The Institute of Educational Research (IER) had its beginnings in the 1960s as a research, documentation and publication Unit. It was established as an arm of the Faculty of Education in 1968 in order to foster and coordinate research activities in the Faculty.  By 1983, the Unit had grown considerably to become an autonomous Institute and showed further growth when it absorbed what used to be the University Testing Center in 1987. In August 2000, the Institute was given a mandate to coordinate the Pedagogical Center for Higher Education at a national level to enhance the teaching-learning aspects of higher education. In September 2005, the Institute launched a graduate program in Educational Research and Development. The major activities of the Institute of Educational Research are research, community services and teaching-learning.  Currently, the IER is directly accountable to the Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer.