Saturday, April 24, 2010

Government or Private Universities?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Government or private? Many SPM leavers find themselves in this uncompromising situation. Actually, this is not a problem in Malaysia only. It happens all round the world. School graduates don’t know whether to go to a government university, or a private one, to further their education.

Well, I don’t understand what the fuss’s all about. Depending on the situation you are in, where many factors come into play such as admission costs among others, either one would make a good choice.

Firstly, it matters not the amount you pay to get enrolled into a university – what matters is your desire and willpower to go home with that much more knowledge. Therefore, what’s the point paying hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of Ringgit, to get into a private university when at the end of the day, all you do is monkey around and come graduation day, you are missing in action.

In that case, it would be better to become an accomplished engineer by going to a government university since you don’t have to burn so much money off your parent’s income. The environment, which is usually stifled by hardship, will make you want to work that extra bit harder to achieve your dreams.

Moreover, degrees obtained from government universities mean every much and value every bit as those obtained from private universities. In terms of professors and teaching staff though, government universities used to have a better share of these experienced heads, but the tables have been turning no thanks to the allure of money.

Prominent government universities in this country, such as Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia have produced a generation of Malaysians that are not only intellectual, but also a source of pride of the nation. They are the movers of our country now.

Likewise, numerous private universities such as HELP University College, SEGI University College, Monash University and University of Nottingham have had a good track record and have produced great thinkers of our times too.

However, private universities become the only option in certain circumstances such as when a certain course isn't available in a government university. Take my case as an example. I am very interested in Motorsport Technology, but this course is only offered in The Otomotif College, so no chance of me going to a government university there.

Well, the debate as to which university is better goes on and on, with no definitive answer to the question. All that I have to say is that though there are some striking differences between government and private universities, the end-products are pretty much the same - we all want to get those degrees!

Since I cannot come up with one definite answer, do you have any idea as to which is better: government or private? Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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