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CIMB Talent Trail Registration Deadline Extended till 6 January 2017

CIMB Malaysia:
Last call, students! Registration extended till 6 January 2017. Join CIMB Talent Trail for a chance to win cash prizes worth RM25k, and test your employability skills while you’re at it. So, sign up now! About CIMB Talent Trail 2017What is the CIMB Talent Trail?
The CIMB Talent Trail is an annual outdoor event, a collaboration between Talent Corporation Malaysia (TalentCorp) and CIMB Group for Malaysian university students to enhance their employability skills. Together with CIMB Fusion Partners – Hewlett Packard Enterprise, PwC, Teach for Malaysia, ZICOlaw and Accenture, CIMB Talent Trail aims to help university students test their readiness as they transition from academics to the corporate world. Participants will be challenged on their:
English language skillsCommunication and interpersonal skillsTeamworkSelf-confidencePreparedness in facing challengesMental and physical fitness Want to be a CIMB Talent Trail participant? You must have a lot of energy – be mentall…

The struggles of fresh graduates

The Star Online: But before even getting the job, these young people will have to go through interviews and convince the prospective employers they could meet their requirements and expectations.

Some will lose out because of lack of experience. But how could a new graduate not be given any opportunity to develop their professional skills in the first place? For some, rejection may even affect their confidence. They should be given the opportunity to be hired and trained so that they could learn to perform their best.

For those desperate to uplift their family’s status by coming out to work and alleviating their parents’ financial burden, the task of finding a job can be daunting. Furthermore, our parents have drummed into us that education is our ticket to a better life. Indeed, many of us have studied hard for our future. Not true. Everyone goes through the same process of finding job, sending resume, attending interview. Employers never expect fresh graduates to have years of e…

Computer / IT specialization has the highest fresh graduate starting salary in Malaysia - JobStreet

New Strait Times: The demand for unrealistic salary and benefits are the top cited reasons given by employers on why it is hard for fresh graduates to gain employment these days.

This was followed by a poor command of the English language, being choosy about the job or company, poor communication skills and an overall poor attitude. [...]

“The survey disclosed that 60 per cent of fresh graduates expect a salary of RM 3,500 for their first job while 30 per cent want to be paid as high as RM6,500 in order to live comfortably. This means that there is a gap between what companies are willing to pay and what the candidates want to be paid," he said. Nothing new here, unrealistic salary and poor command of English. What is interesting is the fact that computer / IT specialization has the highest fresh graduate average salary at RM2,795, even higher than engineering, healthcare and accounting / finance. Anecdotal evidences, I know quite some friends from Computer / IT field with…

3 Malaysian Teams in Airbus UNESCO Fly Your Ideas Global Competition

Have you ever had big ideas and futuristic concepts that you think would change the future?

More than 5000 participants from 89 countries had the opportunity to pit their creative ideas and innovative improvements against one another, for a chance to see their conceptual designs realised at Airbus' Fly Your Ideas 2017, the global student challenge!

Three Malaysian teams successfully entered the second round, namely Team Putra Space from University Putra Malaysia focusing on Passenger Experience, with Team See Lab and Team Bunga Raya from University of Kuala Lumpur competing in the Manufacturing category. They will explore these themes alongside 47 other teams from 37 nations around the world.
From January to May 2017, these 50 teams will start developing their ideas and share updates on their progress, with only five teams to be chosen for the third round and one step closer to the top prize of €30,000 and €15,000 for second place.

50 teams. 50 Ideas. €45,000. A chance to see thei…

Muslims more highly educated than non-Muslims in Malaysia - Pew Research Centre

Malay Mail Online: KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 — Muslims have more formal schooling in Malaysia compared to those of other faiths, a Pew Research Centre study showed.

The survey by the global pollster found that Muslim men had the most education, but also found that younger Muslim women in Malaysia are now more likely to have post-secondary degrees compared to young Muslim men, as Muslim women globally close the gender gap.

“In higher education, the gender gap among Muslims has narrowed by 3 percentage points over generations,” said the survey released last week.

“Not only that, but in some countries, the gender gap has reversed among the youngest Muslims  — meaning that young Muslim women are now more likely than young Muslim men to have post-secondary degrees,” it added, naming Malaysia as an example.

Muslim men in Malaysia receive on average 10.6 years of formal education and significantly above the national average, compared to other male adherents like Buddhists (10.4 years), Hindus (1…

71-year-old IIUM Law Student is the Perfect Example of Lifelong Learning

The Star Online:
After decades of toiling round the clock and raising a family, most retirees would prefer to sit back and relax.

But 71-year-old Syed Mansor Syed Salim has decided to go back to school to follow his dream of becoming a lawyer.

“Education does not end when you reach 40 or 50, it is a journey of lifelong learning.

“It’s not going to be easy, but this is where my passion lies,” said Syed Mansor, who is in his first semester reading law at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

“With all the turmoil that is going on, law teaches us to see what is legally right and what is legally wrong, as well as to be fair, reasonable, and equitable; this is why I want to study it,” said the retired Kedah state land officer.

A law degree will be another feather in his cap. He obtained a degree in public administration from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) in the early 2000s.

His dream is to be called to the Malaysian Bar and to set up practice with his daughter who…

UTM Researchers Built Environmental Friendly House with Home Automation System

The Star Online:In an effort to help save the environment, a group of 20 researchers from Universiti Tekno­logi Malaysia (UTM) has built an environmental friendly house at the Skudai campus here.

The members consist of undergraduates and postgraduates who took almost a year to complete the eco-home project with the focus on energy-saving. Interesting project with real positive impact on the environment. Hopefully the university research project will be commercialised and its outcomes channeled into practical uses. Dr Muhd Zaimi said the house had a smart home automation system, where all electrical components such as fans, lights, air conditioner units and others could be controlled via a software in a smartphone.

“This software is suitable for those who are busy and often forget to switch off lights, as the system can be used when one is out of the house,” he said.

However, he said the software was only compatible with Android-based smartphones. Just thinking aloud: will those p…

Malaysia not Ranked in Pisa Due to Deliberate Data Manipulation - MP Ong Kian Ming

Malaysiakini:
Yesterday, DAP's Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming claimed Malaysia was not featured in the rankings for Mathematics, Reading and Science in the Programme for International Student Assessment 2015 (Pisa 2015) report.

Then, the Education Ministry issued a statement, insisting that Malaysia did indeed appear in the report.

So, who's telling the truth and who's not?

In simple words, both are correct: Malaysia did appear in the Pisa 2015 report, but it was not ranked with the other countries due to bungled data submitted.

Here's a breakdown of what happened.

How did it start?

It began with Education Ministry deputy director-general Amin Senin proudly announcing that Malaysia had improved its performance in Pisa 2015 on Wednesday.

He pointed out Malaysia's score for Mathematics had increased from 404 to 421 while the score for Reading improved from 398 to 414 and Science from 420 to 422 as compared to Pisa 2012.

What did DAP MP Ong Kian Ming say?

Ong pou…

MUET set to be recognized globally - MPM

Malay Mail Online:
The Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) wants to make the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) of similar standard with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Its chairman, Prof Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said to achieve the standard, they have roped in a team from Cambridge English Language, England, to assist the MUET Syllabus and Specification Committee.

“MEC hopes the new MUET will meet the CEFR standard and can be marketed to foreign students wishing to study in Malaysia.

“The Cambridge English Language report shows that MUET is of similar standard to CEFR,” he told a press conference on MUET, STPM and Malay Language Proficiency Certification Test for Non-Malaysians (MLPCT), here today. Looks like the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) is set to become an internationally-recognised English qualification in no less than 2 years. If MEC (or Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia, MPM) manage to pull this together, it could be a good news…

10 Injured When Bus Ferrying 33 Pupils & 4 Teachers Crashes into Toll Booth Divider

The New Strait Times:
At least 10 pupils and teachers from SRJKC Jit Sin, Bukit Mertajam, Penang were injured when the bus they were travelling in, rammed into one of the toll booth’s divider at the Ipoh (South) Toll Plaza here today.

In the 5pm incident, the bus carrying 33 pupils and four teachers were on their way back to Penang from a school trip to Malacca and the Cameron Highlands. The accident could have worse outcome, consider the same bus was driving to/from Cameron Highlands mountainous roads.
A teacher, Ng Kim Pee, 56, said she was so shocked when the bus driver suddenly screamed, exclaiming that the brake was not functioning.

“The driver was in a state of panic before he rammed into the divider. I did not manage to tell my pupils to be prepared as the incident happened so fast,” she said. Before we conclude this as just another unavoidable accident, investigation should be launched to see if the bus was sent for routine maintenance.