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The establishment of a new entity which merges the National Accreditation Board (LAN) and the Quality Assurance Division, Ministry of Higher Education (QAD) was approved by the Government on 21 December 2005. This entity is responsible for quality assurance of higher education for both the public and the private sectors.

The new entity, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), was established on 1 November 2007 with the coming in force of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007. The MQA was officially launched by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Dato' Mustapa Mohamed, on 2 November 2007.

The main role of the MQA is to implement the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) as a basis for quality assurance of higher education and as the reference point for the criteria and standards for national qualifications. The MQA is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the quality assurance practices and accreditation of national higher education.

The establishment of the MQA saw LAN dissolved and its personnel absorbed into the MQA.

With the vision to be a global authority on quality assurance of higher education and the mission to put in place a system of quality assurance that is recognised internationally, the MQA is set to chart new boundaries in higher education quality assurance.


As a quality assurance body, the functions of MQA are:

  1. To implement MQF as a reference point for Malaysian qualifications;
  2. To develop standards and credits and all other relevant instruments as national references for the conferment of awards with the cooperation of stakeholders;
  3. To quality assure higher education institutions and programmes;
  4. To accredit courses that fulfil the set criteria and standards;
  5. To facilitate the recognition and articulation of qualifications; and
  6. To maintain the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR)


The establishment of the MQA and the implementation of the MQF will benefit national higher education and the development of human capital.

In brief, the contributions of MQA and the benefits of implementing the MQF is shown below :