Thanks to Raja Noor Izzuddin for sharing on the Economic Transformation Programme's details.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thanks to Raja Noor Izzuddin for sharing on this.
If you are interested to learn more about the INSEAD MBA programme, admissions process, career services, and to meet and network with INSEAD MBA representative Alysha Kanasevich, please register below:-
The details of the INSEAD MBA Coffee Chat are as follows:-
Date: Saturday, 20th November 2010
Time: 11.00am to 3.00pm
Venue: Starbucks The Pavilion, Level 3, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
See you there!
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Thanks to Janice Wong from Taylor's for sharing on this.
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Thanks to Sanjeev Kumar for sharing with me on this.
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Thanks to Raja Noor Izzuddin for sharing this text of India's Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh at Khazanah Global Lecture Series 2010.
"I was deeply honoured when my dear friend Prime Minister Najib invited me to deliver the very prestigious Khazanah Global Lecture and to speak to this distinguished gathering on India's development experience. I have very fond memories of previous visits to your beautiful country. And I have been an admirer of the great Malaysian miracle and therefore I am delighted to be here once again.
Malaysia, like India, had a prolonged experience of colonial rule. Today, your country is a vibrant, fast-growing economy and a hub of regional integration. The Straits of Malacca today is the world's busiest shipping corridor. I pay tribute to your leaders who have brought about this transformation since Malaysia's independence.
After gaining independence in 1947, India's principal challenge was to fulfill the aspirations of such a large and diverse society and civilisation that is home to all the great religions of the world, and has been so for many centuries.
Our founding fathers worked to build a strong state and the organs of our fledgling democracy. In the process, we built a diversified industrial base. We developed strong scientific capabilities, including high quality technical manpower.
Over time our growth began to lag behind that of other newly industrializing countries of Asia. Our economy got stifled with bureaucratic control. We also fell behind countries like Malaysia in integrating into the global and regional value chains created by post-War industrialization.
Our own policies began to change, gradually at first in the 1980s and much more decisively in the 1990s. We liberalized the domestic economy and opened up to foreign trade and investment. We recognized the need to encourage market forces. The private sector was increasingly freed to get on with its business.
I nitially, these changes met with resistance. But over time they came to be widely accepted, especially after the economy began growing at over 7% per annum from 1994. There has been no fundamental change in the direction of these policies since then and they enjoy broad domestic support regardless of party affiliation.
The economic reforms of the 1990s unleashed the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of Indian industry. Year after year we have seen first generation entrepreneurs taking risks, creating new business opportunities and getting plugged into this borderless world of the global economy. These new entrepreneurs are truly the children of economic liberalisation of the 1990s and have been an important factor behind India's fast growth in recent times.
India's growth has combined greater openness with an ability to withstand external turbulence. We were not buffeted by the East Asian crisis in 1997 primarily because our capital account was not as open as in many other countries in East Asia and our banking system had very little exposure to short term debt, which was the main source of volatility in 1997.
More recently, India's economic performance has shown further improvement. The gross national product of India grew at over 9.5% per annum for three consecutive years starting in 2005. After the global financial crisis exploded in 2008, our growth rate slowed down but India was even then among the three or four fastest growing nations in the world. We took a number of promotional measures to stimulate the economy and we expect 8.5% growth in the current year.
I wish to reflect on some key features of the new phase in India's economic development.
First, India seeks rapid economic growth that will create wealth for our people and also generate surpluses to fund our ambitious social development programmes, particularly in the areas of health, education and environment protection.
Second, we seek growth that creates employment and development that is socially and regionally balanced and inclusive.
Third, we seek to build a modern, knowledge and science-based economy to complement our agricultural and industrial base.
Fourth, we want our development to be sustainable so that the wealth of our natural resources is conserved for future generations as a matter of trust. Fifth, we seek a cooperative relationship with our neighbours and other partners so that we can prosper and benefit from one another's development.
Finally, India seeks to realize its development ambitions within the framework of a plural and secular democracy, where each citizen should have equal opportunity for economic, social and cultural advancement.
India's biggest asset is its people. At a time when the industrialised world is aging rapidly, India has the advantage of a young population. The dependency burden in India is expected to keep falling for at least another 20 years. It is expected that, in 2020, the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan.
But, a young population is an asset only if it is educated, skilled and finds productive employment. If this were to happen, our objective of realizing India`s potential to grow at 10% or more per annum for a substantial period of time can indeed become a reality. Rapid economic development requires high rates of savings and investment. For a long time it used to be the common wisdom that only an East Asian country could save and invest more than 30% of its national income. If that be true then, geography notwithstanding, India is today an East Asian country! India now saves and invests well over 30% of its GDP. In addition, our financial system – including the banking sector and the capital markets – is strong. This has helped support a boom in domestic investment. Domestic investment is complemented by strong Foreign Direct Investment flows which we greatly welcome.
Over the past few years we have initiated a number of far-reaching programmes that have the potential to change the face of rural India and to make our growth truly more inclusive. These cover rural health, employment guarantee, urban reforms and build up of rural infrastructure and focus on people's participation and empowerment and the quality of public services.
Inadequate infrastructure is a major constraint on our performance and we are determined to overcome it. In the eleventh Five Year Plan that ends in next year, we had targeted investment in infrastructure at 500 billion US dollars. We hope to step this up to one trillion US dollars in the 12th Five Year Plan. Malaysia has well known strengths in building infrastructure and we welcome greater Malaysian participation in this important sector of our economy.
There are big plans afoot in India to set up special investment funds that can be used to finance long-gestation infrastructure projects. We hope to attract Indian and international funding into these projects.
More than half of our population depends on agriculture for the bulk of their income. We are increasing our investment in agriculture. We hope to use our scientific capabilities to create a new growth momentum in agriculture through a second green revolution. This is vital for our food security and to ensure an inclusive growth process.
The future of the global economy in the 21st century lies in the knowledge economy. We are working to strengthen our competitive advantage in this area. We have increased the expenditure on Science & Technology as a proportion of our GDP. We are investing heavily in both basic and higher education. For the last fifty years, India had seven Indian Institutes of Technology and one Indian Institute of Science. In the last five years we have established eight new IITs and five more Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research. Both higher education and the Information Technology sectors are promising areas for India-Malaysia cooperation.
We would like our development processes to be sustainable. We do not wish to go down the path followed by the highly industrialised countries. We seek a model of sustainable development suited to our own needs, circumstances and genius. This is not an easy task for an emerging economy. We want to strike a careful balance between our needs of today and those of our future generations.
We have formulated an ambitious National Action Plan on Climate Change that is intimately linked to our energy security. We have launched a National Solar Mission that aims to build a capacity of 20,000 MW of solar power by the year 2022. There are national missions on water, green India, energy efficiency and on sustaining the Himalayan ecosystem.
I believe that it is vital for any country to keep its development options open. That is why we worked so hard on a civil nuclear initiative that has opened the doors for India to develop the option of clean nuclear energy as an important plank of our energy security.
Indian thinkers and leaders—names like Rabindranath Tagore and Jawaharalal Nehru easily spring to mind—have always been inspired by a global humanist vision.
As India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru reminded us, the advancement of the nation—important though it is—must be viewed as a step to a better world for all of humanity.
We seek to continue this great tradition by being good global citizens. We seek cooperative frameworks that will enable us to be active members of groupings and communities in our neighborhood and region. We will work closely with countries in the regions around us - South Asia, South-East Asia, West Asia, Central Asia and the Indian Ocean littoral.
Our desire for openness has encouraged us to work with ASEAN towards an India-ASEAN comprehensive cooperation agreement. We have also finalised an India-Malaysia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, which will be signed shortly. Going beyond regional openness, we will work with Malaysia and other likeminded nations to strengthen the global multilateral trading system.
The basic objective of our development processes is to realize the values and ideals on which our Republic was founded. Our development efforts reflect and reinforce our ideals of equality, the right to a life of dignity and well being and brotherhood among all nations of the world.
When I was a student, few ever dreamt that India or China or other Asian nations would catch up with the industrialized world. Today, few doubt that a fundamental change in the global economy is underway. Dynamic emerging countries are growing rapidly despite a period of slow growth in the industrialized world. There is also a discernible shift in economic power towards Asia. India and Malaysia are both playing an important role in this process but more can be done.
I see many possibilities of synergy between India and Malaysia in the years ahead. We can learn lessons from each other's development experience. I am confident that we can greatly accelerate the pace of our bilateral economic engagement to our mutual benefit.
We face similar threats to our prosperity. We have a shared stake in eliminating the threats of extremism and terrorism; in maritime security in our region and the security of the sea-lanes of communication. We can make common cause to promote regional peace, security and stability.
I have spoken today about many things that bring us together and that can continue to keep us together. Indeed, there is no issue that divides us at present.
We seek with Malaysia a relationship of trust, goodwill and mutual interest.
I am convinced that if this and future generations of Indians and Malaysians remain true to the ideals of those who secured our national independence and forged our new nationhood, we will continue to prosper as good neighbours. Together we can and we will contribute to the prosperity of Asia and the world.
I wish the people of Malaysia peace, prosperity and happiness."
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Young Corporate Malaysians 28th CEO Series of Talk
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
To those aspiring to get into top universities in the world, you could check out this talk at Malaysia University of Science & Technology this Saturday, 30th October, 10am to 12:30pm.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Got this Khazanah Global Lecture's information this morning. Thanks to Raja Noor Izzuddin for highlighting it to me earlier too.
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Saturday, October 23, 2010
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Friday, October 22, 2010
Thanks to Muhammad Hafiz for sharing this TEDxYouthKL event.
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Thanks to my loyal blog contributor for sharing this HBS Admissions Director Interview & MBA Admissions Coach. This could be useful to those of you who are MBA aspirants!
In the hierarchy of MBA admissions people, Deirdre "Dee" Leopold sits at the very top. As Harvard Business School's managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid, she sees more applications in a single year than any other MBA admission official in the world. The 910 members of the Class of 2012, chosen from 9,524 applicants, will get their official dean's welcome on Sept. 7th and soon after settle into their first classes in Harvard's two-year MBA program. With the exception of 2004, when 10,382 people applied to the Harvard Business School, it was the highest number of applications Leopold's office ever had to process.
The reason why Kreisberg, the self-proclaimed HBS Guru, has all these files is that he grilled more than 100 applicants to Harvard last year in mock interviews, helping candidates prepare for the real thing with the school's admissions staff. About 70% of those 100+ candidates are in this fall's entering class. Kreisberg claims he interviewed more applicants to Harvard than anyone in the admissions office of the school last year. A spokesman for Harvard disputes the claim. Asked for more comment on Kreisberg, the spokesman says, "I think we'll pass on that one."
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Date : 30.10.2010 时间: 7.30pm地点：日新怀德堂
Remark : 母校校友会邀请咱们各界校友们踊跃出席这盛大的宴会！有意出席者可向洪丽香/王孙文报名。外坡同学也欢迎你们参于。 让我们趁这宴会集一集 ，谈一谈， 千万别错过 :))
Booking can be made via：
Ms Ang Lay Heang
Weely Enterprise （BM）
H/P : 012-4333 788
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The 27th Young Corporate Malaysians CEO Series of Talk on 27th October 2010. Details at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169239116426089
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1. Youth leadership program limited space - complementary.
2. A chance for your staff or children to have an international experience.
18 October 2010
The International Movement For A Just World (JUST) is organizing an Inter-Civilizational Youth Engagement Program 2010 (JUST IYEP4). From 26 - 30 November 2010 at Melaka Malaysia. This year theme is YOUTH: TOWARDS A GLOBAL CULTURE?
The Program will bring together some 50 youths between the ages of 21 and 25 of different nationalities and religions to reflect upon inter-civilizational relations in today's world, based on the growing challenges to culture and cultures in today's societies. The uniqueness of the program will be underlined by the shared spiritual and moral discourse each civilization can bring to the debate. This year, the emphasis will again be upon the young participants themselves and their ideas and visions for the future.
With this objective in mind, we are now starting our process of recruitment of participants. It would be much appreciated if you could nominate 1 or 2 candidates from among your young employees, interns or members to participate in our Program.
Who can apply?
- Young scholars, NGO workers, Peace and Human Rights activists, youth leaders, researchers, who are active in civilizational dialogue, peace studies or interfaith programs. Age 21-25.
- Preference will be shown to applicants who can demonstrate how this Program will directly benefit them, their organization or academic institution in developing dialogue programs at local, regional and/or international level.
- Proficiency in English is required. If you are accepted you will be required to participate fully in the, discussions and role plays in English.
- Please do not apply if you do not have strong English skills.
How to apply
- Send completed application form, resume/CV, essay titled, 'My cultural heritage and me' with a letter of recommendation and passport photo to:
JUST IYEP4 Secretariat
International Movement for a Just World
JKR 1258, Jalan Telok off Jalan Gasing, 46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor D.E., MALAYSIA
Tel: 6 03 7781 2494Fax: 6 03 7781 3245
- This form may be submitted by post, or e-mail
- Applications will be acknowledged on receipt. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of selection soon after the closing date.
- Participants are responsible for arranging and funding their round-trip travel from home country to Malaysia. No request for financial support can be considered. Participants are expected to seek financial support from their own organization and /or other foundations.
There is no Registration Fee; the organizers will cover food, accommodation, transportation during the program and all program materials.
For this purpose we are enclosing the nomination form. We would be grateful if the forms duly filled could be returned to the address below by 26 October 2010.
For more insight into what JUST and the JUST IYEP program are all about please visit www.just-international.org and go to YOUTUBE using keyword 'IYEP2, IYEP4' to see highlights of previous JUST IYEPs.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thanks to Shu Wen for sharing this.
The University of Evansville (Indiana) is again offering its competitive scholarship for students coming through EducationUSA Advising Centers (In Malaysia please contact: MACEE). Advisors may nominate students (one per center) for the $15,000 per academic year scholarship. To receive the scholarship, students must be academically eligible for admission to the University and have the EducationUSA advisor's nomination. Students may begin either in August or January. Conditional acceptances are available for students who do not yet have the necessary English proficiency; they may begin in our Intensive English Center and transition into undergraduate studies when ready. This scholarship is renewable each year for 4 years.
Among Midwest colleges and universities, The University of Evansville ranks #3 as a Great School at a Great Price and #10 overall from the U.S. News & World Report's latest "Best Colleges" issue. This year, University of Evansville was also cited among universities with an outstanding program to study abroad. The School of Business boasts AACSB International accreditation and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, ABET accreditation.
Coordinator of International Admission
University of Evansville
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Thanks to my anonymous loyal blog contributor for sharing this.
Participating Open Source Projects
Watch this space for updates on the organizations that will be participating in the contest this year. We announce the organizations on November 5, 2010.
Google Code-in, Google's contest to introduce pre-university students to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible, is starting on November 22, 2010. We are inviting students worldwide to produce a variety of open source code, documentation, training materials and user experience research for the organizations participating this year. These tasks include:
- Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
- Documentation: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
- Outreach: Tasks related to community management and outreach/marketing
- Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
- Research: Tasks related to studying a problem and recommending solutions
- Training: Tasks related to helping others learn more
- Translation: Tasks related to localization
- User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction
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Thanks to Kea Cheng for sharing this info.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thanks to Steph Lee who shared this link in my Startup Weekend post.
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Monday, October 11, 2010
Thanks to Anand for sharing this article for advice for freshmen.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thanks to Shannon for sharing this news with me.
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Thanks to my loyal anonymous blog contributor for sharing this link to article on applying to US college, a talk by MACEE.
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Saturday, October 02, 2010
Thanks to Harvin Sidhu Brar for sharing this.
"For those of you who are interested to meet U.S. Astronout from NASA you may join this competition - Post on U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur fb (http://www.facebook.com/us
embassymalaysia) wall a brief (60 words) paragraph about "The Benefits of Space Science" Send the same posting with your telephone number and e-mail address to PublicAffairsKL@state.gov. Submit your entry by October 4"
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Thanks to Joyce for sharing this. This would be a good reminder for those of you who are starting out as freshmen, or even those who are currently upperclassmen. Actually for alumni like us, it is a good way to reflect back our life.
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Got this from Caryn
This program will have speakers from the government, private, and education sectors, present their perspectives on the importance of supporting entrepreneurship development and how it will strengthen economic recovery, create opportunities and forge new beginnings.
Emphasizing the importance of being part of a global entrepreneurial community, our featured guest speaker will be Mr. Jose W. Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs visiting from Washington D.C., USA who will present his views on entrepreneurship and innovation, and how Malaysian entrepreneurs can connect globally.
The event details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Time: 3:15 - 4:30pm (Registration Opens at 2:45pm)
Venue: University Tun Abdul Razak Auditorium, Capital Square, Block C & D, No. 8, Jalan Munshi Abdullah
Dress Code: Office Attire / Smart Casual
Venue Map: Please click here to view the map.
Click here to book your seat! Or you can RSVP to us by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 1st, 2010 at:
Tini: email@example.com / 016 211 2681
Mimi: firstname.lastname@example.org / 012 465 8097
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