Oman ministry blacklists four Malaysian universities

The Higher Education Ministry of Oman has banned Omani students from attending four Malaysian universities due to alleged academic and administrative abuses by the universities, writes Beatrice Nita Jay for New Straits Times.

The universities are Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia or USIM, SEGi University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, and Binary University of Management and Entrepreneurship. In total, there are 378 Omani students enrolled in the four universities. The Times of Oman, in its report, stated that the Committee for the Recognition of Non-Omani Higher Education Institutions and the Equivalence of Educational Qualifications in the Oman Higher Education Ministry had issued a decision to stop dealing with these universities over alleged academic and administrative abuses by the universities.

In response, USIM Deputy Vice-chancellor (Academic and International) Professor Datuk Dr Zulkiple Abdul Ghani said the university has yet to receive any official information on the ban from Oman’s Higher Education Ministry or its embassy and any problems with international students had “always been given the utmost attention” by USIM, while Limkokwing University rubbished claims of such abuse occurring in their university.
Full report on the New Straits Times site