MALAYSIA: Private university surveillance stepped up

Malaysia's Higher Education Ministry is stepping up surveillance on private institutions of higher learning to ensure they adhere to regulations under Act 555, reports the official agency Bernama. Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung said this would ensure quality human capital.

"The ministry is very serious [about] ensuring that students, whether in public or private institutions of higher learning, receive quality training and education," he said. According to the Private Higher Education Act (Act 555), all educational institutions conducting courses leading to the award of a certificate, diploma or degree, must be approved by the ministry.

Hou said that as of May, the ministry's enforcement and inspectorate division had issued compounds totaling RM670,000 against private universities. It had also collected fines amounting to RM185,000 for offences under the Act, such as unauthorised relocation of premises, hiring academics without a permit and conducting courses before obtaining approval.
Full report on the Bernama site