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OUM leads Malaysia’s endeavour into online, distance education

23/09/2022 11:32 AM

By Nadia Jumri

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- With 22 years of online education expertise as the premier open and distance learning (ODL) institution in Malaysia, the Open University Malaysia (OUM) aims to make tertiary education more convenient and flexible for everyone.

OUM president and vice-chancellor Assoc Prof Dr Ahmad Izanee Awang said that with its fully online programmes, the university provides working people a valuable chance to acquire tertiary qualifications without sacrificing their day jobs.

“Our programmes are carefully curated to facilitate online learner-teacher interaction, while peer discussions are helpful and intuitively done.

“Coordinated through the university’s e-learning platform, myINSPIRE, simultaneous e-lessons, e-tutorials, and interactive online platforms allow learners to seek clarification on pressing issues and offer their thoughts on the course material,” he told Bernama recently.

He said that anyone aged between 18 and 20 could sign up for a diploma programme, which is a strong consideration for gig workers as it only requires 90 credit hours compared to 120 credit hours for a bachelor’s degree.

"This leaves them with more time to earn a living in the gig economy while also earning a recognised diploma in as little time as just over three years," he added.

Ahmad Izanee, who started helming OUM early this year, also believes that alternative enrolment pathways and credit exemption options could also significantly benefit numerous Malaysian youths.

“For those aged over 21, who have been in the workforce for quite a while, this means utilising the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

“More specifically, APEL-A and APEL-C enable individuals to enrol into an academic programme through work-obtained abilities and apply for up to 30 per cent credit exemption. There is also APEL-Q which allows people to bypass studying altogether and get a fully accredited academic qualification upon a proper assessment of their work experience,” he said.

According to him, OUM is one of only six institutions currently licensed to offer APEL-Q in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Izanee said it was important for Malaysian youths to have the right qualifications as new opportunities would arise in the career market.

“With intuitive and flexible systems set up, studying with OUM empowers learners with a sustainable pathway to pursue their education while earning a living, thus allowing them to create a bright and successful future for both themselves and Malaysia,” he said.

For information on OUM programmes, call the speed line at 03-7801 2000, e-mail or visit


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