In accordance with the laws and regulations issued by the Ministry of Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman, an Omani student who wishes to study in Malaysia must enrol in a recognized university by the Ministry of Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman. In addition, the intended programme is must be fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA), not provisionally accredited.
Dear Omani students, please be aware of the following:
– It is possible for any institution in Malaysia to issue an initial offer to a student in order to promote a specific programme and admit students in it, and then wait for the first batch of graduates, but that does not mean at all this programme is fully accredited by MQA. In many similar cases previously faced by Omani students, it is possible to extend the current provisionally accreditation for one year or more, and there is a possibility that the programme will not receive full accreditation in the near future.
– Any institution can never confirm that a current programme with provisional accreditation will receive a “full accreditation” from MQA. The reason is the full accreditation is completely based on the criteria of the MQA solely without the intervention of the institution management and not even the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education. In addition, the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman does request a copy of the offer letter which is issued by the institution to the student and decide the type of accreditation (full or provisional) based on the date of the offer, not on the date of graduation. If the date of the offer was before receiving the full accreditation by MQA, the MOHE Oman will not approve the final authentication and equivalence of the qualification.
There were previous cases with some students who registered in programmes with provisional accreditation for a bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degree. These students were instructed by MOHE Oman to discontinue their studies in these programmes and enrol in programmes with the “full accreditation “.
Those Omani students involved in such issues were not basically registered in the MOHE Oman online system (ASAS) and did not obtain an approval MOHE Oman to study in Malaysia. Unfortunately some students avoid obtaining this approval, do not check whether the university is recognized or not, and do verify the accreditation of the programme. This leads to a rejection to obtain authentication and equivalence of the qualification from MOHE Oman or having to change the programme or the university, which entails loss of time and increased charges.