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Datuk Dr Rahmah Mohamed said the agency had received 360 applications for diploma programme assessment at vocational colleges in December, and these were now being processed. (BERNAMA)

CYBERJAYA: The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) is expected to receive about 400 applications for vocational college programme assessment this year.

This, said its chief executive officer Datuk Dr Rahmah Mohamed, would go a long way towards empowering Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country.

She said the agency had received 360 applications for diploma programme assessment at vocational colleges in December, and these were now being processed.

“We will evaluate the programmes to ensure that they meet the stipulated standards. If the programmes need improvement, MQA will guide the colleges. For instance, if there was a need to have a lab or collaborate with the industry, we will assist them so that the programmes can be improved.

“This is to produce skilled graduates who can meet industry requirements,” she told reporters after delivering her New Year message.

Rahmah said MQA last year received applications for 1,145 programmes to be assessed, 654 of which were for temporary accreditation and 491 for full accreditation.

“The assessment process takes about three months for temporary accreditation and seven for full accreditation,” she said.

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