Thursday, June 2, 2016

MyRA Central Audit 2016

Professor Dr Normah Omar, Director, Accounting Research Institute (ARI) of Universiti Teknologi MARA has been appointed by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia as one of the national level assessors for the Malaysia Research Assessment or more commonly known as MyRA. The MyRA instrument is used to gauge the research, development and innovation (R&D&I) activities of Malaysian tertiary institutions (i.e. public universities, private universities,  the branch campuses of foreign universities and university colleges).  chronologically, the MyRA assessment for 2015 went through various phases.

 Phase One (December 2015 - February 2016) was the online submission of MyRA data by the universities.  Universities submitted their data togther with a Masterlist of  nine important sections of the MyRA instrument.  Phase Two (Mid March 2016) was the document audit of all submitted data.  During the document audit, submitted data was gauged against the Masterlist that has been prepared by the institutions.  Any discrepancy or questions related to the data are subsequently noted by the assessors as future references during the site audit.  Phase Three (May - June) is the site audit.  In previous years, site audit meant an actual visits by the MyRA assessors to respective universities.  In 2016 however, actual site audits were only conducted for Research Universities (RU).  For the other universities, a Central Audit was carried out instead.  The processes for the Central site audit are exactly the same as in actual site audit.  Universities need to show evidences of everything that has been included in the Masterlist.

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