Important Tips You Should Know Before Selecting a Private University to Further Your Studies

Published by Afterschool.my on Jun 07, 2021, 03:15 pm

One of the many man-made stigmas that revolve around private universities (IPTS) and studying in private universities (IPTS) is that you are not competent enough. To this day, you can still hear people saying that studying in private universities (IPTS) means you didn’t perform well enough in your public exams and that you have failed UPU due to high competition. This is not true and there are many other reasons why students often prefer to enrol themselves in private universities.

Private Universities

Here are the primary reasons why most students opt to further their studies in private university

  • The courses offered meet the needs of the current & future industries
  • Comprehensive learning facilities provided
  • Direct exposure to industry related courses are offered
  • High potential to get a job after graduation
  • Opportunity to strengthen English language proficiency
  • Opportunity to pursue studies abroad through the Twinning Program with low fees

Yes, no doubt, fees are expensive, but is it true that private universities are all about making profits? Only people who are less ingenious would claim that private universities are all about profit. Did you know that the fees at public universities (IPTA) are partly funded by the government ? If there is no education subsidy, the total cost of study for the field offered will be the same  or even more than private universities.

Some of you may get easily deceived by the cheap tuition fee offered in some private universities that stops you from thinking about the potential of the course taken after graduation. Where will it lead you to and are there any prospective employers who would be interested to hire you? Will the education be meaningful enough to help you grow to your full potential? Hence, it is crucial that you make a proper judgment and think of the long term before you select a university.

Tips for Choosing the Right Private University (IPTS)

The Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) recently revealed that many students have been scammed to study unaccredited courses by authorized recruiting agents. This syndicate is led by authorized agents that are appointed by the higher education institutions, and they offer students unaccredited courses in order to gain more profit. To make sure that you don’t make a mistake when selecting a private university, here is a checklist that you must know before making such important decisions:

  • The private university (IPTS) is registered with the Ministry of Higher Education (Click here to check for the latest registered IPTS)
  • The course of study offered is still valid (Can be referenced in the checklist of registered IPTS: certificate of registration)
  • Courses of study are accredited by MQA (Click here to find out how you can check if a course is accredited by MQA). To browse through a complete list of courses offered by top Universities & Colleges in Malaysia, click here
  • The fee structure is approved by the Ministry of Higher Education
  • Complete and suitable facilities and infrastructure
  • Courses of study are recognized by the Public Service Departments (PSD) (Click here to check for PSD Recognition)
  • Listed in SETARA Rating (for IPTS with university college or university level) or MyQuest (for private colleges) for university quality level value (To check SETARA Rating, refer to the official portal of the university/college)
  • Get the advice of a certified counsellor on the best IPTS offered for study programs that are of interest and have job potential. You can set an appointment for free consultation with our expert counsellors by CLICKING HERE

All the above recommendations are tips issued by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. The Department of Higher Education also recommends that students examine the following to choose the most suitable IPTS:

  • Check and understand the terms and conditions set by the IPTS.
  • Visit the IPTS first to see the real condition.
  • Avoid being influenced by all sorts of offers and advertisements published in the press (such as money loans, allowance, free laptops and so on).
  • Get advice from expert education counselors (You can CLICK HERE for FREE advice)

If you are interested in applying to a private university but unsure of which private university is best suited for the course you want to pursue, you can browse through a list of top private universities in Malaysia by CLICKING HERE. Some of the best private institutions offering students with top notch educational programmes from a spectrum of fields include MMU, Medic ED, ADMAL, TAR UC, INTEC, KYUEM, MSU, Imperium International College, Limkokwing and IUKL.

You can also schedule a personalized 20 minutes FREE counselling with our expert counsellors by CLICKING HERE. Finally, we hope that this article will to some extent prevent you from being cheated by any irresponsible private universities (IPTS). Make sure that it is worth the educational investment made. We wish you good luck and you are also advised to read the related articles below as a guide.

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