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Minister: The Ministry of Higher Education plans to implement APEL M by the end of the year

KUALA LUMPUR (24 March): The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) plans to implement Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for the accumulation of micro-qualifications (called APEL M) by the end of this year, Dewan Rakyat said on Thursday (March 24).

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad (pictured) said the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) is encouraging Institutes of Higher Education (IPT) in Malaysia to offer micro qualifications by publishing guidelines.

“This effort has yielded results, with Malaysia ranking second to Australia in involvement with this micro-qualification initiative,” she said during Ministers’ Question Time.

She said this while responding to an additional question from Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (PH-Hang Tuah Jaya) who wanted to know how the ministry introduced micro-qualifications in addition to APEL.

To Shamsul Iskandar’s initial question on the extent of response to lifelong learning initiatives through the APEL method, Noraini said that a total of 5,737 APEL applications had been received by the MQA so far and of the total, 4,111 requests came from government, statutory bodies and the private sectors.

She also explained that three professional bodies have accepted APEL as one of the study programs, namely the Malaysia Board of Technologists, the Board of Engineers Malaysia and the Malaysian Town Planning Board.

“Besides the domestic market, MQA has succeeded in expanding APEL overseas in collaboration with UAE, Australia, Hong Kong, France, UK and ASEAN countries under network and quality assurance of Asean,” she said.

The APEL which was launched earlier for IPT admission is known as APEL(A)(Access) while APEL(C)(Credit) for Credit Transfer.

APEL(A) provides the opportunity for those with work experience, but fewer or no academic qualifications, to continue their studies in a degree program at an IPT.

APEL (C) is a method of assessing knowledge acquired from work experience, life experience, or a set of short courses for the purpose of obtaining transfer credit for subjects of the university programs of the IPT.

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