We have enough universities to train co-op managers


I REFER to the report “University for training co-op managers to be set up in Cyberjaya” (The Star, March 5). Don’t we already have enough universities in this country to train cooperative managers and entrepreneurs? Aren’t our current universities not capable of training them?

According to Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, the proposed university would use hands-on training methods to prevent “graduate mismatch” so that the alumni would not be jobless.

Isn’t this what the existing universities are currently claiming to be doing yet the problem persists? Has a study been done to justify the setting up of this new university?

It was also mentioned that the university would be working closely with big companies from China and Germany. Would there be a working visit to these countries on the pretext of learning from them at the taxpayer’s expense?

If at all the university is set up, would it not be a burden for the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), which is currently having problems with loan defaulters?

It’s not the quantity but quality that matters here. A more sensible approach would be to set up schools in existing universities to specialise in managerial and entrepreneurial courses or to improve their current facilities and manpower to deliver the proposed courses.

We have many capable public and private universities that are running similar courses.

These universities can streamline their existing courses, improve them and weed out those that are not marketable to accommodate the proposed new courses. This would prevent the wastage of taxpayer’s money.

ASSOC PROF DR YAGASENA APPANNAH

Quest International University Perak

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