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USM Introduces SMS Learning Method

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has moved a step further by introducing the short message service (SMS) in its learning methods for post-graduate programmes in its School of Distance Education (SDE).

SDE Pricipal Researcher (Mobile Learning) Dr Issham Ismail said masters or doctor of philosophy (PhD)-level students interested in conducting research on distance learning could obtain information and contact their lecturers using SMS.

“A mobile learning research team was created in 2007 when the higher education ministry provided a grant to conduct research on SMS as a module in the system of distance learning,” he told reporters here Monday.

He said, so far, 20 masters and PhD students had begun learning and conducting research with the help of the SMS.

Issham said the ministry had allocated RM330,000 for the learning, via the SMS programme.

Following the success of the SMS usage, USM has organised a two-day international e-learning conference, beginning Monday.

The conference, participated by representatives from 19 countries, is aimed at encouraging researchers and academicians to present their research on learning through telecommunications.

Source : BERNAMA

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MUET Mid Year 2010 Results

Students who have sat for the examination of Malaysian University English Test (MUET) mid year 2010 test can check their results from July 8, 2010.

Results for MUET 2010

MUET Mid Year 2010 Results can be obtained by three methods;

  1. Through school or their respective institutions while private candidates would get it by mail.
  2. Through short messaging system (SMS) by typing MUET  Identity Card Number and send to 15888
  3. Through the Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia (MPM) website

A total of 81.731 candidates have sat for MUET Mid Year at 872 test centers across the country.

MUET Year End 2010

Those are not satisfied with their performance in MUET Mid Year 2010 may try to improve their result by taking the MUET Year End 2010 test.

Those who are interested take MUET End of Year 2010 are required to register at the State Education Department or the District Education Office before July 22, 2010.

Source: BERNAMA

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UM Taking In 2,380 New Students For 2010 Postgraduate Programmes

A total of 2,380 new students are expected to register for postgraduate programmes in the University of Malaya starting July 2, 2010.

Its Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) Professor Dr Hamzah Rahman said that currently the university had around 10,000 postgraduate students, including about 25 percent international students from over 82 countries.

“I must say, it is not easy to get into this university…rejection rate is more than 60 percent because the demand for places in this university is much more than places available,” he said during the welcoming ceremony for new postgraduate candidates here.

Dr Hamzah said the university management had taken various steps to promote research activities and postgraduate education, including setting up eight research clusters which served as focal points for research projects conducted in the UM.

The university is also providing research grants worth RM90,000 for the PhD programme (over three years) and RM60,000 for Masters (over two years).
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4,043 New Students Register At USM For 2010/2011 Intake

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) saw the registration of 4,043 new students here on July 3, 2010 for 2010/2011 intake.

USM Vice-Chancellor Tan Sri Prof Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said the students included 54 from China, Nigeria, Indonesia, Korea, United States, Iran and Saudi Arabia, who would further their studies at USM this year.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, he said the number of new students who registered this year was higher, as compared to 3,000 last year.

Meanwhile, at the USM Health Campus in Kelantan, 708 students in medical science, health and dental science registered yesterday.

This included about 100 students under the USM-KLE International Medical Programme in India, he said, adding that the Engineering Campus saw 535 students register at the branch in Nibong Tebal.

Dzulkifli said all students would take part in a week-long Siswa Lestari Programme to expose them to various activities arranged by the university.

Source : BERNAMA

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PSD 2010 Overseas Scholarships Categories

The PSD had announced the application criteria for its 2010 Overseas Sponsorship Programme (PILN) in the major newspapers in January and February this year, in addition to posting these criteria on its website. On 6th April, in his press statement, Y.A.B. Deputy Prime Minister reiterated these criteria as well. Over 18,800 students applied, out of which 10,956 applicants fulfilled the minimum requirements and qualified for the interview process. Of the qualified applicants, 7,900 scored all As, in all the subjects they had taken, including 214 students who scored all A+s.

As stated in the PSD website and the statement by YAB DPM, scholarships were given according to the following four categories:

  1. Category 1 : Academic Excellence
    Twenty percent of the scholarships were allocated for this category. Applicants under this category were assessed purely on merit based on academic excellence (85%), co-curriculum activities (10%) and performance at the interview (5%). The socio-economic background of the applicants was irrelevant under this category.
  2. Category 2: Racial Composition of the Population
    Sixty percent of the scholarships were allocated for applicants streamed under this category. Applicants under this category were assessed based on academic excellence (75%), co-curriculum activities (10%), socio-economic background (10%) and performance at the interview (10%). The selection of scholars reflected the racial composition of the population.
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Malaysian Opposition States Ban Sports Betting

Malaysian opposition-led states have banned sports betting, officials said, following protests over its approval by the central government in the Muslim-majority country.

The opposition-led states of Kedah, Penang and Selangor said they fear betting on sports will encourage gambling, a sensitive issue in Malaysia. Muslims, who make up 60 percent of the population, are not allowed to gamble or bet at all, but non-Muslims can buy lottery tickets, bet on horse races and go to the country’s sole casino.

Ascot Sports, a company linked to tycoon Vincent Tan, announced earlier this month it had received government approval to offer betting services for football and other international sports.

Although it does not include Muslims, the announcement sparked protests by mainly Muslim opposition and private groups.

“We don’t want another problem in this country,” said Muhamad Sanusi Mohamad Nor, an official in northern Kedah state. “Football is for sports, not gambling.”
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