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Wawasan Open University (WOU; Malay: Universiti Terbuka Wawasan) is a private university in Malaysia that provides working professionals access to affordable, quality higher education via open distance learning (ODL), allowing them to study while they continue in their jobs. The university 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.
WOU aims to maintain the highest institutional standards and achieved a Tier-5 or “Excellent” rating by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in the SETARA local university ranking exercise. All WOU programmes are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and approved by the MOHE.
There are currently more than 50 programmes offered for part-time undergraduate and postgraduate study at WOU in such fields as management, accounting, banking and finance, sales and marketing, psychology, liberal studies, English studies, construction management, electronics, manufacturing, and education.
The university also offers six full-time, on-campus learning Bachelor’s degree programmes in Penang in the fields of management, accounting, sales and marketing, banking and finance, logistics and supply chain management, and computer systems and networks.
Vice-chancellor and chief executive officer
Professor Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye is the third vice-chancellor of Wawasan Open University, having taken office on 1 October 2012.
The former Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah was formally installed as the third chancellor on 7 December 2013.
The pro-chancellor is Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, former chief minister of Penang and former president of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia. He is also presently the chairman of the university’s Board of Governors, taking over from Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Gajaraj Dhanarajan in March 2017