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Foreign students’ degrees unrecognised after MQA revokes accreditation for LimKokWing courses
Monday, 03 May 2021 03:20 PM MYT
BY SHAHRIN AIZAT NOORSHAHRIZAM
KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 — Upon finding out that the accreditation for the course they had taken has been revoked by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA), two student representatives from the LimKokWing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) expressed concern over their future.
A foreign student representative from the university who only wished to be identified as Mohamad said that more than 800 foreign students are affected by the issue including the visa renewal process that has been delayed up to 14 weeks.
“We, the students, are about to embark on our professional careers with great uncertainty and fear. Numerous Bachelors, MBA (Masters of Business Administration degree) and PhD courses have had their accreditation revoked by the MQA — this is because of LimKokWing’s inability to maintain certain requirements and standards set by the relevant authorities,” one of the students said during a press conference organised by DAP at their headquarters here.
Mohammed said that he started MBA in 2018 before the course was revoked by MQA in 2019 and was told by the university that he can finish the course but the “qualification” might not be recognised.
“It’s not just me, more than 800 foreign students are also going through the same thing,” he added.
Former deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching said that the program that the students signed up for was fully accredited but then revoked due to unsatisfactory quality of the course.
She suggested that the university should take corrective action towards the issue and reapply for the accreditation.
“So what the university can do is they need to take immediate corrective actions and then reapply for accreditation.
“For last year (since the revocation) until now, remedy action has not been taken or if they have taken any, it’s not good enough to persuade MQA to give them (LimKokWing university) full accreditation. I hope that LimKokWing can sort this out for its students,” DAP’s Kulai lawmaker said.
Students take Limkokwing University to task over unaccredited courses
Programmes offered without Malaysian Qualifications Agency nod make their degrees worthless, foreign students also face visa woes
Updated 4 hours ago · Published on 03 May 2021 4:00PM
KUALA LUMPUR – Two students, representing more than 840 others at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), have taken aim at the institution for offering programmes that lack Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) accreditation, making their degrees worthless.
Muhammad Ameer Fakhri, a local, and a foreign student identified only as Muhammad shared their plight during a press conference hosted by Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming at the DAP headquarters today.
Muhammad came to Malaysia in 2019 to obtain a master’s degree in business administration, but the course offered at LUCT had its accreditation revoked last year.
“It was only in my last semester that I found out the university failed to get accreditation (for the course).
He said hundreds of foreign students arrive every year to study at LUCT, only to find out later that their courses are not recognised either locally or globally.
These students also find it difficult to extend their visas after the accreditation is revoked.
“We were told that to obtain a new visa under a new programme, we had to go back to our home country,” said Muhammad.
“But if we go back, how can we be sure that we will obtain a new visa so that we can return to finish our studies?”
Former deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching, who was present at the presser, said MQA revokes accreditation if a course does not follow the syllabus, or if the academic staff do not have the proper qualifications.
“The Higher Education Ministry can instruct the affected students to take another course, or study at a different institution.
“The cost must be borne by the university, and not the affected students.
“At the moment, the certificates given by the university are worth nothing. The students might not even get a job,” she said, adding that LUCT must take corrective action and improve its standards.
Meanwhile, lawyer Syahredzan Johan pointed out that the affected students could initiate a class-action suit against the institution.
The students in a letter demanded that LUCT obtain accreditation for its courses, and if it is unable to do so, to compensate them.
Those who want to further their studies at other universities also demanded that LUCT arrange a credit transfer without forcing foreign students to leave the country due to visa rules.
“Requests made by students to have their credits transferred to a different university have also not been successful,” said the letter.
“Our requests have not been entertained by Limkokwing University, nor our credits accepted as a result of the revocation of accreditation.
We students request to be released from the shackles of Limkokwing, and to be allowed to take our time and finances elsewhere so that we may continue our education at a respectable institution.
“The international students request to have their visas transferred to a different university without having to leave the country, as due to the pandemic, we would not be able to return without having to pay the hefty costs of air travel and quarantine.” – The Vibes, May 3, 2021