By Syifarida Muhamad Zaki
Photy by Noor Azreen Awang
SERDANG, Sept 30 – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has undergone the Malaysian Qualifications Agency’s (MQA) Self Accreditation Maintenance Audit for three consecutive days beginning September 28.
The evaluation for UPM is important to gain feedback on academic autonomy benefits particularly in the aspects of standard compliance, initiatives, good practices and improvements which have been carried out by UPM from 2011 until this year.
UPM was awarded the Accreditation Status by MQA on April 29, 2010, with the awarding of the status subject to a review by MQA at least once in five years.
With the Accreditation Status, UPM could give accreditation to its own study programmes without getting the approval from MQA.
The accreditation is a form of institutional autonomy for UPM to enhance its assurance on quality academic programmes through continuous evaluation of its own.
Therefore, the accreditation status could help expedite the approval for an academic programme via an effective internal quality assurance system.
The assessment process is coordinated by the Office of Corporate Strategic and Communication (CoSComm), with UPM featuring six MQA panel auditors, chaired by Prof. Dr. Hazman Shah Abdullah.
The review focuses on nine key areas as contained in the Code of Practice for Institutional Audit (COPIA) with the programme implementation is based on the standards set by MQA and the Code of Practice for Programmes Audit (COPPA).
The closing of the event was done by UPM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato Dr. Mohd Fauzi Ramlan. – UPM.
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Universiti Putra Malaysia
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