MORE private colleges have been rated highly in the 2013 Malaysia Quality Evaluation System (MyQuest) ratings.
Carried out every two years since 2011, MyQuest rates private colleges from one (poor) to six stars (excellent).
This year, a total of 211 colleges were rated in three broad categories; College-Based, Cluster-Based, and International Students Readiness.
Institutions take part in the ratings voluntarily, and around 74% of existing colleges sent in their applications this time around.
However, only colleges which have at least one cohort of graduates and have supplied all the required data to the Education Ministry were rated.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap said institutions that scored at least four stars in the College-Based and International Student Readiness categories increased by 11.2% and 12.6% respectively compared to the 2011 ratings.
“In general, there has been an improvement in quality in Cluster-Based ratings as well, except for the Arts and the Humanities.
“This shows that private colleges are able to improve their achievement if they are motivated to see success.
“I hope that this culture (of improvement) will continue,” she said when launching the ratings on Tuesday.
She added that 81% of colleges with student enrolments of 2,000 and above scored four stars and above, compared to 77% of medium-sized colleges catering to 601 to 1,999 students.
“Only 39% of small colleges with less than 600 students managed to obtain four stars or more.
“The ministry will use the information from the MyQuest ratings to plan more efficient and effective ways of monitoring and managing colleges,” she said.
Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas and Taylor’s College Subang Jaya were the only institutions to receive an overall six star rating in the College-Based category.
Both the colleges also scored six stars for their general programmes, as well as in the International Student Readiness category.
Other institutions which received a six star rating in the International Student Readiness category were Institut Teknologi Pertama; FTMS College; Global Masterskill College, Ipoh; Melaka-Manipal Medical College; Presiden College; and SEGi College Subang Jaya.
Meanwhile, Inti International College Subang Jaya, FTMS College and Stamford College also scored six stars for their general programmes.
SEGi College Kuala Lumpur was the only six-star scorer in the Arts and Humanities as well as the Social Sciences, Business and Law subcategories.
The college, alongside Saito College and Stamford College also scored six stars for its Science, Mathematics and Computing programmes.
The full list of ratings can be found at http://jpt.moe.gov.my.