Maktab Rendah Sains MARA

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Maktab Rendah Sains MARA
Type Public, Secondary school,
Boarding school, Sekolah Berasrama Penuh, Mixed-gender education
Motto Berdisiplin Berilmu Beramal
Established February 1972
Principal Norzan Akib
Grades Form 1 – Form 5
Number of students 500++
Medium of language Malay, English
Colour(s) Brown, blue and yellowAnuar, jersey
Affiliations Sekolah Berasrama Penuh, Ministry of Education (Malaysia)
MRSM Terendak coat of arms in Malacca
MRSM Merbok in Kedah

The MARA Junior Science College (Malay: Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM)) is a group of boarding schools created by the People's Trust Council (Malay: Majlis Amanah Rakyat, commonly abbreviated as MARA), a Malaysian government agency. The institution provides learning facilities for bright students in local schools throughout Malaysia.

The first MRSM was established in Seremban in February 1972 with its first intake of 150 pioneering (male only) students from all over Malaysia. MRSM Seremban took in its last batch of students in 1986 and gradually converted into Kolej Mara Seremban officially in February 1994.

Academic system[edit]

Students are primarily assessed through a system similar to the grading systems in universities and/or colleges: the grade point average (GPA) (Malay: Purata Nilaian Gred (PNG) system. By the end of their final semesters they will be awarded a certificate of graduation for those who succeeded to pass with at least a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) (Malay: Timbunan Purata Nilaian Gred (TPNG)) of 2.00 and above.

Applicants take the Form 3 Assessment (Malay: Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3) and the Malaysian Education Certificate (Malay: Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) national examinations.

MJSCs use the usual academic ladders in Malaysia when it comes to the level progression system, where students advance through year 7 (known as Form 1 in Malaysia) to Year 11 (Form 5) by age. In Malaysia, there is no system that allows for level transition according to the student's capability. Most MJSC runs all levels from Form 1 to Form 5, but there are 3 MJSCs that only run Forms 4 and 5. In 2015, there are no more MJSCs that only run Forms 1 to 3. All of these previous lower form only MJSCs have been enrolling upper form with MJSC Pasir Tumboh and MJSC Gerik both had their form 4 intakes in 2015(SPM 2016).

Students who started from Form 1 can continue their studies in MJSC until Form 5 in the same college or by transferring to another college. These students can only continue their studies in MJSC if they pass their Penilaian Menengah Rendah with at least 6As, with As in Mathematics and Science. Failure to achieve this will cause their studies in the MJSC system to be discontinued, and they will have to continue their studies in an ordinary school.

MRSM PROGRAM DWI-SIJIL (Dual Certificate Programme or Malay: Program Dwi-Sijil)[edit]

Dual Certificate Programme is a part of internationalisation of the Education System.It is believed that educational excellence can be achieve in a shorter time by adopting best practices from leading and prestigious schools in the world.By providing basic skills in communication skills,thinking skills and learning skills,students will be more willing to adapt to the teaching styles. Subsequently, learning activities will be truly student-centered,thus ensuring effective teaching and learning. This internationalisation programme enables MJSCs that offer this programme to take four examinations:SPM,IGCSE,PT3 and Cambridge Checkpoint. The pioneering MJSC of this programme is MRSM Tun Abdul Razak Pekan Pahang.

MRSM PKP (Special Education Programme or Malay: Program Khas Pendidikan)[edit]

PKP is a title that is given to MARA Junior Science Colleges who have attained a high level of quality in their students through national exams and participation in events – with the former being the primary factor. These colleges are often deemed the most superior in their category of schools in Malaysia, though others could still compete with them. Most of the students who are admitted into MRSM PKP are usually those who obtain 8As or more in the Malay: Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 (PT3) and UPSR examination and pass the UKKM with flying colours. The quality of the students in MRSM PKP are usually higher. As such, these MJSCs usually become the role models for the other MJSCs to promote healthy competition between its students.

There are seven of them:

  • MJSC Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan (upper form only)
  • MJSC Tun Ghafar Baba, Melaka (upper form only)
  • MJSC Taiping, Perak (upper form only)
  • MJSC Tun Dr Ismail, Pontian, Johor (upper and lower form)
  • MJSC Langkawi, Kedah (upper and lower form)(PKP IGCSE)
  • MJSC Kuantan, Pahang (upper and lower form)(PKP IGCSE)
  • MJSC imtiaz YT KETENGAH, Terengganu (upper form)(PKP Keusahawanan)

The first MRSM PKP is MRSM Kulim Kedah. First batch is 1988 batch. Second batch is 1990 batch. and after that MRSM Kulim stopped taking pkp students. and the program has moved to the six above MRSM.

List of MRSM in Malaysia[edit]

No. Name Location State Est. Website
1 MRSM Pengkalan Chepa Kota Bharu Kelantan 1973 [1]
2 MRSM Kuantan Kuantan Pahang 1974 [2]
3 MRSM Kuala Terengganu Kuala Terengganu Terengganu 1978 [3]
4 MRSM Muar Muar Johor 1980 [4]
5 MRSM Tun Ghafar Baba Jasin Malacca 1981 [5]
6 MRSM Balik Pulau Balik Pulau Penang 1982 [6]
7 MRSM Taiping Taiping Perak 1983 [7]
8 MRSM Terendak Terendak Malacca 1983 [8]
9 MRSM Beseri Kangar Perlis 1985 [9]
10 MRSM Kuala Berang Kuala Berang Terengganu 1987 [10]
11 MRSM Pasir Tumboh Pasir Tumboh Kelantan 1987 [11]
12 MRSM Kuala Klawang Jelebu Negeri Sembilan 1987 [12]
13 MRSM PDRM Kulim Kulim Kedah 1991 [13]
14 MRSM Serting Serting Negeri Sembilan 1993 [14]
15 MRSM Gerik Gerik Perak 1993 [15]
16 MRSM Kuching Kuching Sarawak 1993 [16]
17 MRSM Muadzam Shah Bandar Muadzam Shah Pahang 1995 [17]
18 MRSM Kota Putra Besut Terengganu 1998 [18]
19 MRSM Langkawi Langkawi Kedah 1999 [19]
20 MRSM Lenggong Lenggong Perak 2001 [20]
21 MRSM Mersing Mersing Johor 2001 [21]
22 MRSM Pendang Pendang Kedah 2001 [22]
23 MRSM Jeli Jeli Kelantan 2001 [23]
24 MRSM Tun Dr Ismail Pontian Johor 2002 [24]
25 MRSM Tun Ghazali Shafie Kuala Lipis Pahang 2002 [25]
26 MRSM Kota Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu Sabah 2002 [26]
27 MRSM Transkrian Nibong Tebal Penang 2002 [27]
28 MRSM Batu Pahat Batu Pahat Johor 2002 [28]
29 MRSM Kuala Kubu Bharu Kuala Kubu Bharu Selangor 2002 [29]
30 MRSM Kuala Krai Kuala Krai Kelantan 2002 [30]
31 MRSM Pasir Salak Kampung Gajah Perak 2003 [31]
32 MRSM Besut Besut Terengganu 2004 [32]
33 MRSM Gemencheh Gemencheh Negeri Sembilan 2007 [33]
34 MRSM Alor Gajah Alor Gajah Malacca 2007 [34]
35 MRSM Kubang Pasu Jitra Kedah 2007 [35]
36 MRSM Merbok Kuala Muda Kedah 2007 [36]
37 MRSM Kepala Batas Kepala Batas Penang 2007 [37]
38 MRSM Tun Mustapha Tawau Sabah 2008 [38]
39 MRSM FELDA Sungkai Perak 2008 [39]
40 MRSM Pengkalan Hulu Pengkalan Hulu Perak 2008 [40]
41 MRSM Bentong Bentong Pahang 2009 [41]
42 MRSM Betong Betong Sarawak 2009 [42]
43 MRSM Mukah Mukah Sarawak 2010 [43]
44 MRSM Tun Abdul Razak Pekan Pahang 2010 [44]
45 MRSM Tumpat Tumpat Kelantan 2010 [45]
46 MRSM Baling Baling Kedah 2010 [46]
47 MRSM Parit Parit Perak 2012 [47]
48 MRSM Johor Bahru Johor Bahru Johor 2012 [48]
49 MRSM Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens Sandakan Sabah 2013 [49]
50 MRSM Sultan Azlan Shah Kuala Kangsar Perak 2015 [50]
51 MRSM YT Ketengah Bandar Al-Muktafi Billah Shah Terengganu 2016
52 MRSM Sungai Besar Sabak Bernam Selangor 2016 [51]
53 MRSM Arau Arau Perlis 2017
54 MRSM Semporna Semporna Sabah 2017

Planned / under construction[edit]

No. Name Location State
1 MRSM Sekijang Sekijang Johor
2 MRSM Sik Sik Kedah
3 MRSM Tanah Merah Tanah Merah Kelantan

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Datuk Dr. Mohd. Yusoff Sulaiman – CEO of MIGHT
  • Nik Hasyudden Nik Yusof – President of Malaysian Institute of Accountants
  • Abdul Hamid Sheikh Mohamed – CEO of Symphony House Berhad
  • Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman Mohamad
  • Prof. Dr. Mud Kamil Ibrahim
  • Dato' Dr Zakaria Zahari – Pediatrician at HKL
  • Dato' Dr Mohd. Nasir Muda – Cardiologist at IJN

MRSM Seremban[edit]

  • Dato' Seri Abdul Wahid Omar – Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Financial Affairs, former chief executive officer for Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid – Member of Parliament for Kota Tinggi
  • Dato' Ir. Hj. Amiruddin Bin Hamzah – ADUN Anak Bukit
  • Datuk Suraya Yaacob – ADUN Sungai Tiang
  • Dato’ Sri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly – ex-CEO of Celcom, GCEO of Telekom Malaysia
  • Dato' Bistamam Ramli – Director of Edaran Berhad
  • Dato' Izzadin Idris – CEO of UEM Group
  • Haji Dato' Ismee Ismail – CEO of Tabung Haji
  • Othman Omar – CEO of PKNS
  • Dato' Dr Lokman Saim

MRSM Kuantan[edit]

  • Dato’ Sri Mohammed Shazalli Ramly – CEO of Celcom
  • Dato' Mohamed Zainal Shaari – Eksekutif Director and COO of Khazanah Nasional
  • Ustaz Ariffin Deraman – ADUN Alur Limbat
  • Noralazi Sulaiman – ADUN Guai
  • Datuk Kamarudin Meranun – Co-founder of Tune Group, Deputy Group Chief Executive Director of AirAsia, Forbes 18th Malaysia's Richest[1]
  • Mohd. Razman Osman – CEO of DRB Properties

MRSM Muar[edit]

MRSM Kota Bharu / MRSM Pengkalan Chepa[edit]

MRSM Kulim[edit]

MRSM Langkawi[edit]

MRSM Pendang[edit]

  • Ana Raffali – Singer
  • Janna Nick – Actress[3]

MRSM Beseri[edit]

  • Datuk Azrin Mohd Noor - Entrepreneur, Author
  • Prof. Dr. Suhaidi Hassan - Academician, Internet Technology Researcher
  • Rinalia Abdul Rahim - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

MRSM Taiping[edit]

  • Dato' Ahmad Fuaad Mohd Kenali - Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Proton Holdings Bhd
  • En Badlisyah bin Abdul Ghani - Ex CEO of CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad/ Founding President, The Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professional (CIIF)
  • Malique Ibrahim – Music Producer/ Songwriter/ Singer
  • Cdr. Baharuddin Md. Nor – Commander of KD Tun Abdul Razak
  • Fariq Abdul Hamid - First Officer, Flight MH 370
  • Firdaus nur Hakim - Heavyweight champion
  • Taufiq Hussien - Serial Entrepreneur, Investor

MRSM Lenggong[edit]

MRSM Terendak[edit]

MRSM Balik Pulau[edit]

  • Radzi Zainon – ADUN Sungai Rapat
  • Budiman Zohdi

MRSM Gerik[edit]

MRSM Kuala Terengganu[edit]

MRSM Tun Ghafar Baba/Jasin[edit]

  • Allahyarham Hasni Hardi Parlan – Shipping Engineer(Teekay Shipping Ltd), Passenger of Flight MH 17
  • Mohd Afizuddin Ahmad Apandi[4] - Entrepreneur,Co - founder of Nasi Lemak Paris (NLP).
  • Muhammad Aziph Dato' Mustapha - ex CEO of Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia. Grassroots innovation expert, international keynote speaker.

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