Soalan Lazim (FAQ)
- To legislate, re-assess, check and establish the policy related to private higher education.
- To process all applications related to private higher education institutions (PHEI) under the legal provision.
- To set standards for PHEI and to ensure that the standards are adhered to.
- To monitor and to enforce regulations related to the management of PHEI under the private higher education provision.
- To manage the collection of all fees related to PHEI and the Department of Private Education Trustee Account.
- To provide advice, guidance, counselling and consultation (regarding private higher education) to clients.
- To manage the collection of data and information related to private higher education.
- To be the referral source for matters related to private higher education in Malaysia.
3. What is the vision and mission of PHE Management Sector?
Vision & Mission:
PHE Management Sector’s vision is for Private Higher Education to become the catalyst for attaining quality, competitive and world-class knowledge.
PHE Management Sector’s mission it to ensure that private higher education is of the highest quality through proper policy planning, legislation, facilitation, encouragement and excellent service in order to produce knowledgeable and ethical individuals.
This Sector has always been committed to the task of ensuring that PHEIs provide quality education to the students. It is compulsory for all courses of study to obtain Accreditation from Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and recognition from Public Service Department (PSD).
PHEIs especially at university and university college levels are encouraged to seek international recognition for some programmes that are being offered to international students.
4. How many Private Higher Education Institutions are there in Malaysia?
The total number of PHEIs in the country as at 31 July 2010 is 445, including those with university, university college and foreign university branch campus status. The Ministry is still receiving applications for upgrading to university colleges or university status and also establishment of foreign university branch campuses in Malaysia as well as for the establishment of colleges.
Setting Up Private Higher Education
1. Can expatriates’ teaching pass be transferable from institution A to institution B?
According to the Department of Immigration Malaysia, expatriates with teaching passes should return to their countries of origin after their passes have expired and remain there for a period of six months before reapplying to teach in another institute. This is to prevent ‘job-hopping’ amongst expatriates and to safeguard the interests of local professionals.
2. Do expatriates require a teaching permit?
Yes, all local and foreign lecturers require a teaching permit according to Act 555.
3. Can a teaching pass be extended?
Yes, as long as there is an accompanying letter from a related body like the Department of Immigration.
4. Can a course be taught in English?
Yes, once approval is obtained from the Ministry of Higher Education.
5. My institution uses only part-time teacher. What is MQA’s stand on this matter?
MQA does not allow PHEIs to use part-time teachers fully as they are regarded as temporary teachers. PHEIs need to have at least 60% permanent teachers.
6. Who is defined as a permanent teacher?
A permanent teacher is a teacher who has been appointed on a permanent basis or who has at least a one year contract and is to have full time responsibilities at the PHEI.