Mohd Firdaus Mamat Zamri
The History of KPTM
Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM), formely known as Kolej Yayasan Pelajaran MARA (KYPM) was established as a private higher educational institution under the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 (Act 555) in September 2003. Managed by Kolej Poly-Tech MARA sdn. Bhd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), KPTM offers a wide range of educational opportunities in the field of information technology, computer science, accounting, business management, engineering and health sciences.
It all started in January 1983 with the establishment of the Learnng Resources Centre in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. In june, 1983 Maktab Sains MARA (also known as MARA community college) in Kuantan, Pahang was formed. At that time, it offered a twinning programme known as the American Associate Degree (AAD). The programme was well accepted by more than 75 universities in the United States and New Zealand as a 2+2 transfer degree programme. This remarkable achievement later led to the establishment of KPTM Kuala Lumpur (1987), KPTM Bangi (1988) and KPTM Kota Bharu (1994). Other international strategic alliances were formed with the Nothern Consortium of the United Kingdom (1988), the Australian Consortium of Higher Education in Malaysia (1994) and the British Consortium of Higher Education in Malaysia (1994) which enabled students to further their studies in a number of reputable universities in the UK and Australia. 1993 saw another alliance formed with the Dublin Business School, Ireland to conduct the ACCA professional accounting programme. A partnership with Coventry University, United Kingdom (2004) has led to initiatives in producing world class graduates.
KPTM’s existing strength was built through its excellent track record and the merging of 2 MARA’s renowned institution i.e Kolej Yayasan Pelajaran MARA (KYPM) and Akademi Infotech MARA (AIM). KPTM has grown to be among the biggest Bumiputra private educational institution with more 12,500 full time students spread over 7 campuses in Kuala Lumpur as the main campus and branches in Bangi, Kuantan, Kota Bharu, Alor Setar, Ipoh, Batu Pahat and Semporna.
KPTM also established local collaboration with the public and private universities such as Universities Teknologi MARA (1994), Universiti Putra Malaysia (1995), Universiti Malaya (1995), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (1996), Universiti Sains Malaysia (1996), Universiti Multimedia (1998), Universiti Utara Malaysia and also the Matriculation Centre, Ministry of Education Malaysia (1999).
Our commitment to life-long learning and flexibility to education are reflected in the diversity of the programmes offered throughthe Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). Since its establishment in 1995, CCE has offered part time and distance learning programmes ranging from certificates, diplomas, degrees in a multitude of areas, as well as short courses conducted in collaboration with the local and international universities and partner institutions.
Today, KPTM is proud of its history and solid foundation that has brought continuous educational growth into the future. In recent times, we are able to extend our affordable quality programmes to many individuals in the effort to enhance knowledge and skills. It has become our absolute commitment to provide evey opportunity to individuals in gaining easy access to education, besides providing holistic approach to education and training, thus assuring astudents a career and life enhancing investment for the future.
A leading Higher Education Institution Of Choice
1. To provide high quality teaching and continuous student and employer satisfaction at affordable price.To produce holistic employable individuals with entrepreneurial skills.
A centre of learning, Centred on You
KPTM offers quality and affordable educational programs towards the production of knowledge workers.
KPTM provides quality teaching and learning services with a conductive environment to the satisfaction of the clients with continuous quality improvement through the implementation of quality management system.
- To prepare and strengthen distinguished educational programs with market value.
- To produce competitive, balanced and productive graduates in line with national aspirations.
- To provide professional and committed service.
- To provide sufficient infrastructure, equipment and environment for educational program implementation.
- To inculcate quality work culture.
- To be a financially sound higher learning education institution.
In realising KPTM’s vision and mission of being a higher education institution of choice, we vow to:
- Provide recognised, quality and market driven educational programs.
- Produce knowledgeable, quality and competitive graduates.
- Offer affordable educational programs.
- Provide professional and committed workforce.
- Provide sufficient and complete facilities