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  1. COLLABORATIVE EFFORT IN PROMOTING LIFELONG LEARNING: Issues, Challenges & The Way Forward Professor Emeritus Anuwar Ali President/Vice-Chancellor Open University Malaysia

  2. INTRODUCTION THE GROWING FOCUS ON LIFELONG LEARNING (LLL): A global phenomenon Promoting a culture of continuous learning Working adults seeking new learning opportunities to boost careers & for self-improvement

  3. THE MALAYSIAN PERSPECTIVE BLUEPRINT ON ENCULTURATION OF LLL FOR MALAYSIA (2011-2020): Launched by the Ministry of Higher Education in November 2011 LLL as the 3rd pillar in human capital development Increasing role of ODL institutions for working adults

  4. ISSUES & CHALLENGES CREATING AWARENESS & SUSTAINING INTEREST IN LLL → Inculcating LLL as part of the mission & vision of designated universities → Instilling institution-wide understanding & commitment towards LLL → Ensuring proper use & allocation of resources → Leveraging on economies of scale & ICT COST-BENEFIT CONSIDERATIONS → What are the benefits for universities? → What are the opportunity costs? → Important to consider impact on universities’ core businesses due to diversion of resources

  5. OVERCOMING OBSTACLES Leveraging on ICT to complement LLL agenda & objectives Taking cues from global trends & best practices Strengthening the nexus between the university & the workplace Encouraging collaboration between institutions to boost LLL programmes

  6. AN EXAMPLE IN COLLABORATION:INTERNATIONALISATION AT OUM A MEANS FOR FURTHER GROWTH & EXPANSION 12 PARTNERING INSTITUTIONS IN 10 COUNTRIES UNIQUE COLLABORATION MUTUAL BENEFITS Sharing of ICT facilities OUM designs programmes & curricula, provides materials, technology support & monitors quality Joint curriculum development Training & exchange of academic staff Partners operate as overseas learning centres, free to enrol learners & run programmes Sharing of learning materials & support services

  7. AN EXAMPLE IN COLLABORATION:OUM IPD-SoLL INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & SCHOOL OF LIFELONG LEARNING Professional & management development programmes, including non-formal courses Collaboration with industry players to develop content of programmes Diverse network of local & international experts Collaboration with public universities, research institutions & others to provide trainers & experts e.g. Nestlé, Aeon, NIOSH, AMAssurance, Toyota Boshuku, Samsung, Dumex & Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Smart partnerships for HCD with key industries in Malaysia

  8. THE WAY FORWARD Institutions must focus on respective niche areas: e.g. research universities, mass education, technical & vocational studies Focus on increasing individual strengths & capacities Increase collaborative research & studies on LLL to encourage inter-institutional working relationships Collaboration between institutions with different strengths can avoid overlapping initiatives

  9. CONCLUDING REMARKS Institutions that want to partake in LLL must be mindful in terms of costs, benefits & resource allocation LLL can benefit from multidisciplinary approach to provide holistic educational opportunities Collaborative culture in promoting LLL can help to achieve national targets & agenda

  10. THANK YOU