New column: Greetings from corporate academia

My new column in the Malay Mail online, published on 4th June 2015:

Private higher education in Malaysia has evolved into a new kind of species. Like a forest-dwelling creature adapting to its new habitat in denuded wastelands, private higher education has learned to transform its identity, priorities, and raison d’être in the surreal world of commercial academia. It might look like a mutant produced via the unholy union of commerce and education, but for many in Malaysia, it looks quite attractive. After all, a demand is met through supply (however overstretched, under-qualified, and overworked the latter is).

Read the rest here.