About 1,000 students enrolled for studies at Wawasan Open University for the January 2014 intake, with many turning up for the Orientation today organised by the University’s Regional Centres – Kuala Lumpur (KLRC), Penang (PGRC), Ipoh (IPRC), Johor Bahru (JBRC) and Kuching (KCRC).
Besides acquainting the students with WOU, the Orientation also witnessed the presentation of Dean’s List awards for the January 2013 semester, with a total 67 students being named to the list.
At Southern College, WOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye welcomed 81 attending freshmen out of the total 130 registered with JBRC. Student Hannah Khit Chin K’choo, who enrolled for her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology degree, led in the oath-taking and gave the student address. Prof Ho presented the Dean’s List award to six recipients and the Star Ambassador award to Gwee Yuen Hwa from the Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Construction Management programme as reward for introducing three or more friends under WOU’s Friends and Family Programme.
At the other Regional Centres, academics from the main campus and Directors of the respective Regional Centres were on hand to welcome the new students and brief them on valuable ‘ODL study tips’ – School of Business & Administration Dean Prof N V Narasimham (KLRC), School of Foundation & Liberal Studies Dean Dr S Nagarajan (KCRC), School of Education, Languages & Communications (SELC) Dean Prof R Santhiram (IPRC) and School of Science & Technology Dean Ishan Abeywardena (PGRC).
At the main campus, some 200 new students who had enrolled through PGRC were seen queuing up to register for the Orientation as early as 7.45 am. Cheah Hui Ting, 25, drove all the way from Padang Serai, Kedah for the occasion. “I want to learn more about the English Language as I find it interesting and beneficial,” said Cheah who registered for Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Studies.
Student representative Tan Poow Suan, in her speech to freshmen at the main campus, remarked, “Today marks a new beginning as we start our new semester. We hope to do well in our studies and at the same time make new friends and enjoy learning together at WOU.” Tan, who is pursuing her Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Electronic Commerce, was one of the Dean’s List recipients.
It was an orange day at IPRC as the staff donned pinkish orange t-shirts and the student ambassadors wore the ‘WOU Be Ambitious’ black t-shirts for easy recognition by the new students.
Out of the 100 students registered at IPRC, 63 new students, two tutors and 10 student ambassadors turned up for Orientation. Pandian Sarangabanly, a recent Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management graduate of WOU who is currently enrolled in the Commonwealth Executive MBA (CeMBA) programme, led the new students in their pledge. WOU graduate Eric Chuang shared his learning experience at WOU with the freshmen.