Monday, May 17, 2010

Tertiary Institutions Not Merely To Produce Career Grads

PENANG, MAY 17 (Bernama)

The teaching and learning process at tertiary institutions is not merely to produce career graduates but also a generation that is prepared to face the real challenges of living, Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said Monday.

He said the institutions of higher learning should help their students deal with the challenges so that they were not influenced by negative elements.

"We have many universities. Many graduates are produced annually but there are still many social problems. This means that there are weaknesses that must be overcome and plugged," he told reporters after opening the "Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010 : Teach Students On The Meaning Of Life" conference here.

The three-day conference jointly organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Wawasan Open University (WOU) and Open University Malaysia was attended by 480 participants from 48 countries including Malaysia, China, New Zealand, Belgium and Sweden.

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