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Our Story

The Institute of Professional Development, Open University Malaysia (IPD-OUM) was officially founded in November 2000 as a centre of excellence within the Open University Malaysia. IPD sees itself as the leading life-long learning programmes provider for the working adults in the region.

IPD-OUM maintains on-going liaison with the public universities, research institutions, training providers and industry experts to ensure that the programmes offered are competitive and relevant to the rapid changes of human capital development.

Its approach to organisational development and capacity building has always been to emphasise human resource development. We see that this can be attained through the principles of andragogy, action learning and individualised attention.

At present, IPD-OUM plays an active role in line with the nation’s intention to transform Malaysia into a high income country by year 2020 by offering programmes focusing on talent management that capitalize on the existing human capital in Malaysia.

The President’s Message

Guided by our tagline “Dare to Dream”, Open University Malaysia strives to encourage Malaysians from all walks of life to make learning a lifelong passion. We believe that education is the key for people to reach their full potential and realise their ambitions.
While in the past we relied on blended learning as the principal approach in teaching and learning, we now focus on offering a greater number of fully online programmes and courses by 2020. This can further widen access to quality education to anyone who seeks it, whether in Malaysia or beyond.
Towards this end, everything we strive for will be driven by our unwavering dedication to quality, while also prioritising career-relevant programmes, a results-driven work culture and excellent learner support.

President/Vice Chancellor