allegation of plagiarism - Whether there was a violation of the university’s
constitution - Whether University partly contributed to commission of
plagiarism - Whether plaintiff accorded right to be heard

Current Law Journal, 4 (2012) 601-612

22 June 2012

Asia Pacific Academic Conference

For further information, please visit here.

15 May 2012

QS Asian University Rankings 2012


University, 2011 Ranking, 2012 Ranking

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 1, 1

National University of Singapore 3, 2

University of Hong Kong  2, 3

Universiti Malaya (UM) 39, 35

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 53, 58

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) 76, 74

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) 57, 76

International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) 161-170, 151-160

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) 191-200, 161-170

Multimedia University (MMU) ___ , 191-200

Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) 201+, 201-250

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) ___ , 201-250

Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) 201+, 251-300

Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM) 201+, 251-300

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) 201+, 251-300

Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) ___ , 251-300

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) ___ , 251-300

07 April 2012

Faculty Pay, Around the World

Inside Higher Ed, March 22, 2012

by Scott Jaschik


Monthly Average Salaries of Public Higher Education Faculty, Using Purchasing Power Parity US Dollars (Lowest Top)

Country             Entry  Ave   Top

Armenia               405    538    665

Russia                  433     617    910

China                    259    720 1,107

Ethiopia                864 1,207 1,580

Kazakhstan        1,037 1,553 2,304

Latvia                 1,087 1,785 2,654

Mexico               1,336 1,941 2,730

Czech Republic 1,655 2,495 3,967

Turkey                2,173 2,597 3,898

Colombia          1,965 2,702 4,058

Brazil                1,858 3,179 4,550

Japan                 2,897 3,473 4,604

France               1,973 3,484 4,775

Argentina          3,151 3,755 4,385

Malaysia          2,824 4,628 7,864

Nigeria              2,758 4,629 6,229

Israel                  3,525 4,747 6,377

Norway              4,491 4,940 5,847

Germany            4,885 5,141 6,383

Netherlands        3,472 5,313 7,123

Australia             3,930 5,713 7,499

United Kingdom 4,077 5,943  8,369

Saudi Arabia       3,457  6,002  8,524

United States       4,950  6,054  7,358

India                     3,954  6,070  7,433

South Africa        3,927  6,531  9,330

Italy                      3,525  6,955  9,118

Canada                 5,733  7,196  9,485

06 February 2012

ASEAN TURN Workshop, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Trade Union Rights Network (TURN)

ASEAN Sub-regional Workshop on Trade Union Skills Development
12-14 September 2011, Hotel Cambodiana, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Organised by Education International (EI) and
Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES)

Rey Dolot, EI Asia Pacific
Dominique Marlet, EI HQ Brussels
Andre Edelhoff, FES Asia

36 participants from Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand
12 from Malaysia representing GERAK/MOVE, NUTP, MAE, SabahTU and SarawakTU

GERAK/MOVE representatives:
Rosli H Mahat, UM, General Secretary
Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf, IIUM, Committee Member

Freedom of association
Collective bargaining
Gender equality
Women rights
Education for all
Country reports
National action plans
International grievance machinery

Post workshop action plan:
Repeating the workshop for local members
National action plan for GERAK and university level organisations
Preparation for UN human rights review of Malaysia in 2013

Prof. Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf (GERAK, UIAM), Prof. Madya Rosli H Mahat (GERAK, UM)
& Ms. Azhani Maskan (MAE, INTI)

Asia Pacific Academics Conference (APAC)

First Announcement

Asia Pacific Academics Conference (APAC)
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9-11 July 2012

Co-organized by
Malaysian Academics Movement (MOVE/GERAK)
University of Malaya Academic Staff Association (PKAUM).


Meetings among higher education staff unions and associations in the Asia Pacific region are very rare. The last meeting being the Education International (EI) 5th International Higher Education and Research Conference held in Melbourne, Australia in December 2005. Even on an international scale, we only have the Caucus on Higher Education and Research during EI Congresses. The last EI congress was held in 2010 at Cape Town, South Africa.

Due to this factor, collaborations and networking among the unions has been rather weak. In order to change this situation, this conference was organized as a meeting among academic staff organizations in the Asia Pacific region.

The University of Malaya Academic Staff Association will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its formation on 3 March 2012. It is the oldest academic union in Malaysia. This conference is to be part of this celebration.

This conference is co-organized by the Malaysian Academics Movement (MOVE / GERAK) and the University of Malaya Academic Staff Association (PKAUM).


To disseminate information on academic rights and increase the awareness and understanding of such rights.
To formulate a plan of action for national and international responses to breach of academic rights
To discuss about the current situation in the various countries and university campuses and provide solution for the problems.
To discuss problems of mutual interest
To buildup a network among academics in the Asia Pacific Region

Call for participation

Participation is open to academic and tertiary staff unions and associations. Individual academics, researchers, students, administrators and university officials are also welcome to participate.

Call for papers

The programmed will cover topics of interest to the academics. These include:

Academics rights
Trade union rights
Academic Advocacy and strategy
Country and campus reports
Organization reports
Academic assessment
University ranking
Teaching and learning
and others.

Participants are welcome to give a presentation to the conference on topics of interest to the participants. A proceeding of the conference is planned to be published.


Participants are encouraged to register as early as possible, especially those with intention to present a paper. Please register by submitting name, affiliation address, email and title of paper, if any to the address below.

The registration fees are as follows:

Normal participants RM400 (USD140)
Members of academic organizations RM300 (USD100)
Members of academic organizations from developing countries RM200 (USD70)


Accommodations are available at the University Guesthouse, University of Malaya and nearby hotels in Petaling Jaya. Arrangement will be made for morning pickup and evening drop-off. Further detail on the accommodations will be given in the second announcement.

Further information

For further information and preliminary registration, please contact:

Rosli H Mahat
General Secretary
Malaysian Academic Movement

c/o Physics Department, University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 16 6205242

Additional information will be given in the second announcement which will be mailed out in April 2012.

08 January 2012

Peristiwa Tahun Baru 2012 di UPSI

Kenyataan Media 6 Januari 2012

GERAK ingin merakamkan rasa terkejut dan sedih akan peristiwa pertelingkahan antara pelajar dan polis di Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) pada dini hari tahun baru 2012. GERAK merasa sangat kesal akan pengaliran darah dalam peristiwa tersebut.

Berbagai tuduhan dan tomahan telah dilancarkan terhadap para pelajar dan anggota polis yang terlibat sehinggakan susah untuk mendapatkan gambaran yang sebenar. Para pelajar menuntut hak yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Malaysia dan konvensyen antarabangsa. Pihak polis pula dikatakan mengguna kuasa untuk menjaga keamanan.

GERAK menuntut ditubuhkan satu suruhanjaya siasatan diraja (Royal Comission Of Inquiry) untuk menyiasat peristiwa Tahun Baru 2012 di UPSI. Selain dari mencari kebenaran dalam peristiwa tersebut, hak pelajar dan kuasa polis harus juga dikaji semula dan diperhalusi. Ini agar semua pihak menjadi arif terhadap hak dan kuasa masing-masing. Peristiwa sebegini tidak patut diulangi lagi.

GERAK juga menuntut SUHAKAM mengadakan satu siasatan awam (public inquiry) terhadap peristiwa ini.

Bagi pihak GERAK,

Prof Madya Rosli H Mahat
Setiausaha Agung
Pergerakan Tenaga Akademik Malaysia (GERAK)