Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) urged students who are interested to pursue online or distance learning courses tocross-check the accreditation of the local private or public universities with the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR).
MQA chief executive officer Datuk Dr Syed Ahmad Hussein said the agency provides accreditation on all the education institutions in Malaysia as well as their programmes and courses and the information can be found at MQR.
This was in response to a report that highlighted a local private educational institution which was allegedly offering degree certificates for a fee and collaborating with three foreign universities - charging up to RM6,500 for a degree, RM8,500 for a master's degree and RM10,500 for a PhD and an additional RM1,000 for convocation fees.
The institution has shut down its office in Subang Jaya after exposed.
Syed Ahmad also advised students to stay away from local educational institutions that only offer online or distance learning courses. The MQA only recognises those that offer both conventional and online courses.
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