PETALING JAYA, 17 DEC 2008: Universiti Malaya can boost its global rankings by admitting more qualified non-bumiputera Malaysian students into its undergraduate programme instead of reducing the intake, Kedah Gerakan Youth has suggested.
The state’s party Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said reducing the undergraduate intake would result in greater outflow of good students to other universities overseas.
“I totally disagree with the idea of reducing the undergraduate intake. In the long run, this may lead to further depreciation of our country’s human capital,” Tan said in a statement in response to the plan announced by newly-appointed UM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon today.
Ghauth said the move was to shift UM’s focus to post-graduate studies and research, as part of boosting its rankings in the Times Higher Education Supplement within the next two years. UM has slipped from 169th place in 2005 to 245 in 2007, but rose slightly to 230 this year.
Tan said allowing more qualified students of other races into the univeristy would make UM more competitive.
“I hope that UM can consider opening up more undergraduate places to qualified non-bumiputera Malaysian students. It is better for UM to boost its rankings and improve its quality by accepting more highly-qualified Malaysian youths,” he said.