Managing Quality Higher Education in Bangladesh: Lessons from the Singaporean and Malaysian Strategies and Reforms

Mohd. Mohsin, Md. Aktar Kamal


The main purpose of the study is twofold: to get some lessons by examining current strategies, reforms and
quality framework relating to quality higher education employed by Singapore and Malaysia and to put forward
some policy recommendations to higher educational institutions, governments, policymakers and all other
stakeholders of Bangladesh for enhancing the quality in higher education. This study has been conducted mostly
based on secondary data by reviewing official publications, both national and international, on quality aspects of
higher education of these countries. Published and unpublished research papers, working papers, seminar and
conference proceedings, online resources have also been used. In one end, the review findings of this paper show
that though the higher education sector of Bangladesh, both public and private, is regulated by the Ministry of
Education, there is no legal body in Bangladesh except University Grant Commission to ensure the quality of
higher education. In addition to this, this study has also found that there is no accreditation agencies, no
accountability system and no academic auditing system in Bangladesh to ensure the quality of higher education
though these three key important factors has already been ensured both in Singaporean and Malaysian system of
higher of education. It is also observed that a bundle of supportive strategies have been active behind the
development of quality higher education of the two countries- Singapore and Malaysia. Finally, the researchers
have put some way forward for Bangladesh to be followed to develop the nascent condition of quality in higher
education institutions.

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