Malaysia Bagus News
Malaysia Bagus News
KUALA LUMPUR: Muhammed, a foreign student, came to Malaysia in 2019 to do his masters in business of administration at a premier private university here, with plans to make a success of himself when he goes home. Just a year later, the accreditation for the course was taken away.
Now, even if Muhammed finishes the course, he will be left with a degree that’s worthless. But he is not alone.
Some 800 foreign and local students at the university have been left in the lurch after the university could not get accreditation for many of its courses.
The students said the accrediction was revoked by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) for failing to maintain certain quality and standards required by the authorities.
During a press conference at DAP headquarters here today, Muhammed said the course he took was initially recognised but the accreditation was revoked a year later in 2020. he said there were 800 foreign students who have been left in the lurch.
“It was only during my last semester that I found out the university failed to get accrediction. They told me that I can finish the course, but without accreditation.
“The management of the university told me to get another certificate but they do not know what programme we should take,” he said.
He added the university attracts hundreds of foreign students every year, who later find out that some of their courses are not recognised.
Without accreditation, their degrees are not recognised locally and internationally.
“This means our tuition fees and and time spent studying, from three to five years, have all been wasted,” he added.
He said foreign students were also facing problems extending their visas after the accreditations were revoked.
“We are not sure if we can come back, due to Covid restrictions. We do not know if the university will be able to give us accredited certificates for our courses,” he added.
A local student named Muhammad Ameer Fakhri had registered to study computer science in the same university but was told to change his course to mobile computing.
“They told me it would provide better job prospects. I changed my course upon their advice, only to learn they did not have accreditation for the course,” he said.
“All the students kept pushing for the accreditation but failed. They told us not to worry. But they kept giving is false hope,” he added.
Former deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching said generally MQA would refuse or revoke accreditation of a course if it is not run according to the syllabus or if the academic staff are not qualified.
She asked the university to take corrective action and improve their standards to get accreditation.
“The ministry of higher education can instruct the affected students to take another courses or to study at different institutions. The cost must be borne by university and not the affected students,” she said during the press conference.
At the moment, she said, the certificates given by the university are worth nothing. “The students may not even get a job,” she added.
Lawyer Syahredzan Johan said the students are hoping for a resolution and could take class action if the matter is left unresolved.
“Some 800 international students are affected and they may take a class action suit.
“More students may come forward to address the issue too,” he said during the press conference.
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