The MAFSC was established with the primary aim of training officers in order to meet the increasing demands of trained staff officers by the three Services. Prior to its formation, only a few officers were selected for such training at overseas staff colleges.
The establishment of MAFSC was first mooted in 1967 by the late YAB Tun Abdul Razak bin Dato’ Hussein, who was then the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence. Subsequently, the Armed Forces Council agreed to the formation of the College at its 123rd meeting on 27 October 1970.
“HAIGATE” was chosen as the temporary site for the College because of its colourful background, being an old but picturesque conglomeration of brick and wooden blocks of huts adjacent to the Ministry of Defence. The camp was first built during the post-war period and served as an Officers’ Mess (Imphal Mess). It later became a series of temporary army camps, the last being Headquarters of Second Malaysian Infantry Division and Headquarters of Lines of Communication Engineer Regiment.
The College welcomed its first batch of 30 CP drawn from the three Services in January 1972. The intake was increased the following year when the College took in officers from the Royal Malaysian Police and the Malaysian Civil Service in addition to those of the three Services, making a total of 32 CP.
In 1974 the College opened its door to overseas participants. Participants from friendly countries namely, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Kingdom joined the course. Since then, the CP intake has increased with a proportional representation of officers from overseas. Currently MAFSC have 165 Course Participant with 44 CP from overseas from 28 countries.
In its quest for quality and excellence, the College conducts a twinning programme with the University of Malaya for a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic and Defence Studies. The programme for Staff College first started in 1995. The subjects for this diploma form part of the overall curriculum and they are conducted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. A CP who successfully completes both can therefore be awarded two diplomas, that is the `pass staff college’ (psc) from MAFSC and a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic and Defence Studies from the University of Malaya.
Start from 2012, Malaysian National Defence University (UPNM) will take over this Strategic and Defence Studies and who succesfully complete be award Diploma from UPNM.