University suspends ties with Malaysian college


The University of Wales has suspended relations with a Malaysian business college, pending an inquiry.

The action, the university says, is due to a controversy relating to the personal academic qualifications of the head of the institution.

The University of Wales Vice Chancellor, Marc Clement, said; "The principal doesn't himself teach on the course, and I don't want to pre-judge the case, but I've taken this decision as a precaution to protect the reputation of the University of Wales."

The Fazley International College is one of three education institutions with which the University of Wales collaborates in Malaysia.

The University signed an agreement with FIC in 2007 and saw the first students admitted to its validated courses the following year, having gained provisional approvals from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.

The University of Wales has said it will not recognise any additional admissions to its BA (Hons) Business Administration and MBA courses at the college until concerns about the principal's qualifications have been fully investigated.

However, the university added that the 35 students currently enrolled on university-validated courses will not be affected.

A BBC Wales Week In Week Out programme on this subject will be broadcast on Tuesday, 10.35pm, BBC 1 Wales.

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