Malaysia’s best Medical, Dentistry and Pharmacy Schools according to MQA D-SETARA rating

January 12, 2015
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Which are the best medical, dentistry and pharmacy schools in Malaysia? The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) recently announced the results of the Discipline-Based Rating System (D-SETARA).

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The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), responsible for quality assurance of higher education for both public and private sectors, has released the results of its latest Discipline-based Rating System or D-SETARA today.

The new rating system is different from SETARA. The former categorises universities as a whole using a tier system based on the Malaysian Qualifications Framework whereas D-SETARA  assesses the quality of teaching and learning of a certain field of study only.

1. University of Malaya (UM)

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UM offers specialisations that may not be available in other universities in Malaysia, especially in the medical and education fields. The university has always upheld the highest standards in education, as witnessed by verification from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency for all of its courses on offer.

New fundamentals in research that have been put into place has strengthened UM’s position in local and foreign publications and citations, raising the quality steadily each year since 2010.

2. AIMST University

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The AIMST University medical programme is modeled on the clinically integrated curriculum followed by major medical schools in the United Kingdom and also incorporates local requirements stipulated by the Malaysian Medical Council. The 5-year medical programme is conducted entirely within the State.

3. Cyberjaya University College of Medical Science

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The Faculty of Medicine at CUCMS has been in the country for nearly nine years. Since its establishment, it has produced five batches of medical graduates. Its medical programme applies student-centred learning approach, the teaching and training in military medicine, disaster management and humanitarian relief training. In 2011, it received 5-tier rating by the MQA.

4. International Medical University (IMU)

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IMU has over 22 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education. In 2011, IMU received a Tier-5 rating in the SETARA ratings by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). IMU’s lecturers are highly-qualified in their fields of expertise with extensive experience.

Through exclusive arrangements with their partner universities, senior faculty members from those universities participate in yearly quality assurance reviews which ensures that IMU’s benchmarks global standards.

5. Monash University

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The MBBS of course of Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences at Monash University Malaysia has received accreditation from the Australian Medical Council (AMC), making it the first medical course fully conducted in Malaysia to be accredited by a foreign medical accreditation council.

6. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

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Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) or The National University of Malaysia (NUM) is located at Bangi, Selangor, about 35km south of Kuala Lumpur. UKM has a teaching hospital, the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) located in Cheras and a branch campus in Kuala Lumpur.

7. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

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Chosen as the APEX university by the Ministry of Higher Education as the university with the most potential for excellence in innovation and research, USM continues to live up to its promise by delivering on groundbreaking research, sustainable facilities and long-term innovative plans.

Their dedication to quality has earned them Malaysian Qualifications Agency verification status for their programmes, while their research has brought them into partnership with leading industry players.

8. University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)

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Universiti Malaysia Sarawak was officially established in 1992, with its two pioneering faculties of that time, the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Resource Science and Technology.

The university grew in the following years, with four more faculties opening and a growing number of staff and students. Currenlty, the university has 14 institutes and support centres that ensures well facilitated studies and research for the students and staff.

9. UCSI University

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UCSI originated as the Canada Institute of Computer Studies, a computer-based training centre in SS2, Petaling Jaya. In 1989, it changed its name to Sedaya College when it was given College status, and subsequently, Sedaya International College to reflect its growing international focus. It was upgraded to University College in 2003 and University in 2008, and thus changed its name to UCSI University.

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