Our Background
Institut Penyelidikan Pendidikan Tinggi Negara (IPPTN) or the National Higher Education Research Institute (NaHERI) was established by the National Council on Higher Education (MPTN) and officially launched on 21st August 1997. For our outstanding achievements over the years, IPPTN was promoted as a Centre of Excellence of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) since 6th June 2016.

Our Vision
To be a referred research institute which leads policy research in higher education at national and international levels.

Our Aims

  • To identify issues and critical challenges related to higher education to help develop higher education institutions in Malaysia
  • To conduct studies which can assist National Council on Higher Education (MPTN) formulate policies and strategies to develop higher education institutions in Malaysia
  • To play a proactive role in identifying issues and challenges in the implementation of national higher education policies
  • To be recognised as a body involved in conducting and coordinating research pertaining to higher education issues in Malaysia
  • To become a reference and resource centre pertaining to higher education issues and policies nationally and globally
  • To be recognised as an important channel between Malaysian higher education researchers and  their global counterparts

Our Identity
IPPTN is a research institute which conducts relevant policy oriented studies in the field of higher education to assist in the development of higher education. Our goal is to advance research, teaching and publication in higher education institutions. We seek to develop higher education system and institutions towards international excellence.

Our Mission
To undertake quality and forward looking policy research in higher education for the development and advancement of national higher education towards excellence in the global context.

Our Focus
As a higher education reference centre in Malaysia, IPPTN’s research activities highly focus on improving Malaysia’s higher education policies. In view of this, IPPTN monitors and analyses developments on national and global higher education landscape. After more than ten (10) years involvement in higher education research, IPPTN has developed various expertise in the following areas:

  • Higher education system
  • Governance of public universities
  • Higher education and community engagement
  • Changing condition for academic work and career
  • Comparative international education
  • Growth and development of transnational higher education services
  • Economics of education
  • Curriculum development 

Our Networks, Partnerships and Collaborations
IPPTN welcomes collaboration and networking with any organisation interested to partner with us. We are affiliated with a diverse number of institutions and organisations working towards achieving our goals including:

  • Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA
  • Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
  • Commonwealth of Learning (COL), CANADA
  • Institute for Management of Higher Education (IMHE-OECD), FRANCE
  • International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP UNESCO), FRANCE
  • Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER), GERMANY
  • Centre for Advancement of Higher Education (CAHE), Tohoku University, JAPAN
  • Centre for the Study of International Cooperation in Education (CICE), Hiroshima University, JAPAN
  • Research Institute of Higher Education (RIHE), Hiroshima University, JAPAN
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB), PHILIPPINES
  • Human Capital & Education for Asian Development (HEAD) Foundation, SINGAPORE
  • Higher Education Research Association (HERA), SOUTH KOREA
  • ASEAN University Network (AUN), THAILAND
  • Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), UNESCO Bangkok, THAILAND
  • SEAMEO-Regional Institute for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED), THAILAND
  • UNESCO and Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, THAILAND
  • Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), USA
  • Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), USA
  • Centre for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA), University of Southern California, USA
  • World Bank (WB), USA
  • Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC), UNITED KINGDOM
  • Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE), UNITED KINGDOM