Prime Minister launches education blueprint

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Tuesday launched the Malaysian Education Blueprint (Higher Education), aimed at preparing the country's tertiary education system to meet the challenges of the future, reports New Straits Times.

Najib said the higher education system's overarching goal was to achieve three main targets, dubbed the three Bs: bakat (talent), benchmarking to global standards, and balance. The system, he said, must be able to generate talent in order to be globally competitive. “In order to do that, we must monitor our performance against international benchmarks. We want to be among the top third in the world in higher education – that is our target,” he said while launching the blueprint in Kuala Lumpur.

He said Malaysia's graduates must be well-rounded, balanced individuals who can use their knowledge and intelligence for the greater good. “They must be instilled with positive traits, so that they do not misuse their knowledge, for example, in the making of bombs,” he said. The blueprint, he said, was also aimed at ensuring greater autonomy for universities. Najib stressed that the government's biggest challenge will be implementing the blueprint's recommendations.
Full report on the Malaysian Digest site