The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) was mandated by the Government of Malaysia on April 29, 2015, to oversee and coordinate all AQRF related matters in Malaysia. Pursuant to the endorsements of the AQRF key documents, the Malaysian National AQRF Committee (MyAQRF) was established in 2016 to oversee the process of referencing the MQF, 2007 to the AQRF and preparing the report. The MyAQRF is an inter-sectoral committee which consists of representatives from key ministries, government agencies, higher education and training providers, and as well as the industries and employees.
The referencing process began in June 2017 with the formation of the Working Committee by the MyAQRF to draft the AQRF Referencing Report, Malaysia through consultations of various key stakeholders, international experts, and observers from AMS. The report establishes the referencing to the AQRF in accordance with the eleven Referencing Criteria endorsed by the AQRFC. It describes the education and training system in Malaysia, the bodies responsible for various roles and functions, and most importantly, the qualifications system and quality assurance mechanisms that underpin the MQF.
On May 21-23, 2019, the 6th AQRFC Meeting and Workshop in Luang Prabang, Laos unanimously accepted the full AQRF Referencing Report, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and formally endorsed both reports, making these countries the earliest among AMS to have successfully completed the process.
The Malaysian Cabinet, during a meeting on June 26, 2019, also endorsed the AQRF Referencing Report, Malaysia, and agreed for it to be used as a reference point to enable comparisons of Malaysian qualifications with other qualifications from the AMS.
The final AQRF Referencing Report, Malaysia was officially submitted to the ASEAN Secretariat on July 17, 2019.
Overall the findings show evidence of sufficient and clear GOOD FIT between the MQF and the AQRF.