Tighter quality control on private institutions

  • Nation
  • Friday, 16 Apr 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: Private institutions of higher learning should set up their own in-house quality assurance programmes before they are made compulsory by the National Accreditation Board (LAN), Deputy Higher Education Minister Fu Ah Kiow said. 

He said this was in line with the self-assessment component proposed by LAN last year that some institutions have implemented. 

“We want all private colleges and universities to start doing this before it is made compulsory by LAN,” Fu told reporters after opening the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Education Conference here yesterday. 

Themed Globalisation of Education: Impact and Consequences, the conference attracted over 126 participants from various public and private universities nationwide. 

He said this was among new measures being introduced by the ministry to tighten enforcement on institutions that have failed to perform. 

“Regular monitoring and inspection of institutions will also be conducted before courses are approved in addition to the on-going quality assurance inspections by LAN,” Fu said. 

He said the seal of quality for each institution would be far more effective than any amount of marketing and advertising.  

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