SETARA 2009 – University Grading System in Malaysia for Undergraduates

by BerryBerryTeacher

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For students seeking entry into public or private universities in Malaysia, you might be interested to know the quality of teaching and learning (limited to undergraduate level only) for universities and university colleges in the country. The SETARA 2009 scale conducted by MQA aims to do just that. Berry Berry Easy would advise all to do research on universities, especially individual faculties/schools before making a decision.

The list provided is broken into public and private universities/UCs for easy reference.

SETARA 2009 – 2009 Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions
aka Sistem Penarafan Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Malaysia 2009

Rating System: SETARA 2009 – 2009 Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions
Study Conducted by: MQA
Year: 2009
Objective: To measure the quality of teaching and learning at undergraduate level
Involvement: Universities and university colleges in Malaysia
Focuses: Curriculum matters with output focussed on the quality of graduates.
System: Divided into 6 Tiers


In total, there were 7 public universities awarded Tier 5:Excellent ratings as compared to 10 for private universities. Both public and private universities/university colleges had 11 institutions obtaining Tier 4: Very Good rating. Four private university colleges obtained Tier 3: Good rating. However, there were 2 public institutions and 8 private institutions which participated but were not rated due to reasons stated below.


Public Universities (in alphabetical order)

Tier 6: Outstanding

Tier 5: Excellent
International Islamic University Malaysia
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Universiti Malaya
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Mara (Kampus Shah Alam)

Tier 4: Very Good
Universiti Darul Iman (now Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin)
Universiti Malaysia Pahang
Universiti Malaysia Perlis
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia
Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
Universiti Utara Malaysia

Tier 3: Good

Tier 2: Satisfactory

Tier 1: Weak

Not Rated
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
Universiti Pertahanan Nasional


Private Universities (in alphabetical order)

Tier 6: Outstanding

Tier 5: Excellent
Curtin University of Technology Sarawak Campus
International Medical University
Management and Science University
Monash University Sunway Campus
Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
Taylor’s University College (now Taylor’s University)
The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Universiti Kuala Lumpur
Universiti Multimedia
Universiti Teknologi Petronas

Tier 4: Very Good
AIMST University
Asia Pacific University College of Technology and Innovation
Cyberjaya University College of Medical Science
INTI University College (now INTI International University)
Kolej Universiti Infrastruktur Kuala Lumpur
Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
Nilai University College
UCSI University
Universiti Industri Selangor
Universiti Tenaga Nasional
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak

Tier 3: Good
Binary University College of Management & Entrepreneurship
International University College of Technology Twintech
Kolej Universiti Insaniah
Kolej Universiti Metropolitan Kuala Lumput

Tier 2: Satisfactory

Tier 1: Weak

Not Rated
Al-Madinah International University
Berjaya University College of Hospitality
Kolej Universiti TATi
Malaysia University of Science and Technology
Masterskill University College of Health Sciences
Open University Malaysia
SEGi University College
Wawasan Open University

Some institutions participated in SETARA 2009 but were not rated due to being either of:

  1. new institutions of higher learning
  2. have not produced graduates/no final year students
  3. do not offer undergraduate programmes
  4. non-conventional such as Open Universities


Just as with any list, make sure you understand the interpretation. At the minimum, you should realise that this is a list regarding the quality of undergrads produced by universities or university colleges, not for postgraduates.

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