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Sarawak awarded self-accreditation status

Date posted: Tuesday 25 May 2010

Swinburne University of Technology’s Sarawak campus has been awarded self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education.

Swinburne Sarawak was among eight Malaysian institutions to be granted self-accrediting status including Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Monash University Sunway Campus, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Curtin University of Technology Sarawak.

The status gives the institutions autonomy to accredit their courses without going through the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Swinburne Sarawak Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen said the self-accrediting status is proof that the high quality of education the university offers is internationally recognised.

“With the support of the Sarawak government and the government of Malaysia, Swinburne Sarawak is now recognised as one of eight universities in Malaysia that has the program and operational quality mechanisms in place to provide quality degrees that are recognised not only by the international community but by the key authorities within Malaysia,” Lueckenhausen said.

“The award means that the deployment of Swinburne Sarawak as a foreign branch campus university in Kuching has been successful.”

“It also shows that it is worth investing in more highly qualified staff, a greater number of undergraduate, master and doctoral/PhD degree programs and in further research and development.”
According to Lueckenhausen, the campus will continue to grow its resources to remain a world-class university of choice in Sarawak and the region.

“Swinburne’s mission is to deliver undifferentiated programs so that all graduates receive the same degree, understanding, knowledge and skills, as well as the opportunity to have their qualification recognised internationally and the capacity to find high quality employment.”

“Prospective and current students can now be assured that all government instrumentalities in Malaysia recognise the high quality of Swinburne Sarawak programs,” he said.