Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has assured that an investigation will be carried out to ensure there was no miscommunication in Oman's decision to ban four Malaysian universities. (Bernama photo)

JAKARTA: Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has assured that an investigation will be carried out to ensure there was no miscommunication in Oman's decision to ban four Malaysian universities.

He said for the time being, he viewed positively the Times of Oman report that Omani students were not allowed to enrolled in the universities.

"If there is a mistake, we will improve on it. In Malaysia, quality of education is important.

"This is not just to attract international students to our shores. Quality education is also for the good of the people as a whole. So we don’t need to compromise on the quality of education in the country,“ he said.

He said in Malaysia, there are various monitoring bodies like MyRA for research universities, SETARA and MyQUEST for colleges.

"Through this stringent monitoring, we know the level of quality that we have in our country. We have our own yardstick to measure the quality of higher education institutes,” said Idris.

He was referring on the news on the decision of the Committee for the Recognition of Non-Omani Higher Education Institutions and the Equivalence of Educational Qualifications, in the country’s Ministry of Higher Education to stop dealing with a number of Malaysian universities.

The universities are Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), SEGI University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and Binary University of Management & Entrepreneurship.

Idris is currently on a three-day visit to Jakarta comprising a courtesy call to Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Republic of Indonesia Professor H. Mohamad Nasir and a bilateral meeting between the two Ministries today.

In the afternoon, he delivered a keynote speech titled “Redesigning Higher Education for the Future and the 4th Industrial Revolution: A Malaysia-Indonesia Experience” at the Future Of Modern Education exhibition organised by Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).

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