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06-10-2010 22:31

Hunt for top local business schools

United States assistant secretary for economic, energy and business affairs Jose W. Fernandez (left) with Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah at the forum yesterday.
United States assistant secretary for economic, energy and business affairs Jose W. Fernandez (left) with Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah at the forum yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: In order to promote entrepreneurship, the Higher Education Ministry will identify the top business schools from among the 20 public and 48 private universities in the country.

Deputy Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said two public universities -- Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia -- had already been identified as fitting the bill two years ago but were constantly being assessed."We are still on the lookout for two more business schools to be included in the top business schools cluster," he said.

Saifuddin was speaking after delivering a speech at the "New Beginnings -- Connecting Through Entrepreneurship" forum organised in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week next month.

He said the move was not a form of ranking process, but was intended to boost entrepreneurship as a means to make Malaysia a high-income nation.Saifuddin said the selection would also mean more autonomy for the teaching staff from the business schools of the selected universities.

"In western countries, lecturers from business faculties and schools are allowed to have businesses of their own, and more often than not, successful entrepreneurs are offered positions as lecturers."This enables them to be very much exposed in the entrepreneurial world, which they then teach their students, making the learning experience a wholesome one."Saifuddin said the current rules in public varsities hindered lecturers from the business faculties in gaining better exposure.

"Therefore, this move will allow for the exercise of flexibility, whereby teaching hours for lecturers would be limited, to allow them to engage themselves in entrepreneurial-related activities, from which they will derive more practical knowledge to be handed down to their students."Saifuddin said that young entrepreneurs were very much needed in the country as they were the key to the success of the country's New Economic Model plan.

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