Picking the deserving will produce grads of calibre


  • Letters
  • Tuesday, 12 Aug 2003

I READ with interest your report, “Opportunities in western universities”, (StarBiz, July 31), which quoted Britain’s University of Nottingham chancellor Prof Yang Fujia as saying westerners were practical people who appreciated those who were talented and hardworking. 

He also said: “Just as long as you can show you are good and can deliver results, you will be accepted.”  

I really feel we can learn something from this. We are moving in the right direction when it comes to selecting students into universities based on meritocracy. 

It is a good way to allow the truly deserving their choice of courses and also to encourage healthy competition. With greater competition, we will be able to produce graduates of higher calibre for the future labour market. 

However, more transparency should be exercised when dealing with the intake of undergraduates into local public universities.  

The relevant bodies, institutions and ministries involved in the selection process must show that their selection is based solely on meritocracy.  

They must assure the public that as long as applicants are good, and can deliver results, they will be accepted. This will help clear any doubt while boosting confidence in our education system.  

 

PURE GOLD, 

Johor Baru. 

(via e-mail)  

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