Student Loans: a Case Study of Malaysia


About the Seminar

Malaysia’s National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) was established in 1997 through an Act of Parliament. In its Act, PTPTN’s roles are defined as issuing loans for students to continue their higher education, collecting loan repayments, managing an education savings scheme, and to undertake any other roles as instructed by the Government. Over the years, in fulfilling its mandate, PTPTN has focused on only one of their stated purposes, namely to issue loans to students. This resulted a high loan approval rate, while repayment rate is less than 50 percent. In this seminar, Wan Saiful will elaborate further on the challenges faced by PTPTN and share lessons that can be learned by other countries.

About the Speaker

Wan Saiful Wan Jan is an Associate Fellow of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and was Visiting Senior Fellow from 2017 to 2018. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Malaysia. He contested in Malaysia’s 14th General Election for the parliamentary constituency of Pendang, Kedah, but did not win. Subsequently, he was appointed as Special Adviser to the Malaysian Minister of Education, Chairman of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation, and Board Member of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation. He is also a member of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Supreme Council


For registration, please click here. Registration closes on 16 September 2019.


Sep 18 2019


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2