MALAYSIA: Official ranking extended to private universities

All higher education institutions, both private and public, must take part in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (Setara) to further improve the quality of education, the New Straits Times reports.

Higher Education Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin, said it was not currently compulsory for private universities to be evaluated through Setara - but it will be by May next year. "We are now meeting with all the chief executive officers of private universities to let them know that their courses will be analysed under the Setara programme."

The courses will undergo a quantitative survey and data collected will be analysed based on six areas - academic staff, student selectivity, research, academic programmes, resources and management. The Minister said this would help bring Malaysia closer to achieving its target of becoming an international education hub.
Full report on the New Straits Times site