LIFELONG LEARNING AS THE CATALYST IN HUMAN CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT IN MALAYSIA
E. Keynote Mohamed Salleh Mohamed Yasin_AN OVERVIEW OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION.pdf (2.785Mb)
Latif, Latifah Abdol
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In Malaysia’s National Higher Education Strategic Plan (NHESP): 2007-2020 with its emphasis on higher education excellence, lifelong learning is recognised as one of its seven strategic thrusts. In the ensuing National Higher Education Action Plan Phase 2: 2011-2015, lifelong learning is identified as one of its 23 Critical Agenda Projects (CAPs). Each CAP sets its direction, implements its plans, formulates its key performance indicators, measures and monitors its performance for benchmarking purposes. As for the Lifelong Learning CAP, a Blueprint for the Enculturation of Lifelong Learning in Malaysia: 2011-2020 was officially launched in November 2011. In the blueprint, the status of lifelong learning is elevated to be the Third Pillar of Malaysia’s Human Capital Development System alongside the First Pillar (School System) and the Second Pillar (Tertiary System). The Blueprint focuses on upgrading the productive segment of the society, aged between 15 to 65 years. This is in line with the national aspiration to be a developed and high income nation in the year 2020. To achieve this vision, among others, there is an urgent need to transform our nation’s workforce into knowledge workers. As the largest higher education lifelong learning provider of the country, Open University Malaysia (OUM) needs to play its role effectively in this national agenda. This paper will highlight the focus of the National Lifelong Learning Blueprint and the role of OUM in it.