Wawasan Open University

Introduction
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The People's University

Wawasan Open University (WOU) was established in 2006 with a unique and socially responsible objective – to provide working Malaysians access to quality higher education via Open Distance Learning (ODL) regardless of their educational, ethnic or socio-economic background. The University has spread its wings in September 2013 to offer full-time degree programmes for STPM school leavers and diploma holders at its Main Campus in Penang.

As the people’s university, WOU believes in providing education and lifelong learning opportunities to all people for self-enrichment and professional advancement. By opening the door to tertiary education, WOU ensures that more Malaysians are now able to pursue an affordable degree.

Wawasan Open University (WOU), one of Malaysia’s foremost, private institutions of higher education, was founded in 2006, with a commitment to the expansion of opportunities in higher education, and to teaching excellence aimed at increasing the level of knowledge and scholarship among all Malaysians. We offer open distance learning (ODL) to enable working adults to pursue their educational dreams without disrupting their professional and personal commitments, and affordable on-campus full-time degree programmes in Penang for school-leavers and diploma holders. We equip our students with industry-relevant knowledge and skills that serve them incredibly well in today’s competitive work environment.

WOU course material is prepared and delivered by exceptionally qualified staff from industry and academia. Tutorials are delivered in English and we offer foundation courses in English to strengthen basic competency, as well as courses on communication in the workplace, English for the Workplace and writing skills for university studies for enhancing proficiency.

All WOU programmes are fully approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). To date, 35 out of over 50 programmes offered by WOU have received full accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA); and out of the 35 accredited programmes, 13 have received recognition from the Public Service Department (JPA) following the graduation of its first batch of students.

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Our Vision, Mission & Values

Our Vision

We aspire to be a vibrant learning community that inspires learning, supports innovation and nurtures all-round personal growth.

Our Mission

We commit ourselves to the expansion of opportunities in higher education and to teaching excellence aimed at increasing the level of knowledge and scholarship among all Malaysians.

Our Values

We believe that you have the potential to develop to the fullest, in line with the cherished noble values that we all share. We believe in:

Upholding high institutional standards

  • We provide lifelong learning and personal development opportunities for everyone. To this end, we ensure open admission and access to all.
  • We believe in providing an innovative, comprehensive academic programmes that offer you top quality instruction, high institutional standards and a broad range of educational opportunities.

Celebrating the diversity of our students

  • At Wawasan Open University, we believe that your achievements, talents and heritage contribute significantly to our community. We support your right and responsibility to take an active role in the learning process to make your learning experience a productive one.
  • Honesty and integrity in the teaching, learning and advisory process is essential, and an objective evaluation of your skills and abilities is key to your success. At Wawasan Open University, we celebrate the diversity of our student communities and we are positive you will find the experience personally enriching.

Recognising our employees

  • We believe in recognising the value and expertise of our employees, fostering mutual respect and upholding their rights. As an equal opportunity employer, Wawasan Open University provides a supportive environment that helps employees attain the right balance between their working lives and their personal commitments.
  • We recognise the right and responsibility of our employees to play an active role in their professional development as they strive for excellence. We help them in this process by creating an honest and transparent decision-making process.

Valuing citizens and the community

  • To live up to the trust placed in us by our sponsors, our students, and private donors, we are committed to the responsible management of our financial resources.
  • We aim to contribute to the educational, economic, human resources, technological, socio-economic and cultural development of the nation while preserving ecological sustainability.

Academic freedom and fairness

  • We believe in academic freedom and the free and honest exchange of ideas.
  • We aspire for the highest academic integrity and in providing equal rights, equal access and equal treatment where learning opportunities are concerned.
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What is Open Distance Learning?

Our unique ODL approach is ideal for adult learners who seek to pursue tertiary qualifications for professional development and self-enrichment in a flexible and affordable manner, regardless of their previous educational, ethnic or socio-economic background. More than 16,000 working professionals in Malaysia have, to date, experienced the learning opportunities at WOU while they continue in their jobs.

ODL involves:

  • Face-to-face tutorial sessions (five or more per semester), with highly qualified tutors who are also readily available to you between tutorials via phone and email.
  • Comprehensive course materials
  • Access to our e-library
  • Our Learning Management System (LMS), an online platform to input information and for online discussions/forum with your peers, tutors and course coordinators

It doesn’t matter where you live. You have the flexibility to study at your home or workplace, and also our regional centres/support centres in Penang, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur, Bandar Utama and Klang, where we offer computer facilities if you do not have your own.

You may study for a single course without committing yourself further. Alternatively, you may take several courses one after the other until you have obtained a qualification. You may even take a break between courses if you need to.

You have the flexibility to choose the optimum number of credits to take each semester to suit your personal, work and study commitments

We offer 45 ODL programmes at diploma, graduate and postgraduate level, in business, technology, education and liberal studies, including six MBA programmes.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MBA

Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CeMBA)

Online & Campus Combined Part time September 2017 Malaysia Penang

Developed as a collaborative programme by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, and a consortium of four participating universities in Asia, this programme is designed to help professionals working as managers and supervisors in Malaysian organisations, to get an in-depth grasp of management principles and develop skills and capabilities required to function as effective executives in the highly competitive global business environment. The presentation of course content in the Open Distance Learning (ODL) ensures that the learners do not have to dislocate from their workplace. The contemporary and highly relevant programme content is supported by online and face-to-face tutor support, video conference based interaction and Residential School cum Project Workshop. [+]

Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration (CeMBA) Developed as a collaborative programme by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Vancouver, and a consortium of four participating universities in Asia, this programme is designed to help professionals working as managers and supervisors in Malaysian organisations, to get an in-depth grasp of management principles and develop skills and capabilities required to function as effective executives in the highly competitive global business environment. The presentation of course content in the Open Distance Learning (ODL) ensures that the learners do not have to dislocate from their workplace. The contemporary and highly relevant programme content is supported by online and face-to-face tutor support, video conference based interaction and Residential School cum Project Workshop. Programme Features Programme offered as an ODL mode of education with attendability access and flexibility elements suited to the requirements of working adults in Malaysia. Content developed collaboratively through participation of COL and leading open universities in Asia. Global content which are suitably adapted to local business environment. Effective learning supported by highly interactive and well designed learning support system, including face to face tutorials, online and telephonic tutoring, video conferencing support, threaded discussions and possible interaction with industry leaders. Programme delivery by qualified university faculty members. High level of application orientation through the use of case studies and project work component. Career Prospects Management graduates of the programme can position themselves for middle and senior level executive positions in national and international organisations, aspire for upward mobility in their own organisations or take up challenging assignments in senior positions in industry or the services sector. Course Support Activities Looking at the specific features of the executive MBAprogramme, and the expected student profile, the programme delivery incorporates several features of online students support in addition to the face to face support. The following are thecomponents of theprogramme delivery : Face-to-face Tutor support: Tutors will engage 5 tutorial sessions per course, to provide face-to-face tutorials to the learners, along with e-mail based support in response to student queries. Not more than 25 students are proposed to be assigned to each tutor for a given course. The onlinetutorial support will be provided on the basis of a pre announced schedule and students are expected to participate actively in the sessions. A total of 5 tutorial sessions per semester are planned for each course. Tutors will lead discussions at tutorials and provide clarifications on issues related to the course , mark your assignments, provide feedback and advise you as well as monitor your progress. Tutors will also conduct case study discussions as part of the tutorials. The online chat session can be conducted either with or without audio and video presentation. Discussions and messages on class projects and case studies can be posted for the entire class or for a specific group of students. There is also the chat log feature containing details of the chat sessions which the learners can view anytime. Tutors and the course coordinators will also conduct online threaded discussions on topical themes for each course. Video conferencing support: The video conferencing facility is available for conducting tutorials occasionally. It may also be utilised for conducting Viva Voce for student research projects under the programme. For the benefit of the students, public lectures by eminent academicians and industry experts may be organized through video conferencing. Discussion room for Learner interaction as part of the Wawasanlearn features: This is an interactive environment in which the students can have discussions and post questions among themselves, organise case discussions, experience sharing and other peer interaction. Students are encouraged to form learning communities to enhance their learning through sharing other’s experiences as well as learning about diverse applications of management concepts in different organisations Residential School cum Project Workshop (RSPW): A Residential School cum Project Workshop, spread over a weekend, will be organised once in each semester to provide intensive interaction with industry experts to enhance their knowledge and assist in completing their project work. In addition, the Residential School will provide a platform for learners to share experiences and establish useful networks. Digital Library Access: Registered learners, upon authentication, will have access to electronic library catalogues, databases, e-books, e-journals and other virtual reference resources. Handy Guide to Management Gurus: Through a collaboration between BBC and COL, Charles Handy, the noted management professor from the London Business School and now an independent writer, was commissioned to prepare "The Handy Guide to The Gurus of Management" as a kind of “essential introduction” to a programme of this type. The Guide is a radio series, a total of 12 programmes lasting 15 minutes each, first broadcast in the BBC World Learning strand of educational programmes, during the last three months of 2001. The students can now hear this series - which looks at the work of twelve management gurus including Peter Drucker, Tom Peters, Sumantra Ghoshal, Kenichi Ohmae and Bill Gates – online on the BBC World Service Learning English website http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/work. Entry Requirements (1) Regular Entry Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA of at least 2.5; OR Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA of less than 2.5 with a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field; OR Any other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian Government and approved by the Senate of the University (2) Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) provides an opportunity for individuals with working experience but lack of formal academic qualifications to pursue their tertiary studies. APEL involves the identification, documentation and assessment of prior experiential learning to determine the extent to which an individual has achieved the desired learning outcomes, for access to a programme of study. Applicants should comply with the following admission criteria stipulated by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA): The candidate should be at least 30 years of age in the year of application and possess at least STPM / Diploma / equivalent (e.g. foundation) with relevant work experience. [-]