University Committees

The University Senate is the highest academic authority in the University. The functions and roles of the University Senate are as follows:

  1. To deliberate, make policy decisions about, and give formal approval to, all academic matters relating to:
    • Research, inquiry and discovery
    • Knowledge asset management and knowledge transfer
    • Learning and teaching
    • Programmes, awards and qualifications
    • Range and content of the curriculum
    • Academic standards and benchmarking
    • Procedures for assessment and examination of the academic performance of students
    • Procedures for academic quality assurance and enhancement
    • Monitoring, evaluation and review of programmes
    • Academic partnerships and franchise programmes
    • Internationalisation
    • Criteria for the admission of students
    • Staff qualifications and experience
    • Staff development and scholarly activity
    • Infrastructure for student learning and staff research
    • Procedures for the formal designation of research units
    • Links with business, professions and government organisations
    • Employability
    • Equality of opportunity
    • The appointment and removal of external examiners
    • Procedures for conferring academic distinctions of the university, including professorial designations, awards of academic prizes and honorary academic titles
    • Procedures for the expulsion of students for academic reasons.

  2. To receive reports from Faculty Boards and from Senate Committees on responsibilities delegated to them; and to consider recommendations and other matters arising.

  3. To evaluate the academic performance of the University by consideration of student achievements, Performance Indicators, Statistical indicators, external grading systems and other relevant data; to plan and implement strategic improvement where required; and to advise the Vice-Chancellor accordingly.

  4. To participate formally in the strategic planning cycle for the development of the University; to receive, deliberate and approve annual plans from Faculty Boards and from Senate Committees; and to advise the Vice-Chancellor accordingly.

  5. To consider environmental trends leading to potential growth or change in the academic activities of the University; to advise the Vice-Chancellor and the University Council accordingly; and to make recommendations to the University Council on matters of mission, vision, principles and priorities.

  6. To make reports and responses to external bodies on academic matters

  7. To receive, consider and if required act on external advice and policies; and to secure compliance with academic regulation.

  8. To establish Standing Committees, non-standing Committees and/or ad hoc Committees, as it considers necessary, to enable it to carry out its responsibilities effectively and efficiently (within resource constraints set by the Vice-Chancellor).

  9. To advise on other such matters as the University Council or the Vice-Chancellor may refer to the Senate about.
Chairman: Senior Professor Dato’ Dr Khalid Yusoff (Vice-Chancellor and President)