V-C: USM won't bend principle

  • Nation
  • Monday, 09 Aug 2004

PENANG: Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) will not offer market- and industry-driven courses to prevent the institution from becoming a “hypermarket” offering pasar malam degrees. 

USM Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said although USM acknowledged the current market trends, it would not compromise on its academic principle, which is the highest honour for any university. 

As such, the university would reject any attempt to offer such courses, he said. 

“Therefore we must understand that the degrees that are being conferred are not only to help the graduates secure a job and have an easy life. 

“They can help to develop the lifestyle of the community at large, and to contribute positively to our country,” he said in his speech after 717 people, including those from several private colleges that have academic collaboration with USM, were conferred their degrees yesterday. 

The eighth session of the 33rd convocation saw the graduates receiving their degrees in Pharmacy, Computer Science, Communications, and Management. 

Prof Dzulkifli added that the scrolls could not determine their future if the graduates themselves did not have ethical principles as their guide. 

“All graduates should not take ethical matters lightly in order to attain high positions and status,” he said.  

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