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Shamala
27-11-2006, 01:40 AM
Dear Friends:

I am attaching this letter for your benefit and to any other person whom you feel may benefit from this information.

Thank you.

Regards,
Shamala

Quest Research & Technology Sdn Bhd
No:223, 3rd Floor, Wisma Low Kim Her
Jalan Tun Sambanthan
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603-2273 9922 Fax : 603-2273 9595
Email : qrt.dep@gmail.com, shamalav@gmail.com

pcyeoh
27-11-2006, 10:10 AM
Closer to home is the Wawasan Open University which is offering distance- learning degree courses for about RM 17,000 when it opened its door on Sept 2006. I was there at the opening and spoke to some of the adminstrators and academicians and found that what it is offering is giving a second chance of the many employees who didn't have the opportunity to further their studies ealier to earn a university degree at an affordable price and pace.


Wawasan Open University, the 18th University in Malaysia is a reality today

"Wawasan Open University (WOU) is Malaysia's first private, not-for-profit, tertiary institution dedicated to working adults when it officially opens its academic door on 22 September 2006 with a colourful ceremony which will be held at the Wisma PGRM in Cheras. Their mission statement stated that they are committed to the expansion of opportunities in higher education and to teaching excellence aimed at increasing the level of knowledge and scholarship among all Malaysians without borders accessible by any adult learners of any age, gender, ethnicity and background.

The university college's first vice-chancellor Datuk Prof Emeritus Gajaraj Dhanarajan said the university would provide opportunities for some nine million working adults who have had less than 11 years of schooling. Funded by philanthropists and corporate bodies, the WOU will offer distance- learning degree courses for about RM17,000. This will give the country’s five million working adults with SPM qualifications the chance to further their studies. Like Air Asia, everybody can now access to university education.


Click below for more details of its history and the courses they are offering
http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/upload/showthread.php?t=14690&highlight=open

http://www.wou.edu.my/default.aspx

Kelvt2
27-11-2006, 01:30 PM
Closer to home is the Wawasan Open University which is offering distance- learning degree courses for about RM 17,000 when it opened its door on Sept 2006. I was there at the opening and spoke to some of the adminstrators and academicians and found that what it is offering is giving a second chance of the many employees who didn't have the opportunity to further their studies ealier to earn a university degree at an affordable price and pace.


Wawasan Open University, the 18th University in Malaysia is a reality today

"Wawasan Open University (WOU) is Malaysia's first private, not-for-profit, tertiary institution dedicated to working adults when it officially opens its academic door on 22 September 2006 with a colourful ceremony which will be held at the Wisma PGRM in Cheras. Their mission statement stated that they are committed to the expansion of opportunities in higher education and to teaching excellence aimed at increasing the level of knowledge and scholarship among all Malaysians without borders accessible by any adult learners of any age, gender, ethnicity and background.


I heard of this Wawasan Open University too. I heard its quite affordable and since its catering working working adults, I believe the schedule should be very attractive as well. Though how renown the certification will give you is still unknowned, I think the government should be rather strict in setting the standards, just like how UTAR first begins its chapter in the education & training industry. I think i'm interested with this Wawasan Open University...

pcyeoh
02-12-2006, 05:38 PM
The people who set up this Wawasan University were members of the pioneer group from the Universiti Sains Malaysia. The CEO of WOU was the former Dean of School of Off Campus who went off to join the Hongkong Open University in a very senior position for more than 10 years and came back to set up WOU. The first Registrar of USM is also the Registrar of WOU. Most of the non Bumi senior lecturers also left USM to join WOU. I know many of them as they bought their Intel 8088 with 10Mb Hard Disk personal computers from me! This WOU is also very reputable as it is set up by the Yeap Chor Ee Trust Fund. It is not just a run off the mill university nor is it so commercialised as they are focus on academic achievement rather than profit. The only thing people are concerned about is this WOU is owned by the Gerakan Party. But the party doesn't campur tangan in its admistration. Just watch out how it is going to grow. Eventually, attending a campussed university will be a thing of the past.

isarahim
03-12-2006, 10:27 AM
It bears against me to criticise promising education initiatives, because there are so few and we desperately need them. But one thing the WOU really need to address forcefully if they're going to gain confidence from the industry is the absence of Master and Doctorate studies. Where are the MSCs and MBAs?

The Bachelor degree today is getting a bad name because of the lack of knowledge creation and communciation that comes with this degree. In many European countries Bachelor degress are being phased out. Even in the UK they debate this right now.