Y.Bhg. Dato' Haji Imran bin Idris
Director General, Department of Polytechnics & Community College Education Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Challenger Concept (M) Sdn Bhd for the successful release of Education Guide Malaysia (11th edition) and the updating of the web-portal www.studymalaysia.com
The Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education (DPCCE) is a department responsible for producing skilled and competent manpower at the semi-professional level in the technical, commercial and service sectors. In 2006, we successfully produced 33,637 certificate and diploma graduates from our 20 polytechnics and 35 community colleges.
Besides awarding academic qualifications at certificate and diploma levels, DPCCE also plays the role of a centre for Life-Long Learning (LLL) through our community colleges, which are recognised as hubs for LLL. A total of 71,000 students participated in short courses offered at our community colleges in 2006.
We benchmark against international practices, host visits by foreign counterparts and conduct overseas study tours in our efforts to elevate the position of the polytechnics and community colleges as international learning institutions.
In a dynamic economy with ever-changing trends, DPCCE is constantly challenged to provide sufficient and appropriate technological and entrepreneurial education and training programmes to meet the market-driven needs of the nation.
DPCCE upholds the culture of 'planned optimization', as such the Department will be hosting a national seminar on maintenance culture on the 1st and 2nd of November 2007 in Penang. This is followed by an International Seminar on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) with the theme, 'Entrepreneurship and Innovation ' Moving Up the Value Chain' on the 3rd to 5th of December 2007 in Melaka.
The Department also coordinates collaborative programmes with the industry that enhance research and development, consultancy and innovative pursuits besides ensuring that the polytechnics and community colleges are continually upgraded with the latest facilities that simulate the industry.
In short, DPCCE endeavours to contribute in making Malaysia a centre of educational excellence by providing critical human capital that drives the country's economy.
Once again, I extend my appreciation to Challenger Concept (M) Sdn Bhd for producing this informative annual guidebook to benefit both local and international students.
Department of Polytechnics and Community College Education,
Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
Level 4, Block E14, Parcel E, Precinct 1,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
62505 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel: 603-8883 6402
Fax: 603-8883 6445
Source: Study in Malaysia Handbook 7th Edition
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