Com­mit­ted to ex­cel

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THE Rat­ing Sys­tem for Malaysian In­sti­tu­tions of Higher Education or SE­TARA is a rat­ing ex­er­cise that mea­sures Malaysian univer­si­ties and univer­sity col­leges for their qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing at level six ( un­der­grad­u­ate level) of the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Frame­work.

The SE­TARA rat­ing is among the mea­sures taken by the Malaysian Education Min­istry to cul­ti­vate a cul­ture of con­tin­u­ous qual­ity en­hance­ment in an ef­fort to com­ple­ment the process of qual­ity as­sur­ance un­der­taken by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency.

The SE­TARA rat­ing sys­tem was in­tro­duced in 2007 with a fo­cus on six dis­tinct do­mains and 89 mea­sur­ing in­di­ca­tors.

In 2009, the sys­tem used 25 cri­te­ria rep­re­sented by 82 in­di­ca­tors, while in 2011 it used 26 cri­te­ria rep­re­sented by 62 in­di­ca­tors.

The eval­u­a­tion cri­te­ria used in SE­TARA are cen­tred on ques­tions that ad­dress the cru­cial com­po­nents of an in­sti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing, namely, its gov­ern­ing body, aca­demic gov­er­nance, man­age­ment and staff, strate­gic plan­ning, aca­demic au­ton­omy, clearly de­fined lines of re­spon­si­bil­ity and de­ci­sion­mak­ing, stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tional cli­mate.

Ac­cord­ing to the vicechan­cel­lor of Univer­siti Utara Malaysia ( UUM), Prof Datuk Seri Dr Mo­hamed Mustafa Ishak ( pic), UUM has shown over­all con­sis­tent im­prove­ment in its per­for­mance in the SE­TARA rat­ing.

“The Tier 2 rat­ing at­tained in 2007 was bet­tered in 2009 with the Tier 4 rat­ing, which sub­se­quently rose to Tier 5 rat­ing in 2011 and 2013,” he points out.

He adds that the pos­i­tive rise in UUM’s per­for­mance in the SE­TARA rat­ings shows that UUM is deeply com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing at the univer­sity.

This, he says, will in­di­rectly aid in driv­ing the trans­for­ma­tion of the univer­sity and the na­tion.

“The univer­sity is highly con­fi­dent that teach­ing and learn­ing pro­cesses of the first or­der can pro­duce com­pet­i­tive grad­u­ates of cal­i­bre to meet the needs of the in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing job mar­ket of to­day,” he adds.

There is no doubt that UUM em­pha­sises qual­ity education and this is ev­i­dent in the ef­forts it takes to en­sure the world- class qual­ity of its teach­ing and learn­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. uum. edu. my or call 04- 928 4000.

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