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Excellent universities in the latest Setara Rating

University Rating Setara

Malaysia is a bright and sunny study destination with plenty of opportunities and options. Perform a search on Hotcourses Malaysia, and you will find a total of 138 universities and colleges to choose from! To keep universities and colleges on their toes, the MQA (Malaysian Qualification Agency) Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions or Setara measures how well higher education institutions are doing in the country.


First introduced in 2007, Setara focuses on the quality of the teaching; it also gives some power back to the students by involving appraisals by students who will audit lecturers on several points including punctuality and satisfaction on the delivery of subjects. Using a six-tier category, the Setara Rating System ranges from Tier Six (Outstanding), Tier Five (Excellent), Tier Four (Very Good), Tier Three (Good), Tier Two (Satisfactory) and Tier One (Weak).


Recently, the long-awaited Setara rating has finally been released! Announced by Higher Education Minister Y.B Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin in November, a total of 35 higher education institutions have successfully achieved Tier Five or ‘Excellent’ status, almost double the number from the previous Setara exercise (2009). Fantastic news indeed! Pleased with the results, Higher Education Minister Y.B Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin noted the improvements and achievements of all participating institutions. The Minister also expressed the usefulness of Setara rating in regards to quality enhancement as its purpose is to maintain quality assurance rather than as a competition between the institutions.


The impressive 35 ‘Excellent’ higher education institutions consist of 13 public universities and 22 private universities and colleges. The final results also show that out of the 52 universities that participated, a total of 16 institutions received Tier Four (Very Good) status, one in Tier Three (Good) status and (thankfully) no universities and university colleges obtained Tier One (Weak) status.


Sunway University did it again!

For Sunway University, lecturers and students have more than one reason to celebrate as the University once again achieved Tier Five (Excellent) status; Sunway University also received Tier Five (Excellent) status in the previous Setara rating (2009).


Sunway Education Group senior executive director Elizabeth Lee said in article (the Star online), “We are gratified to be certified and recognised as a Tier Five institution under Setara 2011. This is the second time we have scored an excellent status and this endorses our ability to maintain high standards in the delivery of our programmes”.


“We are further endorsed by our partners Lancaster University and Le Cordon Bleu, which underscores our aspiration to be world class”, she added.


About Setara 2011:

Divided into three main domains, mainly input (20%), process (40), and output (40%), Setara 2011 incorporates 26 criteria and 62 indicators, including the ratio of academic staff to students, percentage of PhD qualified academic staff, employment rate and graduate satisfaction. Participation in Setara is voluntary. There is no other institution deemed worthy of Tier 6 (Outstanding) for Setara 2011.


For the full list of Setara 2011, please visit the official portal of Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia website.

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