Weigh varsity choice carefully, Khaled advises students

BANGI, Nov 19 — Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said students intending to further their studies at private higher learning institutions (IPTS) should not rush into picking their choice.

“There are more than 500 IPTS encompassing active private universities, university colleges, foreign university branch campuses and colleges that are registered with the ministry to consider,” he told reporters after launching the re-branding of Granada International College to International Open College (IOC) and launch of the Meteor Live ICT application at Open University Malaysia (OUM) here today.

He said the IOC was yet another choice for students who are not able to get into public higher learning institutions, and be assured that the ministry would continue to monitor IPTS to ensure that their teaching and learning quality was maintained.

On the Meteor Live application used by OUM and IOC, he noted that it had become a teaching and learning trend, which was also more student-friendly and in this regard, urged other IPTS to use the same approach and in the same breath support Malaysia’s bid to advance as a digital savvy country.

“Maybe all this while they did not have an approach or one that they could follow. With what is being done by OUM they can now consider looking at the system,” he said.

Meanwhile, Meteor Group executive officer Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali, who is also OUM vice chancellor said the IOC would complement OUM in empowering the country’s higher education sector.

IOC Board of Directors chairman Prof Dr Ishak Tambi Kechik said compared with other colleges, IOC which was set up in 2010 had chosen to adopt the “face to face” and “online” teaching and learning process.

He said IOC initially offered only five diploma-level programmes but now had been given the franchise by OUM to conduct the latter’s business and management degree programmes.

“With only diploma level programmes we found it rather difficult to attract students from overseas to come and study here,” he said.

He said among the diploma programmes offered by IOC are Diploma in Accountancy, Diploma in Human Resource Management, Diploma in Mass Communication and Diploma in Management with only three credits in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or equivalent to qualify for entry. — Bernama


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