15 Mei, 2009

UI, UGM, ITB remain Indonesia’s best performers

Jakarta’s University of Indonesia (UI), Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) have maintained their standard to be awarded a place on Asia’s top 100 higher education institutions list.

The Times Higher Education’s first-ever Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asian University Rankings, released Tuesday, placed UI at 50th place, UGM at 63rd and ITB at 80th.

Hong Kong, Japanese and South Korean universities dominated the QS’ premier regional rankings, with the National University of Singapore the only Southeast Asian university to break into the top 10.

Other Southeast Asian universities included in the big 50 list are Nanyang Technological University at 14th place, Thailand’s Mahidol University at 30th place, Chulalongkorn University at 35th place and Malaysia’s University Malaya at 39th place.

UI has retained its position as Indonesia’s best performer, having ranked 287th on the THE-QS 2008 World University Rankings. This year however, UGM and ITB swapped positions.

“Indonesian universities have performed well, with high peer and recruiter review scores. These results make study in Indonesia an attractive option for international students studying abroad,” QS managing director Nunzio Quacquarelli said in a statement.

Director General for Higher Education Fasli Jalal said considering Asia is home to more than 4000 universities and other higher education institutions, the rankings achieved by Indonesia’s top three universities were very commendable.

UI rector Gumilar Rusmiwa Sumantri said earlier that UI’s constant improvement was due to internal reforms such as efficient financial management, greater efforts to produce international journals and promoting the university as a destination for study to international students.

Similar measures have likewise been adopted by the ITB, whose rector Djoko Santoso said it had been enjoying an increasing number of foreign students in the past few years.

UI ranks best among Indonesian universities in Social Sciences, sitting on 18th place, while UGM is listed as 14th for Art and Humanities. UGM also performed well in Life Sciences and Medicine, securing 16th place.

ITB is Indonesia’s best performer in Engineering and Information Technology, ranking 21st while taking out 27th place for Natural Science.

The complete rankings can be viewed at www.topuniversities.com.

It measures academic peer review, recruiter review, student to faculty ratio, papers per faculty, citations per paper, international faculty review, international students review and student exchanges inbound and outbound.

RI’s top universities

No. Name Ranking
1. University of Indonesia 50
2. Gadjah Mada University 63
3. Bandung Institute of Technology 80
4. Bogor Institute of Agriculture 119
5. Airlangga University 130
6. Diponegoro University 171
7. Sebelas Maret University 171
8. Brawijaya University 191

Source: Times Higher Education - QS World University.

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14 Februari, 2009

I'm selling Titanic relics to pay for my nursing care

AGED just nine weeks Millvina Dean lost her dad after they were separated during the sinking of the Titanic.

Now 97, the only living survivor of the disaster is hoping her connection to the legendary liner will come to her rescue.
You would think she had seen enough tragedy for a lifetime. Yet she is in danger of losing the cosy room where she hoped to spend her twilight years.
Determined to remain, devastated Millvina is auctioning the last of her Titanic memorabilia to pay monthly bills of up to £3,000.

The Woodlands Ridge Nursing Home where she lives is on the outskirts of Southampton, from where Millvina set sail aboard the Titanic on April 10, 1912.
When the “unsinkable” vessel struck an iceberg four nights later she was wrapped in a mail sack and loaded on to lifeboat number 13 with her mother, Georgetta.
Moments later the passenger liner slipped under the freezing waters of the Atlantic.
A post bag — the one Millvina thinks kept her warm — is among 17 items she is selling through Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wilts, in April.
They are expected to raise several thousand pounds, possibly running into five figures.

Millvina says: “It was a very cold night when the Titanic sank and I suppose in the rush I was bundled into whatever was most handy.

“That happened to be a mail sack. And it did a fine job of keeping me warm and dry. For years my mother held on to such a canvas bag and it could be the one I was put in when the Titanic went down
“I’m also selling a one-off Waterford Crystal Titanic model presented to me when I visited the factory in the late Nineties.

“The Titanic’s builders, Harland & Wolff in Belfast, gave me a large picture of the ship with my name on a plaque below it in April 1996. That’s going too.
“I don’t want to part with my possessions, but given the circumstances, I have no choice.”
Although wheelchair bound, Millvina remains outspoken and spirited — perhaps aided by the shot of Tia Maria liqueur she enjoys in her coffee every morning.

She was eight when her mum first told her about the luxurious ocean liner which hit an iceberg at 11.40pm on Sunday, April 14, 1912. Only 705 of the 2,228 passengers and crew survived.


Before then Georgetta was too traumatised to speak of the events and couldn’t bring herself to mention her darling husband Bertram, 27, whom she lost in the tragedy.
Millvina says: “After later returning to England from the States my mother fell in love with a local vet called Leonard Burden. She married him in 1920.

“She felt I should know he was my step-dad and told me about what happened to the Titanic.”

Millvina’s mum died in 1975 aged 95. By then she had shared all the tragic details of the fateful night in 1912 with her daughter.
Millvina says: “My father got a letter from cousins in Kansas telling him to come to the United States for a better life.

“He sold the pub he owned in London, made a down-payment on a tobacconist’s in Wichita, Kansas, and bought third-class tickets to the New World.
“The night of the sinking my parents were in bed when they heard a crash. Dad rushed up to the deck and came downstairs yelling at Mum to get the children.
“My brother, Vere, was almost two and with the help of a sailor we struggled into the open air.

“There was room in a lifeboat for my mother and I but Dad wouldn’t board because of the ‘women and children first’ policy.
“My parents embraced and Dad said he would see us later. Mum never saw him again.”


Four hours after receiving the Titanic’s distress calls the Cunard liner Carpathia picked up the lifeboat containing Millvina and her mum.
They had been separated from Vere, so Georgetta was overjoyed to find him already aboard the rescue ship. From there the liner sailed to New York.
Millvina says: “Mum left England with her husband hoping for a new life.

“The situation she faced in New York couldn’t have been more different. We had no father, no money and no clothes.
“The Americans were extremely kind and provided clothing and food but Mum just wanted to get back to England to her family. The dream was well and truly over.
“We spent three weeks in St Luke’s hospital while Mum recuperated.
“We were given tickets back to England aboard the Adriatic, where I became a bit of a celebrity.

“I have a photo of my mother and I on the journey home. It’s something I’d never sell.”
Back in England Millvina was raised on her grandfather George Light’s farm in Bartley, in Hampshire’s New Forest.
She recalls a glorious, outdoors childhood spent looking after animals and making hay bales.

Millvina, who never married, went on to live an unremarkable adult life, working in the Ordnance Survey office and for an engineering firm.
Then, in 1985, Robert Ballard — from Wichita, where Millvina was to have started her new life — discovered the wreck of the Titanic two miles under the Atlantic and Millvina developed a fascination with the ship.

She says: “I got invited to conventions all over the world and travelled to the States, Canada, Germany, France and many other countries.
“Everyone made such a fuss because I was the Titanic’s youngest passenger. That’s how I ended up with so many mementoes. I had emotional meetings with other survivors too. But now I’m the only one left.”

Slipping three heaped sugars into a half cup of tea, Millvina struggles to explain the huge interest still surrounding the ill-fated ship.
“I suppose it’s because it was said to be unsinkable. It was also the most luxurious liner ever.

“Multi-millionaires went to their graves alongside steerage passengers such as my father.
“Naturally I wouldn’t choose to be linked with the Titanic. I would have dearly loved to know my dad, who was such a handsome man.”
Ironically, her connection with the Titanic now provides her only hope of further professional care.

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