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Sarawak ranked among top universities

Date posted: Thursday 15 Jul 2010

Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak campus has been ranked in the top tier of universities in Malaysia according to the 2009 MQA Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (Setara).

Of the 58 universities ranked, 18 higher education institutions attained 'excellent' status.

“Together with the granting of self -accreditation status to Swinburne Sarawak by the Minister of Higher Education recently, the Setara ranking adds another feather to the university’s cap,” Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Swinburne Sarawak Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen said.

Lueckenhausen said that the ranking exercise is in keeping with the current intention of the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to work towards achieving a world-class tertiary education system.

“Importantly, Swinburne Sarawak is part of an Australian university that understands that the graduate of tomorrow needs to be prepared to go out into the world, or in our case, take advantage of the world coming to Sarawak. This demands a new type of graduate with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to help create development and wealth for the state, as well as a successful career for themselves,” he said.

“Countries sending their students to Swinburne Sarawak can now be further assured that all government instrumentalities in Malaysia recognise the high quality of Swinburne programs.”

The 2009 MQA Rating System for Higher Education uses a rating mechanism that measures the performance of undergraduate teaching and learning in universities and university colleges in Malaysia.

The rating system uses a six-tier system of categorisation with tier six classed as ‘outstanding’ and tier one as ‘weak’. No university earned an ‘outstanding’ rating in 2009.