The Ministry of Higher Education is monitoring the need to award professorships by institutions of higher learning (IPT), including those by private sectors in the country in an effort to protect the prestige of such titles, said its deputy minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

“We are not limiting people from getting promotions, salary increment and such, but such titles carry the highest ranking in academia,” he said.

He said academicians could use many available programmes in IPT as a platform for promotions, even though without the title of a professor or associate professor.

“They can be senior lecturers, or senior fellows or whatever positions for promotion. It is unfortunate that some could easily get promoted to the post of professor when others had to toil and write books for promotion,” he said.

Saifuddin said this at the opening of the Vice Chancellors Premier Lecture and later launched the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) book and slogan and the diploma programme in executive business management and retail technology.

The monitoring was also one of the measures taken by the ministry to guarantee the quality of higher education in the country, he said.

“We are in the process of certifying the quality of education which is based on the quality of the lecturers. To ensure the quality of the lecturers, we have to apply stringent terms in order for a person to be given a title as a professor or associated professor,” he said.

Saifuddin said, for a lecturer to be awarded a professorship he or she had to produce at least two referral journals a year, besides producing academic books.– BERNAMA