Sunday, October 11, 2009

The sad state of affairs of our institutions of higher learning

Why are we not surprised? On September 29 2009, I blogged about the top 30 universities in Asia and the ranking of our own institutions which begs only one question. Why are our people still in denial that we are the best when we are not. Now comes more revelations. Despite the fact that University of Malaya and Universiti Teknology Malaysia showed some improvement over the 2008 ranking, there is still no cause for celebration as we are ranked in the top 300. Yes, top 300 not top 30. With this, can we see a correlation in the unemployment figures [see below] which happens to be a government response to MP William Leong in Parliament recently?

[Screenshot from The Star, Sept 26 209]

Unemployed Graduates

  • In 2004, there were 4,594 unemployed graduates of which 163 were Chinese, 207 were Indians and 4,060 were Malays;
  • In 2005, there were 2,413 unemployed graduates of which 31 were Chinese, 70 were Indians and 2,186 were Malays;
  • In 2006, there were 56,750 unemployed graduates of which 1,110 were Chinese, 1,346 were Indians and 50,594 were Malays.
  • In 2007, there were 56,322 unemployed graduates of which 1,348 were Chinese, 1,401 were Indians and 49,075 were Malays.
  • In 2008 (as of June) there were 47,910 unemployed graduates of which 1,403 Chinese, 1,569 Indians and 49,075 were Malays.

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