Big milestone for eight universities

  • Nation
  • Friday, 17 Nov 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Eight universities – two private and six public – achieved Tier Six or outstanding status in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education 2017 (Setara).

The public universities are Uni­versiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Petro­nas, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Uni­ver­siti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

The private universities are Inter­national Medical University and Monash University Malaysia.

Seventy-one out of 105 Malaysian universities and university colleges took part in Setara 2017, a rating instrument based on a seven-­step methodology en­­com­passing national and international benchmarking, stakeholders’ engagement, pilot run, data verification as well as sensitivity and validity analysis.

The universities were rated by more than 90 senior auditors based on four main criteria – general, teaching and learning, research and innovation, and services.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said this marked the first time the Tier Six rating was achieved.

“I believe the ratings are fair reflections of the state of our higher learning institutions,” he said at the Setara 2017 award ceremony here yesterday, after congratulating the varsities on a job well done.

Idris said Setara classified universities into three categories – matured universities which have been around for over 15 years, emerging universities which are below 15 years and university colleges which have produced one cohort of undergraduate students.

Another 21 institutions – 11 private and 10 public – were classified as Tier Five or excellent, while 29 others achieved Tier Four or very good status.

Institutions that achieved Tier Five status include Universiti Tun­ku Abdul Rahman, Sunway Univer­sity, Taylor’s University, UCSI Uni­ver­sity, Management and Science University, Cyberjaya University Col­­lege of Medical Sciences, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, Curtin University Malaysia, Lincoln Uni­ver­­­sity, Swinburne University of Tech­nology Sarawak Campus, Uni­ver­­siti Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Utara Malaysia, International Isla­mic University Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Ma­­laysia, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, University Malaysia Terengganu and International Centre for Edu­ca­tion in Islamic Finance.

Setara 2017 chief auditor Prof Datuk Dr Mohd Saleh Jaafar said besides looking at the four criteria and other relevant data, institutions’ financial statements were also closely examined.

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