PPES is a special preparatory programme for local (UNITEN) and overseas universities conducted 1 to 2 years in the foundation level at UNITEN conducted by the College of Foundation and General Studies of Universiti Tenaga Nasional. The students on the programme are selected by the main sponsoring agencies such as Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia (JPA), Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Yayasan Tenaga Nasional (YTN), Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputra (YPPB), Ministry of Education (MOE) Petroleum Nasional (PETRONAS), Federal Land Development Agency (FELDA) and Telekom Malaysia (TM). Selections are based on mainly two criteria:

  • a high school record of sustained academic and co-curricular excellence
  • and excellent performance in the SPM examinations (the public examination that all Malaysian students go through at the end of their high school education)



This is an intensive, post-secondary, pre-university, preparatory programme that is designed specifically to address the needs of Malaysian students planning to study local and abroad. The medium of instruction on this programme is English.
The programme is specially designed, with the support of Universiti Tenaga Nasional, to prepare students to be successful in their tertiary education. 
The objectives of the programme are:

  • To prepare students for the foundation in Engineering, Computer Science, IT, Accounting and Finance
  • To prepare students for the TOEFL and SAT examinations
  • To upgrade the students general competence in English
  • To develop skills that will enhance students readiness for tertiary education in an environment where the medium of instruction is English
  • To prepare students to achieve the required academic scores
  • To develop students study skills
  • To assist students with the application process

Individual attention is the hallmark of this programme. Students have access to all the universities facilities and resources.




  • Foundation in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Accounting and Finance : 3 semesters ( a 12-month programme)
  • Fast-track route in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Accounting and Finance : 3 semesters ( a 9-month programme)


  • American Top Universities Programme : 3 semesters (a 12-month programme)
  • American Credit Transfer Programme (ACTP) : 6 semesters (a 24-month programme)
  • Australia and New Zealand Universities Programme : 3 semesters (an 18-month programme)


For US bound students, they are required to take classes for TOEFL, SAT 1 and SAT 2. At the same time, while doing these preparations, they are also required to complete one year of foundation, specifically Foundation in Economics/Accounting/Engineering/Science/Computer Science according to the field chosen. In the year 2011, there are 105 students in this program, 102 bound for the US and 3 bound for New Zealand or Australia.


UNITENs engineering program (both foundation and bachelors degree) is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) UK as meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements of IMechE. Our engineering program is also accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The link below is a press release on IMechEs accreditation of UNITENs engineering program. 
Students Of Our Foundation Program Are Accepted Into Universities In The United Kingdom, United States Of America, Australia, New Zealand And Canada, Some With Credit Transferred From The Foundation Program. This Is Due To The In Depth Syllabus That We Have For Each Of The Subjects Taught In This Program. In Fact, All The Students Who Are Following The Ppou Program Are Scholars Who Secured The Scholarships Awarded By The Public Service Department Of Government Malaysia, Majlis Amanah Rakyat(Mara), Yayasan Tenaga Nasional(Ytn), Sime Darby And Bank Negara. We Would Like To Assure You That Our Scholars Here At Uniten Are Excellent And Wonderful Students. In Terms Of Placements, Our Students Have Been Offered To Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Wharton Business School, University Of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, Brown University, Cornell University, Carnegie-Mellon University, University Of California-Los Angeles, University Of California-San Diego, University Of California-Santa Barbara, New York University, University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Indiana University-Bloomington, And University Of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Among Others. We Have Also Had A Student Who Gained Entry To Your Good University 3 Years Ago Via Our Foundation Program, Not Via Stpm


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Colombia University, USA
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • Imperial College London, UK
  • Yale University, USA
  • University of Chicago, USA
  • Cornell University, USA
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • McGill University, Canada
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor, USA
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • University of Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Tokyo, Japan
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • New York University, USA
  • Brown University, USA
  • Osaka University, Japan
  • University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA
  • Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • University of Washington, USA
  • Monash University, Australia
  • University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Purdue University, USA
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • University of Minnesota, USA
  • Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Ohio State University, USA
  • University of Southern California, USA
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • University of Curtin, Australia
  • University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Imperial College of Science
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
  • Massey University, New Zealand
  • Iowa State University, USA
  • Nagoya University, Japan

Each students overall performance is expressed as a Grade Point Average (GPA). The students will receive 3 reports from the preparatory programme, one at the end of every semester. They will also receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course and an official transcript of their CGPA.

Contact Person:

Mr Mohd Ariff bin Ahmad Tarmizi
College of Foundation & General Studies
Phone no. : +60389217500
Email :

Mr. Abidin bin Arifin
Admin Executive
Preparatory Programme for Excellent Students (PPES)
College of Foundation & General Studies
Phone no.: +60389212020 (5014)
Email :

Farhaniza binti Ghazali
Preparatory Programme for Excellent Students (PPES)
College of Foundation & General Studies
Phone no.: +60389212020 (5034)
Email :

Postal Address

Preparatory Programme for Excellent Students (PPES)
College of Foundation & General Studies
Universiti Tenaga Nasional
43000 Kajang, Malaysia