42 private varsities, colleges struck off in 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — The government revoked approvals for 27 private higher learning institutes and deregistered 15 private universities last year for failing to meet standards, the deputy higher education minister has said.
Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the institutes and universities in question had been guilty of offering poor quality premises, teaching staff, management and governance to students.
“In 2009, 32 private institutions were disbanded and 13 more were deregistered as they were non-viable,” he said during Question Time in Parliament today.
Saifuddin was replying to Padang Terap MP Mohd Nasir Zakaria, who asked the ministry to state the number of private universities and university colleges in the country.
Mohd Nasir also asked about the grants given to private universities and university colleges as well as their enrolment numbers.
Saifuddin said as of January this year, there were 24 private universities, 20 university colleges and five overseas universities with local campuses.
“The total number of private institutions, including private universities, university colleges and foreign universities with local campuses, is 485,” he said.
“The total number of students enrolled in all private institutions is 541,629.”
The Temerloh MP said the fundamental research grant scheme (FRGS) was reopened in 2009 by the Education Ministry and was initially offered to Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), Malaysia Multimedia University (MMU) and Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP).
“That year, 30 research projects were sponsored for the three universities involving grants of RM1.4 million,” he said.
He added that in 2010, the FRGS was opened to all private universities, university colleges and universities from overseas with local campuses.