Education and diplomas Malaysia

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Common diplomas of Malaysia

View the Dutch comparison of the most common diplomas from Malaysia, the duration of schooling, the type of education and the purpose of these diplomas.

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Vokasional

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 1 or 2 (NLQF* 1-2/EQF** 1-2).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study leading to the Diploma or Certificate at a Polytechnic/MARA or the Diploma at a Community College.

Diploma (community college)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3-4/EQF 3-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 to 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to bachelor's programmes.

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study leading to the Diploma or Certificate at a Polytechnic/MARA or Diploma at a Community College or to pre-university secondary education (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia/Matriculation Certificate).

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia/Matriculation Certificate

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 1.5 years.
  • Type of education: pre-university secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Unified Examination Certificate with an average score of less than 75%

  • Dutch comparison: at least HAVO diploma (NLQF 4 / EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education (Chinese secondary education).
  • Purpose of diploma: access to foreign higher education and possibly to private institutions in Malaysia. Does not grant access to higher education institutions in Malaysia.

Unified Examination Certificate with an average score of 75% or higher

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education (Chinese secondary education).
  • Purpose of diploma: access to foreign higher education and possibly to private institutions in Malaysia. Does not grant access to higher education institutions in Malaysia.

Polytechnic/MARA Certificate

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Polytechnic/MARA Diploma

  • Dutch comparison: 3 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to bachelor's programmes.

Bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 or 4 years, sometimes 5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master's programmes.

Master

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 or 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctoral programmes.

* NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
** EQF = European Qualifications Framework

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