Qual­ity ref­er­ence point

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FOL­LOW­ING the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Act 2007, the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency ( MQA) was es­tab­lished through a merger be­tween the Na­tional Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Board ( pre­vi­ously known by its Ba­hasa Malaysia acro­nym LAN) and the Qual­ity As­sur­ance Divi­sion of the Higher Education Min­istry.

Ac­cord­ing to MQA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Prof Dr Ru­jhan Mustafa, the agency suc­ceeds LAN and rep­re­sents the next phase in the evo­lu­tion of qual­ity as­sur­ance of Malaysian higher education, in tan­dem with do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ments.

He ex­plained that the MQA’s core busi­ness and dreams of push­ing the bound­aries of qual­ity en­hance­ment and to make Malaysia’s higher education com­pa­ra­ble with the best in the world re­mains the same as LAN but its func­tions have ex­panded.

Launched in 2007 by then Higher Education Min­is­ter Datuk Mustapa Mo­hamed, the func­tions of the agency in­clude:

Im­ple­ment­ing the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Frame­work ( MQF) as a ref­er­ence point for Malaysian qual­i­fi­ca­tions – the MQF is an in­stru­ment that de­vel­ops and clas­si­fies qual­i­fi­ca­tions based on a set of cri­te­ria that are ap­proved na­tion­ally and bench­marked against in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices

De­vel­op­ing stan­dards and cred­its as well as rel­e­vant in­stru­ments to be used as na­tional ref­er­ences for the con­fer­ment of awards with the co­op­er­a­tion of stake­hold­ers

As­sur­ing qual­ity in higher education in­sti­tu­tions and pro­grammes

Ac­cred­it­ing cour­ses that ful­fil the set cri­te­ria and stan­dards

Fa­cil­i­tat­ing the recog­ni­tion and ar­tic­u­la­tion of qual­i­fi­ca­tions Main­tain­ing the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Reg­is­ter – a na­tional reg­is­ter con­tain­ing pro­grammes, qual­i­fi­ca­tions and higher education providers ac­cred­ited un­der the Act

In­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion

The MQA is recog­nised by the IREG Ob­ser­va­tory on Aca­demic Rank­ing and Ex­cel­lence, which is an in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tional non- profit as­so­ci­a­tion of rank­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, univer­si­ties and other bod­ies in­ter­ested in univer­sity rank­ings and aca­demic ex­cel­lence.

MQA’s SE­TARA Rat­ing Sys­tem for Malaysian Higher Education In­sti­tu­tions is listed in the IREG In­ven­tory of Na­tional Rank­ings – a list that iden­ti­fies and maps na­tional rank­ings of higher education in­sti­tu­tions across the world.

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