It’s a second blow to Malaysia after failing to reduce the corruption rate. Two weeks ago, Malaysia’s ranking on the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2008 plunged to No. 47 placing, a fall of ten places from No. 37 in 2007.
Let me go back to the past, two years ago UKM was ranked 185th, the only time it appeared in the THES-QS chart. UM, once the nation’s premier university, has a sorry tale of continuous decline. It was ranked among the world’s top 100 universities in 2004 at 89th position; fell to 169th in 2005 and 192nd placing in 2006. And now I don’t know where their quality and ranking has gone.
If Australia can have seven universities among the top 100 Universities, Japan four, Hong Kong three, Singapore two, China two and South Korea two, why can’t Malaysia have at least one or two among the Top 100? National University of Singapore is ranked No. 30, while Nanyang Technological University of Singapore No. 77. What must be more mortifying is Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University is ranked No. 166. It is most ridiculous for instance that University of Malaya, unranked, refuses to recognize the degrees of Beijing University, ranked No. 50 Tsing Hua University ranked No. 56 in THES 2008 ranking of the world’s Top 200 universities.
Our leaders must find solution for this problem. They must look for a brand new education revolution and not end up as another empty promise like so far they did; the government must tackle and resolve the continuing crisis of higher education standards immediately.