Invitation and organized by MQA, date: 11 March 2012, time: 8.30am to 4.30pm, venue: Grand Ballroom, Equatorial Bangi.
Untuk IPTS macam KIPSAS, mungkin tidak berapa terlibat sebab major students adalah daripada golongan lepasan SPM. Tetapi kepada IPTA/IPTS yang lebih besar, accreditation begini sangat penting untuk meningkatkan jumlah tenaga kerja Malaysia yang memiliki Ijazah Sarjana Muda (cuma aspek kualiti yang sangat perlu dipertingkatkan).
Sempat jugak aku berborak dengan wakil Kolej Islam dan Teknologi Antarabangsa (KITAB) Pulau Pinang. Mungkin make sense, katanya ada universiti terbuka (bukan bumiputera) yang mana market terdiri daripada pelajar Cina lepasan PMR, bekerja dalam 5 tahun, terus offer dibuat ijazah. It opens opportunity kepada banyak unethical issues dalam education semata-mata to increase the degree holder dalam Malaysia.
Sedutan daripada MQA website:
THE Seminar and Workshop on Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL): Nurturing Understanding of APEL Policies and Practices was held at Equatorial Hotel, Bangi, on 10 and 11 March 2011. The event, organized by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), was officiated by His Excellency Datuk Ab. Rahim Md. Noor, the Secretary General of Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.
Dato’ Dr. Syed Ahmad in his welcoming remark thanked HE Datuk Ab. Rahim, international speakers and institutional participants for sparing their times and efforts to attend the seminar. He stated that this gathering was to look into these (APEL) practices, to understand better how it works and how to translate [life] experiences into formal credits that are respectable and acceptable for inclusion in awarding qualifications. He also added that the outcomes of this two-day event will be the basis for MQA to develop the quality assurance framework for APEL practices.
HE Datuk Ab. Rahim in his opening speech regarded lifelong learning as not entirely new in the Malaysian higher education system but its practice is rather limited and its scope restrictive. He added that the time has arrived for it to be more significantly located, and for it to enjoy the parity of esteem that it deserves. He also urged to stop give negative and de-motivating labels on lifelong learners as lifelong learning can only flourish if learners are motivated, respected and rewarded.
He also offered his view on the importance of addressing the issues of access, of progression and of success as one integrated package to ensure workable practices to support lifelong learners. He reminded APEL should not be regarded and must not earn a reputation as an easy access to higher education. The principle of educational merit at the point of access must still apply. Higher education providers must also put in place a sound and dedicated educational support system to ensure good, fair and credible learning progression of lifelong learners.
He also recognized this APEL undertaking by MQA is in line with the National Higher Education Strategic Trust on ‘Enculturation of Lifelong Learning’ and the quality document expected of it, once ready, would be a crucial guide for higher education providers to address comprehensively the provisions of lifelong learning in their program delivery.