Don’t be duped

Now that the Higher Education Ministry has stopped issuing the no objection certificate (NOC) and clearance letter (CL), the onus is on students to make sure that their hard-earned degree is recognised. German Educare director Jonathan Lau and Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) Education USA Advising Centre adviser Kavita Chandran offer some pointers:

> Do your own research.

> Check the accreditation status of the university.

> If you are planning a career in regulated industries like medicine, accountancy and engineering, check if these programmes are recognised by prospective employers and professional bodies of countries where you plan to start your career upon graduating.

> Check with awarding bodies to make sure that you will be eligible for membership in the professional body relevant to your course.

What it’s about

> The no objection certificate (NOC) and clearance letter (CL) were issued by the Higher Education Ministry.

> The NOC:

• was issued starting from the 2003/2004 academic year.

• was given to students who received an offer to continue their undergraduate studies abroad.

• ensures that the quality of students pursuing studies abroad, especially in Health Sciences, met the ministry’s minimum academic qualifications.

> The CL:

• was issued to students who want to further their studies abroad but have yet to receive an offer letter or a seat at the university.

• must meet the ministry’s minimum academic qualifications.

> Both documents were abolished effective July 24,2020.

> It is now up to the students to ensure that the universities and programmes of their interest, are accredited.

> Confirmation on the qualification recognition status should be obtained from authorities and quality assurance bodies of the respective countries the students are headed to.

> Students can refer to to obtain a list of overseas certificates, diplomas and degrees that are recognised by the Malaysian government for application and appointment in the civil service.

Source: Higher Education Ministry

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