Freshies attend Orientation Day

(17-18 July 2010)

Over 800 newly-enrolled students for the July 2010 intake gathered at six different locations nationwide to attend WOU’s eighth Orientation Day.

The orientation exercise was held simultaneously in Penang, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kuching on Sunday, and a day earlier in Kota Bharu.

The orientation marked the beginning of an educational journey at WOU for the inaugural batch of students who had registered for Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology, Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Primary Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Education, and for the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate programmes in specified fields.

Penang Regional Officer director K. Manoharan (in suit) welcomes the students.

Penang Regional Officer director K. Manoharan (in suit) welcomes the students.

In Penang, about 250 students turned up at the main campus for the orientation. The one-day event exposed the new students to WOU’s Open Distance Learning (ODL) model, regulations and procedures, learning support and services, and to the course overview.

Kavin Chan leads in the oath-taking.

Kavin Chan leads in the oath-taking.

Student Kavin Chan Kean How, 20, who works in an advertising agency, aims to study at WOU while he works. The Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Information Systems freshman led the students in an oath-taking ceremony at the main campus.

Among the new students for Penang are two friends who studied together at Politeknik Seberang Perai and are now colleagues in a multinational corporation. Students S. Tamil Alagan and K. Murthi, both 23, plan to graduate with a Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Electronics from WOU to advance their career.

Murthi (left) with his buddy, Tamil Alagan.

Murthi (left) with his buddy, Tamil Alagan.

In Ipoh, about 50 new students attended orientation. The emcee was Lai Kooi Leng, who is in the inaugural batch of students for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology programme. Student representative Phang Wai Kheong, who is pursuing CeMBA at WOU, gave the welcome speech while Dr Mah Kin Kheong and wife Lee Kiam Fong, who enrolled for the Post Graduate Diploma in Education, led in the oath-taking.

Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic Support) Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye briefed the students on WOU’s ODL model, CeMBA/CeMPA programme and study skills, while Ipoh Regional Office (IpohRO) director Ching Huey Ling explained the university regulations and procedures, and its learning support and services. The students were informed about WawasanLearn, online submission, IT facilities and the library services by IpohRO staff Syndy Ho and Ngow Chee Wei.

Foreground, right to left: Prof Ho, Dr Mah and wife Lee.

Foreground, right to left: Prof Ho, Dr Mah and wife Lee.

n Kuala Lumpur, some 140 freshies showed up, out of the total 223 who had newly-registered at the Kuala Lumpur (KLRO) and Petaling Jaya Regional Offices (PJRO). The KL campus was a hive of activity as staff welcomed the new students and distributed goodie bags and course materials. A group of teachers from the Sri Garden International School who had signed up for the Bachelor of Education of Primary Education came as well.

Orientation at KL campus.

Orientation at KL campus.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategy, Planning and Continuing Education) U K Menon welcomed the students and spoke on CeMBA, while School of Education, Languages and Communications dean Prof Malachi Edwin Vethamani briefed them on the ODL model, study skills and online TMA submission. Other briefings were done by C K Samy, Raja Isaiah, Janet Khaw, Kelvin Khoo and Shahryl Abdul Latiff from the two regional offices.

Menon talks to the freshmen.

Menon talks to the freshmen.

There was much excitement as the Kuching Regional Office recorded a total 91 new students – 58 for the School of Business and Administration (SBA), 18 for the School of Foundation and Liberal Studies (SFLS) and 15 for School of Science and Technology (SST).

During the orientation held at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, SBA deputy dean Dr Teoh Ai Ping from the main campus shared on CeMBA/CeMPA and study skills. Most of the other presentations were handled by KCRO director Jimmy Chai and marketing and admissions executive Mohamad Azharani Hj Seruji. Freshie Haji Daud Da’an, a retired government servant who enrolled for CeMBA , led in the oath-taking ceremony of the new students.

Dr Teoh (front, centre) with Azhar (in suit on her right) and Jimmy Chai (foreground, left).

Dr Teoh (front, centre) with Azhar (in suit on her right) and Jimmy Chai (foreground, left).