ULTRA CHEAP TRAVEL HAS ARRIVED IN MALAYSIA IN THE FORM OF AIR ASIA, OFFERING FLIGHTS TO NEIGHBORING CONTINENTS FOR LESS THAN US$100... THE AGE OF BUDGET TRAVEL HAS CERTAINLY ARRIVED. How do things fare then in the realm of budget education? Well, to be honest, Malaysia has set itself up as one of the cheapest places in the world to study -- one of the most affordable countries to get a modern, high-quality, English language education. Malaysia allocates about 21 per cent of its budget to education which is much much more than other countries. And Malaysia has a huge need for an educated workforce, to carry it towards its goal of being a developed nation by 2020. Way back in 1996, Manon Anne Ress wrote for Government Technology: "As the youngest capital in Southeast Asia, KL ranks as one of the most economically successful, just after its neighbor, Singapore. Hills and streets have disappeared and are quickly replaced with new glass buildings. What is the cheapest college in Malaysia?
MMU is also a good choice but I'm not sure it's called cheap for you or not, around 50k for degree... sweat.gif but there's always financial aid in MMU like PTPTN, YTM (Yayasan Telekom Malaysia), JPA and etc. wink.gif
And, MMU is going to have a January Intake next year, trial or forecast (I'm not sure of which one) results are accepted for the application before the real results are released. smile.gif
Wawasan Open University... only 17,000 MR for a 2.5 year course. n.. In March 1996, for example, 65,000 applications were distributed for only 15,000 university openings, causing near riots at some locations.
"And, while many Malaysians are educated overseas, it is at an enormous expense to the country. Now, however, the Malaysian government is seeking to build a new kind of university -- a university with no walls, but an open door to educational opportunity. Constructed around the latest information technology, it's to be a virtual school called the Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UTAR). "
It is true that the Universiti Tun Abdul Razek (UTAR) is the oldest virtual university in Malaysia -- however, to my mind it seems that the Open University Malaysia (OUM) is the most popular at the moment. Open University Malaysia or OUM is the seventh Malaysian private university opened in Malaysia, and is owned somewhat paradoxically by a consortium of 11 Malaysian public universities. As most Malaysians will know, the main campus is located on Jalan Tun Ismail, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. In addition to this, there are more than 53 learning centres throughout Malaysia (one of the latest being Kuala Lumpur Learning Centre at Wisma Angkasa Raya next to the majestic Petronas Twin Towers.)
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YOU HAVE DECIDED TO COME AND STUDY IN MALAYSIA -- WELL, HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST? Malaysia is one of the cheapest countries in the world to study in, and that is a big reason it is so popular with overseas students. According to World Federation website, an average student could expect to pay US$5000 or less per year in accommodation, meals, transportation and entertainment. Which makes studying in Malaysia a whole lot cheaper than studying in Japan! When it comes to tuition fees, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in such fields as accounting, business administration, finance or marketing should cost you RM36,000 (US$1=RM3.73 as of January 2006). At the upper end of the scale, obtaining a Masters of Pharmacy might set you back RM66,000 -- still cheap by international standards.
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BUYING TEXTBOOKS MAKES UP A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE BUDGET FOR STUDENTS. It makes sense that if you can rent textbooks instead of buying them, you can save a decent amount of money. Thanks to the advent of the Internet, this is much easier than it ever was in the past. Since its establishment in 2000, the number of learners enrolled at the university has grown from 400 to almost 40,000. Almost 90 per cent of the students are working adults, a majority of which are school teachers and military personnel. There is a large number of foreign students -- at last count OUM foreign students come from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bahrain, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Yemen.
At the present moment, the main Open University OUM campus is located at Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. One of the most recent members of the OUM fold is the Kuala Lumpur Learning Centre at Wisma Angkasa Raya near the Petronas Twin Towers.
So, how do students learn online at the Open University Malaysia, if they are so far from a lecture hall or tutor hall? The answer to this question is: myLMS, OUM's home-grown Learning Management System (LMS). According to Wikipedia, myLMS is a comprehensive and flexible e-Learning software platform that delivers a course management system, customisable institution-wide portals, online communities, and an advanced architecture that allows for Web-based integration with multiple administrative systems.
MyLMS consists of a number of components variously called myCourse, myUniversity, myCommunity, and myMail. The myUniversity module, for example, boasts features such as user directory, task, student online progress, calendar, personal address book, and polls. (Remember, you have access to all this information, from the comfort of your own home.) myUniversity serves as the first point of contact between the university and the student. Here announcements are posted, university-wide polls are taken and personal calendars updated. As for the myCourse module, it includes features such as course summary, announcement, course content, support materials, references, staff info, coursemate, forum, chat, quiz, digital drop-box, etc. Their course content comes mostly in the form of PDF files.
The myProfile feature records information such as credit transfer, courses undertaken, performance (course results), and payments (invoice/financial status).
Dead-tree libraries might be great places to flirt, but the Open University Malaysia's virtual myLibrary is not bad either. myLibrary includes digital collections such as OPAC, e-Library, 24 x 7, Infotrac, Proquest, EBSCO, Emerald, Engineering Village, Springer, IOP, NSTP e-Media, ACM, ERIC, InfoSecurity, IT Knowledge, and Tailor & Francis. The digital library has access to more than 36,000 titles from e-books and 50,000 titles from e-journal databases. The available databases cover all courses offered by OUM. If you really enjoy the sensuality of reading a paper based book, more than 7,500 volumes of books can be found at the OUM's central library and various learning centres.
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THE FOLLOWING OUM PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN FULLY ACCREDITED BY MALAYSIAN LAN AND JPA:
JPA - Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam
PET - Petronas (also including MISC if applicable)
BNM - Bank Negara Malaysia
MARA - Majlis Amanah Rakyat Malaysia
ASEAN - ASEAN Scholarship
TEL - Telekom Scholarship
THS - The Star Education Fund
SEC - Securities Commission
TEN - Tenaga Nasional
JPG - Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho)
SMD - Yayasan Sime Darby
Open University Malaysia faculties are:
Faculty of Business & Management
Faculty of Education, Arts & Social Sciences
Faculty of Engineering and Technical Studies
Faculty of Information Technology & Multimedia Communication
Faculty of Science
Centre for Graduate Studies
Institute of Professional Development
School of Life Long Learning
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TUTORING KIDS IS A CLASSIC PRESERVE OF THE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT. It used to be a matter of sticking your flyer against telegraph poles, but now there are easier ways to find students if you want to tutor. Go online.
Based in Penang, Home Tuition King: "Open University of Malaysia (OUM) is now eyeing to produce more specialist nurses for Malaysia. OUM is now offering the Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (Honours) programme to meet the country's acute need for more specialist nurses. This two-year programme enables those with the Diploma In Nursing to pursue further studies in the health and medical fields.
"OUM university has held discussions with Health Ministry and Malaysian Nursing Board on its plan to offer this degree programme. The programme is offered to holders of a basic diploma in nursing who are registered with the national nursing board, OUM receives overwhelming response from all parties as the programme is unique based on its flexibility. The programme focuses on clinical expertise and direct involvement implemented via clinical training at participating hospitals.
"Health Ministry and several teaching hospitals offer clinical training for those taking the programme. The ministry has allowed OUM to use clinical facilities at 21 government hospitals nationwide. OUM has also received the nod from Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) for the same purpose.
"Among the cooperation agreed is the utilisation of clinical facilities for six fields:
> Trauma and Emergency Nursing
> Critical Care Nursing
> Mental Health Nursing
> Paediatrics Nursing
> Renal Nursing
> Oncology Nursing
"Senior nurses at participating hospitals will function as clinical supervisors. They will give direct teaching and supervision in wards based on the printed and electronic modules issued. Students will be supplied with the laboratory skills virtual aid to help them prepare for the clinical training.
"There is currently a high demand for male nurses, OUM also encourages more men to apply for the course. The government wants males to join the nursing profession and its target is to produce 300 male nurses from the 3,000 qualified nurses produced every year..."
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OUM HAS SOME COMPETITION. Wasawan Open University is Malaysia's first private, non-profit tertiary institution dedicated to working adults. It is also only the second Internet-driven open university in Malaysia. The Gerakan Education Foundation -- later renamed Wawasan Education Foundation (WEF) -- in August 2002 was established as a tax-exempt charitable foundation to promote lifelong education to the public. Eight experts in open and distance learning were commissioned to prepare a detailed proposal for the establishment of an Open and Virtual University of Malaysia (OVUM). The report was submitted to the foundation in 2003.
Wawasan Open University (WOU) opened its door on 22nd January 2007 with an initial offering of 11 undergraduate degree programmes under three faculties - the science and technology, business administration and foundation studies. Courses include degrees in information systems, computing science & artificial intelligence, business information systems, accounting and sales & marketing. The cost of an undergraduate programme is about RM16,000.
680 students had already enrolled with the university, which has four study centers located in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh and Johor Baru.
Wasawan Open University is now up and online and offers programmes in three Schools (Science and Technology, Business and Administration, and Foundation Studies.) Some of the courses covered are Bachelor of Technology in Electronic Commerce.
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