Abstract—The role of the university has become increasingly important in meeting individuals’ needs and determining the wealth of a country. However, there were some fervent debates in western countries on the role of the university. This paper aims to discuss the different perceptions of university students in Malaysia on the roles played by the university. Qualitative and quantitative methods are employed in the collection of data. Sets of questionnaires are distributed to undergraduates from different universities in Malaysia. The findings have shown that most of the current undergraduates in Malaysian universities tend to have positive perspective on the roles of the university. The major role of the university in the perception of the undergraduate is to keep themselves abreast of latest development in information and knowledge. Besides, the role of the university is perceived a spreparing students for their future careers and promoting a dignified and civilized society. This study has also discovered some students’ aspirations about the role of higher education. Those aspirations will be argued against the backdrop of the Malaysian context.
Index Terms—component; Role of the universities, students’ perception on the role of universi, universities in Malaysia.
Jin Kuan Kok and Phaik Kin Cheah, University Tunku Abdul Rahman Kampar, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,my, email@example.com)
Cite: Jin Kuan Kok and Phaik Kin Cheah, "The Role of the University in Fulfilling Individual Needs and Promoting a Better Society: A Malaysian Students’ Perception," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 7-12, 2011.