The idea of founding Merdeka University was formed in 1968 through the initiative of the United Chinese School Committees Association(Dong Zong) and the United Chinese School Teachers Association(Jiao Zong).
Dong Jiao Zong formed a company limited by guarantee, Merdeka University Bhd, and submitted a petition signing by 4238 societies, organizations and parties to the Yang di Pertuan Agong for an incorporation order for Merdeka University under the Universities and University Colleges Act, 1971.
The petition was rejected. Merdeka University Bhd then challenged the decision in court in 80s. However it lost the lawsuit as well.
Dong Jiao Zong established New Era College (now is a University College) in 1997. It achieved Merdeka University's goal, continues to serve the community.
Merdeka Education Centre(MEC) found in 2017, succeed to Merdeka spirit to provide more education opportunities to Malaysian Youth to study the new-tech and knowledge these days.
The current mission of Merdeka Educatioin Centre is to promote "China Higher Vocational Education Scholarship" to help Malaysian youth to study abroad. MEC do provide Degree programs but more focus on Diploma programs, to catch up with the Industry 4.0 and the new ear of Artificial Intelligence and
Information and communications technology.