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Polytechnics in Malaysia

Polytechnic education was introduced in Malaysia through the Colombo Plan in 1969. In its endeavor to meet the growing demand for skilled human capital, the Ministry of Higher Education is constantly upgrading the country's polytechnic system. In 2009 there are 24 polytechnics in Malaysia

Polytechnics and Community colleges are public-funded higher educational institutions that offer technical and vocational courses of study to upper-secondary school leavers, leading to the award of diploma and certificate qualifications.

Since 1 January 2005, these two groups of institutions have been managed by the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education, Ministry of Higher Education.

Polytechnics and the community colleges offer SPM school leavers Technical and Vocational courses.
 


Malaysian Qualification Framework (MQF)


The teaching and learning process is conducted through lectures, tutorials and hands-on work including individual and group projects. Assessment is through course work and written examinations that are held at the end of each semester. Besides these, each student is required to undergo industrial training (for one semester). Industrial training helps expose students to the real working environment and provide opportunities for students to relate theoretical knowledge to practical understanding. The training normally encompasses one semester, usually in Semester 3 at the Certificate Level and Semester 4 at the Diploma Level.
Quality education and training is ensured through commitment and total involvement of highly-qualified and well-trained teams of lecturers.


Secretarial Science
Diploma Level
Malaysian citizen
Pass the SPM or SPM (V) and fulfill the following minimum requirements:
Five (5) credits which include Bahasa Malaysia and English.


Aircraft Maintenance
Diploma Level
Malaysian citizen
Pass SPM or SPM (V) and candidates must obtain six (6) credits which include the following subjects:
A credit in Bahasa Malaysia
A credit in English
A credit in Mathematics or Additional Mathematics
A credit in Physics or Science


Entry Requirements


(A) Entry Requirements for SPM / SPM(V) Students Applying for Full-time Certificate and Diploma Courses :
Engineering / Information Technology / Design and Visual Communication / Food Technology Fields

Certificate Level
Malaysian citizen
Pass the SPM or SPM (V) and fulfill the following minimum requirements:
A pass in Bahasa Malaysia
A credit in Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and a pass in one (1) subject from the Science / Technology /
Vocational groupings OR
A pass in Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and a credit in one (1) subject from the Science / Technology /
Vocational groupings

Diploma Level
Malaysian citizen
Pass the SPM or SPM (V) and fulfill the following minimum requirements:
A pass in Bahasa Malaysia
A pass in English
Five (5) credits including:
* Mathematics or Additional Mathematics
* One (1) subject from the Science / Technology / Vocational group
* Any three (3) other subjects in which credits have not been considered


Commerce and Hospitality Fields
 

Certificate Level
Malaysian citizen
Pass the SPM or SPM (V) and fulfill the following minimum requirements:
A pass in Bahasa Malaysia
A credit in Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and a pass in one (1) subject from the Science/ Technology / Vocational / Professional Literature groupings OR
A pass in Mathematics or Additional Mathematics and a credit in one (1) subject from the Science / Technology / Vocational / Professional Literature groupings


Diploma Level
Malaysian citizen
Pass the SPM or SPM (V) and fulfill the following minimum requirements:
A pass in Bahasa Malaysia
A pass in English
Five (5) credits including:
* Mathematics or Additional Mathematics
* Any four (4) other subjects in which credits have not been considered


Level of Courses Duration of Study
Certificate 2 years (4 semesters)
Diploma 3 years (6 semesters)

Certificate

Semester Level
1 1
2 2
3 Industrial Training
4 3

Diploma

Semester Level
1 1
2 2
3 3
4 Industrial Training
5 4
6 5

Entry Requirements for Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Students Applying for Certificate in Engineering
Malaysian citizen
Pass SKM Level 2 in related to the course applied for and fulfill the following minimum conditions:
A pass in Bahasa Malaysia at SPM level
A pass in Mathematics or Additional Mathematics at SPM level
A pass in one (1) subject from the Science / Technology / Vocational groupings at SPM level
Possess at least ONE (1) year work experience in related field


Entry Requirements for Students with Special Needs Applying for Skill Certificate Programme
Malaysian citizen
Must have completed Form 5 at Special Education School or Special Education Integrated Programme from the Ministry of Education, Malaysia.
(Note: Polytechnics offer skill certificate programmes for students with special needs)


Entry Requirements for Bridging Programme
Malaysian citizen
Pass the Community College Certificate related to the course applied for and fulfill the following minimum conditions:
Possess a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.90 or above in the final semester
Possess at least ONE (1) year's working experience
(Note: The Bridging Programme enables students with a MoHE Community College Certificate to pursue a Post Certilicate programme at MoHE Polytechnics)


These polytechnics will provide more skilled semi-professionals in engineering, commerce and hospitality fields at Diploma and Certificate levels to meet the demand of the public and private sectors.
There ore two intakes per year for SPM / SPMfV) students. At each intake, polytechnics offer about 21,400 places to these groups of qualification holders. Polytechnics offer 24 Certificate courses, 45 Diploma courses in various disciplines and 12 bridging courses. It also offers courses for special needs (five special skills programes). In July 2007, there are about 83,000 full-time students studying in Polytechnics nationwide. By year 2010, it is projected to hove 27 polytechnics.

> Vision
To be a centre of excellence in education in the fields of engineering, commerce and hospitality, and to produce graduates who are competent, ethical and responsible, in line with the National Education Philosophy.

> Mission
To produce quality manpower at the semi-professional level to fulfil the needs of the public and private sectors in Malaysia.

Programmes Offered
The polytechnics offer full-time Certificate and Diploma courses in the fields of engineering; commerce, tourism and hospitality; visual communication, information technology, graphics, industrial design and clothing as well as bridging courses for community college certificate holders. Under the Department of Engineering, there are 'Special Skills Certificate' courses like Civil Construction, Hotel and Catering, Fashion Design and Clothing, Graphic Design, and Mechanical Maintenance which are for those who have completed Form 5 at Special Education School.

These courses are currently conducted in Bahasa Malaysia and English and have all been approved by the Public Services Department (PSD).
The duration for certificate level courses are two years (four semesters) while the duration for diploma courses are three years (six semesters) with the exception of Diploma in Marine Engineering (four years) and Diploma in Secretarial Science (two years). There are two intakes in a year in the months of June and December.


Application Process
Application for admission into the polytechnic can be mode online. There are two admissions in a year i.e. July Session and January Session.
Online applications can be made at www.politeknik.edu.my
Applicants are required to purchase a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from any Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) branch nationwide. The PIN costs RM6.00
Applicants or their representatives need to produce the applicant's identification card / MyKad when purchasing their PIN
Applicants must utilise their PIN and ID card / MyKAD number to access and complete the e-Borang (the PIN is valid for one year and is for one applicant only)

Fee Structure
Academic (tuition) fee per semester - RM200.00
Other fees - To be determined by the respective Polytechnic, and is approximately RM500.

Hostel / Accommodation
Hostel accommodation is available at RM60 per semester. All polytechnics have hostel accommodation with the exception of Koto Polytechnic. However, the capacity of the hostels is limited.

Health / Medical Check-Up
Successful applicants are required to undergo a medical check-up done by the government or private doctors to ensure that they are in good health. The medical cost is borne by the applicant.

Financial Assistance
Students at the certificate level are eligible for study loans from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, State or Government Foundations, or other fund sponsors. Diploma students can obtain study loan from PTPTN, JPA and other government agencies.
 

The polytechnics are equipped with laboratories, workshops, lecture theotres, internet centres, libraries and classrooms for engineering, computing and science. Apart from these, there are excellent sports facilities for student recreation besides a host of associations and clubs which promote social and cross-cultural activities on the campus.

Timbalan Ketua Pengarah (Pengurusan Politeknik)
Sektor Pengurusan Politeknik
Jabatan Pengajian Politeknik Dan Kolej Komuniti
Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi Malaysia
Aras 6, Blok El 4, Parcel E, Presint 1
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62505 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel: 03-8883 6523 Fax: 03-8883 6561
Website: http://www.politeknik.edu.my


Politeknik Kota Kinabalu
Jalan Politeknik, Menggatal 
88450 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Pegawai HEP(PD):
Jalani Bin Simidi @ Samidi
Tel : 088-499980 Fax: 088-499960
Politeknik Kuching Sarawak
Km. 22, Jalan Matang,
93050 Kuching, Sarawak
Pegawai HEP(PD):
En. Saili Suhaili bin Bohari ABS 
Tel : 082-428796 Fax: 082-428023
Politeknik
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah

Persiaran Usahawan, Seksyen U1,
40150 Shah Alam,
Selangor.


Pegawai HEP(PD): 
En. Nazri bin Idris 
Tel : 03-51634000
Fax: 03-55691903
Politeknik Port Dickson
Km. 14, Jalan Pantai,
71050 Si Rusa,
Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus.
Pegawai HEP(PD): 
> En. Md Kasim bin Jaafar
> Tel: 06-6622036 
Fax: 06-6622026
Politeknik Ungku Omar
Jalan Raja Musa Mahadi,
31400 Ipoh,
Perak.
Pegawai HEP(PD): 
En. Yahaya bin Haji Zakaria
Tel : 05-5457622
Fax: 05-5471162
Politeknik
Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah

Bandar Darulaman,
06000 Jitra,
Kedah.
Pegawai HEP(PD): 
En. Shahril bin Dahar
Tel : 04-9146100 
> Fax: 04-9174232


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