Global conference for educators in Putrajaya

UNIVERSITI Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will be organising the Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education QS APPLE conference as a platform to provide networking opportunities for higher learning institutions in Malaysia in November.

Its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the conference for international educators in Asia is managed by QS Education Trust, an organisation responsible for raising the bar of global higher education standards through global partnership and cooperation.

“The conference is an opportunity that should not be missed by universities in Malaysia in order to achieve better ranking in the QS University Rankings at Asian and world level,” he said in a statement recently.

The conference which is expected to bring together 600 participants, comprising university leaders from Asia, Europe, the United States and Australia, is scheduled to be held from Nov 22 to 24 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).

By participating in the conference, he said, local universities would have the chance to expand their global network and exchange best practices with other universities, consistent with the nation’s agenda in bolstering excellence in higher education in the country.

The conference will involve a QS Ranking Workshop, paper presentations, exhibitions and discussions on regional academic issues.

Prof Zul Azhar said through QS University Rankings survey report: Asia 2016 released recently, UniMAP was listed in the top 230 universities in Asia compared to top 250 in previous years. The improvement was indirectly a source of motivation for UniMAP, now into its ninth year since the re-branding of Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia (KUKUM), to keep up with QS rankings, he said.

“UniMAP has managed to position itself among the best along with other outstanding universities in Malaysia which have been in existence for 20 years and over, thus giving brighter hope for UniMAP to achieve its target of top 500 world class universities by 2020,” he said.

According to the report UniMAP was ranked 13th best in Malaysia and ninth best among public universities in the country, he said. The evaluation, which involved 350 Asian universities and carried out since 2009, was based on nine indicators, among them, academic reputation, management reputation, publication of research per faculty, international faculty ratio, international student ratio and a recent indicator, the number of staff with a doctoral degree (PhD). – Bernama


Source : The Star