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Higher Education Loan Fund Project (HELP) is a Japanese Higher Education Project by the Government of Malaysia which was implemented under the Look East Policy inspired by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed in 1983. Yayasan Pelajaran MARA, was appointed as the implementing agency for the HELP Project in 1993. HELP project was partly funded by the Government of Malaysia through the Project Management Grants and also loans from the Government of Japan.

The main objective is to manage and implement higher education and scholarship for Degree, Masters and PhD in engineering courses at Japan Universities to produce scientist and engineers. It is hoped that Bumiputera engineers and scientist will then take the lead in industrial, research and development and design technology in the country.


HELP I was born after the establishment of first loan package agreement between Malaysia and Japan signed on 28th May 1992. The successful of the implementation of HELP I, opened the door to the second package of loan agreement, known as HELP II in April 1999, followed by the third package of loan agreement, HELP III which began in January 2005. In implementing the three projects, YPM has established cooperation with 15 japanese universities.

A total of 1301 students enrolled for the 3 projects for degree, Bachelor and Master Doctorate (PhD) programs. Of the total, 1348 have since graduated. The students enrolled in this projects are being exposed exclusively in Japanese living cultures and their high technologies. Therefore many graduates are currently working with mega engineering company in Malaysia and Japan.

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Project Period Program Scholarship
HELP I 1993 – 2005 Japanese Matriculation Centre (JMC) Degree
HELP II 1995 – 2009 Japanese Associate Degree (JAD) Degree,Master
HELP III 2005 – 2015 Japanese Associate Degree (JAD) Degree, Master, PHD
MJHEP 2011 – 2020 Japanese Associate Degree (JAD) Degree, Master, PHD


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