Wawasan Open University

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Wawasan Open University
Universiti Terbuka Wawasan  (Malay)
宏愿开放大学 (Chinese)
Type Private
Established 2006
Location Georgetown , Penang , Malaysia
Colours Light Green, and Dark Green
Affiliations AAOU, [1] ICDE [2]
Website www.wou.edu.my
Wawasan Open University Campus Wawasan open university.jpg
Wawasan Open University Campus
Wawasan Open University in Penang, Malaysia Wawasan Open University.jpg
Wawasan Open University in Penang, Malaysia

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.

Malay language Austronesian language

Malay is a major language of the Austronesian family spoken in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. A language of the Malays, it is spoken by 290 million people across the Strait of Malacca, including the coasts of the Malay Peninsula of Malaysia and the eastern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia and has been established as a native language of part of western coastal Sarawak and West Kalimantan in Borneo. It is also used as a trading language in the southern Philippines, including the southern parts of the Zamboanga Peninsula, the Sulu Archipelago and the southern predominantly Muslim-inhabited municipalities of Bataraza and Balabac in Palawan.

Malaysia Federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. The federal constitutional monarchy consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand and maritime borders with Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of federal government. With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the world's 44th most populous country. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia. In the tropics, Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries, with large numbers of endemic species.


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.


There are four schools under Wawasan Open University:

WOU also conducts learning, training and research through its:


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. [3]


The former Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah was formally installed as the third chancellor on 7 December 2013. [4]

Chief Justice of Malaysia Government position

The Chief Justice of Malaysia, also known as the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, is the office and title of the head of the Malaysian judiciary system. The title has been in use since 1994, and prior to this it was known as the Lord President of the Federal Court. The Chief Justice is the head of the Federal Court, the highest court of Malaysia. It is the highest position in Malaysian judicial system followed by the President of the Court of Appeal of Malaysia, Chief Judge of Malaya, and the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak.

Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin bin Haji Abdullah is a retired Malaysian lawyer who served as the third Chief Justice of Malaysia.


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.

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