Japanese Associate Degree Program (JAD) is a special project by the Malaysian government to provide scholarships for Bumiputera students to further their studies in Japan. The JAD program was introduced as HELPII project kicked-off. Initially, the JAD program adopted the 2+3 twinning program model, where the course is 2 years in Malaysia and 3 years in Japan. The model has now been improvised to 3+2 twinning program in the HELP III project where students study 3 years in Malaysia for dilploma, then with the transfer credit practice approved by the collaborating universities from Japan, students continue their studies for degree in Japan University for 2 years.
The JAD Diploma Program is targeted for secondary school leavers with excellent results in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination or its equivalent. An expected number of 80 students will be selected each year with 40 students being selected to major in Mechanical Engineering and the other 40 students to major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Yayasan Pelajaran MARA (YPM) as the executing agency collaborates with Universiti Industri Selangor (UNISEL) to obtain accreditation from the National Accreditation Board (LAN) of Malaysia for a three (3) years Engineering Diploma Program in Malaysia.
At the end of the 3 years in Malaysia, successful students will be awarded the Diploma of Mechanical Engineering in Technical Japanese or Diploma of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Technical Japanese by UNISEL. Thereafter, qualified students will be transferred to Year 3 Engineering Undergraduate programs of selected Japanese Universities, whom are members of the Japanese University Group - HELP III (JUG-HELPIII). After successful completion of the final 2 years in Japan, the students will be conferred the Degree of Engineering by the participating Japanese universities.
JUG-HELPIII members are as follows:
Keio University, Tokyo
Kinki University, Osaka
Meiji University, Tokyo
Okayama University Of Science, Okayama
Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
Tokyo University Of Science, Tokyo
Shibaura Institute Of Technology, Tokyo
Takushoku University, Tokyo
Tokai University, Tokyo
Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo
Tokyo University Of Technology, Tokyo
Waseda University, Tokyo
Nagaoka University Of Technology, Niigata
Saitama University, Saitama
Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi
Malaysia Japan Higher Education Project (MJHEP)
The success story of YPM in higher education is now repeated again with the achievement in continuing the legacy of HELP project. The Malaysia Japan Higher Education Project (MJHEP) is now being introduced as a continuance of the HELP III project. YPM as the implementing agency collaborates with Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA Beranang (KKTM-Beranang) to conduct a 3 year diploma program namely Dilpoma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Upon successful completion of the program in Malaysia, the students are eligible to continue their studies in selected Japanese Universities directly into the third year bachelor's engineering degree programs. Selected universities under this new project would be determined later.
The curriculum/syllabus uses the HELP III fundamental, a 3+2 undergraduate twinning program with the diploma in engineering is certified by National Accreditaion Board (LAN) now Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) of Malaysia for a three (3) years Engineering Diploma Program in Malaysia.
The HELP project has proven to be successful in bringing new era to the Malaysia education system. Yayasan Pelajaran MARA as the agency under MARA is aggressively moving forward in realizing to be the Japan Education Hub in Malaysia. Thus, the new MJHEP, is a big transformation in Malaysia higher education system. MJHEP is estimated to be implemented for 10 years commencing from 2011 and expected to finish in 2022.