Looks as if USM isn’t making much headway among the major league universities, if the THES ranking is anything to go by.
Not to be obsessed with those rankings, but I can’t help wondering where the big apex (more popularly known as ah pek) budget is going to and what kind of results it is yielding.
All those courses and workshops in hotels aimed at improving standards don’t seem to be filling up the academic “silos” of USM.
Perhaps USM is hoping that the “incubators” it plans to set up in its property development project in Bukit Jambul might bear some fruit. That’s where it hopes to establish a research park (“sains@usm”) and attract RM20 million in capital investments from local companies. (In 2008, USM bought a 12.4ha plot there for RM59 million from IJM Properties.)
The research park (otherwise known as a “science and arts innovation space”) reportedly will include a boutique hotel, convention and exhibition centre, performing arts centre and arts colony, retail space and apartments…
Don’t hold your breath, though. I am not quite sure how dabbling in property development is going to improve academic standards.