Sunday, March 22, 2009

Get varsity place first - Star

Sunday March 22, 2009

THOSE who are interested in applying for financial assistance to pursue postgraduate programmes must first secure a place in university.

“They must first apply and get a place in any of the country’s 20 public universities or one of these three institutions — Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), Multimedia University (MMU) or Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP),” said Higher Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi.

After being offered places, they could then apply for financial assistance, he added.

“We are meeting with representatives from the various universities to work out the details.”

A check with several public universities showed that applications to pursue masters or PhD programmes can be submitted directly, through the institutions’ websites.

In announcing the mini budget on March 10, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said that the government would finance tuition fees and research grants of up to RM20,000 for every student pursuing a PhD, and RM10,000 for students pursuing a master’s programme, locally.

A total of 500 places for doctoral level programmes and 10,000 at masters level will be offered in public universities as well as at Uniten, MMU and UTP, he added.

Najib's mother to receive honorary PhD - Star

March 22, 2009

ALOR SETAR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's mother, Tun Rahah Mohd Noah, will be conferred an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy (Education) at Universiti Utara Malaysia's (UUM) 22nd convocation on March 28.

UUM deputy vice-chancellor (Academic and Internationalisation) Prof Dr Abdul Razak Chik said the conferment was in conjunction with the university's silver jubilee and in honour of Rahah's contribution to social development.

"As a prominent woman who is also the chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Rahah deserves this award (from UUM)," he told reporters here on Sunday. - Bernama

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Only 16 apply to do PhD - Malaysian Insider

PUTRAJAYA, March 17 — The Higher Education Ministry has received 16 applications to pursue doctorate degree under a special scheme announced in the second stimulus package last week.

Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said no applications had been received so far for the masters degree programme.

There was no closing date for the programme but candidates would have to fulfil the stipulated criteria before their applications could be considered, he added.

“The programme will go on until the number is filled. I believe the number is sufficient,” he told reporters after tabling the progress report of the Second National Higher Education Strategic Plan here today.

Under the stimulus package tabled by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the government would provide a fund of RM20,000 each to students pursuing doctorate degree and RM10,000 for the masters degree.

Some 500 places would be provided for the doctorate degree and 10,000 for the masters degree. Khaled urged students to take advantage of the programme.

He also hoped that more students would apply for scholarships to become academic staff in universities.

There would also be new programmes to be implemented within the next six months to strengthen teaching and learning in universities and polytechnics under the strategic plan, he said.

He said the ministry would also submit the tentative structure of the soon-to-be set up Malaysian Research Institute, which is aimed at assisting all centres of excellence to carry out research and development. — Bernama

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Include UTAR In Postgraduate Package, Ka Chuan Urges Govt

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) -- Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said he would ask the government to include Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in the postgraduate financing package announced by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday.

"I will talk to the DPM about this. We should have UTAR Masters Degree and Doctorate level students included in this programme, especially in the current economic situation.

"If the government offers grants and financial aid, UTAR students should receive it too," he told reporters after attending UTAR's Eighth Convocation here, Saturday.

UTAR was a recognised private university with a good track record of producing quality and highly sought after graduates, he said.

Najib, when tabling the RM60 billion stimulus package in the Dewan Rakyat on March 10, said the government would undertake to finance tuition fees and research grants up to RM20,000 for every student pursuing doctorates locally while for students in the Masters programme, the government would provide up to RM10,000 per student.

A total of 500 places would be provided for studies at PhD level and 10,000 at Masters level in public institutions of higher learning as well as at Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Multimedia and Universiti Teknologi Petronas, he had said.