The Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for University and University College Excellence (SETARA) measures the quality of all public and private universities and university colleges, including foreign branch campuses. SETARA 2019 ratings are for higher learning institutions (HLIs) that have been in operation for at least five years and have produced one cohort of graduates at a minimum.
‘This milestone is a fresh start for the University to provide an exceptional educational experience to our students despite the challenges with the current pandemic situation,’ said Professor Dr Mohamad Khan, Vice-Chancellor, Asia Metropolitan University. ‘We are proud to be rated SETARA 4-Star by the Ministry of Higher Education and will continue to provide the best education services to all.’
SETARA rating was developed under the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 for Higher Education, it employs a rigorous assessment methodology to rate an education institution’s three core functions, namely teaching, research and services. Although measured against the same performance metric, each of the three categories has its weightage so that their diversity, as well as unique strengths and challenges specific to their niche, are fairly represented.
Asia Metropolitan University was placed under the Emerging University category which is a university that has been established within the last 15 years. The other categories were Mature Universities, universities that are more than 15 years old, and University Colleges which are institutions with University College status regardless of their history.
The Emerging University assessments were based on the General 40%, Teaching & Learning 40%, Research 15% and Services 5%. All these factors contributed to the rating and AMU has achieved the benchmark for the General and Teaching & Learning and Research while Services scored between median and benchmark.