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About Oxford Fajar

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

One of the oldest publishing houses in the world, OUP has been publishing books to further people's education for over 500 years. Today, OUP is the world's largest university press. It publishes more than 4,500 new books a year, has a presence in more than 50 countries, and employs some 3,700 people worldwide.

OUP's diverse publishing programme includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, school and higher education textbooks and ancillary materials, children's books, English Language Teaching (ELT) books and materials, dictionaries and reference works, trade and music publishing, journals, and electronic publishing.


Company Backgrounder

Oxford Fajar Sdn Bhd (Oxford Fajar) is one of the oldest and largest publishing houses in Malaysia. Its parent company, Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford, and it furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education through its worldwide publishing. 

OUP established its presence in Malaysia shortly after the country attained Independence in 1957.

In 1969, the Malaysian branch of OUP launched a local publishing arm, Penerbit Fajar Bakti, to publish books for the national school curriculum. Seventeen years later in 1986, when KOPENAS (Koperasi Perkhidmatan Pelajaran Nasional Bhd) acquired a 30% stake in OUP’s Malaysian subsidiary, the company was renamed as Penerbit Fajar Bakti Sdn Bhd.  Moving ahead another 20 years, in 2006, the company was re-branded as Oxford Fajar Sdn. Bhd. This re-branding was done to retain the strong brand value of high quality local publishing established under the name Penerbit Fajar Bakti, while reinforcing the authority and heritage of Oxford University Press. 

Today, Oxford Fajar has a dedicated workforce of approximately 165 and continues to uphold the OUP mission of delivering quality academic and educational resources and making them available as widely as possible within the country. Substantial investments have been made in editorial resources, production technology and design facilities to ensure that its books reflect the Oxford University Press tradition of excellence.  

Oxford Fajar publishes about 400 titles a year in all main languages (Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil) for different market sectors ranging from pre-school to tertiary levels. Its diverse publishing programme includes:

  • Educational books for schools and colleges
  • Dictionaries
  • Academic trade titles
  • Atlases
  • Guidebooks for major public examinations
  • Teaching aids
  • English Language Teaching (ELT) books
  • College and teacher training texts

In the OUP tradition of an unrivalled range of dictionaries sold throughout the world, Oxford Fajar is renowned for its local (monolingual, bilingual, and trilingual) dictionaries in Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil, Iban, Kadazan, and Arabic.

Oxford Fajar’s Higher Education local publishing began in 2007, specifically addressing the needs of the Malaysian higher education sector. Now, with more than 250 titles being published for a wide range of disciplines, these Oxford Fajar titles are well received by both students and academics, with many being adopted as key texts in local and regional education institutions.

Oxford Fajar’s offering of digital content has steadily grown over the years, from CD-ROMS and online content to the introduction of its first interactive e-book (2013) and mobile apps (2016). Enriching the teaching and learning process is always the aim of OUP/Oxford Fajar’s approach to incorporating and using digital technology in its publishing. 

Besides managing its own extensive local publishing programme, Oxford Fajar also markets and distributes OUP titles imported from the UK, USA and other OUP branches.

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