KUALA LUMPUR: Five regulatory frameworks for higher education are set to be reviewed by the Higher Education Ministry.
Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said the ministry was in the process of amending the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996, the National Council on Higher Education Act 1996, the National Accreditation Board Act 1996, the Universities and Colleges (Amendment) Act 1996 and the National Higher Education Fund Board Act 1997.
“This legal framework was revised almost a decade ago. We are now looking at how we could firmly establish ourselves as an educational hub of world class standard in the region,” he said after opening an exhibition organised by Mapcu(Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities) here.
“I would like to invite private institutions of higher education learning to contribute ideas and suggestions on how we can improve our higher education system,” Fu said.
In the effort to make it compulsory for private higher educational institutions to obtain National Accreditation Board or Lembaga Akreditasi Negara (LAN) accreditation for all the courses they offer, Fu said the step was to enhance and ensure the quality and the delivery of courses in the country.
“It is no longer enough for the private higher educational providers to just meet minimum standards set by LAN.
“The institutions are expected to apply for full accreditation from LAN by June or July,” he said.
He said that currently only 25% of the courses offered by the private higher educational institutions are LAN accredited.
The exhibition is organised by Mapcu and Asia Executive Programs Sdn Bhd.