Wawasan Open University

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Wawasan Open University
Universiti Terbuka Wawasan  (Malay)
宏愿开放大学 (Chinese)
Location, ,
ColoursLight Green, and Dark Green
AffiliationsAAOU,[1] ICDE[2]
Wawasan Open University Main Campus in Penang, Malaysia


Wawasan Open University Main Campus in Penang, Malaysia

Wawasan Open University (WOU; Malay: Universiti Terbuka Wawasan) is a private university in Malaysia that provides working adults with access to higher education via open distance learning (ODL). It was established in 2006 and enrolled its first batch of students in 2007.[3][4] In September 2013, WOU began to also offer full-time degree programmes to STPM school leavers and diploma holders at its Main Campus in Penang.[5]

Academic programmes and accreditation[edit]

The university currently offers a large number of part-time programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The programmes include management, accounting, banking and finance, sales and marketing, psychology, liberal studies, English studies, construction management, electronics, manufacturing management, and education (including early childhood education).[6]

The university also offers 11 full-time Bachelor's degree programmes at its campus in Penang in such fields as management, accounting, sales and marketing, banking and finance, logistics and supply chain management, and computer systems and networks.[7]

All WOU programmes are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE). WOU achieved a Tier-5 or "Excellent" rating in the SETARA local university ranking exercise conducted by the MOE in 2011 and 2013.[8]


The university's main campus is located by the sea in the northeastern part of Penang Island, Malaysia. The main campus consists of two buildings: a heritage mansion called Homestead and the modern 12-storey Al-Bukhary Building. In addition to its main campus in Penang, WOU operates four regional centres in Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kuching to support its distance learners located in and around those cities. It also has two smaller regional support centres in Bandar Utama and Klang.


There are four schools in Wawasan Open University:

  • School of Science and Technology
  • School of Education, Languages and Communications
  • School of Business and Administration
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

WOU also has the following centres and institute:

  • Centre for Graduate Studies
  • Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education (PACE)
  • Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI)


Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor[edit]

Professor Dr Lily Chan has been appointed as the fourth Vice Chancellor in April 2019. She takes over the helm from Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye, who left the University at the end of 2017. In the interim, the Acting Vice Chancellor was Prof Dr Zoraini Wati Abas.


Eminent sports administrator and former Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar has been appointed as the fourth Chancellor of WOU. He succeeds Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah, a former Chief Justice of Malaysia, who served for five years until December 2018.


Retired medical researcher and veteran politician Dato’ Dr Lim Thuang Seng has assumed the mantle of Pro-Chancellor of WOU. He takes over from Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, a former Chief Minister of Penang. A central committee member of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (Gerakan) since 1987, Dr Lim served as the Selangor State Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Consumer Affairs from 2004 to 2008.

Partner Institution[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]




Sri Lanka[edit]


  1. ^ "Full Members of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)". Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU). Archived from the original on 6 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Members of International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)". International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Wawasan College to start enrolment soon - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Wawasan Open U opens doors on Jan 22 - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Full-time degrees a milestone for WOU". www.thesundaily.my. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Part-Time Study Programmes". Home. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Full-Time Study Programmes". Home. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Wawasan offering 10th anniversary rebates". BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2018.

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