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PSDC and Saylor Academy Partner to Offer Free Business Education for Better Opportunities Worldwide

22 Sep 2023 Yee Ling

PENANG, 22 September 2023 – Penang Skills Development Centre is very pleased to announce a new partnership with Saylor Academy, which will provide pathways to learning key business and entrepreneurial skills, using Saylor’s free and on-demand courses.

As part of Penang Skills Development Centre’s mission to uplift economies by educating and equipping entrepreneurs worldwide, Penang Skills Development Centre students and staff will use Saylor Academy’s English as a Second Language series, as well as leverage its Professional Development courses to teach key employability skills.

Penang Skills Development Centre and Saylor Academy both recognize that people face complex barriers to education and skills, not least of which are time and financial resources. This partnership allows students to develop key skills on-demand, and will help them become even more competitive once they enter the marketplace.

“PSDC is excited to partner with Saylor Academy, a like-minded organisation focused on skills learning and the economic opportunities such learning provides,” states Lim Wei Chen, Chief Operating Officer of PSDC. “Both of our institutions serve a wide variety of learners, including adult learners, no matter their background. Partnering with Saylor Academy empowers us to be able to serve even more learners in a sustainable way”.

“Saylor Academy and Penang Skills Development Centre’s new partnership is exciting for a few key reasons” says Jeff Davidson, Executive Director of Saylor Academy. “Both institutions are committed to offering affordable skilling for economic improvement, and this partnership with PSDC of Malaysia exemplifies a new focus in working with eager organizations in South Eastern Asia”.

The Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC), a non-profit society was established in 1989 and is the first tripartite, industry-led, member-based skills training and education centre in Malaysia. Since its inception, the PSDC has grown phenomenally to become the premier learning institution in the country, training more than 257,000 participants and is dedicated to meet the immediate human resource needs of the business community. It has attained both national and international recognition as a truly successful example of shared learning and a model institution for human resource development to be emulated within and beyond Malaysia.


Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative committed to making education accessible and affordable to all who need it. We are doing so by creating free online courses, created by credentialed professors with teaching experience as well as industry-leading credentials. Our courses are available for anyone to take at their own pace, and earn certificates or university credits to help them graduate or gain employment faster, and improve their and their families’ futures. We do not charge institutions to partner with us, and are always looking for like-minded organizations to expand our mission further.