TVET students now have clear pathway, says Higher Education Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Technical, vocational education and training (TVET) students now have a clear education pathway through the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) Advanced TVET 2030 initiative.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (pic) said the initiative will allow students from technical and vocational schools to continue their studies up to the PhD level at technical universities.

“Now after completing their education at schools that are under the National TVET Council, they can continue to community colleges.

After finishing college, they can continue to polytechnics and after that, if they want, we open applications to MTUN for them,” he told reporters after the closing ceremony for the MTUN Industry-Academia Discourse on Advanced TVET today (June 11).

Zambry said the schools offer TVET at the basic level, while the technical universities offer high or advanced TVET courses.

“We have worked together to provide a pathway from the bottom to the top,” he added.

He also said the initiative is also part of the government’s efforts to remove the perception that TVET is a second-class education.

“I hope society understands that the government does not differentiate between vocational schools (and academic schools),” he said, adding that all students have the same potential.

The MTUN Advanced TVET 2030 is an extensive educational initiative emphasising talent development through technical expertise, soft skills and entrepreneurship at the tertiary level, following the Malaysian Qualifications Framework.

It aims to cultivate a skilled workforce equipped with high technical and vocational competencies to address the demands of local and global job markets.

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