Sunday, October 30, 2005

THES world top 200 universities ranking 2005...

First of all, congratulations to UM for managing to stay in the top 200.

That's basically all I can compliment. Now, the ranting part.

Plunging 80 places from last year isn't something that we didn't expect. 89 was a bit overrated. Even at 169 I find it hard to believe. The current status of local universities is just so bad that I sometimes feel embarassed to say that I am doing my degree in one.

To say that we do not have the brains is nonsense. We have enough to drown the entire population of Singapore. But why is NUS still ranked above our country's most prestigious university? We all know the answer, it's just that no one wants to say it out loud.

Year in year out, we turn away our hopeful young talents, deeming them as not good enough to earn a place in the local unis. This is one example. Doing his degree in a university ranked 19th after being rejected by the 169th-placed UM. How on earth does that happen is beyond logic. And I assure you he is only one among thousands of similar cases over the decades. Think again. Don't you think there's something wrong in the education system?

It's about time the administration do something to improve the standards before we plunge deeper. Instead of putting up banners and billboard celebrating our 'Top 100 Uni' (which can be found everywhere in the campus), why not spend the money on something more practical, such as building more laboratories with better facilities?

I really really REALLY should stop blogging, my finals are coming soon, damnit!

9 comments:

rational thinker said...

hey jason...my uni of canterbury wasn't even on the list...why are you freating>? hahahhaa

Livingmonolith said...

just feeling sick with all those hype about us being among the top 100, the topic's hot right now...;)

btw, i may be visiting new zealand when i'm done with studies next year, around may to june. planning to backpack travelling. so see ya if you're still there.

rational thinker said...

hey jason..for real? are you coming with anyone? hey..plan properly la..hehe..is the date may-june confirmed? can change ah? i got exams then...:(((( jun-july-aug? :P

when i see u online..we ll talk more..:P

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rational thinker said...

time to update man! tell me about your planned trip!

9pg8 said...

if let your dean know that u feel 69 on the list last yr is a bit overrated,definately he will cry for that...every one know the reason, is not no one point it out,it just no way to change it. According to my fren's father who study in UM don't know how many yrs ago(the rate at that time should b above 50), the whole batch only got 5/5 malays student who are able to go into the convo...

Livingmonolith said...

will put up a short update.

9pg8: i think the entire issue is blown out of proportion, and the vc's antics are not helping the situation. but whatever it is, i've had enough with this discussion, it gets pretty sick talking about this over and over again, you know? anyway, thanks for dropping by.