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Published: Monday January 23, 2012 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday May 24, 2013 MYT 5:21:25 PM

UM set for autonomy

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) is set to be given autonomy from the Higher Education Ministry this month.

UM vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Ghauth Jasmon said the autonomy would allow the university flexibility in finance, administration and academic matters.

“We already have a transformation plan in place for the university and with autonomy, we'll be able to carry out the plans more effectively,” he said.

Prof Ghauth said UM would no longer have to go to the Public Service Department, the Ministry or Treasury for many matters.

UM deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs and alumni) Prof Datuk Dr Rohana Yusof said the university would also be able to choose its own students now.

“Previously we had no say in student intake as everything was handled by the Universities Admissions Unit,” she said.

Another aspect of university governance that would benefit from autonomy was human resource, added Prof Rohana.

“We will be able to fill positions quickly without having to go through JPA,” she said.

Earlier this month, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin announced that Universiti Teknologi Malaysia were given autonomy.

Other universities expected to receive the status are Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia.

A Readiness for Autonomy Audit was earlier carried out by a team headed by UKM vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin.

“Universities have to earn the autonomy and show that they have the ability to conduct their affairs with integrity,” she said.

Prof Sharifah added that the autonomy involved institutional governance, academic governance, financial management and human resource management.

Mohamed Khaled is expected to make the official announcement on UM on Thursday.

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