JOHOR BAHARU, March 20 (Bernama) -- The Higher Education Ministry channeled RM7.2 million to eight universities to make a success of its Sports Excellence Programme which began this year, said its minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
He said the eight universities received the funding under the first phase of the programme and that each received RM900,000 for the purpose.
The universities are Universiti Malaya (netball); Universiti Sains Malaysia (swimming); Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (cricket); Universiti Putra Malaysia (rugby); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (rowing); Universiti Teknologi Mara (football); Universiti Utara Malaysia (golf); and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (taekwondo).
He told this to reporters after announcing that Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) had been selected to be the sports excellence centre for silat sports, here on Saturday.
The programme aims to produce a generation of "Thinking Athletes" and to realise to government's goal of having 30 per cent of national athletes coming from universities by the year 2015.