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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Breaking: UM's Big Reorg Reportedly Set for September 2014, All 12 Faculties to Merge into 6

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Breaking: University of Malaya (UM) to Restructure Organisation to Cut OPEX, Merging 12 Faculties into 6 Effective September 2014

Posted by Chong

According to a news reported by Chinese newspaper Oriental News yesterday, University of Malaya (Universiti Malaya, UM), the country's most prestigious local public university, is expected to merge its current 12 faculties, 2 academies and 3 centres into 6 faculties in order to cut operating expenditure (OPEX) effective next semester term commencing in September this year.

All 12 affected faculties are Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Faculty of Business & Accountancy, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Economics & Administration, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Languages & Linguistics, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Built Environment; 2 academies are Academy of Islamic Studies and Academy of Malay Studies; and 3 centres are Cultural Centre, Sports Centre and Centre for Foundation Studies in Science.

Note that there are actually one more centre — University of Malaya Centre of Continuing Education (UMCCed) — and five institutes — Asia-Europe Institute, International Institute of Public Policy & Management (INPUMA), Institute of Educational Leadership, Institute of Graduate Studies and Institute of Research Management & Monitoring — which might not be affected by the reorganisation plan.

According to the sources, the new organisation structure will see the merger of Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Languages & Linguistics; Faculty of Business & Accountancy, Faculty of Economics & Administration and Faculty of Law; Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology and Faculty of Science; Academy of Islamic Studies and Academy of Malay Studies. No information on the merger of the remaining faculties is available for the time being.

Sources said the strategic plan was already in the work since the previous Vice-Chancellor (VC) Tan Sri Ghauth Jasmon's term, according to Oriental News. Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin was then appointed to replace him as the new VC since November last year. The main drive for the restructuring move is aimed at reducing overhead costs due to change in cost structure — from the current 30% assumed by university, 70% by federal government subsidies to 70% borne by university, 30% by government subsidies — effective 2015. Officials claimed the merger to be beneficial to the academic development of the university, in addition to promoting cross-sectorial and cross-academic collaborations and exchanges, according to sources familiar with the matter. Moreover, the decision of this substantial change of the country's number one tertiary institution according to recent QS world university ranking has already passed the university's internal review and will be implemented beginning next academic term. The university has not made any official internal or public announcement on the decision.
University of Malaya (Universiti Malaya, UM)
UM, Malaysia's oldest and top public research university in Malaysia, is situated on a 750 acre (309 hectare) campus in the southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It was established on 8th October 1949 in Singapore with the merger of the King Edward VII College of Medicine (founded in 1905) and Raffles College (founded in 1928). The growth of the University was very rapid during the first decade of its establishment and this resulted in the setting up of two autonomous Divisions on 15 January 1959, one located in Singapore and the other in Kuala Lumpur. In 1960, the government of the two territories indicated their desire to change the status of the Divisions into that of a national university. Legislation was passed in 1961 and the University of Malaya was established on 1st January 1962. On June 16th 1962, University of Malaya celebrated the installation of its first Chancellor, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, who was also the country's first prime minister.

One of the expected outcomes of the merger of Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Languages & Linguistics, although yet to be officially confirmed, is the incorporation of the existing Department of Chinese Studies (established since 1963), Department of Indian Studies, Department of History and others as new units under Department of Humanities & Regional Research. This has generated much heated discussion among the Chinese community since the news report was published, many view it as a downgrade or shrunken in size from 'Department' status to 'Unit'. Prominent alumni of UM's Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Studies) include politicians former Transport Minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy and former Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung.

Currently, Department of Chinese Studies under Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences offers Chinese Studies degree (Sarjana Muda Sastera - Pengajian Tionghua) for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels while Department of Malaysian Languages and Applied Linguistics under Faculty of Languages & Linguistics offers Chinese language and linguistic (Sarjana Muda Bahasa & Linguistik - Bahasa Cina) degree. These two programmes are expected to fall under the same unit in the Department of Humanities & Regional Research after the merger of the faculties. Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Studies) focuses on the language, literature, society, culture and studies on the Chinese community (including the history of China) whereas Bachelor of Languages and Linguistics (Chinese) focuses on the form, meaning and context aspects of Chinese language.


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Friday, March 28, 2014

How to Spend Your 2 Months Holiday After STPM Semester 1?

Written by Kerri C - Submit a guest post and get featured here

Well, let's be frank, who will want their two months precious holiday to be spent in tuition centres and study room just to do the ordinary student-have-to-do-chores: S-t-u-d-y. But dear Sixth formers, please do not just waste your holiday doing nothing. You have to do something useful for the coming Upper six because my experience told me that Upper six is completely different from the previous Lower six in every aspects!

After the hectic Semester 1 in Form 6, I really learnt a lot of things. From being really discipline in studies to acquiring new skills on how to organize an event in the school. As we Form six being the 'oldest in the school' have to be responsible of many school events, for example we have to in charge of the price giving ceremony during Sports day or any state competitions being held in the school. Okay, let's get back to the topic. Knowing how to spend your two months holiday wisely is really important as it will 'indirectly' affects your Upper six next year. Below are only my suggestions for reference.

1. Look back
Well, this may sound weird as it is more of a mental approach. This is because personally I think Form 6 is not easy for both Science and Arts Stream. Try to look back your Lower six , what kind of attitude that you have displayed in Lower six? Were you hardworking enough? Did you always procrastinate every time a task is assigned to you? If you are the latter, it is time for you to ponder upon your mistakes and change for the better. If you are the diligent kind of students, well done! All you have to do is keep up that spirit and ready for semester two and three to come. Having a positive mindset can guide and steer you through all the hardships in Form Six. If you feel like you have not been doing very well in all the exams in semester one, IT'S COMPLETELY FINE. There are still two semesters to go. All you need to do is work extra hard from now on.

2. Check out what really PBS is all about
By now, you should have heard of PBS, which is the School Base Assessment/ Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah. This is more like a medium-size project that will make you run here and there in the upcoming semester because you have to travel and go on field trips especially for the subject Pengajian Am. So, it is always better to get a general view of what is PBS at first. You will have to understand how does PBS work, the weightage, the format (which you can ask your teachers/ seniors/ search at the MPM official website). If you already know the topic (MPM will announce in their website in December) start researching on the topics given, find relevant information online. There will be 2 topics to choose from for Pengajian Am, choose the one that you are more comfortable and confident with.

3. Do 'Pre-study'
Pre-study means looking into the syllabus of the new semester. It is crucial because the syllabus for every semester in the new STPM Modular System is very different from each other. You don't have to really start studying or go into details. You just need to download the syllabus form MPM website and print it out. Browse through the topics that you are going to study in semester 2. Trust me, it helps. Getting an overall view of the topics can help you get to know your study scope and you can be more focus while studying the subject.

4. Take up part time jobs
It is always good to earn your own pocket money. If you are able to find a job which you only have to work on weekends, go for it! You will definitely learn many things while you engage in any part time jobs. This experience is very valuable and useful for Sixth formers as you can include your working experience while writing your resume or personal statement in the future. Part time jobs will make you tough both physically and mentally!

5. Research
It is time to think about what course that you want to take up and which university that you want to enter after Pre-U (STPM). Some of you may think that it is too earlier to do so BUT if you want to apply for scholarships and study abroad, you must start researching now about the application procedures and processes especially for those who want to pursue undergraduate studies in the UK (Apply through UCAS). You don't have to worry about the qualification recognition part as STPM is internationally recognised by many countries even after MPM has introduced the new modular system.

6. Work out
Want to look good and study smart at the same time? Solution is exercise. Don't get me wrong. You don't have to spend in order to sign up or become a member at the gym to look fit. All you have to do is jogging or walking. Jogging here means jog everyday at the nearby park or (if you really are a 'lazy bone', opt for walking but walk at a faster pace). I don't think you want to hear me bragging about the advantages of exercise on studies, I guess you have heard enough before this. Just allocate some time for working out, you will see the difference for sure. You will feel good about yourself. Confidence level up!

7. Reading
Reading is essential. Sixth formers have to read materials that are related to the global. Start reading BBC, CNN and local news by whatever methods (Phone Apps, recommended: Flipboard; Newspaper; Magazines; TV News). If you find it a little boring to keep reading all these, spice up your reading list with some novels (in English). The language and vocabularies used in novels can really help you in scoring MUET.

8. Relax
Last but not least, relax. But before that you must make sure you have done what you need to do as a Sixth former. (Refer back to the suggestions above). Spare and treat yourself to some entertainment and do the things you enjoy the most. Just watch some k-dramas or some reality shows which will make you laugh to release stress like Running Man or We Got Married etc before you kickstart your STPM semester 2.


Before we meet again in the next post, I wish you all the best in your STPM Semester 1 result. No pain, No Gain @ Preparation makes perfect.

Kerri C was born in KL breed in Klang. A person that is fond of music and poetry. Dedicated in guiding all the Form Six juniors out there through their one and a half-year Form Six life. She just got her STPM 2013 overall results in March this year.


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Education News Updates: PT3 Replaces PMR, SPM & STPM Results Announcement and Analysis

PT3 replaces PMR for Form Three students

KUALA LUMPUR: From this year, Form Three students would be tested via Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3 or Form 3 Assessment) which replaces the Penilaian Menengah Rendah.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said PT3 would be held at the school level.

“This means there is no centralised examination for Form Three students as in previous years,” he told reporters when announcing the changes made to the school-based assessment (PBS) after a meeting with teaching unions.

The PMR, which was introduced in 1993 to replace the Sijil Rendah Pelajaran examination, was held for the last time in 2013. The PBS system was introduced in primary schools, starting with Year One pupils in 2011 and in secondary schools with Form One students in 2012.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said students would be assessed via written and oral tests for Bahasa Melayu and English.

Science, Mathematics, Islamic Studies, Living Skills, Arabic, Chinese, Tamil, Iban and Kadazanusun would be assessed via a written test while History and Geography would be assessed via assignments, practical tests, projects, field study and case studies. The written tests would be held in October while History and Geography would be assessed throughout the year.

Muhyiddin stressed that schools would administer, assess and score the assessments based on standardised guidelines prepared by the Educa­tion Ministry’s Examinations Syndicate.

“The Examinations Syndicate will prepare questions with different levels of difficulty from easy, moderate to hard and place them in a question bank. Schools can then choose these questions and use them when they are assessing the students via the written tests,” he said.

He said the syndicate would monitor schools to ensure they chose the questions which reflected the levels of difficulty and that no school chose questions that were all considered easy.

Unlike in previous years when the ministry would announce the results of the PMR in November, Muhyiddin said it was up to the individual schools to decide when to release the results of the PT3.

He said the Examinations Syndi­cate and a team of outside assessors would moderate and verify the results.

“This is to ensure there is consistency among marks given while verification is to ensure students get the marks they deserve,” he said.

Muhyiddin said students and their parents could approach the schools to see their performance in the PT3 and to obtain a results slip, which would be used for entry to Form Four as well as for applications into fully residential schools, religious secondary schools, Mara Junior Science College, technical secondary schools and vocational colleges.

Psychometric tests, he added, would also be used for entry into the residential schools to ensure students are placed according to their interests and capability. - The Star Online



STPM 2013: 53,422 pass, eight obtain 5As

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 53,422 or 96.75 per cent of the candidates scored a full pass in at least one subject in last year's Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination, compared to 47,910 or 92.67 per cent in 2012.

Malaysian Examination Council (MEC) chairman Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Noh Dalimin said, of the total, 1,898 candidates or 3.44 percent passed all five subjects, 32,763 candidates (59.34 percent) passed four subjects, 9,717 candidates (17.60 percent) passed three subjects, 5,234 candidates (9.48 percent) passed two subjects and 3,810 candidates (6.90 percent) passed only one subject.

"The number of candidates who scored full passes in five and four subjects increased by 10,155 to 34,661 last year from only 24,506 in the previous year," he said when announcing the 2013 STPM results here on Wednesday.

He said, in general, the performance of candidates last year was better compared to the previous year, in which the national Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) rose to 2.55 from 2.24 in 2012.

A total of 492 candidates obtained a CGPA of 4.00 last year compared to 442 candidates in 2012.

Mohd Noh said the number of candidates who obtained A in all subjects had increased to 497 from 450 candidates the year before, but only eight obtained 5As last year compared to 18 in 2012.

From the aspect of school performance, he said the number of candidates in government schools who obtained full passes in five and four subjects had also increased to 34,318 from 23,698 in 2012.

Ten subjects recorded better pass rate, namely Communicative Malay Literature (19.87 percent), Usuluddin (18.53 percent), Sport Sciences (17.45 percent), Business Studies (16.87 percent), Arabic Language (16.89 percent), History (15.69 percent), Mathematics M (15.27 percent), Accounting (13.32 percent), Syariah (12.36 percent) and Bahasa Malaysia (12.04 percent).

Meanwhile, two subjects recorded relatively small changes in their pass rates, namely Literature in English (+1.04 percent) and Physics (-0.59 percent), compared to SPTM 2012.

The performance of candidates in Further Mathematics showed the lowest decline at -28.57 percent as only seven candidates sat for the paper last year, despite the fact that 11 candidates registered.

Mohd Noh said the gap between the performance of urban and rural candidates remained significant as with 1,189 urban candidates obtained 5As, 4As and 3As compared to only 156 rural candidates.

"A total of 473 or 12.23 per cent urban science stream candidates scored 5As, 4As and 3As compared with only 14 (0.51 per cent) for rural candidates, while for the urban art stream, 716 candidates (10.02 per cent) obtained 3As and above compared to 142 (1.99 per cent) rural candidates," he said.

A total of 55,214 candidates sat for the examination last year, compared to 51,697 candidates in 2012.

On the performance of 72,101 students in the November 2013 session of the Malaysian University English Test (MUET), Mohd Noh said 33.15 per cent of the candidates had obtained Band 3 or better, as compared to 28.52 per cent recorded in the July session last year.

In SEREMBAN, State Education Director Datuk Kalsom Khalid said 20 students obtained a CGPA of 4.00 in their STPM examination last year.

She said they comprised five science stream candidates and 15 art stream candidates.

In KUALA TERENGGANU, State Education deputy director Hashim Mohd Zin said, overall, the last year's STPM result for candidates in Terengganu was better than the year before.

"The number of candidates who scored full passes in four subjects last year had also increased by 17.07 per cent to 1,757 candidates or 58.53 per cent compared to 1,236 candidates in the previous year," he told reporters.

In MELAKA, 940 or 61.56 per cent of the candidates in the state managed to score full passes in four subjects last year, an increase of 9.5 per cent from the previous year's result.

State Education director Md Rashid Hussin said 1,505 candidates scored a full pass in at least one subject last year, compared to 1,198 candidates in 2012.

In KUANTAN, the performance of candidates in last year's STPM examination in Pahang also saw an improvement in terms of the pass rate.

State Education director Rosdi Ismail said a total of 2,893 or 97.97 per cent of the candidates obtained full passes in at least one subject.

In PENANG, 61 out of 3,208 candidates in government schools in the state obtained a CGPA of 4.00.

Penang Education director Datuk Ahmad Tarmizi Kamaruddin said the number was an increase of 0.06 per cent from the previous year's result, which saw 42 candidates obtained a CGPA of 4.00.

"Fourteen schools in the state also achieved a 100 per cent pas rate as all of their candidates obtained full passes in all subjects," he told a press conference.

In KOTA BAHARU, 23 schools scored a 100 per cent pass rate, with 15 candidates named as Best Students for STPM 2013, compared to only four candidates in 2012.

Each of the 15 students scored an A in all subjects and obtained a CGPA of 4.00, said the State Education director Hussain Awang.

In IPOH, 69 out of 5,276 candidates in government schools in Perak managed to get full passes in at least one subject in last year's STPM examination.

Acting State Education director Mohd Idris Mohd Ramli said it was an increase of 0.09 per cent from the previous year's result of 51 candidates.

In JOHOR BAHARU, State Education deputy director Hasidin Zaini said 70 candidates in the state obtained a CGPA of 4.00 in last year's STPM examination.

Thirty-eight of them were science stream candidates, while the remaining were art stream candidates.

In KANGAR, Perlis Education director Dun Kasa said the performance of candidates in last year's STPM examination had improved compared to 2012.

He said 618 or 96.71 per cent of the candidates scored full passes in at least one subject, a 0.89 per cent increase from the previous year's percentage of 95.82 per cent.

In ALOR SETAR, 3,983 or 98.22 per cent of candidates in the state scored full passes in at least one subject in the STPM examination last year compared to 3,431 candidates or 93.79 per cent in 2012.

State Education director Datuk Mansor Lat said 33 schools also obtained 100 per cent pass rate, including 17 schools in rural areas.

In KUCHING, 39 out of 6,142 candidates in government schools excelled in last year's STPM examination as they obtained a CGPA of 4.00, compared to only 20 candidates in 2012's examination.

State Education director Datuk Abdillah Adam said a total of 1,360 candidates obtained a CGPA of 3.00 and above compared to 981 candidates in the previous year.

In KOTA KINABALU, 35 schools in Sabah achieved a 100 per cent pass rate with 15 of the candidates obtained a CGPA of 4.00.

Sabah Education director Datuk Jame Alip said 7,213 or 95.98 per cent of last year's candidates also obtained full passes in at least one subject.

Meanwhile, Labuan Education director Mistirine Radin said of the 199 candidates who sat for the examination in Labuan last year, 155 obtained full passes in at least one subject, compared to only 84 candidates in the year before.

In SHAH ALAM, Selangor Education director Datuk Mahmud Karim said 96.53 per cent of the 5,749 candidates in the state scored full passes in at least one subject in last year's STPM.

He said it was an increase of 1.68 per cent from the previous year's result.

Ninety-nine of the candidates obtained full passes in all five subjects.

"For 2013 STPM, there is one candidate who scored 5As, while 59 others scored 4As with a CGPA of 4.00," he told Bernama here.

The said the state CGPA was also increased to 2.52 from 2.35 recorded in the year before.

Mahmud said five schools were also named Best Schools for STPM 2013, namely Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah; Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK) Katholik, Petaling Jaya; SMJK Yoke Kuan, Sekinchan; SMK Kepong; and SMK Batu 8, Puchong. - Astro Awani
Ministry of Education Malaysia (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia)

13,970 Students Obtain Grade A In All Subjects In SPM 2013 Exam

PUTRAJAYA, March 20 (Bernama) -- A total of 13,970 candidates obtained grade A (distinction) in all the subjects they sat for in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination last year compared to 13,720 in 2012, an increase of 0.05 per cent.

Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said the number of candidates from Education Ministry schools scoring Grade A in all subjects also increased from 11,648 in 2012 to 11,892 last year while that of non-government schools rose from 2,072 to 2,078.

A total of 405 candidates, including 366 from schools under the ministry scored Grade A+ (super distinction) in all the subjects, he told a news conference when announcing the analysis of the SPM results here Thursday.

He said 442,588 candidates for the examination last year.

He said 883 of the candidates were students with special needs, including those having visual or hearing impairments.

Eight of them scored at least Grade A- (distinction) in all subjects, thus proving that all candidates regardless of their background have the opportunity to excel in the SPM, he added.

Khair said the overall performance of the candidates in 2013 was better that that of the previous year based on the National Average Grade (GPN).

"SPM 2013 candidates scored GPN of 4.93 points compared with 5.08 in 2012, an improvement of 0.15 points. A smaller GPN indicates better results," he said.

"He said urban candidates also fared better by scoring GPN of 4.68 points in 2013 compared with 4.83 in 2013, an improvement of 0.15 points.

Khair said better results were registered in six of the seven core subjects, namely Bahasa Melayu, English Language, Islamic Studies, Moral Education, History and Science.

However, the Mathematics results declined by 0.08 point from GPN of 4.91 in 2012 to 4.99 points in 2013, he added.

For elective subjects, he said a better performance was recorded in 55 out of 101 subjects, including Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Additional Science, and Applied Science.

He said starting last year, History was made a compulsory subject to pass in the SPM, apart from Bahasa Melayu.

"A total of 378,490 candidates from Education Ministry and non-ministry schools qualified for SPM 2013 certificates compared to 402,859 candidates in 2012," he said.

In KUALA LUMPUR, Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur education director Abdullah Mad Yunus said 994 candidates in the capital scored distinction in all subjects.

"A total of 12,823 (64.48 per cent) of the candidates passed all subjects while 126 (0.63%) failed in all subjects," he said.

In SEREMBAN, State education director Datuk Kalsom Khalid said 27 government school candidates in Negeri Sembilan obtained Grade A+ (super distinction) in all subjects.

"A total of 693 candidates (3.93 per cent) scored Grades A+, A and A- in all subjects," she said.

In KUALA TERENGGANU, State education director Zakaria Hussin said the SPM 2013 results were Terengganu's best ever results in 10 years based on the Average Grade.

"The State Average Grade improved by 0.11 to 4.90 compared to 5.01 the previous year, surpassing the National Average Grade at 4.93. Five out of 22,480 candidates scored Grade A+," he said.

In IPOH, Perak acting education director Mohd Idris Mohd Ramli said the State Average Grade's achievement in SPM 2013 was the best in five years and 43,288 candidates sat for the examination.

"Based on the GPN, the gap between rural and urban candidates had been narrowed by 0.41 points with rural candidates scoring 5.34 against urban candidates at 4.93," he said.

In KUANTAN, 401 candidates in Pahang obtained Grade A in all subjects last year compared to 413 the previous year, a reduction of 0.32 per cent.

Pahang education deputy director Rashidah Mat Aris said 18,596 of 24,753 were qualified to get certificates last year, a drop of 7.22 per cent from the previous year.

In MELAKA, State education director Md Rashid Hussin said six students scored Grade A+ (super distinction) for all subjects last year, a drop of 15 from 2012.

"The percentage of students qualified to obtain certificates were 11,913 out of 13,650 candidates, decreased by 5.9 per cent compared to the previous year," he said.

In GEORGE TOWN, Penang education director Datuk Ahmad Tarmizi Kamaruddin said the state's GPN rose to 4.73 last year from 4.87 in 2012.

In KOTA BHARU, 24 schools, including four government-aided religious schools recorded 100 per cent passes last year compared to 21 school in 2012.

Kelantan education director Hussain Awang said the number of outstanding schools in 2013 remained at six.

In KANGAR, Perlis education director Dun Kasa said the state's average grade improved to 5.26 points last year from 5.46 the previous year.

In JOHOR BAHRU, State deputy education director Hasidin Zaini said the state average grade also improved by registering 4.87 points last year from 4.99 the previous year.

"A total of 1,582 government school candidates obtained Grade A in all subjects last year compared to 1,391 the previous year, an increase of 0.30 per cent," he said.

In SHAH ALAM, Selangor education Datuk Mahmud Karim said 2,606 of 71,801 candidates scored distinction in all subjects last year compared with 2,616 in 2012.

He said 78 of them obtained Grade A+ (super distinction) in all subjects compared to 99 the previous year.

In ALOR SETAR, Kedah education director Datuk Mansor Lat said the state's GPN improved by 0.19 points to 5.04 while 662 of 32,881 government school students scored Grade A in all subjects last year compared to 690 in 2012, a drop of 0.10 per cent.

In KUCHING, Sarawak's GPN at 5.31 last year was the best in 10 years.

State education director Datuk Abdillah Adam said 41 candidates obtained Grade A+ (super distinction) in all subjects last year.

In KOTA KINABALU, state education director Datuk Jame Alip said the state's SPM results last year at GPN of 5.30 was the best in five years.

He said Sekolah Menengah Agama Kota Kinabalu registered stunning results with 376 candidates getting Grade A in all subjects last year compared to 199 in 2012.

In LABUAN, 44 candidates in Labuan scored Grade A in all subjects last year compared with 19 in 2012.

Labuan education director Mistirine Radin said the number of candidates qualified to receive certificates decreased by 9.75 per cent. - Bernama


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Thursday, March 13, 2014

45+ Most Prestigious 2014 Scholarships for STPM & SPM Leavers (Biasiswa Pelajar SPM 2013 & STPM)

Update: It's official, STPM 2013 results out March 19th, 2014 (Wednesday). Read instructions on how to check STPM results using SMS. SPM 2013 results will be released on March 20th, 2014 (Thursday). Check SPM 2013 results using SMS on SPM 2013 result release date (semakan keputusan peperiksaan SPM 2013 melalui SMS pada tarikh keputusan SPM 2013 keluar).

Malaysia Scholarship Offers & Closing Dates

1) 26 March 2014: PETRONAS Scholarships (Program Penajaan Pendidikan PETRONAS Untuk Lepasan SPM 2013)
Program Penajaan Pendidikan PETRONAS Untuk Lepasan SPM 2012

2) 27 March 2014: PSD Scholarships for Engineering Programmes Abroad (Biasiswa JPA Untuk Lepasan SPM 2013)
Biasiswa JPA untuk Lepasan SPM: Permohonan Tajaan Program Khas Jepun, Korea, Perancis dan Jerman

3) 27 March 2014: Bank Negara (Pre-University) Kijang Emas & Kijang Scholarships
4) 27 March 2014: Bank Negara Malaysia Undergraduate (Honours) Scholarship Awards
5) 27 March 2014: Bank Negara Postgraduate Scholarships (Master and PhD)
Bank Negara Malaysia Scholarships

6) 27 March 2014: Yayasan Tenaga Nasional (YTN) Scholarships
Yayasan Tenaga Nasional (YTN) Scholarships

7) 28 March 2014: Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Pre-University Scholarship Programme (Local)
8) 28 March 2014: Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Undergraduate Scholarship Programme (Local)
Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) Pre-University and Undergraduate Scholarship Programme (Local)

9) 28 March 2014: Singapore's ASEAN Scholarships for Malaysians: Pre-University One Scholarships
Singapore ASEAN Scholarships for Malaysia

9) 28 March 2014: Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad Scholarships (Biasiswa FGV)
Biasiswa Felda Global Ventures Holdings Berhad Scholarships

11) 30 March 2014: Yayasan Khazanah Global Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
12) 30 March 2014: Yayasan Khazanah Watan Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
13) 30 March 2014: Yayasan Khazanah Cambridge Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
Yayasan Khazanah Nasional

14) 31 March 2014: Maybank Foundation Scholarship & Sponsorship Awards
Maybank Foundation Scholarship & Sponsorship Awards

15) 31 March 2014: Tuanku Abdul Rahman Scholarship (BTAR) 2014
Biasiswa Tunku Abdul Rahman (BTAR) Scholarships

16) 31 March 2014: Elena Cooke Education Fund (Sunway Education Group & KBU International College)
Elena Cooke Education Fund

17) 1 April 2014: The Star Education Fund: Scholarship Awards 2014
The Star Education Fund Scholarship Awards 2014

18) 2 April 2014: Sin Chew Daily Education Fund 2014
Sin Chew Daily Education Fund

19) 3 April 2014: Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) Scholarship Awards (Biasiswa Suruhanjaya Sekuriti)
Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) Suruhan Sekuriti Scholarship Awards

20) 6 April 2014: UEM Group Berhad Overseas Scholarship Programme
UEM Group Berhad Overseas Scholarship Programme

21) 6 April 2014: MMC Corporation Berhad Scholarship Programme
MMC Corporation Berhad Scholarship Programme

22) 7 April 2014: Genting Malaysia GENM Scholarship Awards
Genting Malaysia GENM Scholarships

23) 14 April 2014: Yayasan Telekom Malaysia Talent-A Scholarship Programme (Program Biasiswa YTM Talent-A)
Program Biasiswa YTM Talent-A

24) 15 April 2014: Nanyang Siang Pau Scholarships (南洋商报大专奖学金计划)
Nanyang Scholarships (南洋商报大专奖学金计划)

25) 16 April 2014: The 2014 ASTRO Scholarship Awards
Astro Scholarship Awards

26) 18 April 2014: Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Awards: KUOK KENG KANG SCHOLARSHIPS for Undergraduate Studies at MALAYSIAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
27) 18 April 2014: Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Awards: KF HALF-LOAN HALF-GRANT AWARDS for Undergraduate Studies at MALAYSIAN & SINGAPORE PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
Kuok Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

28) 25 April 2014: PIDM Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
PIDM Undergraduate Scholarship Programme

29) 25 April 2014: UCSI University Trust Scholarships for Malaysian Students
Biasiswa Yayasan UCSI University Trust Scholarships

30) 28 April 2014: Samsung SMART Scholarships
Samsung SMART Scholarships

31) 30 April 2014: GAMUDA Scholarship Awards
GAMUDA Scholarship Awards

32) 30 April 2014: IJM Scholarship Award Programme
IJM Scholarship Award Programme


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33) 5 May 2014: AEON Malaysia Scholarship Awards

34) 10 May 2014: Hong Leong Foundation Pre-University Scholarship Programme: ROAR Education Development Programme
35) 10 May 2014: Hong Leong Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Programme
Hong Leong Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Programme

36) 12 May 2014: United Malacca Berhad University Scholarship Awards
United Malacca Berhad University Scholarship Awards

37) 15 May 2014: Great Eastern Supremacy Scholarship Awards
Great Eastern Supremacy Scholarship Award

38) 16 May 2014: Maxis Scholarship for Excellence Awards
Maxis Scholarship for Excellence Awards

39) 18 May 2014: The Google Anita Borg Memorial Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarship: Asia Pacific
The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Asia Pacific

40) 30 May 2014: Yayasan Bursa Malaysia Scholarships
Yayasan Bursa Malaysia Scholarships

41) 31 May 2014: Top Glove Scholarship Fund
Top Glove Scholarship Fund

42) 31 May 2014: The British Council IELTS Scholarships
British Council IELTS Scholarships

43) 31 May 2014: Perdana University (JPA/PSD) Scholarship Awards
Perdana University Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam JPA Scholarship Award

44) 1 June 2014: Loh & Loh Corporation Bhd Scholarship Programme
Loh & Loh Corporation Bhd Scholarship Programme

45) 15 June 2014: Education Ministry Bursaries (Bursary Pelajar Cemerlang SPM Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia)
Bursary Pelajar Cemerlang SPM Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia

46) 30 June 2014: Panasonic Scholarships for Engineering Students
Panasonic Scholarships Engineering


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47) 18 July 2014: Kuok Foundation (Private Universities/Colleges) Undergraduate Awards
Kuok Foundation (Private Universities/Colleges) Undergraduate Awards

48) 20 August 2014: Yaw Teck Seng (YTS) Foundation Scholarship Awards (Previously known as Samling Scholarships)
Yaw Teck Seng (YTS) Foundation Scholarship Programme


Other Malaysia Scholarship Offers Currently Open for Application

30 March 2014: Yayasan Khazanah Global Postgraduate Scholarship Programme
30 March 2014: Yayasan Khazanah Watan Postgraduate Scholarship Programme
30 March 2014: Yayasan Khazanah Cambridge Postgraduate Scholarship Programme
Yayasan Khazanah Nasional

31 March 2014: Malaysian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan International Scholarship for International Students
31 March 2014: Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) Scholarships for International Students
31 March 2014: Malaysia International Scholarship 2014 (MIS 2014) by Malaysian Government for International Students
Ministry of Education Malaysia (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia)

31 April 2014: Permohonan Skim Biasiswa Sukan Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (SBS KPM)
Ministry of Education Malaysia (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, KPM)


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3 February 2014: IGB International School IB Diploma Programme Scholarships
IGB International School IB Diploma Programme Scholarships


28 February 2014: Shell Malaysia Local Scholarships & Shell Malaysia Overseas Scholarships
Shell Malaysia Local Scholarships


11 March 2014: Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Teacher-Training
11 March 2014: Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Japanese Studies
Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship for Teacher-Training


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49) National Higher Education Fund Corporation (Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional or PTPTN) - National Education Savings Scheme (Skim Simpanan Pendidikan Nasional or SSPN)
PTPTN SSPN


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