Varsities improve on rankings
By CHOI TUCK WO
By CHOI TUCK WO
LONDON: Four out of five Malaysian universities have improved on their overall rankings despite not making it to the top 200 global league table this year.
While Universiti Malaya (UM) remained the highest-ranked local institution when it rose from 246 last year to 230, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) surged ahead from 309 to 250.
Both Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia also performed better this year, with rankings of 320 (from 364) and 356 (from 415) respectively.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), however, dropped to 313 from 307 last year in the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2008 (http://www.topuniversities.com) which was released here.
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SE Public Lecture
Decisions, Probability and Beliefs: beware Mickey Mouse probability
Date: Monday 13 October 2008
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Nicholas Nassim Taleb
Standard social science approaches to probability are either 1) at best severely incomplete (enough to be unusable), 2) inadequate, or 3) not even wrong. The presentation shows the problems of probability and the various distortions we encounter in real life.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb is author of The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness. He is a former mathematical trader and is Distinguished professor of risk engineering, NYU polytechnic institute.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. This event will also be webcast live at LSE Live.
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