Varsity students with grouses can Facebook Dep Minister (Update)

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  • Friday, 17 Apr 2009

BANGI: University students who wish to bring up grievances regarding their tertiary institutions can do so by directly contacting Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah through Facebook.

Datuk Saifuddin said that he will be live on the social networking website on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 10 to 11 pm.

“Since my appointment, I have been receiving encouraging input from students via email and Facebook messaging,” he said after attending a special lecture by the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) vice chancellor here Friday.

He urged universities to seriously take into consideration the amendments made to the Universities and University Colleges Act (AUKU), so as to allow student opinions to be heard.

“The amendments to AUKU were made based on students’ demands that their voices be heard and the issues they face be addressed in a manner suitable to their needs.

“It is important for universities to provide adequate avenues for students to vocalise their views as it is crucial for their intellectual development.”

He added that student representatives needed to do their “homework” by holding dialogues with the student body so that every opinion is accounted for.

On claims that the AUKU amendments were superficial, Datuk Saifuddin said that the Act could never be perfect but a step had been taken in the right direction.

“On the whole, student leaders and academic staff have informed me that they welcome the changes made.” he said.

Meanwhile, UKM vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin outlined in her lecture the university’s new vision of being a world-class institution by 2018.

Under the plan, UKM’s goals include producing internationally recognised research, ensuring graduate employability, creating accountable leaders and promoting the Malay language on a global level.

“We want UKM to achieve recognition without sacrificing its roots and be respected internationally as a Malaysian icon,” said Prof Sharifah.

He will be live on Facebook every first and third Wednesday of the month from 10 to 11 pm.

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