MQA said the honorary degree is recognized in Japan so it’s ok.
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Prime Minister Ismail Sabri recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from Nihon University in Japan.
Although it was awarded in recognition of Ismail Sabri’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19, he said the award is for the entire Malaysian Family who stood in solidarity with the government to face the pandemic.
However, a netizen did a bit of digging and discovered that Nihon University is not recognized by the Malaysia Qualifications Agency (MQA).
MQA has released a statement to say that Ismail Sabri’s honorary degree did not need to be disputed because Nihon University is a prestigious university in Japan.
The honorary degree has its own prestigious value that’s recognized by other universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and other developed countries.
MQA further explained that an honorary degree is, in practice, a prestigious award given to noted figures who have hugely contributed to society in their fields such as academicians, industry experts, public activists, and world leaders, including those from Malaysia.
For universities that are not officially recognized by MQA, the body’s recognition process depends on the particular university’s recognition in their home countries.
This is stated under Surat Pekeliling MQA Bil. 6/2019: Mekanisme Baharu Pengiktirafan Kelayakan Luar Negara.