November 2008

Tun Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Lim Chong Eu was officially installed as WOU’s first Chancellor in a formal inauguration ceremony at the university’s main campus. Tun Dr Lim then conferred the university’s first ever Honorary Degrees on Prof Wichit Srisa-an (Doctor of Letters honoris causa) and Dato’ Dr Sharom Ahmat (Doctor of Laws honoris causa) of a special convocation that followed.

December 2008

WOU inked an MoU with the National Union of Bank Employees.

December 2009

Prof Dr Wong Tat Meng succeeded Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Gajaraj Dhanarajan as Vice Chancellor and CEO of WOU.

May 2010

Tun Dato' Seri Utama Dr Lim Chong Eu was reappointed as WOU’s Chancellor.

October 2010

WOU held the inaugural Convocation for the pioneer batch of CeMBA graduates.

November 2010

WOU Chancellor Tun Dato' Seri Utama Dr Lim Chong Eu passed away.

January 2011

WOU signed an MoU with Junior Chamber International (JCI) Malaysia.

May 2011

Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik was appointed WOU's second Chancellor.

September 2011

WOU hosted the 25th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) at the main campus in Penang.

November 2011

Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik was formally installed as Chancellor of WOU, and the second Convocation ceremony was held.

June 2012

WOU held a Special Convocation in Kuala Lumpur to confer Honorary degrees on three distinguished individuals - Dato' Sri Nazir Razak (Doctor of Business, honoris causa) of CIMB Group; Emeritus Prof Wang Gungwu (Doctor of Laws, honoris causa) of the National University of Singapore; and Mr R Padmanathan (Master of Administration, honoris causa), a long-standing university administrator.

October 2012

Prof Dato' Dr Ho Sinn Chye succeeded Prof Dato' Dr Wong Tat Meng as Vice Chancellor and CEO of WOU.

November 2012

Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon was proclaimed Pro-Chancellor of WOU. The Chancellor conferred the Honorary Doctor of Letters on Dato' Seri Chet Singh Karam Singh, who was the founding general manager of Penang Development Corporation, at the third Convocation Ceremony.

December 2012

WOU Chancellor Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik passed away.

September 2013

WOU commenced full-time degree programmes at the main campus.

December 2013

WOU installed Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah as Chancellor and the fourth Convocation Ceremony was held.

November 2014

The Chancellor conferred Honorary Doctor of Letters degrees to two outstanding women, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Professor Tian Belawati, at the fifth Convocation Ceremony.

November 2015

The Chancellor conferred Honorary Doctor of Letters degree on Dato' Seri Dr T Devaraj at the 6th Convocation Ceremony. Another recipient, Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood, is to be conferred at a later date.

November 2016

The Chancellor conferred Honorary Doctor of Letters degree on two internationally-acclaimed women leaders, Prof Dr Asha Kanwar and Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood, at the seventh Convocation Ceremony.

March 2017

Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon takes over from Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Gajaraj Dhanarajan as Chairman of WOU Board of Governors.

November 2017

The Chancellor conferred Honorary Doctor of Letters degree on leading economist Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram at the eighth Convocation Ceremony.

December 2017

Prof Dato' Dr Ho Sinn Chye retires from his position as Vice Chancellor/CEO of the University.

November 2018

The Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor conferred Honorary Doctor of Letters degree on Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, former managing director of Khazanah Nasional Bhd, and Dr William Fung Kwok Lun, Group Chairman of Li Fung Ltd, Hong Kong, at the ninth Convocation Ceremony. They also bestowed Honorary Doctor of Business degree on Dato’ Gooi Hoe Soon, who sits on the Board of Directors of Bank Negara Malaysia, and Tan Sri Soong Siew Hoong, the Promoter of SMIs.

April 2019

Prof Lily Chan succeeded Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye as Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor of WOU.

August 2019

WOU installed Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar as Chancellor in a formal Chancellor’s Installation Ceremony at the university’s main campus. Tunku Imran then proclaimed Dato’ Dr Lim Thuang Seng as WOU’s second Pro-Chancellor. The Chancellor also conferred Honorary Degrees on Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Gajaraj Dhanarajan (Doctor of Education) and Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Hussain (Doctor of Business).

July 1999

Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik put forward the vision of a private, not-for-profit, virtual university at the 28th Gerakan National Delegates Conference in Penang.

March 2000

The Gerakan Education Foundation (renamed Wawasan Education Foundation (WEF) in August 2002) was established as a tax-exempt charitable foundation. WEF received a substantial donation from the Yeap Chor Ee. Endowment Trust.

June 2002

Eight experts in open and distance learning were commissioned to prepare a detailed proposal for the establishment of an Open and Virtual University of Malaysia (OVUM). The foundation received the report in 2003.

July 2003

Yeap Chor Ee's grandson, Dato' Seri Stephen Yeap, announced that "Homestead", the heritage Yeap family home on Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, Penang, would be donated to serve as the main campus of the proposed virtual university.

January 2005

The Ministry of Education (MOE) invited WEF to plan for the setting up of 'Wawasan Open University College' (WOUC).

April 2005

WOUC was officially established, with Tan Sri Emeritus Prof. Gajaraj Dhanarajan appointed as Vice Chancellor.

The Inaugural Council Meeting was held.

August 2005

The first Management Board Meeting was held.

January 2006

A ground-breaking ceremony was held for a new 12-storey tower to provide additional administration and academic space for WOUC behind the heritage "Homestead" mansion.

The first meeting of the International Advisory Board was held.

April 2006

WOUC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to offer the Commonwealth Executive MBA and MPA (CeMBA/CeMPA) programmes by distance learning in Malaysia.

June 2006

WOUC was formally registered under the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act of 1996.

July 2006

"Wawasan Open University College"  was granted university status by MOE and became "Wawasan Open University" (WOU).

The first Senate Meeting was held.

August 2006

WOU was officially registered.

September 2006

WOU signed MoUs with the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), SIM University of Singapore (UniSIM) and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharastra University of India (YCMOU) to undertake joint initiatives in research, training and conferences; curriculum and course development; course material design; credit transfer agreements and support for research-based postgraduate study.

WOU was officially launched by Dato' Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of Higher Education.

December 2006

Conservation and restoration of "Homestead" began.

January 2007

WOU signed an MoU with the Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC).

May 2007

The Council endorsed the nomination of Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, who served as Chief Minister of Penang from 1969 to 1990, as WOU's first Chancellor.

August 2007

The Chancellor's Scholarship Fund was launched.

September 2007

WEF presented the movie 'Road to Dawn' in Malaysia to raise money for the scholarship fund. Filmed in Penang, this historical drama depicts Dr Sun Yat Sen's life here and his planning of the "Guangzhou Uprising" in China in the early 1900s.

November 2007

A bronze statue of Yeap Chor Ee was unveiled in front of the mansion in recognition of his substantial contribution in funding private schools and educational development in Penang.

December 2007

The construction of the 12-storey Albukhary Building and restoration of the 'Homestead" heritage mansion were completed

January 2008

The main campus was officially launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

February 2008

The Deputy Information Minister Dato' Seri Chia Kwang Chye launched 'Road to Dawn' DVDs in Penang for public sale, with proceeds to benefit WOU Chancellor's Scholarship Fund.

March 2008

WOU signed an MoU with the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).

April 2008

An MoU was signed with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for CIMA.