Accreditation and Recognition

Programme Approval, Accreditation and Recognition

Multimedia University (MMU) is the first private university approved by the government. As a private university, MMU is governed by the Private Higher Education Act 555 which subjected our programmes to get approved by several bodies in Malaysia.

Find out the approval processes and recognition our programmes have received from various approving bodies worldwide.

Approval of Programmes by the Private Higher Education Institution Sector (PHEIS), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MOE)

The Department of Higher Education is supported by several sectors and divisions that are responsible for the development of both public and private higher education in Malaysia. As required by Section 38, Private Higher Education Act 555, all Private Higher Educational Institutions (PHEI) are not allowed to conduct any academic programme without prior approval from the Minister of Education.

The process for the creation of a new degree programme starts from discussion of the proposed programme by the Academic Corporate Planning (ACP) committee in the respective faculty in MMU. The proposed programme is to be discussed at Faculty Board and forwarded to Academic Development Committee (ADC) for approval. The proposal is then forwarded to the university’s Senate which is the highest academic authority in the university for endorsement. If this proposed programme is endorsed by MMU’s Senate, the faculty will then prepare the MQA-01 of Code of Practice for Programme Accreditation (COPPA) documents as prescribed by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The documents together with the bank draft (the amount depends on the level of courses) are then forwarded to MQA for evaluation.

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Application Process: Approval of Programme

The application documents, which comprises of three (3) parts require the following information:

  1. Part A (General information on the Higher Education Provider [HEP])
  • It is basically an institutional profile of the HEP.
  1. Part B (Programme Description)
  • Information on the programme to be approved.
  1. Part C (Programme Standards)
  • Programme accreditation/approval covers standards in nine (9) areas as stated below:
  • Area 1 is on vision, mission, educational goals and learning outcomes;
  • Area 2 on curriculum design and delivery;
  • Area 3 on assessment of students;
  • Area 4 on student selection and support services;
  • Area 5 on academic staff;
  • Area 6 on educational resources;
  • Area 7 on programme monitoring and review;
  • Area 8 on leadership, governance and administration; and
  • Area 9 is on continual quality improvement.

Upon receiving the documents, MQA will do their checking and will request for any additional information that they find missing from the original submission. For the evaluation of the programme, MQA will appoint a team of assessors who normally comprise experts in the relevant field of studies from public universities in Malaysia. The evaluation will be done on nine (9) areas within COPPA. If MQA approves, they will issue Certificate of Quality Compliance (CQC). The result of the evaluation will then become the basis for the Board of MQA to make a recommendation to MOE on whether or not the programme could be approved.

Upon receiving the recommendation from MQA, MOE will then submit the recommendation to the Minister of Education who is the highest authority in granting the approval for the programme. The Minister’s decision shall be conveyed to MMU by the MOE. After the Minister grants approval for the programme to be conducted, MMU can then apply to MQA for the provisional accreditation status for the approved programme.

Source: www.moe.gov.my, www.mqa.gov.my

List of programmes approved

Accreditation of the Programmes by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)

According to the circular from the Ministry of Higher Education dated 8th November 2003, all courses offered at the private universities, university colleges and branch campuses of foreign universities are compulsory to obtain the accreditation status. At MMU, even before this circular took effect, we had been applying to MQA for accreditation status of all our programmes.

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007 (MQAA 2007) assigns the responsibility for quality assuring higher education in Malaysia to the MQA. The responsibilities are to implement the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) as a reference point for Malaysian qualifications and quality assure higher education providers and programmes.

After the Minister grants approval for the programme to be conducted, MMU can then admit students for the approved programme. Once the programme has produced its first batch of final year students, MMU will then apply for accreditation status for the particular programme. This is required by MQA as part of the evaluation for accreditation is on the students’ final year project/thesis. The faculty will then prepare the MQA-02 of Code of Practice for Programme Accreditation (COPPA) documents as prescribed by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The application documents, which comprise of four (4) parts require the following information:
  1. Part A (General information on the Higher Education Provider [HEP])
  • It is basically an institutional profile of the HEP.
  1. Part B (Programme Description)
  • Information on the programme to be accredited.
  1. Part C (Programme Standards)
  • Programme accreditation/approval covers standards in nine (9) areas as stated below:
  • Area 1 is on vision, mission, educational goals and learning outcomes;
  • Area 2 on curriculum design and delivery;
  • Area 3 on assessment of students;
  • Area 4 on student selection and support services;
  • Area 5 on academic staff;
  • Area 6 on educational resources;
  • Area 7 on programme monitoring and review;
  • Area 8 on leadership, governance and administration; and
  • Area 9 is on continual quality improvement.
  1. Part D (Programme Self-Review Report)
  • The HEP through the department concerned needs to prepare a Programme Self-Review Report (PSRR). The Report is a narrative of the findings of the internal quality check conducted by the department

For the accreditation exercise, an MQA team which consist of an MQA officer and three (3) panel of assessors who are experts in the relevant field will visit MMU usually over a two day period. The team will be conducting the following besides verifying the information available in the accreditation (MQA-02) documents sent earlier by MMU:

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Accreditation Exercise: Activity During Evaluation Visit

Subsequent to this visit, the team will submit a report to MQA on its finding. This report will be considered by the Board of MQA and a decision will then be made on whether the accreditation shall be granted or denied.

The Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR) is a registry of all higher education qualifications accredited by the MQA. It is an online verification of accreditation by MQA. The MQR contains, among others, information on programmes, providers, levels and validity periods or cessation dates of these qualifications. It is meant to provide students, parents, employers, funding agencies and other related stakeholders with the necessary information about higher education qualifications in Malaysia.

 Check programme accreditation status

Source: www.mqa.gov.my

List of programmes approved

Recognition of Academic Programmes by Professional Bodies

For Professional Programmes like Engineering and Accountancy, MMU also seeks recognition from the respective professional bodies through MQA. The relevant professional bodies are as follows:

a) Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM)

The Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) is a delegated body by the BEM as the only recognized accrediting body for engineering degree programmes offered in Malaysia. All new programmes will have to complete a cycle before accreditation can be undertaken by EAC/BEM. However, these programmes must obtain provisional accreditation by the Malaysia Qualification Agency and approval to conduct the programmes by the Ministry of Education.
The accreditation visit will normally be scheduled for a period of two (2) days. The auditors normally consist of a Chairperson and two (2) members. The assessment involves a review of qualifying requirements of the IHL and an evaluation based on the following criteria:

Criterion 1

Academic Curriculum

Criterion 2

Students

Criterion 3

Academic and Support Staff

Criterion 4

 Facilities

Criterion 5

 Quality Management Systems

Recognition Letter from BEM

Source: www.eac.org.my

 


b) Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)

The objective of accreditation by the Institute is to ensure institutions seeking accreditation demonstrate that their qualifications meet the requirements of the Institute for the purpose of admission as members of MIA. Thus, the accreditation is a process to ensure that the human and material resources, course orientation and teaching processes are appropriate to the achievement of outcomes which meet the changing demands placed on those entering the accountancy profession.

The Taskforce members comprising a Chairman, Taskforce members and Secretariat will be conducting a site visit for a period of two (2) days. Principally, the evaluation of the accounting programme shall be assessed on the following six (6) component areas:

  • Academic Curriculum and Examination
  • Students Admission and Development
  • Academic and Support Staff Development
  • Facilities
  • Quality Management Systems
  • Professional Assessment

In addition to the recognition by the above-mentioned body, MMU has also gained recognition from the Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) Australia.

Source: www.mia.org.my


c) The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).

The Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has been developing the accounting profession in Malaysia by providing accounting graduates with an avenue to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for over five decades. Since its establishment in 1958, MICPA has played a key role in the setting of accounting standards in Malaysia.

The MICPA Council recognised the Bachelor of Accounting degree programme from Multimedia University (MMU). In this regard, graduates of the degree from MMU will be given full exemption from the Institute’s Professional Stage Examination.

In addition to the exemption by the above-mentioned body, MMU has also gained exemption from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), for its accounting programme.

The recognition by these Professional Bodies is necessary to enable graduates from the programmes to gain professional recognition. Graduates in possession of an unrecognised degree cannot be registered with these Professional Bodies.

Source: www.micpa.com.my

Recognition of Programmes by the Public Service Department (PSD) / Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA)

Recognition from PSD/JPA is necessary to enable graduates to be employed in the Public/Government sector. Without PSD/JPAs recognition, graduates can only gain employment in the private sector. In this regard, MMUs programme that have been accredited by MQA shall be forwarded to PSD/JPA by MQA itself. The list of programmes submitted by MQA will be considered in the PSD/JPAs “Jawatankuasa Tetap Penilaian dan Pengiktirafan Kelayakan (JTPPK)” which is the governments committee to decide on granting the recognition.

Evaluation is done base on the following principles:

1. Evaluation and recognition of qualification for the purpose of appointment in the Public Service;
2. Evaluation and recognition to be done to each qualification / academic programme;
3. Recognition to professional qualifications are to be coordinated with the professional bodies;
4. Qualifications are to be assessed against the standard of a similar academic program from local Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL); and
5. The appropriate equivalency given to a particular qualification is associated to the scheme of service.

Source: www.jpa.gov.my

 

See MMU programmes recognised by JPA

University Registration Certificate

For any enquiries on the approval/accreditation/recognition of MMU degrees locally or internationally, contact us:
Centre for Quality Assurance and Academic Excellence (CQAAE)
Multimedia University
Tel : 06-252 3277/79 (Melaka), 03-8312 5038/5149 (Cyberjaya)
Fax : 06-231 0079 (Melaka), 03-8312 5142 (Cyberjaya)
Email : cqaae@mmu.edu.my