PETALING JAYA: The government must move away from having strict control over universities, towards more facilitative policies and regulations, says Dr Maszlee Malik (pic).
The Education Minister chaired a meeting on Friday with independent researchers in the field of academia to discuss a policy framework for academic and autonomous independence in universities.
“Among the actions that will be taken into consideration are the establishment of a new higher education Act to abolish and replace the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, the Private Higher Education Act 1996 (Act 555) and acts involving higher education institutes that are academic in nature.
“This includes creating a new structure of governance and a more efficient and sustainable funding structure in an effort to celebrate academic and autonomous independence in universities.
“I am confident and believe that these new approaches will pave new steps for our universities internationally,” Maszlee posted on the ministry’s Facebook page yesterday.
He added that this was in line with the Pakatan Harapan government’s promise to bring back university authority.
Maszlee had previously said that in order to give more autonomy to higher education institutions, Section 15 (C) of the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971 was abolished in December after a thorough study was conducted.
Also present at the meeting were ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Mohd Gazali Abas and Higher Education Department director-general Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir.