4 June 2015, PENANG: Wawasan Open University (WOU) has set up Learning Centres at Stradford International College (SIC), Prai and Institut Profesional (IP), Alor Setar to cater to students enrolling for part-time study in its upcoming July intake and beyond.The establishment of WOU’s Learning Centres at SIC and IP was formally sealed with the signing of two Memoranda of Agreements (MoAs) in a simple ceremony held at the WOU main campus today. Vice Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye signed on behalf of WOU witnessed by Dr Andy Liew Teik Kooi, Director of Quality Assurance and External Relations.The Chief Executive Officer of SIC, Mr Kumar Ghosh Vasudevan, and the Education Director of IP, Ms Loh Shy Tyug, signed on behalf of their respective institutions.
“Wawasan Open University shares a common vision with Stradford International College and Institut Professional to address the increasing needs and demand of knowledge workers in various segments of our K-economy for tertiary qualifications to enhance their career prospects. We want to provide wider access to higher education and in the process build up the professional human resource capacity so as to increase the productivity of the workforce,” said Prof Ho.
“WOU is working towards setting up a few more Learning Centres across Malaysia through smart collaboration with like-minded institutions of higher learning. The Learning Centres will serve to extend our market presence as a trusted provider of affordable and quality higher education to more Malaysians,” he added. Prof Ho shared that WOU had recently signed MoAs with the Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC) and the East-West International College (EWIC), Seremban to establish Learning Centres there.
“We have informed the Ministry of Education on the University’s plans to dot the map of Malaysia with WOU Learning Centres,” he clarified.He stated that the newly established Learning Centres will further assist the University in supporting its students in areas where WOU currently has no physical presence, such as mainland Penang, Alor Setar and Seremban. “It will be a win-win situation for everyone. With this, more students in these areas will be delighted knowing that they can now attend the monthly face-to-face tutorials at Learning Centres that are closer to them than before.”
Among the attendees at the signing ceremony were Chief Administrative Officer Yeong Sik Kheong, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic-ODL) Prof Madhulika Kaushik, and senior management staff of WOU.