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The Private Higher Education Paradoxes: Reality or Myth?

Author(s):Yin-Kuan Ng -- Seng-Fook Ong -- Kee-Luen Wong -- Thiam-Yong Kuek
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 274-282
Higher educational landscape in Malaysia experienced drastic changes as a result of liberalisation measures undertaken by the governments. Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEI) are normally not directly funded by the government. Not surprisingly, PHEI are driven by financial motives to ensure continued business success. Moreover, higher education is a highly contested field. In recent years, stakeholders such as parents, businesses, government regulators and accreditation bodies are beginning to exert influence on PHEI in areas like programme development and delivery. It has always been the aim of PHEI to satisfy powerful stakeholders. However, this is not an easy task as their expectations can be contradictory. This development has created strategy tensions for PHEI to juggle. This paper argues that higher education issues have to be treated as paradoxes where there is no real solution. It goes on to argue that higher education paradoxes are the manifestation of stakeholder influence. The paper first highlights the interplay of stakeholders? expectations which has been a catalyst for the creation of paradoxes followed by the discussion of the six paradoxes.

Perceptions of the First Dental Graduates from Usim on Their Competence

Author(s):Normaliza Ab. Malik -- A Hamid Mohamad -- Grant Clement Townsend -- Saari Mohamad Yatim -- Siti Nur Rasyidah Md Ramli 
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 283-293
The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program has run for over 40 years and the approaches to learning and teaching vary. However, recently it was decided that all BDS programs in Malaysia had to fulfil a set of minimum competency requirements based on three main domains; knowledge, skills and attitudes. The Faculty of Dentistry, USIM has taken an innovative approach to evaluate the perception of its new dental graduates on all of these domains. This study was conducted on the first cohort of graduating students from USIM. The objectives of this study were to evaluate self-rated competencies upon graduation and to determine the baseline competencies of these graduates. It is self-rated and based on the 8 domains listed by the Ministry of Higher Education. The objectives relating to the minimum competencies were sent to all 29 graduates before they had commenced to work in the field.  Twenty five out of 29 responded to the questionnaire. The survey used a Likert scale (1=very poor, 2=poor, 3=average, 4=good, 5=very good and 9=cannot judge).  It was found that the percentage of rankings for good to very good categories combined in each domain were; D1-96%, D2-79%, D3-76%, D4-82%, D5-85%, D6-50%, D7-68% and D8-32%. In conclusion, the domains of knowledge (D1), values, ethics, morality and professionalism (D4) and communication skills and interpersonal relationship (D5) showed higher percentages compared with the other domains. In contrast, the D8 domain which focuses on managerial and entrepreneurial skills showed the lowest percentage. This reflects the reduced emphasis on this domain in the USIM program. The findings provide valuable insights for reviewing and further improvement of the existing curriculum.

Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) Educational Module for Engineering Postgraduate Students

Author(s):Nurul Asyikin -- Norashidah Md. Din -- Fairuz Abdullahli
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 294-300
The most effective solution to cope with the ever increasing bandwidth demands is by using Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON). Thus, there are needs in introducing an EPON subject for Engineering Postgraduate students. However, since networking is a subject that is not easy to visualize, the lack of means to illustrate or convey the EPON network causes an apparent lack of interest amongst engineering students towards the discipline. In order to overcome these problems, a need to develop an educational module for the EPON system is seen. In this paper, an EPON testbed is proposed together with a friendly graphical user interface (GUI) as a tool for the postgraduate engineering subject to better understand the protocol and the bandwidth allocation studies of EPON.  The details of the testbed and the preparation stages to make it an educational module are also demonstrated together with results to assist engineering postgraduate students to better understand the subject matters.

Ways of Improving Students Performances in Assessments from Instructors and Students Perspectives

Author(s):Ewe Lay Sheng -- Faridah Basaruddin
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 301-306
A survey on the opinions and preferences of university students regarding  ways of  improving their performances in the enrolled courses. A total of 400 students  from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) participated in the survey. They are either foundation or first year engineering students. Their responses were summarized and analyzed. The findings show that  there  are similar  responses from the students  and a majority  believe that the grades obtained at the end of the semester are appropriate and consistent with their efforts. However, there were several participants who believe that  study environments and surrounding influences  affect  their performances.  The findings of this research offer suggestions for  both students and instructors  on  ways of improving their performances in learning and teaching respectively.

Optisystem: An Alternative to Optoelectronics and Fiber Optics Teaching E-Laboratory

Author(s):Nor Iza binti Mohd Rawi -- Md Zaini Jamaludin -- Fairuz Abdullah
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 307-313
This paper introduces the OptiSystem software as an alternative to support the Optoelectronics and Fiber Optics laboratory in Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). In recent years, communication engineering has been focusing on wireless technology and optical communication to achieve seamless and high-speed connectivity. Hence, this paper presents the advantages and effects of implementing e-learning in this elective subject to complement the learning process in order to produce a high quality telecommunication engineer in the field of Optical Communication.   

Religious and Spiritual Coping Used by Student in Dealing With Stress and Anxiety

Author(s):Husni Mohd Radzi -- Lilie Zahara Ramly -- Farhaniza Ghazali -- Sapora Sipon -- Khatijah Othman
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 314-319
World Health Organization (WHO) has described the meaning of total well-being as balanced and functioning of human faculty encompassing physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. Student sometime forget this important fact, thus they neglect some of the important elements of wellbeing. Most students can handle the transition to college easily using various coping mechanisms. There are many productive ways that have been suggested as coping strategies for students. This paper seeks to review how spiritual and religious coping strategies are used by Muslim ?Tahfiz? students in dealing with their academic and personal issues. The research used DASS and MRPI questionnaire to measure stress and anxiety level as well as religious and spiritual coping strategies. The results indicated that the student shows mild to low stress and anxiety level with high religious personality.

Learning Basic Mechatronics through Helicopter Workshop

Author(s):Adzly Anuar - Maryam Huda Ahmad Phesal -- Azrul Abidin Zakaria -- Goh Chin Hock -- Sivadass Thiruchelvam -- Dickson Neoh Tze How -- Muhammad Fahmi Abdul Ghani -- Khairul Salleh Mohamed Sahari
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 320-325
In recent years, technologies related to mechatronics and robotics is available even to elementary level students. It is now common to see schools in Malaysia using Lego Mindstorm as a tool for active learning on mechatronics and robotics. A new yet interesting way of learning mechatronics and robotics is introduced by Dr. Dan Barry, a former astronaut and his son Andrew Barry during their visit to Malaysia. The kits used are based on a 4-channel RC helicopter, Arduino Uno microcontroller, IR transmitter and a PC or laptop. This paper discusses the techniques used and the feedback gathered from the participants of the workshop.

Impact and Capability of Facebook as a Teaching Aid in Social Science Subject at UNITEN

Author(s):Noor Azam bin Abdul Rahman -- Noraziah binti Mohd Amin
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 326-333
The use of Facebook, which is a popular communication device among students, is perceived to have the ability of bridging the gap between students and their lecturers, which this in turn gives rise to some positive effect on the teaching and learning process. With the availability of various electronic devices that can connect to the internet, communication between students and their lecturers is just a finger click away. The present study focuses on the use of Facebook as a teaching tool in a Higher Education Institution, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN). Facebook as a social networking site provides the opportunity to users to interact with each other on the internet. With respect to what this study intends to discover, its objectives are (i) to assess the capability of Facebook as a teaching aid for Malaysian Studies Subject at UNITEN, (ii) to identify students? perceptions towards Facebook as a student-lecturer communication medium, and (iii) to investigate the impact of Facebook usage on students? performance in Social Science subject. A total of 300 questionnaires were distributed to students from two colleges in UNITEN, Putrajaya Campus, which this involved 210 participants from the College of Engineering, and 90 participants from the College of Information Technology. The results showed that most of the students agreed that Facebook was able to produce a positive effect on teaching and learning of a Social Science subject, Malaysian Studies.

Reception of Personal Values Among Muslim Undergraduates in UNITEN

Author(s):Abdul Aziz Mat Isa -- Adnan Yusoff
Journal: International Journal of Asian Social Science
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| Pages: 334-342
The balanced development of the overall personality of human beings can be reached through the process of education. As a whole, higher education institutions must hold the important role of establishing not just an academic priorities nevertheless building a values and a new culture in the society. The aim of this paper is to study the nature of the undergraduate students on their reception towards values. More specifically, this paper carries out a survey on Muslim students’ reception of the personal values in their daily life. The study was conducted on the basis of a statistical sampling survey amongst the undergraduate Muslim students in UNITEN.
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