Exploring collaboration in English Language classes

The Thai delegation from Srithammaratsuksa School expressed interest in sending students and teachers for the Holiday English Camp in WOU, following a study visit to the main campus today..

 The delegation arriving at the main campus.

The delegation arriving at the main campus.

WOU hosted the visitors, comprising 39 teachers and four administrators, who wanted to learn about the Malaysian university system and curriculum.  The delegation was led by Saengjan Mitrakul, Director of the school, and Juthaporn Taokham, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Educational Quality Development of the school’s English Programme.

 The visitors pose with the University staff.

The visitors pose with the University staff.

They were briefed about WOU’s academic programmes, course delivery and learning support, particularly the University’s learning management system (LMS), WawasanLearn, by School of Education, Languages & Communications (SELC) lecturers Sean Ooi Li Hsien and Arathai Din Eak.

Ooi shared about the various programme disciplines, how tutorial classes are conducted, and the 24/7 digital access granted to students to the main library. He assured that all WOU programmes are recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Education.

 Ooi shares about the University and its programmes.

Ooi shares about the University and its programmes.

Arathai meanwhile talked at length on the learning management system that keeps students connected to the University and their studies. She also highlighted the single course registration and the Holiday English Class, which piqued the interest of the delegation. She added that WOU, through the Centre for Professional Development & Continuing Education (PACE), had recently organised a 10-day English language workshop for Silpakorn University undergraduates.

She mentioned other training workshops conducted by SELC academics, namely English for Working Professionals, Innovative Pedagogy for Teachers, Research Methodology, and Effective Supervisor Training.

 Arathai explains about the University's learning management system.

Arathai explains about the University's learning management system.

Many questions were raised by the delegation, including on tutorials, assignment submissions and WOU’s graduation rate. To a query on students’ accessibility to the LMS, Ooi explained that this online platform is available throughout the semester until the final exam, and that they use data analytics to gauge which students had never logged in and consequently follow-up with calls.  

Juthaporn said the school would probably want to collaborate on the English classes and asked for details on the fees, duration, and such.  “How can we possibly work together as we need to improve the English of our teachers and our students? I can see you are flexible. We can plan together.” She aimed to tie up with WOU on the training of their students and Thai teachers in English next year.

 Juthaporn (2nd from right) expresses interest in the Holiday English classes.

Juthaporn (2nd from right) expresses interest in the Holiday English classes.

The delegation was further informed that WOU provides experiential learning field trips to destinations like the Batik Factory and heritage sites to expose them to the local culture, as part of the class.

In his closing remarks, Dean of SELC, Prof Santhiram Raman, said, “Our classes are very interactive. We can customise the courses according the needs of your institution, e.g. Teaching Pedagogies, ELT of Secondary School Teachers, etc.”

 Prof Santhiram delivers his closing remarks.

Prof Santhiram delivers his closing remarks.

Srithammaratsuksa School is a private Christian co-educational institution in Nakon Si Thammarat, Thailand, with 5,200 students from nursery to upper secondary (Grade 12).  

Promoting a love for Malaysia at Family Day

The WOU-DISTED Family Day 2018 saw over 200 staff, family members and guests along with the full-time students of both institutions lending support to make the event a lively and harmonious affair.

 Part of the crowd at the Family Day.

Part of the crowd at the Family Day.

The gathering at the WOU main campus today was aptly themed ‘Celebrating Diversity’ to reflect the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural Malaysia. The theme was also in line with the national-level Merdeka Month launched recently by the Prime Minister and the call to fly the Jalur Gemilang. In fact, a few of the activities and performances at the event featured the Malaysian flag.

 (Seated from left)  Member of WOU Board of Governors (BoG), Tan Sri Dr Chin Fook Weng, former Vice Chancellor Dato' Dr Ho Sinn Chye, Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Zoraini Wati Abas, and BoG Chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

(Seated from left)  Member of WOU Board of Governors (BoG), Tan Sri Dr Chin Fook Weng, former Vice Chancellor Dato' Dr Ho Sinn Chye, Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Zoraini Wati Abas, and BoG Chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

The Family Day kicked off with a zumba session led by Penang Regional Centre (PGRC) marketing and admissions officer Robin Cheah Kai Yang. Among those spotted moving to the beat of the music was WOU’s Board of Governors Chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.

 The WOU staff belt out two patriotic songs.

The WOU staff belt out two patriotic songs.

A group of talented WOU staff then rendered two patriotic songs with much gusto as they waved the Jalur Gemilang. They sang ‘Setia’ and ‘Tanggal 31’, the latter a famous number by the late Sudirman Arshad.

 Robin Cheah (far right) and the full-time students give a thrilling diabolo performance.

Robin Cheah (far right) and the full-time students give a thrilling diabolo performance.

WOU’s full-time students were also actively involved. Five of them together with Robin Cheah (PGRC) entertained the crowd with their Chinese diabolo routine while Asswni Mariappan and Nerroshini Manoraj performed an Indian pop dance.

 Nerroshini (left) and Asswni strike an attractive pose as they dance.

Nerroshini (left) and Asswni strike an attractive pose as they dance.

Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Zoraini Wati Abas took to the stage to officially open the Family Day, after which the doubles kayak race commenced with a simple launch by Dr Koh.

 Dr Koh Tsu Koon launches the kayak race.

Dr Koh Tsu Koon launches the kayak race.

Eight teams participated in the kayak race stretching a total distance of about 150m. Team E’s dynamic duo of PGRC marketing and admissions officer Sasikanth Mariappan and library assistant Mohd Yusuf Hanafiah clocked 4 min 18 sec to emerge champions. Team B comprising senior administrative executive K Ranjini and lecturer Kevin Tan Pooi Soo from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences came in second at 4 min 33 sec. Third was Team C with Robin Cheah and WOU alumni Bobby Chan Yaou Hooi at a close 4 min 37 sec.

 Mohd Yusuf (left) and Sasikanth emerge as champions.

Mohd Yusuf (left) and Sasikanth emerge as champions.

The top 3 winners received shopping vouchers worth RM100, RM70 and RM50 respectively from former WOU Vice Chancellor Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye, while the other 5 remaining kayaking teams received a RM20 voucher consolation prize.

 Dato' Dr Ho (centre) with the participants of the kayak race.

Dato' Dr Ho (centre) with the participants of the kayak race.

Kids were meanwhile kept occupied throughout by a clown giving out balloons and a children’s colouring contest with over 20 of them participating. The first prize, a compendium of 15 games and crayons, was won by Shivani and the second, a 24-pieces oil pastel set and plastic box file, went to Nur Ayriss Myahana Amar. 

 Regional Operations and MARCOM Director K H Chong presents a lucky draw prize- an aluminium baseball stick torchlight - to his son.

Regional Operations and MARCOM Director K H Chong presents a lucky draw prize- an aluminium baseball stick torchlight - to his son.

The climax was the lucky draw prizes, with a total 135, including umbrellas, bath towels, torchlights, travel luggage organiser bags, foldable storage bags, vacuum flasks, car boot organisers, car vacuum cleaners, ice cooler boxes, hair dryers, photo frames and microwave plastic containers, up for grabs. The first prize, an air fryer, was won by School of Education, Languages & Communications lecturer Dr Por Fei Ping.

 Prof Zoraini presents the first prize, an air fryer, to Dr Por (right).

Prof Zoraini presents the first prize, an air fryer, to Dr Por (right).

Silpakorn undergrads learn English for communication

[16-27 July 2018]

Wawasan Open University (WOU), through the School of Education, Languages and Communications (SELC), conducted a 10-day English Language class at the main campus in Penang for 18 undergraduate students from Silpakorn University, Thailand, on request.

 The students holding up their certificates as they pose with the Silpakorn and WOU academics.

The students holding up their certificates as they pose with the Silpakorn and WOU academics.

The Thai educational technology students underwent a 50-hour hands-on workshop from July 16th to 27th to enhance their English language and communication skills for daily interaction and to improve their learning and presentations. The trainers were Dr Por Fei Ping, Dr Tan Saw Fen, Arathai Din Eak, Ong Cheng Teik and Ooi Li Hsien from SELC.

 The students watching the 'Jungle Book' movie for group assignment.

The students watching the 'Jungle Book' movie for group assignment.

The 10 interactive lessons covered the following topics: English for International Communication, English for Travelling, Practical English Usage, Common Errors in English Usage, Technologies for Practising English, English for Presentation, English for Effective Communication Skills, Getting Started with Academic Writing, Students’ Chosen Technologies for Practising English, and Business English. 

 Dr Tan offers pointers on writing up a job application.

Dr Tan offers pointers on writing up a job application.

The students worked individually as well as in groups and pairs and participated in class presentations and other collaborative activities. The purpose of the training was to greatly improve the participants’ ability and confidence in communicating in English in social situations and other settings.

When closing the training workshop, Dean of SELC, Prof Santhiram Raman, remarked, “You have come to the right place because technology is our main forte.  We are an open university and therefore we make use of technology to deliver our courses. You have come here to improve your English and to do so, ideally, you would need to spend 6 months with us. Because with languages, you can only improve if you practise what you have learnt; otherwise you will forget everything.”

 Prof Santhiram encourages the students to keep practising their English.

Prof Santhiram encourages the students to keep practising their English.

“Whatever you have learnt now, if you are shy to speak in English with others, attempt to speak in English among yourselves first. Make mistakes, laugh about it, and correct it! That is the best way to learn a language. Then you will build your confidence and your vocabulary,” Prof Santhiram suggested.

He also encouraged the students to take time to explore the food and culture of Penang, and take home happy memories of WOU. A Thai student representative, Budsababun Saengphloeng, spoke in English to thank WOU for the good learning experience and hospitality extended to them during the duration.

 Dr Anirut presents Prof Santhiram with a framed drawing of Lord Ganesha, the emblem of Silpakorn University.

Dr Anirut presents Prof Santhiram with a framed drawing of Lord Ganesha, the emblem of Silpakorn University.

All participants received a certificate at the end of the training from Prof Santhiram. Also present at the closing were Asst Prof Dr Anirut Satiman, Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs, and Asst Prof Dr Siwanit Autthawuttikul, from Silpakorn.

WOU shows support to wildlife conservation efforts

WOU recently co-hosted the ‘Wild Roads’ event in collaboration with Langur Project Penang (LPP), as part of its corporate social responsibility towards social and environmental causes.

The event held at the WOU main campus in Penang today commenced with an exhibition and a simple opening.

 Exhibition at the University to raise awareness and support to wildlife conservation.

Exhibition at the University to raise awareness and support to wildlife conservation.

In his remarks, WOU’s School of Business & Administration (SBA) Acting Dean Prakash V Arumugam lauded the collaboration since “LPP’s mission resonates well with the founding philosophy of this University”.

 “WOU was established to provide a second chance for those who did not get access to higher education. It is a chance at survival for human beings in the jungle out there. Human beings who have the senses to ask for help. Something voiceless creatures in the woods cannot do,” he said.

 Prakash highlights the need to protect the voiceless langurs.

Prakash highlights the need to protect the voiceless langurs.

“Human beings, sitting high up in the food chain, should act as protectors and not destroyers. The langurs are voiceless as their most important allies are also their greatest enemies; us humans. It is hoped that through the efforts of the LPP team, more people are aware of the plight of these ‘distant cousins’ of ours and more will come forward to help in their conservation,” Prakash continued.

LPP founder Joleen Yap meanwhile thanked WOU for sponsoring the venue for their third ‘Wild Roads’ event of the year. ‘Wild Roads’ is a nature education campaign under LPP with accompanying road shows, exhibitions and talks to highlight Penang’s dusky leaf monkeys/ dusky langurs and LPP’s efforts to promote primate conservation in Penang, including mitigating the impact of roads on wildlife crossing.

 Yap shares about Langur Project Penang and its work.

Yap shares about Langur Project Penang and its work.

She said LPP focuses on: highlighting the impact of habitat fragmentation and urban development on the ecology and behaviour of arboreal wildlife in Penang; utilising games, social media, videography and photography as educational tools to raise awareness; engaging local residents to be part of Wild Roads citizen science project; and stressing the importance of having canopy bridges to assist with arboreal wildlife crossing.

A talk by LPP field assistant Syuhada ensued where she shared on how to volunteer to be part of their road ecology citizen science programme.

 Students and staff watch the documentary at the University.

Students and staff watch the documentary at the University.

The climax was the screening of the 2017 short documentary titled ‘The Hills & The Sea’ and subsequent sharing by film maker Andrew Ng to raise environmental awareness. The documentary looks at the impact of large scale land reclamation for development projects upon the habitat, particularly the wildlife and the fishing community.

 Andrew Ng, the director of the documentary.

Andrew Ng, the director of the documentary.

LPP is an outreach research project initiated in 2016 on dusky langurs - which can be found in Penang Botanic Gardens and the Penang Hill - under the umbrella of Universiti Sains Malaysia, where Yap is a PhD (Zoology) student, and the Malaysian Primatological Society. LPP serves as a platform for environmental research and education for students and the local community.

 LPP project on habitat fragmentation and proper crossing for the langurs.

LPP project on habitat fragmentation and proper crossing for the langurs.

Retired teacher donates book collections to WOU Library

WOU added to its collection of printed reading materials in late July 2018 with the donation of 127 books and periodicals to the library by a well-wisher.

 Part of the book collections donated to WOU Library.

Part of the book collections donated to WOU Library.

The donor was retired teacher Leong Kok Hing, a graduate of Maktab Perguruan Temenggong Ibrahim and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and a close pal of WOU’s Board of Governors Chairman Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon. Leong boasts a career spanning some 25 years as a secondary school teacher in Malaysia and another 10 years as an education officer with the Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam.

Leong made the generous offer when Dr Koh went for the wake of Leong’s elder brother, Kok Kee, in mid-May.

 Dr Koh (2nd from left) and Dr S. Nagarajan looking through the books.

Dr Koh (2nd from left) and Dr S. Nagarajan looking through the books.

“I got to know Kok Hing in USM in the late 70s. then Kok Kee. Both brothers later became very active leaders of the Young Buddhists Association of Malaysia (YBAM), of which I have been one of the advisors for the past four decades. We have been keeping in touch since then,” he elaborated.

Dr Koh was on hand to witness the simple handing-over of the books and periodicals to the WOU library today, in the presence of School of Humanities & Social Sciences (SHSS) Dean Dr S Nagarajan and Learning & Library Services head Chew Bee Leng.

 Fascinated by a book on politics.

Fascinated by a book on politics.

“It seems to me that these books are quite relevant for our Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU) and related courses offered by SHSS. They can also be good reference materials for research,” Dr Koh added.

The collections, comprising 93 book titles and 34 magazines, are mainly on nutrition and health as well as on Malaysian politics. There is, however, the memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew in relation to the Singapore story.

 Leong (left) hands over the books to Dr Nagarajan and Chew (right) witnessed by Dr Koh.

Leong (left) hands over the books to Dr Nagarajan and Chew (right) witnessed by Dr Koh.

Among the book titles are: ‘Lost in transition: Malaysia under Abdullah’ (Ooi Kee Beng, 2008); Old vs new politics in Malaysia: State and society in transition’ (Francis Loh Kok Wah, 2009); ‘Mad about Malaysia’ (Dean Johns, 2007); ‘May 13: Declassified documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969’ (Kua Kia Soong, 2007); and ‘Mahathir vs Abdullah’ (Nathaniel Tan, 2007).

 Books and magazines on politics.

Books and magazines on politics.

Dr Nagarajan said the donated collection of books and journals “will be valuable reference materials for our students researching on Malaysian history and politics”.

Thai school students visit WOU's digital library

WOU hosted a study excursion of 12 school students from various parts of Thailand to the main campus today. They were attending a two-week holiday camp at WOU’s sister institution, DISTED College, from 16-29 July 2018.

 Head of Learning & Library Services, Chew Bee Leng, highlights the facilities available.

Head of Learning & Library Services, Chew Bee Leng, highlights the facilities available.

The students were accompanied on their visit to the main campus by Thai teacher, Mr. Nutthchai Kunananthsiri. The purpose of the study tour was to expose the students first hand to how information technology can be applied to education.

WOU’s Head of Learning & Library Services Chew Bee Leng was on hand to greet the visitors upon arrival and acquaint them with the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Digital Library.

 Assistant Library Managers Norhasni and Ooi Siew Lee (back) offer hands-on assistance.

Assistant Library Managers Norhasni and Ooi Siew Lee (back) offer hands-on assistance.

Chew briefed the students on information literacy and conducted a hands-on workshop on resource searching skills and the use of MyDigital Library with the aid of the open access PCs in the library. She was assisted by Assistant Library Managers Ooi Siew Lee and Norhasni Abdul Aziz.

 The visitors admire the Homestead heritage building in the main campus.

The visitors admire the Homestead heritage building in the main campus.

The visitors were also taken on a tour of the campus, namely to the Lecture Theatres, video-conferencing facility, seminar rooms and the computer lab by Corporate Communications Manager Rasidah Mion.

It was an educational visit for the students who learnt about the various services offered by WOU’s digital library and how to locate study resources on the Internet.

 The Thai delegation pose with Library staff at the entrance to the University's Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Digital Library.

The Thai delegation pose with Library staff at the entrance to the University's Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Digital Library.

Fostering staff-student relationship

It was all about having fun and fostering camaraderie when WOU’s Full-time Students Council organised a team building event at the main campus today.

 The participants and organisers of the team building exercise.

The participants and organisers of the team building exercise.

About 30 full-time students and five staff from the Penang Regional Centre (PGRC) divided themselves into seven groups to take part in the five station games held at three different levels of the Albukhary Building.

The PGRC team comprised its Director Ching Huey Ling along with Rina Julian Nazrin Julian, Cynthia Lim Ai Ling, Sasikanth Mariappan and Robin Cheah Kai Yang.

 Farid explains about the station games.

Farid explains about the station games.

The student body president Muhammad Farid Arsyad Foad briefed the participants after which they were split into groups for the station games.

 Rina Julian (left) and Sasikanth obeying instructions as the wait to grab the cup first on command.

Rina Julian (left) and Sasikanth obeying instructions as the wait to grab the cup first on command.

It was hilarious to watch the participants following directions to touch their head, shoulders or whichever body part, and trying to snatch the cup first on command, in the ‘Head, knees, toes, cup’ game.

Another game, ‘Glow in the dark’ required participants to be in a room with lights switched off and blind-folded where they then had to hold hands as they moved around and under obstacles, learning to trust one another.

 Leading one another.

Leading one another.

For the ‘Black box’, they had to pick out two marbles through a hole in the box, while the ‘Ice bucket’ challenge required them to remove a needle from the ice cold bucket which they then had to thread.  The participants were also busy huffing and puffing to blow up balloons in ‘This blows’ game before releasing the air to push cups across the table tennis table.

 Huffing and puffing to push the cups across the table.

Huffing and puffing to push the cups across the table.

For their effort and sporting spirit, the group members were rewarded with food vouchers and a simple dinner at the end of the team building exercise.

The main objective of the event was to further improve the good relations between the full-time students and the PGRC staff.

Government funds for WOU's part-time students to study while working

(21-22 July 2018)

The part-time, open distance learning (ODL) students of WOU receive not only huge rebates on tuition fees and other incentives from the University but also have access to substantial education loans from the government.

In line with being a “people’s university”, WOU organised an Education Financial Assistance exhibition at the main campus on 21 and 22 July 2018 to further support its ODL student community.

 The part-time students of WOU check out the government assistance available.

The part-time students of WOU check out the government assistance available.

WOU’s students had the opportunity to inquire about the loan offered by the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN). The PTPTN loan is available for WOU’s part-time students and may be used to partially or fully cover the tuition fees of their diploma or first Bachelor’s degree programme.

The student applicants of WOU for the PTPTN loan must be Malaysian citizens aged not more than 45 years of age at date of application and they must have either received an offer or are currently pursuing a diploma or degree programme at the University. All WOU programmes are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and approved by the Ministry of Education, and therefore eligible for the PTPTN loan.

 Marketing executives from the Penang State PTPTN Office entertain an inquiry.

Marketing executives from the Penang State PTPTN Office entertain an inquiry.

Effective January 2018, students approved for the PTTPN loan will receive up to a maximum of RM5,050 a year for a diploma, and up to RM5,470 per year for a Bachelor’s degree. The student must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in the previous semester to continue receiving the loan.

A second PTPTN loan is allowed if the student has finished the programme or in the case of students who had stopped or failed in their studies, they must have settled their outstanding loan. The second loan is only given to students continuing tertiary education at the same or higher level of academic qualifications.

The exhibition also highlighted the Penang State Government Education Loan available for those pursing an ODL certificate, diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s degree or PhD programme at WOU.

 The Penang State Education Loan draws interest from the students.

The Penang State Education Loan draws interest from the students.

Online applications can be made every year at http://www.penang.gov.my or http://epp.penang.gov.my, from June 1st to August 30th. The ODL applicants must be born in Penang or have at least 5 years’ schooling in Penang.

The successful students will receive an annual sum of RM3,000 for a Diploma, RM4,000/RM5,000 for a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts/Science, RM6,500 for Master’s and RM8,000 for a PhD.

Bridging the gap with the school community

WOU recently played host to a group of Fourth and Fifth Formers from SMK Taman Desa (SMKTD), Kuala Lumpur, in which the students were exposed to the University’s full-time undergraduate degree programmes and the management of its library facilities. The study tour was facilitated at the request of the School.

 The delegation with Learning & Library Services Head Chew Bee Leng (left) and School of Business & Administration Acting Dean Prakash V Arumugam.

The delegation with Learning & Library Services Head Chew Bee Leng (left) and School of Business & Administration Acting Dean Prakash V Arumugam.

A delegation of 35 students accompanied by seven school teachers undertook the visit to the WOU main campus today. The visitors listened to briefings and took time to explore the library and campus surroundings.

They were welcomed by Penang Regional Centre (PGRC) director Ching Huey Ling, who highlighted the nine full-time degree programmes offered by the University. They are six from the School of Business & Administration, two from the School of Science & Technology, and one from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences.

 Penang Regional Centre Director Ching Huey Ling elaborates on full-time study at WOU.

Penang Regional Centre Director Ching Huey Ling elaborates on full-time study at WOU.

Ching also shared about the financial incentives given, including the 50% rebate for the upcoming September 2018 intake. It was an eye-opener for the School with one of the teachers commenting that the RM14,000 tuition fee for the 3-year degree programme is very affordable and she will surely share this with her niece. 

Every student received souvenirs and the full-time programme flyers, while the teachers were each given the programme brochures as well.

 Sasikanth Mariappan and Robin Cheah from Penang Regional Centre distributing full-time study flyers to the students.

Sasikanth Mariappan and Robin Cheah from Penang Regional Centre distributing full-time study flyers to the students.

The students were very happy with the campus ambience as it located by the beach and they took the opportunity to go down to the beach to snap a few photos for remembrance of their visit.

The delegation also spent some time at WOU’s Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Digital Library, where they browsed the shelves and open collection area for subjects of interest to them. The head of WOU’s Learning & Library Services Unit, Chew Bee Leng, and Assistant Manager (Circulation Services), Ooi Siew Lee, were on hand to answer their queries. Generally, the students were curious about the preservation method for the subscribed serials/magazines/journals and the book classification standards used.

 The students check out the collections in the University library.

The students check out the collections in the University library.

Overall it turned out to be pleasing, educational and enjoyable trip for the SMKTD delegation.

 

Welcome aboard July 2018 ODL students!

Over 400 new part-time open distance learning (ODL) students of WOU from the July 2018 intake underwent orientation nationwide today.

 School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Assoc Prof Dr S Nagarajan welcomes freshmen during the orientation held at the main campus.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Assoc Prof Dr S Nagarajan welcomes freshmen during the orientation held at the main campus.

The orientation was organised by the regional centres of Penang (PGRC), Kuala Lumpur (KLRC), Johor Bahru (JBRC), Kuching (KCRC) and Ipoh (IPRC), with PGRC followed by KLRC registering the highest enrolment.

Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Zoraini Wati Abas was on hand at KLRC to deliver her welcoming address.

 Prof Zoraini offers some study tips to the new students.

Prof Zoraini offers some study tips to the new students.

A few senior academics represented the University at the orientation, where they read out Prof Zoraini’s speech, highlighted WOU’s ODL model and presented the Dean’s List awards. They were School of Humanities & Social Sciences (SHSS) Dean Assoc Prof Dr S Nagarajan (PGRC), School of Business & Administration (SBA) Acting Dean Prakash Arumugam (KCRC), SHSS Deputy Dean Jasmine Emmanuel (JBRC) and School of Science & Technology Deputy Dean (Academic & Quality Assurance) Assoc Prof Dr Lee Chee Leong (IPRC).

 Dr Nagarajan (2nd from right) with the Dean's list recipients from Penang.

Dr Nagarajan (2nd from right) with the Dean's list recipients from Penang.

A total of 84 students were named to the Dean’s List for their academic excellence in the July 2017 semester. They comprised 32 from KLRC, 26 from PGRC, with the remaining from KCRC (11), JBRC (10) and IPRC (5).

The freshmen were also briefed on the WOU Care initiative that aims to support new students and keep them connected through the Moodle Mobile App, as well as on the ITS support facilities, student portal and learning management system.

 Julian Looi shares about student life during the orientation at Ipoh Regional Centre.

Julian Looi shares about student life during the orientation at Ipoh Regional Centre.

At the Ipoh Regional Centre, Khoo Lingling, an Account Officer, who enrolled in the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management programme, led the freshmen in the oath-taking ceremony. Student representative Julian Looi Po Weng, an Assistant Marketing Manager who is the second year of his Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons) programme, spoke on student life at WOU.

Looi was among the students present to receive the Dean’s List award from Dr Lee, while the others were Yeap Mei Shan, Lim Pui Shan and Seow Yim Ho.

 Dr Lee (left) presents the award certificate to Lim Pui Shan.

Dr Lee (left) presents the award certificate to Lim Pui Shan.

Meanwhile at the orientation held in the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre, the freshmen were given a handbook on distance learning skills as part of the welcome pack to aid them on their ODL journey at WOU.

 The new students register for orientation at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre.

The new students register for orientation at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre.

KLRC Senior Marketing and Admissions Executive Shahryl Abdul Latiff welcomed the students with a short introduction of WOU and Senior Marketing & Admissions Executive Raja Isaiah introduced the KLRC team that is now led by the newly-appointed Acting Head, Dr Mazlan Zainal.

 Shahryl explains about WawasanLearn.

Shahryl explains about WawasanLearn.

Gyan Lama, who is pursuing his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology at WOU, related his experiences as a student, while the oath-taking was led by Mohd Shariman Mustafar, a Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Management student. The event culminated with a Treasure Hunt to acquaint the students with the KLRC layout and facilities.

 Treasure hunt in progress at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre.

Treasure hunt in progress at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre.

At the Penang Regional Centre, Assistant Engineer Mohd Hazlami Abdul Aziz from the Penang Development Corporation, who enrolled in Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Construction Management, led in reciting the student’s pledge.

 Mohd Hazlami leads in the oath-taking at the main campus.

Mohd Hazlami leads in the oath-taking at the main campus.

Alumni Su Woon Chui shared her student life experiences, and she seemed an ideal choice, having graduated in Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Liberal Studies from WOU in 2014, before enrolling for her Master of Education degree and graduating again from the University in 2017.

 Su, an alumni of WOU,, shares her experiences with the freshmen in Penang.

Su, an alumni of WOU,, shares her experiences with the freshmen in Penang.