Reaching for the stars

Six stars: Noraini said Malaysian universities have recorded continuous improvement in the 2018/2019 academic year.

THE Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (Setara) 2018/2019 is out and a total of eight Malaysian higher education institutions achieved six stars.

These universities are Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, International Medical University (IMU) and Monash University Malaysia.

Happy with the varsity’s achievement, its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor said UM is relieved to maintain a six star status.

“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff.

“This result is consistent with our remarkable achievements in other rankings and will serve as a push to further improve our services to the nation and the world, ” he said.

UKM pro vice-chancellor (Strategy and Corporate Development) Prof Dr Norman Mohd Salleh said the university’s rating is a reflection of its employees hard work in research, education, services, and industry and community collaboration.

“An integrated strategy to improve impacts in these pillars is important.

“Moving forward, UKM will improve on the efficiency and effectiveness of our efforts in utilising technology.

“We want to focus more on niche research areas, to make significant contributions to scientific knowledge and to have a meaningful impact on industry and community, ” he shared.

The rating is a motivation for its staff and students, UPM deputy vice-chancellor (academic and international) Prof Dr M. Iqbal Saripan said, adding that it shows they are on the right track.

“We must strategise our research and networking, and explore the global education sector and offer online courses globally, ” he said.

IMU achieved its first six star rating in the 2016/2017 assessment year.

Its vice-chancellor Prof Abdul Aziz Baba said the achievement further cements IMU’s position and commitment to remain as Malaysia’s “first and most established private medical and health sciences university”.

“Our consistent quality in teaching and learning, research and services are recognised as highly competitive, ” he said in a press release.

Additionally, 14 private universities achieved six stars in the MyQUEST 2018/2019.

The universities are SEGi College Subang Jaya, Sunway College, Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), SEGi College Kota Damansara, Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Kuantan, SEGi College Penang, Putra International College, Equator College, Despark College, SEGi College Sarawak, IBS College, Kolej Integrasi Perkembangan Kemahiran, Kolej Hafiz and Institut Antarabangsa Sains Mantin.

Last month, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said Malaysian universities have recorded continuous improvement in the 2018/2019 academic year.

“Varsities have consistently provided high quality and high impact education to students.

“This development also shows that the country’s higher education sector is on the right track in realising the Malaysia Higher Education Blueprint (2015-2025) by emphasising on academic quality, accountability and performance of every institution, ” she said in a statement.

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