WOU welcomed some 500 new students who took up the challenge to pursue part-time, open distance learning (ODL) to further their academic dreams while they work. WOU makes this is possible because of its flexibility, affordability and accessibility to quality learning.
The Penang Regional Centre (PGRC) registered the highest number of new students, followed by the Regional Centres in Kuala Lumpur (KLRC), Johor Bahru (JBRC), Kuching and Ipoh.
Senior academics from the main campus represented WOU at the orientation simultaneously organised by the five Regional Centres today. They were Dean of the School of Education, Languages and Communications, Prof Santhiram Raman (PGRC), Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assoc Prof Dr Nagarajan Subramaniam (JBRC), Dean of School of Science and Technology, Assoc Prof Dr Wendy Bong Chin Wei (KCRC), and Dean of the School of Business and Administration, Assoc Prof Dr Intan Osman (IPRC), along with Deputy Dean Prakash Arumugam (KLRC).
The freshmen viewed and listened to a recording of the Vice Chancellor’s speech exhorting them to persevere in their studies until they graduate. The orientation also recognised the high achievers from the ODL July 2016 semester, with a total 76 students named to the Dean’s List. This comprised 35 from PGRC, 19 KLRC, 10 JBRC, and 6 each from IPRC and KCRC.
At Menara PGRM in Cheras, Acting KLRC Head Roshini Jesselyn Ramesh Chandru greeted about 85 new students – including those from the Bandar Utama and Klang Regional Support Centres - who turned up for orientation. Every student received a goodies bag, and among the items was a book on distance learning skills, which is likely to prove rather handy indeed.
KLRC staff Deva Guru Kurupatham, who is pursuing his Commonwealth Executive MBA (CeMBA) in WOU, shared on the quality learning experience that the freshmen can expect. This was followed by the oath-taking ceremony led by new student, Teh Zairul Izwan Zainal Ariffin, who had enrolled for CeMBA.
Prakash presented certificates to the Dean’s List award recipients, and briefed them on the University’s ODL study model. There was a treasure hunt to familiarise the students with the layout of KLRC.
At IPRC, Director Ching Huey Ling together with her team and visiting academic Dr Intan interacted with about 25 new students who attended. Freshman Loges Waran Jagadeesan, newly enrolled in the Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Mechatronics programme, led in reciting the students’ pledge. IPRC staff and WOU alumni Robert Ooi Teik Leng, who graduated in Bachelor of Management (Hons) with Psychology last year, shared about his study experience.
At the JBRC orientation held once again in Southern University College, Director Dr Ng Peng Long greeted the students and acquainted them with WOU and its learning support facilities.
All new WOU students who attended the orientation held nationwide truly benefited from the briefings as well as the hands-on guidance on navigating the student portal, learning management system, digital library and other ITS facilities.