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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.

A Short History

Oxford Fajar Sdn. Bhd. is one of the oldest publishing houses in the country. It has also grown to become one of the largest publishers in Malaysia. Its parent company, Oxford University Press (OUP), is among the oldest publishing houses in the world. OUP established its presence in Malaysia shortly after the country attained Independence in 1957, having printed its first book in Oxford in 1478.

In September 1986, Oxford University Press became locally known as Penerbit Fajar Bakti Sdn. Bhd. after the sale of 30 per cent of its shareholding to Koperasi Perkhidmatan Pendidikan Nasional Berhad (KOPENAS).

In July 2006, Penerbit Fajar Bakti Sdn. Bhd. changed its name to Oxford Fajar Sdn. Bhd. to reinforce its relationship with Oxford University Press, United Kingdom. The new brand identity retains the value of Penerbit Fajar Bakti in high quality local publishing, whilst reinforcing the authority and heritage of Oxford University Press.

Today, Oxford Fajar has a dedicated staff workforce of over 140, and continues to uphold its mission of being the premier publisher of market-driven educational products in Malaysia. Substantial investments have been made in editorial resources, production technology, and design facilities to ensure that its books reflect the Oxford tradition of excellence.

The Company publishes about 300 titles a year in all main languages (Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil) for different market sectors ranging from pre-school to tertiary. Its diverse publishing programme includes:

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

Both OUP and Oxford Fajar have an unrivalled range of dictionaries in different languages and subjects. While OUP is best known for its English and bilingual 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.

Besides managing its own extensive local publishing programme of books for different subjects in a variety of languages, from pre-school to tertiary, Oxford Fajar also markets and distributes Oxford titles, imported from the UK and the USA.

Like other OUP branches around the world, Oxford Fajar propagates the liberal objectives of Oxford University which are to further education, learning, and cultural excellence through publication. It does so in a manner that reflects the specific needs of the country it serves.

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