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About Jesselton College Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

“We are the qualified, knowledgeable, experienced team of highly motivated and committed human resources”

Jesselton College is a private higher education institution headquartered in Kota Kinabalu, managed by qualified, knowledgeable, and experienced team of highly motivated and committed human resources. The Institute of Higher Learning has five schools which consist of business, tourism, arts, law and languages.

The students of Jesselton College can choose to study in various fields. All schools offer identical qualifications with same assessment standard and quality control covers students from post secondary school level in the areas of business, legal studies, tourism, designs, languages and other professional trainings.

The Institute has been established to carry on in Malaysia and any other countries, colleges and institutions of learning by means of which students may obtain general and post secondary education, undergraduate, post graduate, doctorate and professional education in various fields.

Over the years, our groups of colleges stress on flexible and interdisciplinary training systems. As a result, we have a proven positive track record of educating outstanding students to be awarded with partial scholarship in their disciplines of study and research.

Our Origins

Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu) is a name that holds great historical value for being a new township founded by the North Borneo Chartered Company in 1899. The British North Borneo (now Sabah) was a British protectorate under the sovereign of the North Borneo Chartered Company from 1882 to 1941.

Named after Sir Charles Jessel, the vice-chairman of the Chartered Company Jesselton became the Company’s administrative centre from 1900 to 1941, before the Japanese occupation took place between 1942 and 1945.

The origins of Jesselton College dated back to 1988 where it was then known as the Sabah Institute of Management (SIM). The SIM was later renamed in 1999 as Institut Prima Bestari (IPB). After its relocation to Kota Kinabalu in 2008, IPB then signed an MOU with Bond Australia for credit transfer for degree programmes. As part of the initiatives to commemorate and embrace an identity closer to home to the Sabahans, the name of Jesselton College was later carefully chosen to replace IPB.

Message from CEO

Established for over 20 years in Sabah, Jesselton College has grown tremendously and now delivers a diverse range of educational programmes in the fields of business, arts, tourism, law and languages. For all these years, our goal has always been to provide quality education and valuable experience for the development of competent, creative and critical thinking individuals. Hence we believe in providing students with a practical learning experience by engaging with our local and international partners.

In the past year, we have also reinforced our efforts to be known as a student-centered college with a strong community of students, staff, faculty, alumni and partners. We continue to organize holistic co-curricular activities in order to foster a positive relationship among the college community. Participations are strongly encouraged to further improve the interactions between students, staff and faculty.

At Jesselton College, we want you to have a balanced college life. As a result, we have enhanced our student support services to ensure you get the optimal college experience. Plenty of opportunities are provided for our students including sports, social engagements, student trips, holiday plans, charity events and many more.

We will carry on introducing interdisciplinary training programmes and employing qualified and committed faculty to conduct them. In line with our vision and mission, measures are also in placed to further expand Jesselton College and its community as well as its network with international institutions.

I welcome you to be part of our community.



Prof. Dr. Fred Y. F. Chin
Chief Executive of Jesselton College