UTM became host for the GREAT Debate

Johor Bahru, 25 Feb. 2016

In conjunction with the visit to UTM by the British High Commissioner, Her Excellency Victoria Treadell, the British High Commission (BHC) GREAT Debate was held for the first time in the UTM Senate Hall.

This landmark event is part of the British High Commission signature programmes, happening for the first time in this southern region.

Apart from the British High Commissioner, also present at the event were the Vice Chancellor of UTM, Datuk Prof Ir Wahid Omar and HRH Tuanku Permaisuri Johor, Raja Zarith Sofiah binti AlMarhum Sultan Idris Shah, who graced the occasion.

The title of the debate was “Does an English Medium Education increase competitiveness or dilute identity”. The panel-led debate was moderated by Sharaad Kuttan from BFM Radio, an official partner of the GREAT Debate Series.

The hall was filled with UTM student leaders, staff and students of the university, as well as participants from outside. The UTM students participated actively in the Q&A session. The event was also ‘live telecast’ to UTM KL campus.

The panelists consist of leading figures in education, youth leaders and young opinion makers, namely Mohamed Raimi Ab Rahim, President of ABIM (Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia), Prof Malachi Edwin Vethamani, Professor of Modern English Literature, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Wan Saiful Wan Jai, Chief Executive of IDEAS (Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs), Cheryl Fernando, Teach for Malaysia Alumni, Emeritus Professor Abdullah Hassan and a youth representative of Nation Building School.

Among the issues highlighted in the debate was that decisions to have an English medium education or otherwise should not be politicised. Whatever decisions made should be for the good of our students and not create a negative impact on their understanding and performance.

Flip flop and inconsistent decisions should be avoided as it would only be detrimental to both teachers and students instead of doing more good for them.

For an English Medium Education to be implemented, the teachers concerned should have a good command of English and be able to deliver the subject matter confidently in English. Students should also be able to function effectively in English if an English Medium Education is being implemented. If not, it would be to the disadvantage of both teachers and students.

Decisions for an English or Malay medium education would have to take into consideration the main language used by the community of the area concerned. If Bahasa Melayu (BM) is widely spoken or is commonly used by the majority of the population in a particular area or constituency, why should English be the language of instruction!

What is most important in deciding which medium to be used is to ensure that understanding of the principles of the subject matter is achieved and enhanced through the language of instruction. If the subject matter is better delivered and understood in BM, then the language of instruction should be in BM. It does not matter what subject it is, whether it is Science, Mathematics, History or any subject. If understanding is better gained through delivery in Bahasa Melayu, so be it.

It was also highlighted that learning of another language such as English and using the language or becoming proficient in the language will never make one less a Malay, Chinese or Indian. It will also not make one lose his/her identity just by speaking in another language. In fact, being proficient in another language like English would be to one’s advantage in this increasingly global environment as English is the most widely used language of communication around the world.

In fact, for those in the academic field, English is the language of knowledge and scholarship in most disciplines and that publications in international journals are mostly in English. Thus, a good command of English will ease knowledge acquisition and dissemination.

It was also highlighted that schools should be given the freedom of choice to either implement a Malay or English Medium Education. If the schools are more comfortable having English as the medium of instruction, then they should be allowed to conduct all lessons and related activities in English.

On the whole, it was a well organised and dynamic panel-led debate with both panelists and participants giving their views and sharing insights on the topic with substance and decorum.

source : UTM Website

9,010 Penuntut Sarjana, PhD Terima Tawaran Biasiswa MyBrain15

PUTRAJAYA 24,FEB – Seramai 9,010 penuntut peringkat Sarjana dan Doktor Falsafah (PhD) menerima tawaran pembiayaan biasiswa MyBrain15 di Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi pada 24 Februari 2016 lalu.

Menterinya Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh berkata kesemua 7,410 penuntut bagi program MyMaster dan 1,600 penuntut program MyPhD yang menerima tawaran itu merupakan mereka yang memenuhi kriteria yang ditetapkan.

Katanya pembiayaan itu selaras dengan peruntukan tambahan RM300 juta untuk Biasiswa MyBrain15 yang diumumkan dalam pembentangan Pengubahsuaian Bajet 2016 oleh Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pada Januari lalu.

“Kerajaan menyasarkan pembiayaan kepada seramai 15,000 penuntut tajaan MyMaster dan 5,000 pelajar tajaan MyPhD dengan peruntukan tambahan RM300 juta pada tahun ini.

“Ini merupakan sasaran tertinggi dalam sejarah program MyBrain15. Walaupun dalam keadaan ekonomi mencabar, kerajaan meningkatkan jumlah penerima biasiswa tahun ini, dan menjadikannya penawaran tertinggi sejak 2011,” katanya pada majlis penyampaian tawaran biasiswa MyBrain15 di sini.

MyBrain-15

Seramai lapan pelajar menerima surat tawaran pembiayaan pada majlis tersebut.

Dalam pada itu, Idris menegaskan MyBrain15 merupakan komitmen kerajaan dalam menyokong aspirasi rakyat melanjutkan pendidikan ke peringkat yang lebih tinggi dan melengkapi diri dengan kelayakan.

“Adalah menjadi harapan dengan kelayakan ini, ia dapat menambah kebolehan berdaya saing serta kebolehpasaran diri, terutamanya dalam keadaan ekonomi yang kian mencabar,” tambahnya.

Sehingga Disember lalu, seramai 44,124 pelajar telah menerima penajaan di bawah program MyBrain15, iaitu sebanyak 35,919 di bawah program MyMaster dan 8,205 di bawah program MyPhD Industri.

“Tahun ini akan menyaksikan paling ramai pelajar diberi tawaran pembiayaan di bawah program MyBrain15 dan pengumuman pembukaan permohonan akan dibuat dari semasa ke semasa,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Isna Athirah Othman, 24, yang menerima biasiswa MyPhD kini melanjutkan pengajiannya dalam bidang Phyto-Kimia di Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam selama tiga tahun.

“Saya sangat berminat mempelajari tentang sebatian kimia tumbuh-tumbuhan dan kajian saya akan memfokuskan pencarian ubat alternatif untuk beberapa penyakit terutamanya diabetes.

“Saya sangat bersyukur dan gembira menerima biasiswa ini yang memberi saya peluang untuk mendapatkan lebih banyak pengetahuan dan berkhidmat kepada rakyat melalui penemuan saya nanti,” kata bekas guru tusyen separuh masa dari Kelantan itu.

Seorang lagi penerima biasiswa MyPhD, R. Dhurga Devi dari Klang berhasrat untuk membangunkan satu teknologi baharu untuk alam sekitar yang mampan dalam kajian PhD Biokimia Alam Sekitar di Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Pelajar itu ditawarkan untuk melanjutkan pengajian ke peringkat PhD selepas mendapat ijazah kelas pertama dalam Industri Biokimia di Universiti Malaysia Pahang.

Melahirkan penghargaan kepada kerajaan atas peluang yang diberikan, Mohd Azam Mohd Alwi, 30, dari Setapak berkata beliau berbangga apabila terpilih untuk menerima biasiswa bagi melanjutkan pengajian Sarjana dalam bidang Kejuruteraan Sains di Universiti Malaya.

“Pada 2014, saya ditawarkan untuk melanjutkan Sarjana dalam bidang aeroangkasa di United Kingdom, malangnya saya terpaksa menolak kerana perlu menjalani pembedahan jantung. Saya ingin belajar lagi dan memulakan Sarjana dengan duit simpanan saya sendiri.

“Saya memohon MyBrain15, dan bersyukur kerana menerima bantuan dari kerajaan,” katanya yang sedang membuat kajian mengenai rektor nuklear.

Ibunya, Rokiah Ridza, seorang pesara turut mengucapkan terima kasih kepada kerajaan dan berharap program MyBrain15 akan diteruskan bagi memberi biasiswa kepada pelajar yang layak. Sementara itu di KUALA LUMPUR, penyanyi ‘Aku Suka Dia’, Ainan Tasneem Redzuan, 24, turut menyatakan kegembiraan menerusi akaun Twitternya kerana terpilih menerima biasiswa MyBrain15.

“Keputusan tawaran MyBrain dah keluar dan alhamdulillah dapat biasiswa.

Tak payah fikir pasal duit yuran untuk Master. Terima kasih Allah,” katanya.

Beliau kini sedang melanjutkan pelajaran pada peringkat Sarjana di Fakulti Sains Gunaan Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) dalam bidang biologi.

Seorang lagi penerima, Nur Asyikin Anhar, 26, melahirkan rasa syukur kerana terpilih menerima biasiswa MyMaster berjumlah RM10,000 menerusi program itu.

“Saya memang menanti tawaran MyBrain15 ini kerana tanpa biasiswa ini, saya tidak dapat melanjutkan pelajaran kerana saya menghadapi kekangan kewangan,” katanya ketika dihubungi.

Penuntut Universiti Sains Malaysia itu berkata biasiswa berkenaan juga membantu meringankan beban ibu bapanya yang tidak lagi bekerja.

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International Conference on Social Science and Engineering Technology (ICSSET 2016)

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