Astin College (ASTIN), previously known as Institute Astin, was established in January 1997. For its strong commitment to provide excellent education, ASTIN was appointed by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) as its collaborative partner in offering USM off-campus study in the Klang Valley. The ﬁrst batch of 19 graduates received their degrees from the Vice Chancellor of USM at the USM convocation on August 2001. On 17th May 2005, ASTIN was upgraded to a college status by the Ministry of Higher Education and named as Astin College.
At ASTIN, we are certain that we have the dedication and ability to produce quality graduates for the future, equipped with quality programs and experience in life-long learning to face current and future challenges. As an educational institution, ASTIN has accountability for both cognitive and affective domain on top of educational development of each individual through the process of education and experience that we offer.
To provide education which is sensitive, flexible and responsive to the needs of students in order to equip them adequately to be part of the workforce.
An organisation in the field of education and training services that offers professional, vocational, technical and managerial development for each graduate to become a useful person who will be able to assist in the administration of the national economy.
Providing creative, innovative, proactive talents as well as to promote technology education and training by using information and communication technology.
Astin encourages the highest standard of integrity, teamwork and ethics in the process of creating a challenging work culture to deliver value to the students.
Our Management Team
Our collaborative partner (USM)
Established as the second university in the country in 1969, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was first known as Universiti Pulau Pinang. In 1971, USM moved from its temporary premises at the Malayan Teachers’ Training College, Bukit Gelugor to the present 416.6 hectare site at Minden, approximately 9.7 km from Georgetown.
USM offers courses ranging from Natural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences to Building Science and Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education. These are available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to approximately 30,000 students at its 17 Academic Schools on the main campus in the island of Penang; 6 Schools at the Engineering Campus in Nibong Tebal (approximately 50km from the main campus); and 3 at the Health Campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan (approximately 300km from the main campus).
USM also has 17 dedicated research centres for a wide range of specialisations which include archaeology, medicine and dentistry, molecular medicine, science and technology, Islamic development and management studies, and policy research and international studies. It also provides consultancy, testing, and advisory services to the industry under the ambit of USAINS Holdings Sdn Bhd, the University’s commercial arm.
Since the beginning, USM has adopted the School system rather than the traditional Faculty system to ensure that its students are multi-disciplined from their exposure to other areas of study by other Schools. It also encourages students to be active in extra-curricular activities given the myriad of clubs and societies available.
As a Research Intensive University recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) in 2007, USM offers educational and research opportunities to students and staff. In 2008, USM also became the first university in the country to be selected by the Malaysian government to participate in the Accelerated Programme for Excellence (APEX), a fast-track programme that helps tertiary institutions achieve world-class status.
Our collaborative partner (MQA)
Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia / Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA)
The establishment of a new entity which merges the National Accreditation Board (LAN) and the Quality Assurance Division, Ministry of Higher Education (QAD) was approved by the Government on 21 December 2005. This entity is responsible for quality assurance of higher education for both the public and the private sectors.
The new entity, the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), was established on 1 November 2007 with the coming in force of the Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007. The MQA was officially launched by the Honourable Minister of Higher Education, Dato' Mustapa Mohamed, on 2 November 2007.
The main role of the MQA is to implement the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) as a basis for quality assurance of higher education and as the reference point for the criteria and standards for national qualifications. The MQA is responsible for monitoring and overseeing the quality assurance practices and accreditation of national higher education.
The establishment of the MQA saw LAN dissolved and its personnel absorbed into the MQA.
With the vision to be a global authority on quality assurance of higher education and the mission to put in place a system of quality assurance that is recognised internationally, the MQA is set to chart new boundaries in higher education quality assurance.
Our collaborative partner (UNITEN)
Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) is one of the first private universities in Malaysia, wholly owned by the public-listed Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), one of the largest utility companies in South East-Asia. UNITEN is moving rapidly towards establishing itself as the regional centre of educational excellence.
UNITEN strives to provide quality education to prepare students for positions in industry, commerce and academia. The comprehensive and innovative programme contents and teaching techniques are designed towards expanding the frontiers of learning. Students will be challenged to develop into multi-skilled professionals possessing mental, intellectual and emotional fortitude to succeed in life.