The issue of full autonomy for universities in Malaysia is not something that captures attention of the general public outside of the academic circle, however it has far-reaching consequences to the well-being of the nation. This is due to universities being one of the pillars to built a brighter future for the nation. So having full autonomy would meant greater flexibility for the universities to implement measures to further improve the standing of the universities. Berry Berry Easy would like to share this piece of news with all our Berry Readers.
Research Universities in Malaysia – 5 to Achieve Full Autonomy by 2015
What: Full autonomy to five research universities in Malaysia
When: By 2015
Pilot Study Conducted by: Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin (Vice-chancellor of UKM)
- Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
- Universiti Malaya (UM)
- Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
- Two research universities were audited by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) for the “Readiness for Autonomu Audit”.
- They are UKM and USM (USM is the nation’s apex university)
- Four aspects were graded, namely:
- Institutional Governance
- Academic Governance
- Financial Management
- Human Resource Management
- From it, UKM and USM recorded a score exceeding 80% for all 4 criteria, which meant that they are ready for full autonomy status.
Instruments used for the audit:
- Code on University Good Governance
- University Good Governance Index
University qualifies to be fully autonomy when they score the minimum of 80% for the four evaluated criteria.
What does this means for the public?
- Will it mean non-affordable cost of higher education for the rakyat since the universities have autonomy on financial management? The answer is no as the government will continue to fund the autonomous universities in order to subsidise the cost of higher education.
Berry Berry Easy would like to ask all readers if this is a good move forward to put our universities back on the map of good universities around the world? Should non-research universities be given a chance to attain the fully autonomous status too? Or should we increase the number of research universities? What’s your say?