Malaysian Distance Learning Institutions

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by Danny Ng, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. Danny Ng

    Danny Ng New Member

    Here are some information for the benefit of those who are interested to know about Distance Learning opportunities and other institutions in Malaysia.


    Open University Malaysia (Universiti Terbuka Malaysia) or better known as OU Malaysia was established on August 10, 2000 as the seventh private university in Malaysia. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the University is within walking distance from the mass transit railway interchange station and is readily accessible from all parts of Kuala Lumpur.

    Although incorporated as a private university and established under the Private Higher Education Institutions Act 1996, OU Malaysia leverages on the quality, prestige and capabilities of its owners - a consortium of the 11 Malaysian public universities.

    Currently the following OUM programs are accredited by National Accreditation Board (

    Diploma in Information Technology
    Diploma in Management
    Bachelor in Information Technology with Honours
    Bachelor in Management with Honours
    Bachelor in Business Administration with Honours
    Bachelor in Information Technology & Management with Honours

    Cost: Bachelor degree: Below US$6000.


    UNITAR started its operation on 18 December 1997. Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR) is the nation's first e-learning, MSC-status and ISO 9001:2000-certified private university in Malaysia. UNITAR offers the best combination in its teaching and e-learning methods by combining face-to-face classes with the effective use of web-based courseware and online tutorials.

    UNITAR currently offers 28 academic programs, 11 of which are accredited by the National Accreditation Council (LAN). All UNITAR programmes are approved by the Private Education Department. The programs range from foundation and diploma up to doctorate degrees in fields such as information technology, business administration and humanities and social sciences.
    Cost: Bachelor degree: Below US$8000..

    A comprehensive list of Public universities, Public university colleges, Private universities and Private colleges are listed at:

    Another good source of information is;
  2. Jack Tracey

    Jack Tracey New Member

    Thanks Danny for the information. I took a peek at the Open University Malaysia and here's a few of the basics. It's about 5 years old and is a consortium of 11 other schools. It offers a bunch of Bachelors degree programs, a few Masters programs and one Doctoral program. Mostly these are in the fields of Education, Engineering and Business (the doctoral program is a DBA.) My rough estimate of the costs is that a Bachelors degree level course will cost about $100.00US. I'm afraid that I may have had a bit of trouble with the currency conversion as the website refers to the currency as RM and the currency converter referred to it as MYR. Is there a real difference here? In any case, people engaged in these fields might want to take a peek at this school. Please note: It was not clear that there were any geographical restrictions on admissions (as with the British OU).
  3. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Wow, $100.00 a class, not bad!

  4. Danny Ng

    Danny Ng New Member

    You are welcome. OUM bachelor degree programs are fully accredited by national accreditation board of Malaysia but not their post-graduate programs.

    MYR...MY is used for Malaysia ..MYR is Malaysian Ringgit (Dollar)

    RM...Ringgit Malaysia..

    Both are the same, at present conversion,

    I USD = 3.76 RM

    There are restrictions;

    a) There is a residency requirement for each course and no course is offered 100% online.

    b) English is widely used as medium of instruction but all course material is in local language (Malay).
  5. Jack Tracey

    Jack Tracey New Member

    While I'm sure this school offers great opportunities to many in Malaysia it's unfortunate that it is not accessible to those from other areas.
  6. Xtra

    Xtra New Member

    Most of the public university are offering distance learning program. The problem to them are the courses that they offered through distance might be limitation. You can search for more detail through
  7. davidhume

    davidhume New Member

    If you look carefully at the distance learning or e-learning degrees offered through Malaysian universities, you will find that they require some form of on campus attendance.
  8. Jack Tracey

    Jack Tracey New Member

    Once in a blue moon someone will ask, "Why isn't there more talk on the forum about the Open University (UK) or the Open University (Hong Kong) or some of the DL programs in India, or China, etc. The answer in each case is rather similar. They all require citizenship in the specific nation, residence in the specific nation or (in the case of OU [UK]), residence just about anywhere in the world except the USA. Perhaps as globalization slowly takes its effects on the worlds systems we will see a change in this. After all, we've seen it already in the microcosm of this forum. There are many countries now represented in our membership. Hopefully, this is a trend that will continue.
  9. davidhume

    davidhume New Member

    I think I am wrong about Malaysain distance learning.

    I now believe that you can pursue a degree through Open University Malaysia without residence.

    If you are doing a research based doctorate, then there would be no problem with language.

    Well worth looking at!
  10. Jack Tracey

    Jack Tracey New Member

    Hello David - can you post some additional information that shows why you've changed you mind?
  11. davidhume

    davidhume New Member

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Thank you for your enquiry. We are sorry as dont have a facilities to get a student visa-for foreign students at the moment. However,if you still interested to pursue your PhD you can study online-Distance Learning with OUM without have to reside in Malaysia. Should you need further information please log on to

    Thank you and best regards,

    Amy Rosmezar

    Centre for Graduate Studies
    Open University Malaysia
    Jalan Tun Ismail,
    50480 Kuala Lumpur
    Tel: 603-2773 2002/2287/2278/2505
  12. Jack Tracey

    Jack Tracey New Member

    Yes, well that's certainly good news although it's a bit confusing since it directly contradicts what Danny has stated. If it were me, I'd want some pretty ironclad assurances that I wasn't going to have to jump on a plane to Malaysia once or twice per year. Even though the cost of the program is quite reasonable, the travel costs, time expeditures, accomodations, etc. can add up quickly. Thanks for the information.
  13. rahmanmgm

    rahmanmgm New Member

    Saudi Embassy Attestation on Distance education Certificate from malaysia


    I want to take a master degree from Any One of the best University's Distance education. kindly let me know whether the certificate will get attested from Saudi Embassy Malaysia, since I am working in Saudi Arabia, as per Saudi system, the degree must get attested from Saudi Embassy Malaysia. please help me in this, also help me to know the best university where I can pursue my Course.

    thanking you
  14. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Well, you've dug up this 10 year old thread in an effort to answer your own question and so that's a good thing but then you've asked such a remarkably general question that it can't really be answered. Give us this information: 1) What subject do you want to study? 2) Do you have a preference regarding the country of the university? 3) How much money can you spend?

    As for the other matter, you would be foolish to blindly accept what we might say about the acceptance of any degree by the Saudi government. No matter what you choose or what we think, you should run it by the Saudis to be certain.
  15. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    If the Saudis accept what is certified by the the people at the Malaysian embassy in Riyadh, then that's who I would ask.

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