D-Setara rating to evaluate universities' learning and teaching processes

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PUTRAJAYA: A new rating system known as the Discipline-Based Rating System (D-Setara) initiative has been introduced to rate the quality of learning and teaching of undergraduates.

It will cover four disciplines: Engineering; Tourism and Hospitality; Medical, Dental and Pharmacy as well as Health Sciences.

Implemented by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the four areas of study were chosen as the disciplines were underlined in the government’s education initiatives of the National Key Economic Areas.

The implementation of the D-Setara rating system is aimed at ensuring continuous improvement to the quality and competitiveness of higher learning institutions.

"The rating exercise also puts a benchmark for them to achieve the quality indicators, set,” Khaled said after delivering the ministry’s new year's mandate yesterday.

Khaled added that a D-SETARA main committee had been formed and its members comprised academicians, members from both the Malaysian Medical Council and Malaysian Board of Engineers.

It will be chaired by Prof Muhamad Jantan from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

The difference between D-Setara and Setara that was implemented in 2011, is that the former rates the disciplines offered at an institution while Setara rates the institution as a whole.

Under the D-Setara system, institutions are rated from Tier 1 to Tier 6, with “1” being the weakest, “2” (satisfactory), “3” (good), “4” (very good), “5” (excellent) and “6”(outstanding).

A total of 37 universities and university colleges have participated in the D-Setara rating exercise.

One of those rated as “outstanding” under the D-Setara system is Taylor's University, for its Hospitality and Tourism discipline.

Among those which scored “5” are Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia (Engineering): Universiti Malaya (Medical, Dental and Pharmacy); and Universiti Sains Malaysia (Health Sciences).
 

RESULTS OF THE D-SETARA RATING SYSTEM

TIER 1 - WEAK
TIER 2 - SATISFACTORY
TIER 3 - GOOD
TIER 4 - VERY GOOD
TIER 5 - EXCELLENT
TIER 6 - OUTSTANDING


HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM

TIER 6 -
Taylor's University

TIER 5 -
Management and Science University
Sunway University
Universiti Teknologi Mara

TIER 4 -
Universiti Utara Malaysia

TIER 3 -
Universiti Malaysia Sabah


ENGINEERING

TIER 5 -
Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia
Monash University Sunway Campus
Multimedia University
Universiti Malaysia Perlis
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Mara
Universiti Teknologi Petronas
Universiti Tenaga Nasional
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

TIER 4 -
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
USCI University
Universiti Industri Selangor
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Universiti Malaya
Universiti Malaysia Pahang
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia

TIER 3 -
Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia


MEDICINE, DENTAL AND PHARMACY

TIER 5 -
Universiti Malaya

TIER 4 -
AIMST University
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences
International Medical University
Monash University Sunway Campus
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Mara

TIER 3 -
USCI University
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia


HEALTH SCIENCES

TIER 5 -
International Medical University
Management and Science University
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia
Universiti Malaya
Universiti Sains Malaysia

TIER 4 -
Twintech International University College of Technology
USCI University
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Mara
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

TIER 3 -
Open University Malaysia
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak


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