In Malaysia, there are currently 20 public universities and 437 private universities. Perhaps you have already chosen your preferred course and have a clear understanding of your future career path. However, with the large variety of universities available in the country, how do you ensure which institution is best for you?
To help you narrow your choices down, in this article, we’ll be providing information on the top 5 universities in Malaysia based on the SETARA ratings.
What is SETARA Rating?
While most university ratings are often referred from the QS World University Ranking, an internationally-recognised system, there is also the SETARA Rating. This rating system was developed in 2007 by the Higher Education Ministry (MoHE). The methodology used by this system seeks to asses and rate an educational institution’s quality of teaching, research, and services.
How is a University Assessed by SETARA?
To ensure a fair representation of universities, there are three separate categories against which these institutions are measured. They are each measured with the same performance metric but are separated in order to take into account the unique strengths and challenges of these universities.
These three categories are as follows:
Universities over 15 years old
Universities established within the last 15 years
Institutions with university college status
As for the weightage and rating of the performance, the most recent rating exercise was completed in 2017 between various universities and university colleges. Its performance rating weightage is as shown below:
Teaching & Learning
Mature Universities are expected to be more engaged in their research development and for the offer on their current services to be expanded; Emerging Universities and University Colleges are demanded to build their foundations and strengths in their quality of teaching and polishing their overall repertoire.
To have a better understanding on the criteria of the SETARA Rating, below is a detailed table explaining each of the guidelines needed to be achieved by each higher education institution (HEIs).
Teaching & Learning
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What are the Top 5 Private Universities Rated Highly in SETARA Rating?
To be fair to the three respective categories of HEIs, I have taken the liberty of listing down the top 5 private universities from each category for your own perusal.
Top 5 Private Mature Universities
- University Teknologi Petronas
- International Medical University (IMU)
- Monash University Malaysia
- Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
- Curtin University, Malaysia
Top 5 Private Emerging Universities
- Management and Science University (MSU)
- Taylor’s University
- Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)
- Sunway University
- SEGi University
Top 5 Private University Colleges
- University of Cyberjaya
- Lincoln University College
- Tunku Abdul Rahman University College
- KDU University College
- University College TATI
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