Developed under the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 for Higher Education, SETARA employs a rigorous assessment methodology to rate an education institution’s three core functions, namely teaching, research and services. Although measured against the same performance metric, each of the three categories have their own weightage so that their diversity, as well as unique strengths and challenges specific to their niche are fairly represented.

The last rating exercise was completed in 2017 involving institutions of university and university college status, which performance are rated and weighted as follows:

  • Mature universities: Universities which are over 15 years old.
  • Emerging universities: Universities which have been established within the last 15 years.
  • University colleges: Institutions with university college status regardless of their history.
Teaching & learning30%40%50%

*Weight given for each performance area

University colleges and emerging universities are expected to build their strengths in teaching and overall profile first, whereas mature universities are expected to engage in more research and expand services that they offer.

General: Instituational ProfileTeaching & LearningResearch CapacityServices and Income Generation
  • Student quality and diversity
  • Lecturer capability
  • Academic staff recognition
  • Quality management system
  • Financial sustainability
  • Institutional reputation
  • Capacity of academic staff
  • Student satisfaction on teaching and facilities
  • Quality of graduates
  • Internationalisation of Academic programmes
  • Program recognition
  • Critical mass of researchers
  • Research income
  • Quantity of publications
  • Quality management system
  • Quality of publications
  • Income from commercialisation of intellectual property
  • University’s social responsibility and knowledge transfer programme
  • Education and training programmes
  • Other sources of income

*Detailed criteria employed for SETARA rating for each performance area.

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Sarah Azreen Abdul Samat

Sarah has over 22 years of experience in corporate finance transactions involving equity issuance, mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate restructuring, and corporate valuation, amongst others. She began her career in investment banking with Malaysian International Merchant Bankers Berhad in 2001 after obtaining her professional qualifications from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Later in her career, she joined other investment banking institutions in Malaysia such as AmInvestment Bank Berhad, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad and RHB Investment Bank Berhad.

Presently, Sarah sits as Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Reneuco Berhad and Independent Director of Pharmaniaga Berhad. She is currently the Executive Director of 3p Capital Advisers Sdn. Bhd., a company licensed with the Securities Commission Malaysia to provide advisory services to the capital market players.

Tuan Haji Ismail Bin Mohamed

Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed sits on the Board of Director for Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). He obtains his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

Prior to sitting on the EMGS Board, he was also appointed to be the Board of Director to KEJORA from 2013 to 2018, and several companies such as Permodalan Darul Takzim Sdn Bhd, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd, PIJ Holding and Ranhil SAJ Sdn Bhd. Tuan Haji Ismail Mohamed also co-founded Pertama.

He started his career by setting up a company and being the founder of JYBB Enterprise. His career came to prominence when he became the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Pertama Polyerethane Technology (M) Sdn Bhd and subsequently became the Special Officer to the Minister of Education in 2013.

Ismail Mohamed is acknowledged for his expertise in Agriculture and Agro-based industry, landing him being appointed as the Chairman of the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee of the Johor State, the Chairman of Agro KEJORA and the Chairman of the Johor State Agriculture, Agro-based industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Cooperatives Committee.