Ministry of Higher Education (Malaysia)

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Ministry of Higher Education
Malay: Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi
Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi Malaysia.svg
Logo of the Ministry Of Higher Education
Ministry overview
Formed 27 March 2004
Jurisdiction Malaysia
Headquarters Putrajaya Malaysia, Malaysia
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Ministry executive
  • , Secretary General
Child agencies

The Ministry of Higher Education (Malay: Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi) or MOHE is a government ministry that is responsible for determining the policies and direction of higher education in Malaysia.

The offices of the MOHE were located in Putrajaya.


The functions of the MOHE was originally within the purview of the Ministry of Education (MOE) until the departments and agencies responsible for higher education were separated from the MOE on 27 March 2004 and established as a full ministry under a Federal Minister. In 2013, the Prime Minister, Dato Seri Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, merged the Ministry of Education and the ministry into a single Ministry of Education.In 2015, the Ministry is reestablished.[1]


To turn Malaysia into a center of excellence for higher education.


To develop and put in place a higher education environment that encourages the growth of premier knowledge centres and individuals who are competent, innovated with high moral values to meet national and international needs.


The MOHE is headed by the Minister of Higher Education, a post held by Idris Jusoh (UMNO). He were assisted by Deputy Ministers, Mary Yap Kain Ching.

The following departments and agencies are under the purview of the MOHE:

Department of Higher Education[edit]

Also known by its Malay acronym, JPT (for Jabatan Pengajian Tinggi), the department was headed by a Director General, Dato' Prof Dr Rujhan bin Mustafa. This department was responsible for the management of both public and private institutes of higher learning and also Malaysian Student Department around the world.

Department of Polytechnic Education[edit]

Also known by its Malay acronym, JPP (for Jabatan Pengajian Politeknik), the department was headed by a Director General, Haji Md. Nor Bin Yusof. This department was responsible for the management of polytechnics.

Department of Community Colleges[edit]

Also known by its Malay acronym, JPKK (for Jabatan Pengajian Kolej Komuniti), the department was headed by a Director General, Asc. Prof. Kamarudin Kasim. This department was responsible for the management of community colleges.

Malaysian Qualifications Agency[edit]

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency or MQA is a statutory body in Malaysia set up to accredit academic programs provided by educational institutions providing post secondary or higher education and facilitate the recognition and articulation of qualifications.

Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional[edit]

Better known as PTPTN (English: National Higher Education Fund Corporation), this agency provides education loans as a form of financial assistance to students with financial needs to aid them in pursuing a higher education. PTPTN also manages a students savings scheme for higher education purposes.[2]

Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation[edit]

The foundation (Malay: Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman) is named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia and founder of the foundation, Tunku Abdul Rahman. It provides scholarships for students to pursue a higher education. Students who are awarded the scholarships are known as Tunku Scholars.[3]

Public Universities[edit]

The MOHE also has oversight responsibility for all the public universities in Malaysia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ PTPTN: Corporate Info
  3. ^ Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman: Introduction (in Malay)

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