Tan Sri Dato' Hj. Alimuddin hails from Air Tawar, Perak where he received his early education at Telok Murok, Sitiawan and later at the Anglo Chinese School, Sitiawan. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and History from the National University of Malaysia in 1976 and pursued his Masters Degree at Universiti Putra Malaysia in 1989. He began his career as a teacher at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Menteri, Changkat Jering, Perak in 1976.
From there, he started his excellent carrier in teaching as a teacher and principal at several schools and education institutions under the Ministry of Education. Among top schools he taught at included SMK Pangkalan Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia, Lumut (1989), SM Sains Teluk Intan (1995), Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Ipoh (1996) and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (1999). The vast experience and excellent performance in education led him to serve the Ministry of Education. His ideas was greatly sought after in the formulation and administration of the educational sector, proven when he was appointed to several posts in the Ministry and the Ministry of Higher Education.
In 2007 Tan Sri Dato' Hj. Alimuddin was appointed the Deputy Director General of Education (School Department) before he was next appointed the Director General of the Malaysian Education Ministry, a post he held until 2010. His deeds, sacrifices and contributions were rewarded with awards of recognition, among which included PPT (Perak), AMN, AMP (Perak), Pingat Penghormatan Guru (in conjunction with Perak State level Teachers' Day) while on 19 April 2007 he was awarded Pingat DPMP by His Majesty DYMM the Sultan of Perak.
Historical Narration Ceremony on Sekolah Tunku Abdul Rahman, Ipoh
14 May 2007
at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial