KDU College Damansara Jaya Merited 5 Star Rating In MyQUEST 2016/2017

Mr Shanker Sathivellu (from left), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administration, KDU University College, proudly receives the prestigious recognition from Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, the Higher Education Minister of Malaysia. The Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh (centre) sharing the joy with Mr Mohd Nazri Bin Mohd Ramli, Senior External Relations Executive (left) and Ms Nur Admi Kemalawati binti Mohamad Nawawi, Assistant Registrar of Vice-Chancellor's Office.
A big triumph for KDU in wrapping it up an abundant year of 2017!

With excellent quality of its programmes and practices as a private higher education institution, KDU College situated at the Damansara Jaya campus was awarded 5 Star (Excellent) by Malaysia Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges or MyQUEST 2016/2017.

The MyQUEST Rating Ceremony was held on December 18, 2017, at Intercontinental Hotel Kuala Lumpur, where KDU College represented by Mr Shanker Sathivellu, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administration, KDU University College, who proudly received this prestigious recognition from the Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

Datuk Seri Idris commented, “The ratings play a big part in our education system because it is a show of the quality of our education. From the ratings, students can pick and choose which college to attend.”

KDU’s representatives who also attended the event were Ms Nur Admi Kemalawati binti Mohamad Nawawi, Assistant Registrar; and Mr Mohd Nazri Bin Mohd Ramli, Senior External Relations Executive of Vice-Chancellor's Office.

MyQUEST held biennially since 2011, is a rating system developed by the Ministry to gauge the level of quality of private colleges in Malaysia. Scored from one to six stars, the system has shown this year’s results exemplified improved performances.

According to the organiser, the evaluation of private colleges was aimed at driving improvements in quality through developmental approaches, rating and self-assessment. MyQUEST is also part of the objective to achieve the Key Result Area (KRA) for the Ministry in improving the quality of education in this country.

In short, MyQUEST quality checks allow colleges to monitor and improve compliance and deficiencies. In turn, the improvements will assist colleges to be competitive and sustainable. The rating will assist the public to make an informed decisions in choosing the quality providers and study programmes to reduce the risk of making an inaccurate decision.

For the term of 2016/2017, there were more than 300 private colleges which were registered with the Department of Higher Education to join the rating system. Out of that, 276 colleges qualified to be audited and finally, only 206 agreed to be rated. Besides KDU, there were another 62 colleges that received a 5 Star rating. This made a ratio of 31% of the total qualifier in this process.

The rating criteria were based on the overall score and a reflection of the college as an entity in the following five areas – students (10%), resources (30%), Quality Management System (QMS, 30%), programme recognition (10%) and graduates recognition (20%).

Since its establishment in 1983, KDU College offers quality international programmes with great student experience through its partnership with top universities around the world. Its close collaboration with top-ranking foreign university and education partners also ensures students of globally-recognized pre-university and bachelor degree qualifications that are equivalent to those awarded by the partners’ home campuses. KDU students thus have the best of both worlds at their doorstep.

Being a 5 STAR rating private institution, KDU College is entitled to the special privileges such as Immigration green lane, ability to franchise its programmes, ability to obtain sponsored students from selected agencies and be regarded among the top Colleges in Malaysia.

Prior to this, KDU had been awarded Putra Brand Award 2017 in November, and also The Edge Malaysia Pioneer Development Award 2017 in October this year. MyQUEST 5 Star is as if an icing on the cake to wrap up an abundant and fruitful year for KDU!