15 ex-postgrads seek RM 7.5 mil from LUCT after MQA revokes accreditation
Threatened with suit, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology given 14 days to pay RM500,000 per person
Updated 2 hours ago · Published on 30 May 2022 8:00AM ·
KUALA LUMPUR – Fifteen former postgraduate students of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) are seeking RM7.5 million from the institution after the government revoked accreditation for their courses.
In a letter of demand sighted by The Vibes, LUCT was given 14 days to pay RM500,000 per student for the alleged damages incurred.
The former students also threatened the university with legal action if their demand was not met.
The group, represented by the legal firm Fernandez & Selvarajah, are from Iran, Bangladesh, Comoros, Pakistan, Nigeria, Senegal, Syria, Turkmenistan, and Gambia.
According to the letter dated May 11 this year, the former students discovered the university had lost its accreditation from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) in 2020, stripping their postgraduate degrees of global recognition.
The courses taken by the former students included the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management, Masters in Business Administration (MBA in Project Management), and Masters in Entrepreneurship courses, the letter stated.
Upon checking with LUCT, the former students claimed they were told the matter was being addressed with MQA and accreditation would be restored when they graduate.
The university, they claimed, also promised to resolve the issue by April or July 2021, but the deadline was later pushed back to September 2021.
The accreditation was never obtained, they claimed, and many of them went on to graduate, and return to their home countries.
Told to switch courses
The former students also alleged that those who pursued the MBA in Project Management course were asked to switch to an alternative and “restructured” MBA programme.
However, they declined the offer as they were already in the last semester of the programme, and because the new course was not accredited as well.
A former PhD in Management student also alleged she was asked to enrol for another unaccredited programme, despite higher fees and credit transfer costs, and “threats” over visa renewals.
Some of the former students claimed their visa statuses were put in jeopardy as they had overstayed and required to obtain special exit passes to leave Malaysia.
Of the fifteen former students named in the letter, three dropped out from their courses, while two others did not graduate.
The rest of them had graduated, but later discovered their postgraduate degrees were not accredited by MQA.
Furthermore, the graduates in the group claim the university asked for additional fees to have their certificates posted, apart from other resource fees.