WOU marks mile­stone with fourth con­vo­ca­tion

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WAWASAn Open Univer­sity (WOU) marks an­other mile­stone of achieve­ment with its 4th Con­vo­ca­tion Cer­e­mony to be held at the univer­sity’s main cam­pus in Pe­nang from Dec 7 to 8.

A to­tal of 341 grad­u­ates will be re­ceiv­ing their scrolls dur­ing this con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony.

Of the grad­u­at­ing stu­dents, 81 are from the Com­mon­wealth Ex­ec­u­tive Master of Busi­ness (CeMBA), Com­mon­wealth Ex­ec­u­tive Master of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CeMPA) and Post-Grad­u­ate Di­ploma in Ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes.

The re­main­ing 260 stu­dents are grad­u­at­ing from the busi­ness and tech­nol­ogy de­gree pro­grammes, and the pi­o­neer batch of stu­dents re­ceiv­ing their grad­u­ate diplo­mas and grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cates.

Vice-chan­cel­lor Prof Datuk Dr Ho Sinn Chye says, “For the first time this year, WOU is pro­duc­ing its inau­gu­ral batch of 16 grad­u­ates who will re­ceive their grad­u­ate diplo­mas and grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cates in elec­tron­ics, busi­ness and ac­count­ing, sup­ply chain man­age- ment, busi­ness man­age­ment and lo­gis­tics man­age­ment.”

The grad­u­ates, aged be­tween 23 and 72, come from a va­ri­ety of pro­fes­sional back­grounds in­clud­ing tech­ni­cians, en­gi­neers, man­agers, direc­tors, ex­ec­u­tives and even house­wives.

They share one thing in com­mon – the pas­sion for the pur­suit of knowl­edge and a de­sire to im­prove them­selves.

The con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony will also wit­ness the in­stal­la­tion of Tun Mo­hamed Dzaid­din Ab­dul­lah as the third chan­cel­lor of WOU.

“The univer­sity will ben­e­fit from Tun’s wis­dom and vast work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence ac­quired through his long years of ser­vice in the govern­ment as well as the cor­po­rate sec­tor,” said Prof Ho.

Two distin­guished re­cip­i­ents will re­ceive hon­orary de­grees dur­ing the cer­e­mony. CEO and ED of Kuala Lumpur Ke­pong Ber­had Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian will be pre­sented with the Hon­orary Doc­tor of Science de­gree.

Lee is also the Hon­orary Pres­i­dent of the ACCCIM, the Chair­man of MPOC 1996-2009 and the Pres­i­dent of MEOA 1986-1990.

Re­ceiv­ing the Hon­orary Doc­tor of Letters is Dr John Yip Soon Kwong, for­mer Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Sin­ga­pore.

Dr Yip played a ma­jor role in help­ing to con­cep­tu­alise and es­tab­lish the Sin­ga­pore Man­age­ment Univer­sity (SMU), and the Sin­ga­pore In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Univer­sity (UniSIM) which pro­vides higher ed­u­ca­tion to work­ing adults. He also served as a found­ing mem­ber of WOU’s In­ter­na­tional Ad­vi­sory Board 2006-2010.

The Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Memo­rial Prize will be pre­sented to the best post­grad­u­ate stu­dent, Cheng Chi Lyn in CeMBA.

The Chan­cel­lor’s Gold Medal for the best un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dent, Leow Voon Haw, will be re­ceiv­ing the Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness (Hons) in Sales and Mar­ket­ing de­gree.

En­rol­ment for Open Dis­tance Learn­ing for the Jan­uary 2014 in­take is on­go­ing. In­ter­ested can­di­dates can ap­ply through Reg­u­lar En­try or via WOU’s unique Open En­try Ad­mis­sion Sys­tem that takes into con­sid­er­a­tion the in­di­vid­ual’s work ex­pe­ri­ence.

For open en­try into the de­gree pro­grammes, those aged 21 years and above with a min­i­mum PMR/ SPM/MCE/UEC/Di­ploma or equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tions and with re­lated work ex­pe­ri­ence are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply.

For the post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes, those who are 35 years old and above with at least two prin­ci­pals in the STPM or equiv­a­lent and two years of work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at su­per­vi­sory level may ap­ply to WOU.

For a limited time, WOU is of­fer­ing an at­trac­tive fee re­bate of up to RM400 for work­ing pro­fes­sion­als who en­rol in its post­grad­u­ate or un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes.

WOU also of­fers on-cam­pus learn­ing for full-time stud­ies at its main cam­pus in Pe­nang for school-leavers and di­ploma hold­ers. En­rol­ment for the Fe­bru­ary 2014 in­take is now open.

Full-time busi­ness de­gree pro­grammes – Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness (Hons) in Ac­count­ing and Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness (Hons) in Man­age­ment – are also open.

For de­tails, log on to wou.edu. my or call toll-free at 1300 888 968 (WOU). Visit WOU’s Open Day from Dec 14 to 15 at its main cam­pus, re­gional cen­tres and sup­port cen­tres na­tion­wide.

Mo­hamed Dzaid­din will be in­stalled as WOU’s third chan­cel­lor.

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