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Malaysia has a population of about 30 million people. Open and distance learning (ODL) is popular in Malaysia, with about half of working adults involved in it. Malaysia has hosted a number of important COL meetings and events, including the Eighth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning in November 2016.


COL’s work in Malaysia is primarily in the areas of higher education and technology-enabled learning. Learners from Malaysia have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources.


Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Malaysia include:

  • Ministry of Higher Education
  • Asia e University
  • HELP University
  • Open University Malaysia
  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  • Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia
  • Wawasan Open University

Key Contacts

Focal Point

YBhg Datin Noorazah binti Omar
Undersecretary of International Relations Division
Ministry of Higher Education

Notable Mention

Prof Dr Zoraini Wati Abas, Honorary COL Adviser

Prof Dato’ Dr Ansary Ahmed, former Honorary COL Advisor

YBhg Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali, COL Honorary Fellow

Tan Sri Dato’ Emeritus Prof Gajaraj Dhanarajan, COL Honorary Fellow and former COL President & CEO

Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, former member of COL Board of Governors

Prof Dato’ Wong Tat Meng, COL Honorary Fellow

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