THE National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) launched a new logo to commemorate its silver jubilee this year.
The logo was selected from entries submitted for a competition which was open to all Malaysians.
The contest, held from Jan 10 to Feb 3, received many submissions, particularly from students of higher education institutions.
At a virtual event to launch the new logo, PTPTN chairman Datuk Wan Saiful Wan Jan handed over the prize to Universiti Putra Malaysia student Muhammad Bakhtiar Baharuddin, from Baling, Kedah, for designing the winning logo.
The event was live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
Muhammad Bakhtiar, 21, a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology student, received RM2,500 and a certificate for his effort.
The logo themed “Peluang Kejayaan Anda” (Your Opportunity for Success), among others, highlights the number 25 to denote the years since PTPTN was set up as an agency under the Higher Education Ministry to provide loan and savings facilities for tertiary education.
At the launch, Wan Saiful in his speech said that PTPTN had overcome various challenges over the past 25 years to ensure students successfully further their studies at higher education institutions.
He said when PTPTN was set up in 1997, there were only eight workers, and now its staff strength stood at 1,400.
PTPTN began operations on Nov 1, 1997, at Bangunan Wisma Chase Perdana in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur.
Now, it is headquartered at Menara PTPTN, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur, and has 64 branches nationwide.
Wan Saiful expressed his appreciation to all parties who have worked together to attain PTPTN’s aspirations.
He said up to Jan 31, PTPTN had helped 3.63 million students with loans amounting to RM65.60bil.
“This clearly proves that PTPTN’s role in assisting students is very important and it has become the pillar of success for the country’s human capital development,” he said.
He added that PTPTN had introduced a savings scheme in 2004, which is now known as Simpan SSPN (National Education Savings Scheme), to encourage parents to save for their children’s education.
“Up to January this year, 5.26 million accounts were opened with total deposits of RM11.1bil,” he said.
Wan Saiful added that strategic partnerships with various agencies, including government bodies and the private sector, had helped Simpan SSPN become the top choice for educational savings.
“With the introduction of Simpan SSPN, PTPTN is always committed to ensure that parents can financially plan for their children’s higher education.
“This move is further extended with the PTPTN Strategic Plan 2021-2025.
“PTPTN will explore various new approaches to upgrade its service quality to customers in accordance with the objective of advancing higher education.
“PTPTN is determined to give more students opportunities to succeed, in line with our motto, ‘Peluang Kejayaan Anda’.
“It is our hope that PTPTN can continue its services and extend its excellent legacy.
“We hope our customers will continue to support us and participate in our programmes in conjunction with the 25th silver jubilee celebrations planned throughout this year,” he added.
Also present at the event were PTPTN chief executive officer Ahmad Dasuki Abdul Majid and its top management.