The External Degree Programme is offered to Orang Asli students who obtain excellent results in the STPM examination, in diploma as well as degree courses and obtained a CGPA of 3.00 and above. It is implemented with the collaboration of several sponsoring agencies such as MARA, the Public Service Department and Ministry of Higher Education.
The department assists students who are interested and qualified to participate in this programme by obtaining places in foreign universities as well as meeting additional costs such as for English classes, IELTS, medical examination, visa, passport, laptops as well as financial advances for personal use.
JAKOA has also set up a programme for monitoring and accompanying successful Orang Asli students who received offers from abroad. The programme is implemented with the aim of ensuring the welfare and registration of Orang Asli students pursuing studies abroad. In addition, it aims to foster close relations and cooperation between the department and various relevant agencies abroad such as Malaysian embassies or consulates, the Malaysian Student Department, university administrators, and MARA and Public Service Department offices in those countries.
The programme is the KPI for the Minister of Rural and Regional Development from 2012. In 2016, the minister set a target of 15 Orang Asli students being offered places in universities abroad. That year, 18 Orang Asli students qualified to continue their studies abroad of whom 10 had received offers while two (2) were waiting for offer letters from the universities.
Between 2010 and 2016, a total of 72 Orang Asli students did or would pursue studies abroad at undergraduate and postgraduate (master’s and doctorates) levels in various fields as in the data below:
The External Degree Programme is a government strategy to improve opportunities for Orang Asli students to obtain education up to the highest levels, especially in universities abroad.