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The University of Nottingham achieves a "Competitive" rating in the latest SETARA 2022


The University of Nottingham has achieved the Competitive (Berdaya Saing) rating by SETARA 2022, which is the highest rating in SETARA’s newly enhanced assessment. This rating, awarded by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), sets a new benchmark for UNM from its previous 5-star “Excellent” rating in SETARA 2018/2019.  

The ratings of SETARA 2022 are based on rigorous evaluations of 2021 data by MOHE-elected auditors on 104 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Malaysia, in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.  

Recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Malaysian education system, the latest SETARA 2022 rating has been streamlined into two categories, which are Competitive (Berdaya Saing) and Viable (Berdaya Maju). This modified rating offers a fair and realistic evaluation while maintaining a rigorous assessment of each HEI’s implementation in providing quality education during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Universities awarded with the Competitive ranking are selected for their outstanding performance in fulfilling the assessment criteria for HEIs in Malaysia. Factors that contribute to the ranking ranged from academic staff recognition and the quality of graduates to the quantity of research publications and the university’s education and training programmes. 

UNM’s achievement in gaining the “Competitive” rating in SETARA 2022 is attributed to the university’s excellent performance in all four assessment criteria, which are the university’s general performance, teaching and learning, research, and service.  

UNM’s “Competitive” rating cements the university’s steadfast dedication and continuous growth in providing educational excellence to its academic community during unprecedented times. This accomplishment also follows UNM’s achievement ranking as one of the top 100 universities in the world by QS World University Rankings 2024.   

The SETARA rating was formed by MOHE in 2007 to ensure the quality and standards of HEIs and has been completed six times since its commencement. This assessment is mandatory for all HEIs in Malaysia that fulfil the basic requirements. In previous years, the SETARA rating used a scale of 1 to 6 stars to assess the level and performance of HEIs.  

Posted on 27th September 2023

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