Open University Malaysia was established in 2000 and is owned by the first 11 public universities in Malaysia. OUM adopts the motto "University for All" which is consistent with its philosophy that education should be made available to all, regardless of time, place, age and social-economic background. The open and distance learning mode is specifically targeted at working adults who need to take care of their families as well as manage their careers while pursuing higher education.
OUM has positioned itself as an alternative avenue for the public to gain quality tertiary and lifelong education. OUM's strengths span a wide range of disciplines, from IT and Engineering, the Arts and Social Sciences, to Business and Science. Employing the latest approaches in the teaching-learning process, OUM offers academic programs that cater to the demands of industry and the market in general. OUM has over 100,000 students in 70 academic programs. Through OUM, working adults can upgrade their knowledge and skills for the purpose of career progression, career transition or pursuing lifelong learning ambitions.
Recognising the need to remain competitive in today’s knowledge-based global economy, the Institute of Professional Development was established by OUM at the end of 2000 as one of its Centres of Excellence. IPD is a leading provider of executive education for working adults and offers programs in Malaysia, Bahrain, Sudan, India and Sri Lanka.
IPD has been working closely with a network of leading local and international experts to provide innovative and advanced professional and management development programs to meet the needs of individuals and organisations. Companies that have benefited from IPD programs include Nestle, AEON Group, PNB Investment, Toyota, Dumex, Samsung, and Panasonic. At present, more than 3,000 students are studying at IPD.