THE Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) have signed a Memorandum of Arrangement for cooperation in the field of quality assurance.
The two agencies are responsible for quality assurance in higher and vocational education and training in their respective countries.
Under the terms of the arrangement, the agencies will cooperate in areas such as information exchange, staff development, exchange of experts and joint research.
It was signed by MQA chief executive Prof Datuk Dr Rujhan Mustafa and QQI chief executive Dr Padraig Walsh together with Dr Hazman Shah Abdullah and Dr Bryan Maguire, the heads of quality assurance in the two agencies.
Higher Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Asma Ismail and Embassy of Ireland to Malaysia Charge d’Affaires Kerry O’Sullivan witnessed the signing.
“Today’s signing is the latest stage in the longstanding and close relationship between the educational authorities in our two countries.
“It reflects a high level of mutual confidence and a shared commitment to quality learning experiences for our students,” said Dr Maguire.
“We hope that MQA and QQI can undertake a comparability exercise on quality assurance and qualifications systems of both countries to help ease the recognition of qualifications offered in Malaysia and Ireland as well as increase the mobility of students between both countries,” said Prof Rujhan.
The signing took place during the First European Union Support to Higher Education in the Asean Region (SHARE) Workshop.
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