The self-accreditation status entitles a higher education provider (HEP) to accredit its programmes except for programmes that require accreditation and recognition of the relevant professional body.
The legal provisions for the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to implement matters related to self-accreditation are provided for in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007 (Act 679).
Chapter 4 of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007 contains provisions for self-accrediting higher education providers:
- Section 61 provides for the application of self-accreditation status upon an invitation of the Honourable Minister and for MQA to conduct an institutional audit before the self-accreditation status is granted.
- Section 62 describes that a self-accrediting HEP may apply to register accredited programmes in the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR).
- Section 63 explains the certificate of self-accreditation.
- Section 64 is on the revocation of self-accreditation status or cancellation of registration of programmes.
MQA has published the Code of Practice for Institutional Audit (COPIA) as a guide to undertake institutional audits in general as well as the institutional audit to award the self-accreditation status.
- Section 2 of the COPIA outlines the standards and criteria used to evaluate (audit) an institution based on the nine areas of evaluation for quality assurance. For the award of self-accreditation status, an important criterion that will be emphasised is that an HEP needs to have a robust internal quality assurance system.
- Certification Mark
During the conferment ceremony of the certificate of self-accreditation status on 20 March 2017, MQA has introduced its official self-accreditation certification mark for the purpose of promotion, public reference and etc.
2. List of Self-Accrediting Higher Education Provider
|No.||Higher Education Provider|| ||Date of Conferment||No. of Certification||Certification Mark|
3. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Frequently Asked Questions on Self-Accreditation Status
What is a certification of Self-Accreditation status?
It is a certification granted by MQA to universities which are proven to have established and practised a strong and robust internal quality assurance system.
MQA give credence to the Senate of the universities with self-accreditation status to accredit their own programmes through internal quality assurance system with reference to the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) and relevant standards, as well as policies by MQA and the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).
What is the significance of the certification of Self-Accreditation status to Malaysian higher education system?
The implementation of the certification of Self-Accreditation status provides a higher degree of recognition which is based on the universities' quality performance in enhancing and strengtening their internal quality assurance system.
It provides a 'no one size fits all' recognition framework that is expected to instill a competetive edge among local universities to further strengthen their internal quality assurance system.
What is the difference between the certification of Self-Accreditation status and programme accreditation by MQA?
A Self-Accreditation status is a certification granted to a university while programme accreditation (provisional or full) is granted to a specific programme.
When was the certification of Self-Accreditation status first granted to local universities?
The certification of Self-Accreditation status was first granted in April 2010 to four public universities and four foreign universities branch campuses namely:
- Universiti Malaya (UM)
- Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
- Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
- Monash University Malaysia
- The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
- Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
- Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) was granted with the self-accreditation status in March 2013.
How does a university apply for Self-Accreditation status?
A university may apply for the certification of Self-Accreditation status upon receiving invitation from the Honourable Minister of Higher Education.
When was the recent invitation by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education?
The recent invitation by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education was made in March 2014 to the Higher Education Providers identified as eligible based on specified criteria.
What are the criteria specified to qualify for the invitation by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education?
The invitation by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education in March 2014 was based on the following criteria:
- A university which was established under a written law and has been operating for at least 10 years with MQA accreditation on all matured programmes;
- Has an established management and internal quality assurance system; and
- Obtained Tier 5 in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (SETARA).
When and how does MQA assess the selected universities?
Upon receiving invitation from the Honourable Minister of Higher Education, a university need to submit its application according to the specified format of Self Review Report by MQA.
An institutional audit will be conducted by MQA which involves visits to university's main campus, branch campuses and learning centres followed by a comprehensive report by auditors.
What are the criteria used in the conduct of an institutional audit to determine the level of quality of the selected universities?
Institutional audit is conducted based on the criteria specified in the Code of Practice for Institutional Audit (COPIA) and in compliance with the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) as well as other relevant standards by MQA and MOHE.
Who are the parties involved in the implementation of institutional audit?
The institutional audit which was succesfully conducted by MQA in 2015 and 2016 involved 16 groups of panel auditors comprised of academic experts with vast experience in academic quality system of universities.
Who will review and comfirm on the result of the certification of self-accreditation status?
The result of the certification of self-accreditation status will be endorsed by the Self-Accreditation Committee (Jawatankuasa Swaakreditasi) which comprises of nine members:
- Chief Executive Officer of MQA as chairman
- One representative from MQA Council as deputy chairman
- Two reprensentatives from Accreditation Committee of MQA
- Two Vice Chancellors (public and private)
- A representative from the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)
- A Chairman of the University Board of Directors
- An expert in higher education
What are the advantages enjoyed by universities with self-accreditation status?
The university, through its Senate is allowed to accredit its own programmes.
Therefore, the university has an opportunity to optimise its resources in enriching the quality of the offered programmes.
Furthermore, the university is expected to perform a better practice in its own programme accreditation without MQA's involment.
With the certification of the self-accreditation status granted to eight universities, how many programmes will be converted from a programme-based to an institutional-based accreditation?
About 1,050 programmes will be involved in the transition.
Will there be programmes exempted from the institutional-based accreditation?
Programmes that are not subjected to the institutional-based accreditation are:
- Professional programmes;
- Collaboration programmes with other universities; and
- Programmes offered by subsidary company owned by universities that were granted with self-accreditation status.
Can the programmes accredited through an institutional-based accreditation by self-accredited universities be listed in the MQR?
Yes. The programmes can be listed subjected to the term and procedures set by MQA.
What is the time frame for the reassessment of the self- accreditation status granted by MQA?
The reassessment will be conducted once in every five years.
Hence, the first group of eight universities which were granted the self-accreditation status in 2010 have been reassessed in 2015 and 2016 and successfully able to retain their status.
Can the self- accreditation status be revoked?
Yes. The self- accreditation status can be revoked should there be a breach in the terms and conditions or proven to have declined in the quality performance of the programmes offered.
How many universities have been granted with the certification of the self-accreditation status to date?
There are 19 universities in total.
Where can information on universities with self-accreditation status be accessible?
Last Updated : 21 November 2017
4. List of Liaison Officer
|No.||Higher Education Provider|| ||Name of Liaison Officer|| ||Designation/Department||Contact Details|
|1.||Universiti Malaya|| ||Ms. Wan Nooraini Ab Hamid
Miss Siti Nor Shoffiah Zamari
Assistant Registrar Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Fax: 03-7967 3449/03-7967 3581
Tel.: 03-7967 2573
Fax: 03-7956 8940
|2.||Universiti Sains Malaysia|| ||Ms. Balkhis Said|| ||Tel.: 04-653 6571
Fax: 04-653 6574
|3.||Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia|| ||Ms. Jamilah Mohamed|| ||Tel.: 03-8921 4227
Fax: 03-8921 3552
|4.||Universiti Putra Malaysia|| ||Mr. Amiruddin Abd. Aziz
Mr. Rosdi Wah
Timbalan Pendaftar Kanan Pejabat Timbalan Naib Canselor (Akademik & Antarabangsa)
|Tel.: 03-8946 4105
Fax: 03-8946 4232
Tel.: 03-8946 6050
Fax: 03-8942 6469
|5.||Monash University Malaysia|| ||Ms. Norisnini Sidek|| ||Tel.: 03-5514 4995
Fax: 03-5514 6144
|6.||Curtin University, Malaysia|| ||Ms. Mudzalifah Akhbar|| ||Tel.: 085-443 939 (3317)
Fax: 085-443 838
|7.||Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus|| ||Mr. James Ho Kok Chai|| ||Tel.: 082-260 615
Fax: 082-426 353
|8.||The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus|| ||Prof. Ong Fon Sim|| ||Tel.: 03-8924 8200
Fax: 03-8924 8013
|9.||Universiti Teknologi Malaysia|| ||Prof. Madya Dr. Sharifah Kamilah Syed Yusof|| ||Tel.: 07-5530 472
Fax: 07-5530 776
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
|10.||International Medical University|| ||Ms. Noraidah Yusoff|| ||Tel.: 03-2731 7501
Fax: 03-8656 7229
|11.||Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS|| ||Ms. Suhana Shahbudin|| ||Tel.: 05-368 8390
Fax: 05 - 365 4082
|12.||Universiti Teknologi MARA|| ||Prof. Madya Dr. Azizah Abdullah|| ||Tel.: 03-5543 5704
Fax: 03-5543 5727
|13.||International Islamic University Malaysia|| ||Prof. Madya Dr. Lihanna Borhan|| ||Tel.: 03-6196 6780
Fax: 03-6196 6789
|14.||Universiti Utara Malaysia|| ||Prof. Madya Dr. Salniza Md Salleh|| ||Tel.: 04-928 3339
Fax: 04-928 3305
|15.||Universiti Tenaga Nasional|| ||Mr. Uthman Khalaf Mohd. Nor|| ||Tel.: 03-8921 2020 (2140)
|16.||Universiti Multimedia|| ||Ms. Azniyati Akmar Binti Ab. Khalid|| ||Tel.: 03-8312 5882
Fax: 03-8312 5142
|17.||Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman|| ||Ms. Loh Siaw Yien|| ||Tel.: 03-9086 0288 (396)
Fax: 03-9019 8832
|18.||Universiti Kuala Lumpur - Kampus Kota (UniKL - Kampus Kota)|| ||Puan Maizatul Bariah Bt Ramli|| ||Tel.: 03 - 2175 4103
Fax: 03 - 2175 4440
|19.||Universiti Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia France Insititute (UniKL - MFI)|| ||Puan Maizatul Bariah Bt Ramli|| ||Tel.: 03 - 2175 4103
Fax: 03 - 2175 4440