INTI Corporate Governance
The Code sets out the key values and elements which enable INTI International University (IIU) to demonstrate its commitment to good governance. There is a need to ensure that governance arrangements are proportionate and can apply to institutions irrespective of their size, complexity, and legal form. Accordingly, this Code is premised on an ‘apply or explain’ basis, where institutions are given a set of elements but are not mandated to comply with everything.
Element 1 Accountability
Element 2 Responsibility
IIU’s governing body is responsible for safeguarding institutional reputation and autonomy by operating within the values underpin this Code.
All members of the IIU are advised to act ethically in accordance with the IIU’s own ethical codes, and to the interests of the IIU, its students and other stakeholders. If a governing body member falls short of these standards, they must be dealt with in accordance with the IIU’s constitution and Code of Conduct. Such cases must not be tolerated.
IIU’s governing body must ensure that its decision-making processes and those of the institution are ethical and free of any undue pressures from external interest groups, including donors, alumni, corporate sponsors and political interest groups.
Any individual members of the governing body with views that are inconsistent with the collective view of the governing body, they should abide by the principle of collective decision-making and avoid putting specific interests or personal views before those of the IIU. No one should make any agreement for which they do not have authority. Any violation of this will be taken seriously and be dealt with in accordance with the IIU’s governing policy on Code of Conduct.
Promoting trust in IIU requires assurance that all members of the governing body are communicating effectively with relevant stakeholders, including the reporting of IIU’s changes in certain circumstances. IIU’s governing body will ensure that the engagement of the stakeholders on decision made are effective.
The governing body of the IIU is suggested to take practical actions to ensure that the Students’ Union, Alumni or association operates in a fair, democratic, accountable and financially sustainable manner.
The governing body of IIU is to assure that a transparent, effective and published process for making and handling a complaint or raising a concern, and that any internal or external complaints or concerns are handled impartially, constructively and in accordance with the ethical code of the IIU. The governing body of the IIU should also ensure there is an effective process in place for investigating disclosures under whistleblowing legislation.
Element 3 Inclusion and Diversity
IIU’s governing body is responsible to promote a positive culture which supports ethical behavior, equality, inclusivity and diversity across the university.
Higher Education Institutions in Malaysia are suggested by the Malaysian Corporate Governance of Good Governance (www.sc.com.my) to comply with equality and diversity policies, and governing bodies are responsible for ensuring the IIU’s compliance. Policy in this area does not distinguish between domestic and international students and staff.
IIU’s governing body is required to ensure that there are arrangements in place to:
Eliminate unethical discrimination, harassment and victimization;
Equal opportunities for all members of IIU and stakeholders;
Foster good relations between people who share and those who do not share a protected characteristic; and
Promote an inclusive culture.
IIU’s governing body needs to review and report on the IIU’s approach to equality, inclusivity and diversity. Therefore, IIU’s management is suggested to provide the governing body with an annual equality monitoring report outlining work done by the IIU and identifying the achievements of agreed goals and objectives and concluding with the data on equality, inclusivity and diversity.
Element 4 Sustainability
Element 5 Engagement and Effectiveness