Proven excellence at OUM
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.