The Lifelong Learning for Smart Community is an initiative by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) that aims to improve the quality of life through information communication technology (ICT), empower the community to be more competitive regionally and globally, encourage the use of ICT for productivity and imbuing the spirit of creativity and innovation among the community.

The initiative is currently being implemented at district level with particular focus on rural areas in order to upgrade the social and living standards of the community.


Assoc Prof Dr Nantha Kumar Subramaniam of OUM shared insights into the Smart Community initiative that has been implemented in the district of Kemaman, Terengganu.

The programme, launched in 2015, was designed to the specific needs of the local community that saw the implementation of five projects, namely, the flood management system, Hackathon, Kemaman Open Innovation Lab (KOIL), 1Malaysia Internet Centre and Lifelong Learning Flagship Project.


OUM’s role is to develop online programmes for the community including courses in English language, ICT, entrepreneurship, Islamic studies, early childhood educations and many more.

Successful implementation of the Smart Community will help in developing Malaysia’s economy and raise the socio-economic standards of the local people.

Dr Nantha who is Head of the Institute of Learning at OUM, was also co-creator of the newly redesigned virtual learning platform for OUM, the myINSPIRE, Dr Nantha Kumar.


Here he is (right) giving a brief demonstration to Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap and President and Vice-Chancellor of OUM Prof Datuk Dr Mansor Fadzil (left) at the official launch of the platform early this year.


Read more on the launch and the platform here: The myINSPIRE launched.