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Things You Should Know: Special Preparatory Programme to Japan,
Center for Foundation Studies in Science, Universiti Malaya

Future opportunities abound for students who choose to study in Japan. Learning Japanese science and technology is equivalent to being exposed to the finest technology in the world. As you are aware, innovation, improvement, and the development of innovative goods and services are deeply engrained in Japanese society. Additionally, Japanese universities help you improve not just your academic abilities but also your character, giving you the chance to immediately contribute to the workplace once you graduate. Furthermore, Japanese universities and other institutions of higher education host up to 220,000 foreign students from more than 170 nations and regions. Students from Malaysia will be able to widen their perspectives by learning about not only Japanese practice but also field of vision from other countries. Studying in a Japanese university should unquestionably be considered as a career option if you have an interest in Japanese technology, culture, and traditions.

What is the The Universiti Malaya Preparatory Education Center Special Course for Study in Japan (AAJ) ?

A part of the Malaysian government’s Look East Policy, the programme for admission to Japanese institutions seeks to perform an intense two-year programme in collaboration with the Japanese government before continuing the degree programme at a Japanese university. Students who have completed two years of preparatory instruction can attend a Japanese university by taking the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) at the end of the semester. Students who take part in this programme can choose to attend Kyushu University, Nagoya University, or Kobe University, Japan’s top universities, and study in the Engineering Discipline: electric & electronic, electronic information, information communication, mechanical, mechanical system, system, information among others. Through the educational experience of studying abroad at a Japanese university, the programme seeks to cultivate in students a strong sense of self-worth. It also aims to produce graduates who will be able to apply the knowledge and experiences acquired during their study abroad programmes to their careers and research after graduation.

History of The Establishment

The Universiti Malaya Preparatory Education Center Special Course for Study in Japan (AAJ) is a programme for studying at Japanese universities jointly run by the Malaysian and Japanese governments. Having been established over 40 years ago, it has a lengthy history. The programme is run by Universiti Malaya’s Center for Preparatory Education, known as “Pusat Asasi Sains (PASUM)” in Malay and “the Centre for Foundation Studies in Science” in English. In November 1981, at the request of the then-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, the Malaysian government approached the Japanese government regarding an undergraduate student programme. The preliminary education for international undergraduate students in Japan began accepting students in the spring of the following year, with the first 42 enrolling. More than 4,000 Malaysians have already attended Japanese colleges for highly specialized education as of 2022, and they are now working in a range of fields.

Why is a Preparatory Education School Being Opened?

The programme is arranged as a preparatory educational institution for students chosen by the government to be admitted to undergraduate programmes at Japanese institutions. In this programme, they will study the Japanese language and several subjects. It is a component of the Malaysian government’s Look East Policy. In order to be able to study at a Japanese university without experiencing any difficulties, the programme is designed to give students two years of preparatory education. During this time, they will concentrate on honing their Japanese language abilities and acquiring academic skills in fundamental subjects. Please take note that only engineering students are eligible for this programme as of 2014, and only Malay students are eligible for admission.

The Curriculum

The AAJ curriculum lasts two years, with two semesters each year. Japanese language faculty members who are Malay and Japanese will lead the first semester’s Japanese language courses with a primary focus on instruction. In addition to Japanese language programmes, other semesters include mathematics, physics, and chemistry classes taught by Japanese teachers. During semester IV only, English classes will be taught by Malaysian professors. The class schedule for the 2022 academic year is provided below.

*The schedule does not include breaks and exam weeks.

What You Will Learn in Each Subject

Japanese: Improve academic abilities in order to meet the requirements of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU), as well as to learn the Japanese language in order to pursue a degree in Japan.

Mathematics: Learn mathematics at a level equivalent to that of a Japanese high school graduate and develop the theoretical thinking abilities required for studying in Japan.

Physics: The fundamental concepts and laws governing physical things and occurrences will be taught to the students. They will also read Japanese-language textbooks on fundamental physics.

Chemistry: Learn the fundamental terms and concepts of chemistry. Developing one’s own chemical themes, interests, and questioning abilities is another goal.

What are The Eligibility Criteria to Join This Programme?

Eligibility is restricted to Malaysians with privileged status under the Bumiputra policy. The minimum grades in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) are as follows: A minimum grade of A (a combination of A+ and A only) is required in each of the following five subjects: Malay, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Additional Mathematics. Applicants must have A- or higher grades in two subjects (English and History). Additionally, applicants who already possess basic Japanese language abilities are also welcome.

Contact Information
Special Preparatory Programme to Japan, Center for Foundation Studies in Science, Universiti Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mr. Seishi Kurioka

Leader of Japanese Teacher Special Japanese Preparatory Programme, Center for Foundation Studies in Science.

Born in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture in 1951. 38 years of experience as a science teacher, director of guidance, vice principal, and principal of a high school in Hyogo Prefecture. Before arriving in Malaysia in October 2021, he was employed as a professor at Kobe Tokiwa University.

Having taught chemistry in our programme for two years between 1996 and 1998, this will be the second time in my life that I have been assigned to Malaysia.

Malaysian students are incredibly eager to study, enthusiastic, and serious. This makes teaching very fulfilling for me as a teacher, just as I felt the same when I visited Malaysia for the first time 26 years ago.

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology recruits teachers for this programme through the boards of education in each prefecture. There are 18 highly skilled teachers, including 8 math teachers and 5 each in physics and chemistry. Japanese language teachers are made up of Malaysian teachers who are fluent in the language and Japanese experts dispatched by The Japan Foundation. Some of them had previously participated in this programme by studying in Japan.

Because the programme is a short-term intensive programme for studying in Japan (August enrollment, February graduation year after next), the classes are rigorous. As a result, participants in the programme who can put forth consistent and persistent effort will reap the benefits.

The options available to students are numerous, and the variety of employment opportunities is growing. We sincerely hope that you will look into our programme and accept the challenge if you have any interest in Japanese culture, customs, or if you have ever dreamed of visiting Japan. In addition, if you make the decision to pursue a career in a field you are interested in, I want you to jump in and keep moving forward without hesitation for as long as you wish. Finding the ideal profession or way of life for you can be difficult when you are young. However, if you pursue a career, a job, or a life that you find fulfilling, eventually someone will pull you up to another level. The position makes a person – Definitely so.

Many of our graduates who completed their studies in Japan are currently engaged in activities not only in Malaysia but also all over the world, making use of their knowledge of either science or the Japanese language. Some of our graduates, for instance, use their scientific expertise to work for government-owned businesses like Petronas, while others use their Japanese language proficiency to fill in as Malay-Japanese interpreters at conferences throughout the world. One of the interpreters at a conference one day turned out to be a graduate of our program from 26 years ago, and it is an indescribable thrill to see him in such a significant role now.

You will discover that Japan is a special place that is glowing as brightly as ever if you have a chance to witness daily life there. I fervently desire that as many students as possible be motivated by their time at AAJ and use the skills they picked up there to build a bridge between Malaysia and Japan.

Voices from Our Students

Q1: Why did you choose to apply to this programme?
Q2: What subject do you want to study at a Japanese university?
Q3: What aspirations do you have for the future?

Aizal Ramzad

❶ I have wanted to be an engineer since I was in elementary school, and my parents supported me in my decision to pursue that ambition in Japan.
❷ Using Japanese technology, which I adore above everything else, I would like to master robotics. I also wish to learn about Japanese culture.
❸ I want to use my understanding of robotics that I acquired while studying abroad in Japan and get involved in robot production to benefit Malaysia in the future.

Shereen Alia

❶ Ever since I was a young child, I have desired to study
Japanese. I wanted to emulate my high school seniors when I saw them joining AAJ and participating actively.
❷ I want to study engineering at a university in Japan. My interest in Japanese culture extends to festivals in particular.
❸ I want to pursue advanced engineering education in Japan and use what I learn there to benefit Malaysia.

Armand Syah

❶ To follow in my father’s footsteps, I have enrolled in this programme.
❷ I want to understand how contemporary Japanese culture differs from Malaysian culture in terms of lifestyle and technology.
❸ I want to study bioengineering at a Japanese university with the goal of working as a researcher after graduation.