Choice for Man U, Umist grads


BY TAN KAH PENG

MALAYSIANS studying at Manchester University or at Umist (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) can choose to graduate with a degree bearing the name of either university or the single merged institution which will come into being in September. 

This flexibility would also apply to students for the next academic intake in September, Manchester University Vice-Chancellor Sir Martin Harris said in a letter to all applicants. 

Certificates from the single university, which will be named by July, will make reference to the fact that it was formed by merging Manchester University and Umist. 

Last week, both universities gave the final approval to merge into one of Britain’s biggest academic institutions, which has a better position to compete on a global scale for students and research grants. 

The new university will have a student population of some 30,000 and a combined turnover of £500mil (RM3bil). At present, Manchester has 213 Malaysian students and Umist 164. 

Academics at both universities had expressed concern about the likely affects of the merger, but a six-month review of the costs and benefits was positive and the proposal was given a further boost of £82mil (RM500mil) in public funding. 

“Both Manchester University and Umist enjoy high ranking in all league tables and we expect that the creation of the single university will strengthen our position yet further,” Harris said. 

He added that those planning “to enter in 2003 or 2004 can be assured that our exci-ting plans for the future will not affect the basis” on which their application is being considered. 

“The programme that you have applied for will run as described in the undergraduate prospectus. There will be no disruption to your studies and the number of students supervised by each member of staff will be maintained.” 

Harris said both universities, situated on neighbouring campuses, had been working closely for many years, such as developing a number of joint courses and sharing many student facilities. 

Two websites, www.man.ac.uk/study/ugrad/unity.htm and www.umist.ac.uk have been set up to answer questions on the merger. 

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Education

New higher education framework aims to produce graduates who will Excel in changing global scenario
Universities take precautions amid reopening
Covid-19 Watch: 300 Perak teachers yet to be vaccinated, says exco rep
Education Ministry to decide next steps in school's roof repairs after getting reports from relevant agencies
Toddler scores two records
UM emerges tops in Asian inter-varsity debate tourney
Orderly implementation of face-to-face school session in compliance with SOPS, says Radzi
Extend year-end school holidays so that teachers are better prepared, says Maszlee
Parents choose children’s education over travelling
Education policies ensure BM fluency

Others Also Read


Vouchers