ABEST21 for UTAR masters degrees

THREE masters programmes from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) have received accreditation from The Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow (ABEST21).

The programmes, accredited by the ABEST21 Programme-based Accreditation System, are Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MBA (Corporate Governance) from the varsity’s Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM), and MBA (Corporate Management) from the Faculty of Business and Finance (FBF).

Certified by the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), ABEST21 is an accreditation institution for professional graduate schools of business, and intellectual property.

Speaking at the ABEST21 International Online Accreditation certificate granting-ceremony, held on June 9, ABEST21 president and chief executive officer Prof Emeritus Dr Itoh Fumio congratulated UTAR for its success in implementing and managing quality MBA programmes.

“The faculties’ educational and research activities satisfy accreditation standards. Their kaizen (change for the better) plans are good, and their quality maintenance and prospects for the improvement of education and research are promising too,” he said in a press release.

Embassy of Japan in Malaysia first secretary (education attaché) Yukiyoshi Saito commended UTAR for its achievements in “comprehensive strength, discipline construction, academic reputation and international influence”.

“Getting accredited by ABEST21 will definitely enhance the performance of the university’s educational and research activities,” he said.

He added that UTAR has made positive contributions to the Japan-Malaysia educational cooperation.

“UTAR has close ties with higher learning institutions in Japan.

“I hope our relationship with each other will continue to strengthen through cooperation for the betterment of the two countries,” he said.

At the virtual ceremony, UTAR president Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat thanked ABEST21 for granting the accreditation, adding that the varsity looks forward to collaborative opportunities with ABEST21 and its member institutions to promote international exchanges and joint ventures for more diversified and enhanced business education.

“We believe in engagement with key industry partners to keep ourselves updated. “We also collaborate with universities and corporations on joint research and knowledge exchange to ensure that our MBA students are well trained to meet the changing industry demands for employment skills and knowledge,” he said.

Echoing Prof Ewe’s sentiment, FAM dean Dr Sia Bee Chuan said ABEST21’s mission is in line with the faculty’s, which is to “be an outstanding business and management faculty of educational and professional excellence with transformative societal impact nationally and internationally”.

“We are certain that we will benefit from the sharing of information, the joint research projects and activities, and the facilitating of continuous improvement of business education via accreditation,” she said.

FBF dean Assoc Prof Dr Au Yong Hui Nee added that with the recognition, the faculty at UTAR’s Kampar Campus is motivated to continuously strengthen its team to meet ABEST21 accreditation standards. “We shall review the Kaizen Report to monitor the plan and the progress, to ensure that the quality of education is improved through the implementation of the plan,” she said.

UTAR’s Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research (IPSR) deputy director and Centre for MBA Studies head Dr Chong Yee Lee said ABEST21’s accreditation standards are important for UTAR in auditing and improving its educational and research quality policies to meet the rapid changes of the business environment.

In his closing remarks, ABEST21 vice president Prof Dr Robert Sullivan said ABEST21’s recognition is “good and better than any other certification in the world”.

“Universities which have been accredited should be proud of their earned achievements. Well done to UTAR,” he said. The accreditation, which commenced on April 1, is valid for five years.

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