Ministry of Higher Education (Malaysia)

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Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)
Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi
Ministry overview
Formed 27 March 2004; 11 years ago (2004-03-27)
Jurisdiction Government of Malaysia
Headquarters No. 2, Menara 2, Jalan P5/6, Presint 5, 62200 Putrajaya
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
Ministry executive
  • Zaini Ujang, Secretary-General

The Ministry of Higher Education (Malay: Kementerian Pendidikan Tinggi), abbreviated MOHE, is cabinet-level ministry of Malaysia. Its main office is in Putrajaya. The current Federal Minister of Higher Education is Idris Jusoh.


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.

List of Federal Minister of Higher Education[edit]

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) 2004 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
BN (UMNO) 2006 2008 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
3 Mohamed Khaled Nordin
(b. 1958)
MP for Pasir Gudang
BN (UMNO) 2008 2013 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Najib Razak
4 Idris bin Jusoh.jpg Idris Jusoh
(b. 1955)
MP for Besut
BN (UMNO) 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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