WOU offers full scholarships for Penang’s talent development

PENANG: Wawasan Open University (WOU), established in Penang with the aim of deepening education for students working in industries in Penang and around the country, is dedicated to help Penang upgrade its digital, engineering and professional skills.

It is committed to strengthening ties with the Penang State Government and the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) to advance equal educational opportunities for aspiring Penangites at a time of urgent digitisation.

The University has committed to the award of full scholarships valued up to RM700,000, in this effort to collaboratively develop a highly skilled, knowledgeable and globally-competitive workforce that will drive Penang’s increasing strength as the Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia.

As part of its strategic engagement with PWDC, WOU will fully sponsor tuition fees for three eligible women currently residing in Penang to undertake any WOU undergraduate or master’s degree programme of their choice.

Furthermore, to enhance professional reskilling and upskilling in Penang’s talent pool, it will award full scholarships exclusively for 9 Malaysian students born and currently residing in Penang. Six of these are for students pursuing bachelor’s degree programmes offered by its School of Digital Technology (DiGiT), while the remaining three scholarships are for students enrolling in other WOU programmes, such as engineering, construction and logistics.

To mark WOU’s contribution to the local community, WOU Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Lily Chan presented two tokens of commitment to Penang Chief Minister YAB Tuan Chow Kon Yeow and Penang State Exco for Social Development, Welfare and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs, YB Puan Lim Siew Khim, who received them on behalf of the Penang State Government and PWDC respectively.

Prof Chan stated that these efforts show the University’s unstinting support of the Penang State Government and PWDC’s efforts in capacity building, especially to empower women in their contributions to improving talent and upgrade occupational professionalism in the state and country.

“WOU is transforming itself in continual education, by using digital knowledge and technology skills to upskill, reskill and empower those working in Penang to stay ahead in the fast-evolving technological race,” she remarked. “There is acute shortage of talent, and we can bridge the gap by empowering individuals with the right skills and knowledge, so that our graduates can help innovate and drive socio-economic growth in the state.” 

Since its inception in 2006, the University has provided financial aid in the form of full and partial scholarships, bursary awards and study grants to over 14,000 eligible students.

WOU is now accepting applications from qualified Penangites for the scholarships until 10 September 2023. For more information, visit wou.edu.my.

Wawasan Open University (WOU) is a private not-for-profit higher education institution set up in 2006, with headquarters in Penang, to deliver flexible, open, distance and digital learning to students and the workforce. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and micro-credential courses, to help learners keep pace with the technological changes in an effort to produce future-ready workers for the digital economy.

Contact:       Rasidah Mion, Corporate Communications Manager

                      rasidahbm@wou.edu.my / 019 314 2003

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