Proven ex­cel­lence at OUM

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ES­TAB­LISHED in 2000, Open Univer­sity Malaysia ( OUM) is Malaysia’s first open and dis­tance learn­ing ( ODL) in­sti­tu­tion.

Adopt­ing the motto Univer­sity for All, OUM be­lieves in the democrati­sa­tion of education, giv­ing ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to re­alise their po­ten­tial.

OUM has suc­cess­fully widened ac­cess to qual­ity education by lever­ag­ing on tech­nol­ogy, adopt­ing a flex­i­ble mode of de­liv­ery and pro­vid­ing a con­ducive and en­gag­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at com­pet­i­tive and af­ford­able cost.

When OUM was rated Tier 5 ( Ex­cel­lent) by the MQA ( Malaysian Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Agency) Rat­ing Sys­tem for Malaysian higher education in­sti­tu­tions ( SE­TARA) 2011 and the up­dated SE­TARA 2013, this sub­stan­ti­ated the qual­ity prac­tices put in place for teach­ing and learn­ing in the univer­sity.

The SE­TARA as­sess­ment re­viewed three ma­jor com­po­nents in the univer­sity – in­put, process and out­put.

OUM then went on to win the In­dus­try Ex­cel­lence Award by the Min­istry of In­ter­na­tional Trade and In­dus­try ( MITI) and the pres­ti­gious Pu­tra Brand Awards the fol­low­ing year.

That same year, at the two- day Asia Pa­cific Qual­ity Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( APQO) con­fer­ence, OUM re­ceived the Best in Class Global Per­for­mance Ex­cel­lence Award.

“The OUM com­mu­nity now in­cludes more than 150,000 cu­mu­la­tive learn­ers, 64,500 grad­u­ates and grow­ing, 120 fac­ulty mem­bers, 11,000 tu­tors and about 500 sup­port staff in 36 learn­ing cen­tres na­tion­wide,” says Ka­mariah Mohd Noor, vice pres­i­dent ( op­er­a­tions & learner ex­pe­ri­ence) at OUM.

OUM has also part­nered with 12 in­sti­tu­tions in 10 coun­tries to en­rol close to 10,000 learn­ers, 3,000 of whom have grad­u­ated.

“OUM learn­ers need not leave jobs, fam­i­lies or other com­mit­ments to learn as cour­ses are de­liv­ered via on­line learn­ing, self- man­aged learn­ing, and op­tional week­ends- only tu­to­ri­als and sem­i­nars,” says Ka­mariah.

The ODL mode is OUM’s cor­ner­stone and paves the way for any­one to pur­sue higher education any­time and any­where. with fa­cil­i­ties con­ducive for face- to- face in­ter­ac­tions

Stu­dents and staff have ac­cess to the OUM dig­i­tal li­brary, which houses 190,000 on­line books and 60,000 e- jour­nal.

A host of learn­ing ma­te­ri­als is pro­vided in dig­i­tal mod­ules, com­plete notes are pro­vided in PDF for­mat, videos, e- tu­to­ri­als, and ac­cess to dis­cus­sion fo­rums and learn­ing kits are avail­able as well.

Stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­ac­tions with tu­tors and course­mates – face- to- face in­ter­ac­tions dur­ing the twice- amonth week­end classes ( at­ten­dance is op­tional) and OUM’s newly de­signed vir­tual learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment myIN­SPIRE, where learn­ers can view timeta­bles, down­load e- jour­nals and par­tic­i­pate in on­line dis­cus­sion fo­rums.

Not only are fees com­pet­i­tive at OUM, stu­dents can choose from schol­ar­ships, PTPTN loans, with­drawals from EPF, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Fund ( HRDF) claims and, in par­tic­u­lar, se­nior cit­i­zens and the phys­i­cally dis­abled can en­joy large fee dis­counts.

Monthly pay­ment schemes are avail­able and you can post­pone semesters if you are fi­nan­cially tight or par­tic­u­larly busy dur­ing a se­mes­ter.

En­try into OUM can be based on work ex­pe­ri­ence. The Ac­cred­i­ta­tion of Prior Ex­pe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing ( APEL) sys­tem spear­headed by MQA al­lows work or skill ex­pe­ri­ences to be used as en­try re­quire­ments. This means that any­one, re­gard­less of aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions, can lev­er­age on any prior learn­ing to en­ter into OUM’s diploma, de­gree or mas­ter’s pro­grammes.

The flex­i­bil­ity of­fered by OUM has made it a first choice for many adults, work­ing or not.

The un­niver­sity hopes to con­tin­u­ously break bound­aries and pro­duce in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions when it comes to higher education.

The May 2016 in­take is now open for reg­is­tra­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. oum. edu. my or call 03- 27732121 or What­sApp 012- 3039934/ 35.

Ka­mariah Mohd Noor.

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