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National Commissions: UNESCO
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Asia and the Pacific

Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO
General Information
English NameMalaysian National Commission for UNESCO

Ministry of Education
Policy and International Relations Division
Level 7, Block E8, Complex E
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62604 Putrajaya

Phone(603) 8884 6112
(603) 8884 6109
Fax(60.3) 88 89 54 73
(60.3) 88 84 61 16
E-mail natcom.unesco@yahoo.com.my; natcom@UNESCO.org.my; joanneteddy.chian@moe.gov.my; hermy.abdullah@moe.gov.my; roslinda.mmusa@moe.gov.my; hazlan.hamzah@moe.gov.my; zaidi.hamid@moe.gov.my
National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.unesco.org.my
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameHon Dato'Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid
Election DateApril 2015
Mandated duration
StartedApril 2015
Government PostMinister of Education

NameTan Sri Dr. Madinah Mohamad
TitleVice Chairperson
StartedOctober 2013

NameMr Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman
StartedDecember 2014

Date and Method of Creation7 July 1966
StatusGovernmental (1 Ministry)
Department attached toMinistry of Education Malaysia
LegislationThe National Commission has a Constitution.
It is attached to the Ministry of Education.
Documentation CentreA resource centre is available for reference and use by the public.
Structure of the CommissionThe National Commission consists of the following bodies:
- The General Assembly
- The Specialized Committees made up of 6 sub-committees dealing with: (1) Education; (2) Science; (3) Culture and Communications; (4) Social Sciences; (5) Higher Education and (6) External Relations. The sub-committees meet at least twice a year.
Members/CompositionThe National Commission comprises 20 members representing the Ministries, universities and individuals.
General AssemblyComposed of 20 members including the Secretaries-General of various ministries (Education; Science, Technology and Innovation; Women, Family and Community Development; Information, Communication and Culture; Higher Education; Foreign Affairs; Rural and Regional Development; Youth and Sports; Energy, Green Technology and Water; Finance; and Human Resource), Vice-Chancellors of universities and individuals. The General Assembly meets once or twice a year.
Committees or Sub-Committees6 Permanent Sub-committees: (1) Education; (2) Science; (3) Culture and Communications; (4) Social Sciences; (5) Higher Education and (6) External Relations. The sub-committees meet at least twice a year.
Committees/Sub-Committees Details
Number of Committees or Sub-Committees6
PeriodicityMeets once or twice a year
Sub-committee Topics[X] Education
[X] Science
[X] Social Sciences
[X] Culture
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
OverviewThe National Commission continuously communicates and discusses with its counterparts of the Asia and the Pacific Region, as well as with the regional office in Bangkok and its cluster office in Jakarta.