28 September 2016

UNAI: United Nations Academic Impact


Core principles:

  1. A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter as values that education seeks to promote and help fulfil; 
  2. A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion and speech; 
  3. A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity; 
  4. A commitment to the opportunity for every interested individual to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the pursuit of higher education; 
  5. A commitment to building capacity in higher education systems across the world; 
  6. A commitment to encouraging global citizenship through education; 
  7. A commitment to advancing peace and conflict resolution through education; 
  8. A commitment to addressing issues of poverty through education; 
  9. A commitment to promoting sustainability through education; 
  10. A commitment to promoting inter-cultural dialogue and understanding, and the 'unlearning' of intolerance, through education.
Out of almost 90 universities in Malaysia, only Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Taylor's University, Universiti Putra Malaysia and University of Malaya are commited to the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). How about the rest?

24 September 2016

NATURE: Socio-economic inequality in science


Science is comparatively open: many top-rank inventors and researchers have risen from humble beginnings through a combination of brilliance and luck. Even so, the field is losing out on millions of bright but underprivileged students. And now that researchers have begun to grapple with ways to increase gender and ethnic diversity in science, many are calling for socio-economic status to be the next big topic of debate.

11 September 2016

EuasiaReview: Why Malaysian Universities Are Performing Poorly


Suppressing independent thought, is counterproductive to creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving, the very mindset that Malaysian universities espouse to develop. Among the characteristics of society required for progression are people who are knowledgeable and have the right to choose.


Why Malaysian universities may not be performing as they should.
1) The appointment of vice-chancellors must be totally based on his academic and administrative merits. 
2) Blind loyalty to the government will lead to poor academic integrity.
3) The Malaysian government research funds provided to Malaysian university can only be used for research in Malaysia. 
4) The easiest way for an academic to get promotion in a Malaysian university is through an administrative post. 
5) University is not a typical civil service organization.
6) Malaysian universities should be given the autonomy and self-governance, free of the political chains that have besieged them all along. 
7) Academic freedom is a basic human right and academic quality is a prerequisite for national survival. 

06 September 2016

UWN: Leading the fight against academic corruption


Integrity is a bedrock commitment to the academic community. Prevention of corruption is essential. And, there was a sense that sorting out and strengthening the role of quality assurance and urging greater attention from the quality assurance community were central to future effectiveness in combatting corruption. 


Advisory Statement for Effective International Practice: Combatting corruption and enhancing integrity – recently published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's International Quality Group or CHEA-CIQG, and the International Institute for Educational Planning or IIEP-UNESCO