UM, UPM & UiTM to form their own IPTS
Three local IPTAs will soon establish IPTSs in order to get some income and reduce their dependence towards the government.
University of Malaya (UM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) will be forming universities whilst Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) will form a private college.
Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung announced that the three universities have received approval from the government and the establishment of the institutions will be done along with some 25 overseas institutions which have expressed interest to start up their branches locally.
The institutions will be registered under the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 (Act. 555), but there will be additional conditions
Basically, IPTAs interested to form their own IPTSs need to establish a subsidiary for the purpose of running the educational service operations.
The institution also cannot be funded using any yearly management grants, IPTA development allocations, research grants or any government source
Operations of the IPTS also has to be totally disconnected from the IPTA’s operations, need to be conducted off-campus and cannot use any of the IPTA facilities.
Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung added that they can still use the same model as the IPTA, only they have to be run separately by their own company and management
For monitoring purposes, he said that the IPTS have to submit annual reports to its respective IPTA’s Board of Directors