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Malaysia succeeds in building good educational model: UNESCO

Malaysia has made significant progress in the education field over the years and earned international respect for successfully establishing a commendable education model, UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura said. ‘We are happy that there has been very good progress in the area of education in Malaysia and the strong leadership of the minister (Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein)’ he said.

Quistor strengthens presence in Malaysia

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Quistor, a provider of hosted and fully managed eLearning Solutions for regional and global institutions, has opened its first Asian office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in a bid to further expand its sales operations in the Asia Pacific region, and support new customers.

Quistor’s portfolio includes offerings such as BPO e-Learning Platform and Services, Content Management, JD Edwards Application Management Services, Oracle Applications  Implementation Services and Additional Strategic and Functional Consultancy Services.

‘The Asia Pacific region has significant growth potential for 2008 and beyond for Business Process Outsourced (BPO) or ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) LMS systems,’ said Henry Barenholz, Vice-President of Commercial Affairs at Quistor International.

KL varsity to open branch in Saudi Arabia

A Malaysian firm will be cooperating with one of Saudi Arabia’s largest conglomerates to set up a university in the oil-rich nation. The university will be a branch of the newly-established Asia e-University (AeU), a Kuala Lumpur-based collaborative university ratified by the 30 Asia Cooperation Dialogue countries.

House of Advanced Quality Ltd (HAQ) and AeU have signed a MoU to establish an AeU branch in Dammam next year. HAQ is a joint venture between TQM Consultants Sdn Bhd and Saudi Arabia’s Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani (AHQ) group.

Microsoft initiative to help unemployed IT graduates

Microsoft has introduced an initiative aimed at helping Malaysia grapple with the growing problem of unemployed IT graduates, by collaborating with local universities to provide IT training and certification. Twenty-eight universities and colleges in the country have signed up for the Microsoft IT Academy programme, including 22 institutions that joined the programme in the last two months, Lutz Ziob, general manager of Microsoft Learning, said.

The IT Academy programme is expected to benefit thousands of Malaysian college students by enabling them to experience real-world challenges in a classroom environment. Through this, training institutions will be able to link their curriculum to the working world, enabling students to acquire new technology skills.

Make history compulsory subject in primary schools: PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has proposed that history be made a compulsory subject in primary schools to instill a love for the subject in the young. ‘There is a need to learn from history, otherwise we are likely to repeat the same mistakes,’ he said at the opening of the Malaysian Historical Society’s RM20 million Wisma Sejarah.

The prime minister also suggested making history a more exciting subject for students and hoped that the Education Ministry would look into strengthening the existing curriculum for the subject. Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said adding extra subjects in the primary school curriculum required an in-depth study, for example, the availability of teaching staff and any possible impact it would have on other existing subjects.

SMS for status of education loans, says MAMPU

Students will be able to check the status of their education loans and arrears with the National Higher Education Fund via SMS by the end of october. A statement from the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) said the updates will be available once the SMS number 15888 is keyed in.

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