IPPTN | Institut Penyelidikan Pendidikan Tinggi Negara was officially established on 21st August 1997 by the National Council on Higher Education (MPTN). Our founding members envisioned the institute to be a referred research institute which leads research in higher education at national and international levels.

For our outstanding achievements over the years, IPPTN was promoted as a Centre of Excellence of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) since 6th June 2016.

We conduct relevant policy, governance, leadership, curriculum, pedagogy, innovation and internationalisation (of higher education) oriented studies in the field of higher education to cultivate its development.

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.

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We are the only research institute of its kind in Malaysia that undertake analysis of higher education policies in Malaysia and the region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam). In addition to that, we also have direct access to the unit handling data on higher education at the ministry.

In view of our unique position in Malaysia and our research expertise, we are acknowledged as the referral point for many organisations that undertake research on higher education in Malaysia (eg. OECD, UNESCO, World Bank,JICA-RI (Japan), Research Institute of Higher Education (Hiroshima University, Japan), ASEAN University Network (Bangkok), South East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation- RIHED (Bangkok).

We have the necessary contacts with many associations of universities (such as the IAU, the Association of African Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities) through international meetings that we helped to organise such as the Global Higher Education Forum (GHEF 2007 – 2018; the Commonwealth Vice Chancellors Forum 2009).

Our academic staffs are actively involved in world-class research and is shaped by the latest discoveries. Together, we shall strive for excellence!

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We offer MA and PhD (Higher Education) under the supervision of our accomplished academics.