Getting it right

“The ‘Way Forward’ document puts forth a number of ways to address this. For example, resource sharing among PHEIs. Resources here include buildings, teaching and learning facilities and teaching staff. Certain forms of resource sharing are at present restricted by regulatory constraints. However, the document shows the Higher Education Ministry’s commitment to being more flexible. As with any roadmap or strategy document, success lies with the strong commitment of all major stakeholders to carry out the strategies. Some initiatives and efforts have already been rolled-out.” — Multimedia University acting president Prof Dr Ho Chin Kuan

“The report provides a visionary roadmap for the future. HELP University, like other institutions, has already initiated our transformation but what we urgently want is an action plan from the Higher Education Ministry to support the immediate needs of the private education sector. We have to act fast to revitalise the industry.

We must undo a lot of unnecessary rules and regulations that stifle the vibrancy of this vital industry. It is critical that we act immediately.” — HELP University vice-chancellor and president professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan

“The spirit of the document indicates the ministry’s willingness to look at and address pressing needs, to make the necessary changes to allow the PHEIs autonomy to innovate while maintaining academic integrity and accountability. While the document spells out action plans, there seems to be a lack of clarity on who is responsible for what. For example, which government agencies or departments will take ownership of the different things that need to be done, and who will be accountable? So, the likelihood of the document’s success depends not only on knowing what the Higher Education Ministry wants to do, but also on who will drive the implementation, and by when and how it will be done. We should use this document for PHEIs to be given actionable autonomy, flexibility and adaptability. But in turn, PHEIs must be prepared to repay that trust with greater accountability.” — Sunway Education Group CEO Elizabeth Lee
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