01 December 2017
The Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia has published the latest edition of the Rating for Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia (SETARA). These measure the quality of teaching and learning at level six (undergraduate) in the Malaysian Qualifications Framework.
The highest level is Tier Six, Outstanding, followed by Tier Five, Excellent, and Tier Four, Very Good. The rating was based on seven stages: national and international benchmarking, stakeholder engagement, pilot run, data verification, sensitivity analysis, and validity analysis. Institutions were rated according to four main criteria, general, teaching and learning, research and innovation, and services, by a panel of 90 senior auditors. The panel also looked at other data, including financial statements.
Atotal of 71 universities and colleges were assessed and 29 of these achieved a level four or very good rating and 21 reached Tier Five or excellent. Eight universities, six public and two private, reached the sixth level this year compared with none in 2013.They are:
- Universiti Malaya (UM)
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
- Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
- Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
- Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
- International Medical University Malaysia (IMU)
- Monash Universiti Malaysia
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).