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University of Nottingham Malaysia rated Tier 5 Excellent in SETARA 2017

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The University of Nottingham Malaysia has been awarded Tier 5 (Excellent) status in the rating system for Malaysian higher education institutions by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) under the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. The University of Nottingham Malaysia also has 5-star rating in the Malaysian Research Assessment exercise (MyRA), making it the highest rated international university in Malaysia in terms of the quality of its research and innovation.

“The University of Nottingham Malaysia is proud to play its role in the Malaysian higher education environment. This rating is an acknowledgment of our contribution to the broader aims of the Malaysian Higher Education Blueprint” said  University of Nottingham Malaysia’s Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning) Professor Ong Fon Sim.

The objective of SETARA is to enhance the quality of higher education in Malaysia and this exercise involves a rigorous assessment conducted by MQA. Public and private universities were assessed under four criterias; institutional profiles; teaching and learning; research capacity and services and income generation.

According to University of Nottingham Malaysia’s CEO and Provost Professor Graham Kendall: “We are proud that we are continually highly rated in exercises such as MyRA and SETARA, as well achieving in many other areas of both student and staff activity. As a UK university that has been in Malaysia for almost 20 years we feel that we are now an established part of the higher education landscape and make a recognised contribution to the sector. Ratings such as SETARA and MyRA validate what we are doing, but we are conscious that this is just a snapshot of our performance at a given point in time and that we have to continually develop and improve."

University Awards

Since 2010, the University of Nottingham Malaysia has held the award of ‘Excellent’ status from SETARA and Self-Accreditation Status from MOHE. The University’s research excellence has also been recognised with a 5-star rating in MyRA since 2014.

Globally, the University of Nottingham is ranked among the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2017/18 and is ranked 8th in the UK by research power according to REF 2014. In September 2016, The University of Nottingham was recognised as the best university in the UK for graduate employment (according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide).


Notes to Editors: The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the top one per cent in the world. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.

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Posted on 17th November 2017

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