Byline: James Campbell
THE recent release of the New Economic Model (NEM) has caused considerable debate in Malaysia and abroad.
Recently we hear that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on his trip to Washington DC, the United States has been asked about NEM by President Barack Obama.
The importance of NEM has not been lost on economists, politicians and the public.
One area of particular interest which has received less attention is how NEM relates to and meshes with reforms in higher education and specifically with the Accelerated Programme for Excellence (APEX) which is being developed at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
The synergies between NEM and APEX are a welcome development since they point to the central significance that APEX plays in preparing …