MALAYSIA: Database of graduates planned

Degree holders might soon be required to register their academic qualifications with Malaysia's Higher Education Ministry, writes Richard Lim for The Star. Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the move was designed to curb the problem of degree mills.

"We will propose a new Act which requires degree holders to supply us with relevant information so we can check the legitimacy of the awarding institutions," he told The Star in a telephone interview. "More on this matter will be announced in the Ministry's next roundup meeting soon." Mohamed Khaled was responding to a Starprobe report on dodgy degrees offered by degree mills, where little or no study was needed.

When told of the proposed measure, Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities president Dr Parmjit Singh was pleasantly surprised. Describing the proposal as a bold move, he said the formulation of an effective database, which employers could refer to, would address the problem as bogus degree holders would not gain any benefits. However, he was concerned about how the proposed Act would be enforced.
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