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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
International University of Malaya - Wales Sdn Bhd??
By Norman Fernandez
Deputy Chairman, DAP Johor.
Salam and Happy New Year.
Reading today's Star paper, I came accross an advertisement at pg. 21 of Intensive English Training offered by an institution called International University of Malaya-Wales Sdn Bhd.
I am wondering how did the Registrar of Company approve a name which bears close resemblance to a premier university in Malaysia - University Malaya. Secondly, isn't the word "university" gazetted or could anyone form a Sdn Bhd University? Lastly, is it not the government and the Minister of (Higher) Education who can sanction this accreditation status ?
My fear is that this will open up the floodgates to misuse and deception very similar to the situation in United States where thousands of degree mills with names similar to renowned universities offer degrees to doctorates to gullible people including to those who wish to buy these qualifications in order to deceive others.
Are we also going to see a stream of Africans coming into Malaysia with a letter of offer from International University of Malaya and the immigration officers unable to distinguish between the real McCoy and the dud, between the real and prestigious University Malaya and a Sdn Bhd incorporated International University of Malaya.
I dare say, unless action and immediate action is taken there is a serious and real (danger?) including the loss of reputation. Next, we may have Ustaz "Bombay" and the likes of him also opening his own Sdn Bhd universities.
You know all the "high up's". Maybe you can pass it on or highlight in your blog. If the authorities have no objection to International University of Malaya Sdn Bhd, then maybe I too wish to start my own Sdn Bhd university - maybe University Johor Sdn Bhd. How ?
My comments : Thank you for highlighting this. As a practising lawyer, you may be better aware of the legalities and the gazetting requirements of using the word 'university'. A few years ago there was a lot of controversy over the upgrading of colleges to universities.
Finally many private colleges became 'university-colleges'. So what is the criteria behind a Sdn Bhd university?
I hope the rightful authorities wake up and rub the sleep from their eyes.