Malaysian school for gifted students accredited by US-based body

PETALING JAYA: The Pusat Genius@Pintar Negara has become the first Malaysian school to be accredited by the US-based body Cognia.

With this accreditation, its graduating high school students will receive an American High School Diploma equivalent that can be used to enrol in any university worldwide.

The centre's director Associate Prof Dr Rorlinda Yusof said the process of getting accredited started in 2020.

"After going through several stages, we were honoured by the accrediting body, Cognia, for this recognition.

"In Malaysia, we only have agencies that accredits tertiary education institutions – but not secondary education – hence the decision to apply for this accreditation," she said on Wednesday (Nov 3).

Cognia, or previously known as AdvanceED, is an agency based in Georgia, United States, which accredits primary and secondary schools globally.

Dr Rorlinda added that the process involved five stages but this was put on hold some time in 2019 due to certain challenges.

"We resumed the application process and went through all five stages successfully before being accredited on Oct 30 this year," she said.

The reviews include assessment on infrastructure, teaching facilities, syllabus and teacher training, among others.

Genius@Pintar, which was previously known as PERMATApintar Negara, was established in 2010 to provide a customised learning and development environment to gifted students in Malaysia.

The centre is currently operating from two campuses with the main campus in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Bangi, Selangor and Kampus Pendidikan Raja Melewar in Seremban, Negri Sembilan.

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