University (IPTA) Admission for 2008/9

University admission for this year is out!!! 67,143 students applied for a place in university but only 40,184 successfully obtained a place. Out of the students who obtained a place, 1,963 scored a CGPA 4.00. Therefore, co-curricular activities play a very important role in deciding whether they obtained their first choice or not... Did you guys get an offer to study in university/IPTA?

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Co-curricular activities count
By SIMRIT KAUR
Source: TheStar Online, 19/06/2008

PUTRAJAYA: Not everyone who scored a 4.0 CGPA in the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) or equivalent got his/her first choice when applying for a place in degree programmes in public universities.

“This is because we didn’t only look at their academic results but also their co-curricular activities,” said Higher Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi.

The meritocracy policy for intake into public universities was introduced in the 2002/2003 academic year. From 2006/2007, applicants were assessed based on academic achievement (90%) and co-curriculum involvement (10%).

Prof Radin revealed that 1,963 candidates who applied for places had a CGPA of 4.0.

Announcing the results for the 2008/2009 intake into public universities yesterday, Prof Radin Umar said that 40,184 STPM and equivalent candidates, out of the 67,143 who applied, were offered places in the 20 public universities.

The breakdown of successful candidates was 62.19% bumiputra, 30.97% Chinese and 6.84% Indian.

Successful female applicants made up 64.5% of the total number, in line with the past few years’ trend.

“Female students tend to be more serious in their studies. Male students need to work harder. However, we will not give males any special consideration as the selection process is based on meritocracy,” Prof Radin said.

He added that there had been a slight drop in the number of places available for new students at the four research universities.

“This is because of the policy to accept more postgraduates there,” he said.

The four research universities are Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

A special helpdesk has been set up at the Higher Education Ministry until June 27. Students who have queries can call 03-8883 5848 or 03-8883 5858, or appeal online at www.mohe.gov. my. The closing date for appeals is June 28.

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