Statistics on 2008 public university intake

June 19th, 2008 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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Breakdown of critical course intake for local universities 2008/2009.

Field Bumiputra Chinese Indian Total
No. % No. % No. %
Medicine 491 52.80 359 38.60 80 8.60 930
Dentistry 119 58.05 79 38.54 7 3.41 205
Pharmacy 145 50.00 140 48.28 5 1.72 290
Electronic Eng 570 56.32 389 38.44 53 5.24 1012
Chemical Eng 501 61.93 272 33.62 36 4.45 809
Law 203 58.67 116 33.52 27 7.80 346
Accountancy 386 39.59 543 55.69 46 4.72 975
Total 2415 52.88 1898 41.56 254 5.56 4567

some of the data taken from The Star  (hard copy)

My analysis:

– For critical courses, Indian students make up 5.56% of the overall intake, which is 254 students out of 4567.

– Overall Indian intake is 6.84%. Meaning out of 40,184 students,  about 2749 students are Indians.

– Total Indian students who are offered non-critical courses is 2749-254 =  2495 (90.76% of total students)

– Overall Bumiputra intake is 62.19%, which is 24,990 out of 40,184 successful students.

– Total Bumiputra students offered non-critical courses is 24,990 – 2415 =  22,575 (90.33% of total students)

– Overall Chinese intake is 30.97%, which is 12,445 out of 40,184 successful students.

– Total Chinese students offered non-critical courses is 12,445 – 1898 = 10,547 (84.75% of total students)

– Total admission is 40,184. Total applications is 67,143. 59.85% of applicants successfully got a place in public university.

– At a glance, the biggest winners are the Chinese students, since their intake is quite above their population.

– This implies that meritocracy is implemented, though I’m not sure if really 62.19% of bumiputras got in via meritocracy or not. Data on breakdown of students from matriculation/STPM is not provided.

– Indians need to increase percentage by about 1% to represent current population (7.8%). Increase of more than that means Indian students are performing well.

Some facts from the article:

1. 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.

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

3. 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.

4. 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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