Human geography in higher education in Malaysia

Issues and challenges

Amiah @ Amriah Buang

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Abstract

This paper reviews the state of higher education human geography in contemporary Malaysia in relation to four main challenges: defending the unity of identity of higher education geography as a coherent and distinct discipline; ensuring the institutional survival of geography in higher education; enhancing the visibility of geographers as public intellectuals; and fostering the internationalization of human geography in Malaysia. It also suggests possible measures in responding to these. Moreover, while sharing the problems of developing higher education human geography experienced in other countries, Malaysia suffers most from national education policies that place lesser importance on the teaching of geography in schools, that stipulate a non-English (Malay) medium of instruction, and that have been late in espousing an outward looking research university concept. In summing up the prevailing conditions as depicting a mixed bag of benign contentment, hard-nosed pragmatism and continuing frustrations, it is uncertain whether recent policy changes to advance research environments in public universities can appreciably alleviate the fourfold challenges mentioned above.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-167
Number of pages13
JournalSingapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

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Keywords

  • Disciplinary identity
  • Human geography
  • Internationalization
  • Public intellectuals
  • School geography
  • University geography

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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Human geography in higher education in Malaysia : Issues and challenges. / Buang, Amiah @ Amriah.

In: Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol. 32, No. 2, 07.2011, p. 155-167.

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