Administrative issues blamed for varsity ban

Muscat, Oct 7 – Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), one of the four varsities banned for Omani students pursuing higher education, has blamed administrative issues, including visa application, academic management and financial process. Reports in the Malaysian media said that following a recent meeting, it was decided a task force would be formed to address these issues. The task force will comprise officials from Oman’s Cultural Attache and USIM.
According to reports, USIM Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Musa Ahmad expressed regret over these issues. USIM admitted the ban had affected the reputation of the university. “The ban against USIM was not related to the quality of our academic programmes. The ban was imposed due to administrative issues at USIM level, including visa application, academic management and financial process,” he was quoted as saying.
“We will also seek further clarification from Oman’s Higher Education Ministry on a clearer interpretation of withdrawal of recognition and will provide an official response to Oman’s Cultural Attache towards issues raised by that ministry,” said reports quoting him. Omani students can no longer join four Malaysian higher education institutions, whose accreditation has been revoked over different violations.
The institutions are: University of Sains Islam Malaysia, SEGI University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and Binary University of Management.