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

Putrajaya mulls raising professors’ retirement age after 156 lose jobs

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― The Higher Education Ministry said it will consider reviewing the retirement age for professors at public universities, which is set at 60 years, after 156 contract professors did not have their contracts renewed.

“We will look into this,” Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh was quoted saying by local daily The Star.

National Council of Professors (MPN) CEO Professor Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose reportedly said that 156, or 33 per cent of 507 contract professors aged between 61 and 70 years at public universities, did not have their contracts renewed as a result of budget cuts at the tertiary institutions.

“Professors should be placed under a commission, the Higher Education Service Commission, and not the Public Service Commission that sets retirement at the age of 60 years,” Sinar Harian quoted Raduan as saying at a press conference yesterday. Read more

Tiada bajet, Putrajaya tamatkan kontrak 156 profesor

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Universiti Malaya. — Foto fail

Universiti Malaya. — Foto fail

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Feb — Majlis Profesor Negara (MPN) menjelaskan seramai 156 profesor berstatus kontrak berusia 61 hingga 70 tahun di universiti awam tidak dilanjutkan perkhidmatan susulan kekangan bajet.

Ketua pegawai eksekutifnya Prof Datuk Dr Raduan Che Rose berkata sumbangan profesor kontrak sewajarnya dihargai kerana lebih separuh daripada mereka berumur dalam lingkungan 55 tahun.

“Untuk meraih gelaran profesor, seseorang itu memerlukan proses yang panjang kerana mereka perlu diiktiraf menerusi kepakaran masing-masing. Namun begitu, apabila sampai umur 60 tahun, mereka diberhentikan pula.

“Kita minta kerajaan mengutamakan usaha-usaha memartabatkan sektor akademik di negara ini,” katanya seperti dilaporkan Kosmo! hari ini. Read more