KPTM History

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Background of Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM)

Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM), formerly 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, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Accounting, Business Management, Engineering, Humanities and Bio-Industry.

It all started in January 1983 with the establishment of the Learning Resource 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 program known as the American Associate Degree (AAD). The program was well accepted by more than 75 universities in the United States and New Zealand as a 2+2 transfer degree program.

This remarkable achievement later led to the establishment of KPTM Kuala Lumpur (1987), KPTM Bangi (1988) and KPTM Kota Bharu (1994). Numerous international strategic alliances were formed with the Northern 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.

The year 1993 saw an alliance formed with Dublin Business School (DBS), Ireland to conduct the ACCA professional accounting program which was followed by a partnership with Coventry University, United Kingdom in 2004 that led to initiatives in producing world class graduates.

KPTM also established local collaboration with public and private universities such as Universiti 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).

The partnership with Dublin Business School (DBS), Ireland in October 2014 to conduct the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Accounting and Finance program was another bold step taken by Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM) to internationalize its academic program structures to benefit students in the long run.

KPTM’s existing strength was built through its excellent track record by the merging of 2 MARA’s renowned institutions, Kolej Yayasan Pelajaran MARA (KYPM) and Akademi Infotech MARA (AIM).

KPTM has grown over the years to be among the biggest Bumiputera private educational institution in Malaysia with more than 17,600 full time students spread over nine campuses in Kuala Lumpur, Bangi, Kuantan, Batu Pahat, Ipoh, Alor Setar, Kota Bharu, Semporna and Kesedar, Gua Musang. To date, KPTM has produced around 32,487 graduates since its formal inception in 2003.

Kolej Poly-Tech MARA Kuala Lumpur (KPTM KL) was upgraded into a university college by the Ministry of Higher Education on 15th October 2015. KPTM KL is now officially known as Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech MARA Kuala Lumpur (KUPTM).

Our commitment to life-long learning and flexibility to education are reflected in the diversity of programs offered through the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). Since its establishment in 1995, CCE has offered part time and distance learning programs ranging from certificates, diplomas and degrees in a spectrum of disciplines, as well as short courses conducted in collaboration with the local and international universities as well as other partner institutions.

Achievements and Recognitions

a. Gold Approved Learning Partner by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

KPTM received Gold Approval under the Approved Learning Partner Program in recognition of the quality of learning provision and support for ACCA students provided by the college.

b. Quality Achievement Award by European Society for Quality Research (ESQR) 2015

Kolej Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM) was awarded with Quality Achievement Award by the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR), a Swiss-based organization which recognizes and highlights outstanding business results, best practices, quality awareness and achievements by companies in regional and global markets

c. MyQuest College Rating and Cluster Based Rating (2014-2015)

Developed by the Education Ministry, MyQuest evaluates the current performance of private colleges in Malaysia in terms of students, programs, graduates, resources and governance

College Rating

five-star-kptm four-star-kptm three-star-kptm
KPTM Kuala Lumpur  KPTM Kuantan   KPTM Batu Pahat 
KPTM Bangi  KPTM Ipoh   
KPTM Kota Bharu     
KPTM Alor Setar     

Cluster Based Rating (Education)

KPTM Kuala Lumpur

d. Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Affiliated Colleges Academic Quality Audit 2015

KPTM Kuala Lumpur = A+  KPTM Bangi = A+
KPTM Kota Bharu = A  KPTM Alor Setar = A
KPTM Kuantan = A  

e. Bizz Award 2014 by The World Confederation of Businesses

f. KKLW Best Company Award 2008, 2013, 2015

g. Human Resources Development Fund Award 2013 by Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB)

h. MS ISO 9001:2008 Certification

i. Awards by World Confederation of Businesses (WORLDCOB)

Enterpreneural Company 2014
World Business Leader 2014
World Leader Businessperson 2014

j. 5S Certification

Our Hope

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 programs to many individuals in the effort to enhance knowledge and skills. It has become our absolute commitment to provide every opportunity to individuals in gaining easy access to education, besides providing a holistic approach to education and training, and assuring students a career and life to enhance their investments for the future.


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1. To prepare and reinforce accredited and marketable educational programs

2. To produce graduates who are competitive, balanced and capable of realizing the aspirations of the country 

3. To provide a professional workforce with integrity and is committed

4. To provide infrastructure, infostructure, equipment and environment facilities which are conducive for the implementation of educational programs

5. To inculcate quality work culture

6. To become a financially sound higher learning education institution

Vission & Mission

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 To be a Tertiary Education Institution with Excellent Reputation


  1. To cultivate academic and entrepreneurial excellence to achieve an optimal individual potential
  2. To lead a holistic education through global acknowledgement and acceptance

Motto & Shared Values

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A Centre of Learning, Centred on You