Eight more learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions awarded self-ac­cred­i­ta­tion sta­tus

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By SAND­HYA MENON ed­u­cate@thes­tar.com.my

PUTRAJAYA: An­other eight higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions have been awarded self-ac­cred­i­ta­tion sta­tus.

Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara, Univer­siti Te­knologi Petronas, In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Univer­sity, Univer­siti Utara Malaysia, In­ter­na­tional Is­lamic Univer­sity Malaysia, Univer­siti Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man, Univer­siti Te­naga Na­sional and Mul­ti­me­dia Univer­sity joined nine that were awarded ear­lier.

Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Ju­soh said self-ac­cred­i­ta­tion sta­tus en­ti­tled the re­spec­tive univer­sity’s se­nate to ac­credit its pro­grammes based on the stan­dards set by the Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency (MQA).

“This au­ton­omy is granted to uni­ver­si­ties that have ob­tained the level of qual­ity that can be cer­ti­fied by the MQA,” he said af­ter hand­ing the cer­tifi­cates to the uni­ver­si­ties yes­ter­day.

It was re­ported that MQA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Prof Datuk Dr Ru­jhan Mustafa said self-ac­cred­i­ta­tion was awarded by MQA to uni­ver­si­ties with a solid and sta­ble in­ter­nal qual­ity as­sur­ance sys­tem.

Prof Ru­jhan said the award was based on per­for­mance, which would hope­fully in­ject com­pet­i­tive­ness among the uni­ver­si­ties, in con­tin­u­ing to strive for qual­ity.

On a sep­a­rate mat­ter, Idris said Malaysia should seize the op­por­tu­nity to at­tract more in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to study here given the drop in ap­pli­ca­tions to study in the US.

“This is a good op­por­tu­nity to be­come an ed­u­ca­tion hub in the re­gion,” he added.

Idris said Kuala Lumpur was ranked “the world’s most af­ford­able stu­dent city” in the an­nual QS Best Stu­dent Cities 2017.

QS In­tel­li­gence Unit head of re­search Ben Sowter said the rank­ings recog­nised the im­por­tance of af­ford­abil­ity for most prospec­tive stu­dents and their fam­i­lies.

Of­fi­cial line-up: Idris (sev­enth from left) pos­ing for a group photo with vice-chan­cel­lors from the eight uni­ver­si­ties. With them are, fifth from left on­wards: Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datin Dr Siti Hamisah Tap­sir and sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, MQA chair­man Prof Emer­i­tus Tan Sri Dr Abu Has­san Oth­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Prof Datuk Dr Ru­jhan Mustafa (fifth from right).

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