How to check if your programme is accredited by MQA?Chen Wan Lim
What is MQA
The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia) or the MQA is a statutory body in Malaysia set up under the Malaysian Qualifications Act 2007 to accredit academic programs provided by educational institutions providing post-secondary or higher education and facilitate the accreditation and articulation of qualifications.
The main role of the MQA is to implement the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) as a basis for quality assurance of higher education and as the reference point for the criteria and standards for national qualifications. Specifically, the functions of the MQA are:
- To implement MQF as a reference point for Malaysian qualifications.
- To develop standards and credits and all other relevant instruments as national references for the conferment of awards with the co-operation of stakeholders.
- To quality assure higher education institutions and programmes.
- To accredit courses that fulfill the set criteria and standards.
- To facilitate the recognition and articulation of qualifications.
- To maintain the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR).
The MQA also evaluates foreign qualifications and assesses it for equivalency with Malaysian secondary school and university preparatory qualifications.
Why MQA is important
The higher education institutions must obtain full MQA accreditation for the programmes offered before students graduate from the programmes. Otherwise, their qualification should not be recognised by the government.
When a course is accredited by the MQA, it means that the government of Malaysia and education authorities recognise the validity of the course and it would be easier to further postgraduate studies ahead of time. Accreditation status by MQA has many advantages. Besides being a benchmark for a quality programme, it also has other advantages such as:
- Students are eligible to apply for the loan from funding agencies such as National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN).
- Students are eligible to continue their studies in higher education institutions and obtain credit transfer. However, the final decision lies with the institution concerned.
- Students can be considered for employment in the public sector. In many cases, even private sector employer consider accredited programmes in their selection of graduates for employment.
- Institutions can franchise their accredited programmes to other institutions, subject to certain conditions.
How to check course accreditation for Fully Accredited and Accredited Programme?
Visit the following website as stated below:
http://www.mqa.gov.my/ and click on the MQR symbol at the bottom of the website.
Select the type of institution you plan to study OR the institution you’re currently studying.
Search for university’s name or part of university’s name.
Click on the Search followed by the Details buttons and the results will appear.
Choose any list of all Accredited Programmes of the institution you have searched for.
How to check course accreditation for Provisionally Accredited Programme?
Should you fail to obtain the information for the programme searched at this MQR portal, you may also check the programme through the portal on the Provisional Accreditation.
Visit the following website as stated below and select the list of Provisionally Accredited Programmes.
Search for university’s name or part of university’s name and click Search.
Choose any list of all Provisionally Accredited programmes of the institution you have searched for.