About us

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. IPPTN is hosted by Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang and is accountable to the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MoE) and the Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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

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:

  • ASEAN University Network (AUN), Thailand
  • Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), East-West Center, Hawaii, USA
  • Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), UNESCO Bangkok
  • Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), USA
  • Centre for Advancement of Higher Education (CAHE), Tohoku University, Japan
  • Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Centre for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA), University of Southern California, USA
  • Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), Melbourne University, Australia
  • Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER), Germany
  • Observatory Borderless Higher Education (OBHE)
  • Research Institute of Higher Education (RIHE), Hiroshima University, Japan
  • SEAMEO-Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development, Thailand
  • UNESCO and Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Thailand

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:

  • ASEAN University Network (AUN), Thailand
  • Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership (APHERP), East-West Center, Hawaii, USA
  • Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), UNESCO Bangkok
  • Boston College Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), USA
  • Centre for Advancement of Higher Education (CAHE), Tohoku University, Japan
  • Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Centre for Higher Education Policy Analysis (CHEPA), University of Southern California, USA
  • Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), Melbourne University, Australia
  • Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER), Germany
  • Observatory Borderless Higher Education (OBHE)
  • Research Institute of Higher Education (RIHE), Hiroshima University, Japan
  • SEAMEO-Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development, Thailand
  • UNESCO and Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Thailand