Ministry of Higher Education (Malaysia)

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Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)
Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi
Ministry overview
Formed 27 March 2004; 12 years ago (2004-03-27)
Preceding Ministry
Jurisdiction Government of Malaysia
Headquarters No. 2, Menara 2, Jalan P5/6, Precinct 5, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62200 Putrajaya
Employees 16,667 (2016)
Annual budget MYR 13,378,317,000 (2016)
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Ministry executives
  • Zaini Ujang, Secretary-General
  • Nik Ali Mat Yunus, Deputy Secretary-General (Development)
  • Hasnol Zamzam Ahmad, Deputy Secretary-General (Management)

The Ministry of Higher Education (Malay: Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi), abbreviated MOHE, is ministry of the Government of Malaysia that is responsible for higher education, polytechnic, community college, student loan, accreditation, student volunteer. Its main office is in Putrajaya. The current Federal Minister of Higher Education is Idris Jusoh.

Portfolio responsibilities[edit]

  1. Department of Higher Education (DHE), or Jabatan Pendidikan Tinggi (JPT). (Official site)
  2. Department of Polytechnic Education (DPE), or Jabatan Pengajian Politeknik (JPP). (Official site)
  3. Department of Community Colleges Education (DCCE), or Jabatan Pengajian Kolej Komuniti (JPKK). (Official site)
  4. National Higher Education Fund Corporation, or Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN). (Official site)
  5. Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), or Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia. (Official site)
  6. Student Volunteer Foundation, or Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa (YSS). (Official site)

Key legislation[edit]

The Ministry of Higher Education is responsible for administration of several key Acts:


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, Najib 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, Prof. Datuk Dr. Asma binti Ismail. 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, YBhg. Datuk Hj Mohlis Bin Jaafar. 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.

List of Federal Minister of Higher Education[edit]

Minister of Higher Education
Idris bin Jusoh.jpg
Idris Jusoh

since 29 July 2015 (2015-07-29)
Style Yang Berhormat Menteri (The Honourable Minister)
Member of Cabinet of Malaysia
Reports to Parliament of Malaysia
Seat Level 18, No. 2, Menara 2, Jalan P5/6, Precinct 5, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62200 Putrajaya
Appointer Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Formation 2004 (2004)
First holder Shafie Salleh
Deputy Mary Yap Kain Ching

The following is a list of former and current Federal Minister of Higher Education.[4]

Political Party:   BN

Federal Minister of Higher Education Term of Office Prime Minister
Portrait Name
Political Party Took Office Left Office
1 Shafie Salleh.jpg Shafie Salleh
(b. 1946)
MP for Kuala Langat
BN (UMNO) 27 March 2004 14 February 2006 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
2 Mustapa Mohamed in CNBC-supply chains - World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012 crop.jpg Mustapa Mohamed
(b. 1950)
MP for Jeli
14 February 2006 18 March 2008 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
3 Mohamed Khaled Nordin
(b. 1958)
MP for Pasir Gudang
19 March 2008 15 May 2013 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Najib Razak
4 Idris bin Jusoh.jpg Idris Jusoh
(b. 1955)
MP for Besut
29 July 2015 Incumbent Najib Razak

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ PTPTN: Corporate Info
  3. ^ Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman: Introduction (in Malay)
  4. ^ "Former Minister of Education". Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 

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