Penang Island, Malaysia, June 11, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Wawasan Open University’s (WOU) Study Grant has eased the financial burden of Chua Yeow How, 25, in pursuing a degree to upgrade his knowledge and skills for better career advancement.
“The WOU Study Grant has helped to kick start my studies. It alleviated my financial worries at the moment when I was deciding to enrol at WOU to pursue my academic dreams,” said Chua, who registered through the Klang Regional Support Centre.
He is currently in the second semester of his Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Accounting (BBAC) programme. “With the support received from the WOU Study Grant, I am now able to focus and make use of most of my time in study rather than having to earn extra money through part-time employment,” he added.
Introduced in 2007, the free WOU Study Grant is part of the university’s Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund, aimed at helping aspiring learners to achieve their educational dreams. To date, the Study Grant has benefited over 5,400 students who have seized the learning opportunities offered by WOU.
The Study Grant for the value of up to RM600 is offered to new students who enrol in the university’s Headstart and Bachelor’s degree programmes. Recipients of this one-off financial assistance get a subsidy rebate on their first semester tuition fees.
Chua, an accounts assistant, believes that gaining a degree would give him more opportunities for advancement as the world is getting more competitive.
“My study objective is to acquire more accounting knowledge, skills, and ultimately a quality degree to help me move up in my career. The BBAC is the best choice for me,” remarked Chua.
Chua chose to do his studies at WOU as he finds that the Open Distance Learning (ODL) approach is conducive, convenient and very affordable. It enables education to be accessed both from work or home, and he can study anywhere, anytime.
“The flexibility of time and the mode of learning drew me to WOU since I work full-time. I find that these WOU advantages instil discipline in me and I am able to spend my free time usefully,” he said.
WOU, the people’s university, is gaining wider international and local recognition as a provider of quality higher education. It received the Tier 5 or Excellent rating for institutions of higher learning (SETARA ’11) from the Ministry of Education, and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Awards of Excellence for Institutional Achievement as well as for Distance Education Materials.
These recognitions reaffirm the quality of WOU’s ODL programmes while students are assured of better career prospects. The University currently offers more than 40 industry-relevant undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for working professionals to upgrade their professional abilities while they continue with their jobs.
Interested candidates can apply through Regular Entry or via WOU’s unique Open Entry Admission System that takes their work experience into consideration. Anyone aged 21 years and above with a minimum PMR/SPM/MCE/UEC/Diploma or equivalent qualifications can register for studies at WOU, provided they have related work experience and pass an admission test.
Enrolment for the July 2014 intake is now ongoing and application for the free WOU Study Grant is open until 15 June 2014. Forms can be obtained from WOU Regional Centres and Support Centres nationwide, or downloaded from www.wou.edu.my.
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To find out more about WOU’s programmes, log on to wou.edu.my or call the toll-free Careline at 1-300-888-968 (WOU). Visit WOU Info Day on 14–15 June at the Main Campus, Regional Centres and Support Centres nationwide.