How budget cuts affect public universities

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Budgets cuts have affected the academic staff the most, where there is a hiring freeze of new academic staff while some seniors have to retire as they have not been offered a contract to continue.

University Malaya - file pic

University Malaya – file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 ― The austerity drive in public universities has resulted in a conundrum between providing quality education and working within a much tighter budget compared to previous years.

Under Budget 2017, public universities will see their combined operating budgets slashed by about 19 per cent, or RM1.5 billion, a bigger cut than last year’s budget, and out of the 20 public universities in Malaysia, 10 of them will be facing massive cuts ranging from over 10 per cent to over 31 per cent.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has reportedly said that public universities have become too dependent on government funding, and that a decade ago, it was a fraction of what was now given.

But what do the budget cuts mean? What is the feasibility of public universities sourcing out alternative funding? Will it compromise the quality of education being offered in varsities? Read more

Council: More dons ‘disappearing’ and it’s not good for our varsities

Source: The Star Online

Budget cut: Reduced funding may even see UM losing its prestigious research university tag. Pic form the Star Online.

Budget cut: Reduced funding may even see UM losing its prestigious research university tag. Pic form the Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: The letting go of staff is not isolated to Universiti Malaya alone.

It was previously reported that 156 out of 506 professors, aged between 61 and 70, at public universities did not have their contracts renewed last year, presumably due to budget cuts.

National Council of Professors CEO Prof Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose expressed concerns that such a trend might affect Malaysian universities’ ability to compete internationally.

“A great majority of our Malaysian professors are 55 years old and above. About 250 will be retiring or retired since middle of last year. Read more