PRIVATE institutions of higher education (IPTS) can now submit all their applications online to the Higher Education Ministry.
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said this meant that every application will be paperless and in line with the fourth industrial revolution.
“It will ensure that enforcement and coordination work are all done properly,” he said after launching the E-IPTS system on Tuesday.
The “digitisation” of the applications will also streamline the entire process and allow IPTS to track the status of their applications, said Idris.
“Last year, we received 15,000 applications from the 497 IPTS throughout the country,” he added.
“IPTS can also access the system anytime,” he said, adding that it was first used in March by 22 institutions that were testing the system. Known as E-IPTS, it is a comprehensive online system for all processes and applications to the ministry, added Idris.
“This will help us (ministry) improve our delivery system, improve the quality of our services, and ensure we meet our client charter,” he said.
He acknowledged that its services before were “not very good”, but promised that services to the IPTS will improve with the new system.
Idris said that the system will be linked to Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) to make it easier to approve foreign students for local courses.
There are seven modules or applications that can be done through the system - IPTS establishment, IPTS registration, chief executive application, study course application, student application, teaching staff application and inspectorate application.
During the launch, Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (Mapcu) said the system provides a tracking mechanism that will make it easier for the IPTS to monitor their applications without having to bother ministry officers.
“We will know the exact status of our application ... this is more transparent,” he added.
HELP University vice-chancellor and president Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan said that the system could also help prevent the use of fake certificates from dubious institutions.
This is because the institutions must be listed in the system, otherwise they would be deemed not legitimate, he added.