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Department of Community College Education

by on January 31, 2015 | Higher Education Governing Authorities

Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia

Department of Community College Education


On 5 July 2000, Cabinet Ministers approved memorandum no 398/225/00 which was brought forward by the Minister of Education on the setting up of community colleges in every parliament area in the country.

The main objective of these community colleges would be to provide skills training to members of the community, particularly school leavers, before they enter the job market or proceeding to pursue higher education.

Ten community colleges were set up in June 2001 and two more colleges in December 2001. In July 2003, there were 35 colleges operating throughout the country.

A new department named the Department of Polytechnic and Community College Education (JPPKK) was set up in March 2004 to oversee both polytechnics and community colleges.

In 2009, the Department of Polytechnic and Community College of the Ministry of Higher Education was restructured and resulted in the establishment of the Department of Community College Education (or better known as JPKK). The mission of JPKK is to widen the access of education for all levels of society through various training programmes through a life-long learning approach.

Today, there are 72 community colleges located all over the country. These community colleges were established to provide quality training and life-long learning opportunities to school leavers as well as people from all levels of society so that they are able to acquire more knowledge and skills that could help enhance their socioeconomic status.

These community colleges provide vocational-based training especially for those who have not opted for the academic pathway. The colleges have the task of increasing student enrolment in vocational training (TEVT); and raising the overall quality of training by up-skilling and re-skilling the workforce.

Among the programmes offered by community colleges are Sijil Modular Kebangsaan (SMK) and Program Latihan 1Malaysia.


To become a centre of educational development with the commitment to build a community that is knowledgeable and skilled in line with the national education philosophy


To widen the access to education, and to enhance the socio-economic status and welfare of the community through training and skills programmes and lifelong learning

The Objectives of The Community College

To provide quality, high technology and holistic education by:
  • Providing education and skills training to all levels of society;
  • Organising and providing lifelong learning to create a knowledgeable community (K-community);
  • Organising and providing up-skilling, re-skilling, and attachment training for the needs of the local workforce;
  • Creating and organising a strategic network and collaboration between the local communities and stakeholders; and
  • Providing conducive and quality facilities, services and learning systems.

The Organisation Structure of The Department of Community College Education

  • Director General
    • Director (Policy & Curriculum Development Department)
    • Director (Academic Development Department)
    • Director (Exam & Assessment Department)
    • Director (Student Welfare Department)
    • Director (Industrial Relations & Graduate Tracer Department)
    • Director (Student Intake Department)

Contact Details

Department of Community College Education
Ministry of Education Malaysia

Level 6 & 7, Galeria PJH, Jalan P4W, Jalan Perdana, Precinct 4
62100 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tel: 603-8888 2633
Fax: 603-8888 7211
Education Guide Malaysia 13th Ed.Source: Education Guide Malaysia 13th Ed.

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