UMCCed is an entity (Centre) under the University of Malaya. This means that students who have completed the programmes at UMCCed will obtain a certificate from the University of Malaya.
In terms of qualification standard, there is no difference in both diplomas. The executive diploma programme is an initiative by the government, mainly MOHE for working individuals to enhance their standards of living through lifelong education. Through this programme, individuals with a minimum of three-year working experience in related fields are qualified for a thirty (30) percent exemption from the total credit allocated. This makes the duration of study for executive diploma programmes shorter than normal diplomas for school-leavers.
Six (6) executive diploma programmes which have been conferred provisional accreditation through Self-accreditation (self-accreditation) by UM will be offered commercing from May 2013. This Provisional Accreditation status is equivalent to MQA accreditation. The programmes are Executive Diploma in Management with three specialisations; Administration and Operation, Human Resource and Business. The Executive Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Executive Diploma in Counselling dan Executive Diploma in Administration Accounting will also be offered.
It is a status conferred by MOHE that allows Higher Education Institutions (IPT) to accredit their own programmes without going through the Malaysian Qualification Agency. In April 2010, UM has obtained the Self-accreditation status with other seven public institutions which allows them to accredit all their programmes offered to ensure conformation to the quality standards as provided by Malaysian Qualification Agency. Through the Self-accreditation qualification, the programmes offered are at level 4 which is equivalent to the standard of a diploma in the Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF).
There is no difference in terms of quality and standard. The difference only lies within the process in acquiring the accreditation as follows:
Full Accreditation – a formal recognition to a higher education provider that the certificates, diplomas or degrees to be conferred to graduates are in compliance with the MQA standards.
Provisional Accreditation – the initial phase of evaluation which assists and facilitates higher education institutions to achieve the accreditation for programmes offered by enhancing the quality and standards set in the provisional accreditation evaluation. (Every programme needs to obtain provisional accreditation first as a condition to offer the said programme.)
Accreditation application for a new programme is done when the first batch of a particular programme is in their final year of study.
(Refer to http://www.mqa.gov.my/mqr/faq.cfm#P9)
This means the programme is not or not yet accredited by MQA for the following reasons:
(Refer to http://www.mqa.gov.my/mqr/faq.cfm#P13)
No. MQR only lists programmes and qualifications which have obtained full accreditation by MQA or through Self-accreditation.
In principle, programmes and qualifications accredited by MQA or through Self-accreditation are recognised by JPA. However, it still lies under the jurisdiction of JPA to recognise the programmes and qualifications for appointment into the public service scheme.
(Refer to http://www.mqa.gov.my/mqr/faq.cfm#P15)
Executive diploma holders are not expected to have any problems to pursue their studies in any public or private university once the programmes have acquired full accreditation. However, the admission is subject to the quota or any additional conditions of the applied programme at the particular institution.
Based on feedback from former students of UMCCed, many of them were given promotions and other remunerations after completing their studies. Public servants should not face any problem once the programmes acquired full accreditation. This is because the process of obtaining recognition from JPA can only be done after a programme has acquire full accreditation. We expect full accreditation and JPA recognition to be completed before the first batch graduates. However, promotion considerations are subject to other factors like available vacancies, work performance and others. Thus, UMCCed does not guarantee any career promotions to any students enrolled for our programmes. The topic of promotion is usually the right of the organisation/company.
Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements are not eligible for the executive diploma program. However, for candidates with SPM to the number of credits less than 3 subjects but have work experience of more than 3 years, is eligible to apply for this program through APEL certificate by MQA. For more information about the APEL test, please visit the MQA website.
Normally, the duration of study is 2 years (4 semesters). However, if the students feel that they are unable to complete their studies within that period, they can apply for deferment. Students are given a maximum of 4 years (8 semesters) to complete their studies.
Students who have completed their studies will each be awarded a scroll in the Convocation Ceremony at the Dewan Tunku Canselor, University of Malaya. The ceremony will be held independently from the degree students.
The programmes will be conducted in both Bahasa Melaysia (BM) and the English language. Students will be supplied with notes in BM and English (students can only choose either one). For assignments and examinations, students may answer either in BM or English.
The teaching resources consist of UM lecturers and also instructors that are appointed from other public/private universities as well as practitioners that possess academic qualifications of at least a Master’s Degree in the related fields.
Students are qualified to apply for exemption (up to 30% of the overall total credit hours), subject to the following conditions:
Students will not be required to pay any fee for courses that have been exempted. UMCCed will only charge RM150 for the administration fee.
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