Open University Malaysia ( Distance learning)

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by radhawa, Jul 1, 2015.

  1. radhawa

    radhawa New Member

    Open University Malaysia (OUM Portal) seems to offer all kind of distance degrees. I would like to know any one have any info or any experience about the university and its courses.

    well, I am planning on doing a PHD (Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology)) with them and would really like to know more about it , right now i know nothing about it
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    It's not clear to me that non-citizens can be admitted. Can you show us that this is not the case?
  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Did you see something suggesting non-citizens are unwelcome? The Wikipedia article about them says they have international students from a variety of countries.
  4. radhawa

    radhawa New Member

    well, their registration page ask info for international students (OUM Online Application - Apply) . Other than that i got nothing .
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, I did see something. Not definitive but enough for me to ask the question. Also, I wouldn't trust Wikipedia as the last word on any subject.
  6. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

  7. radhawa

    radhawa New Member

    if you try to go through the application process ..they are asking whether national or international...they by going through international path , you still have the option of apply all the courses
  8. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    OK, thanks for the clarification.
  9. expat_eric

    expat_eric New Member

    I have a local Malaysian employee who is enrolled in the Malaysia Open University DBA. I have seen some of text books, papers and assignments and they seem equivalent to what I am doing with a US DBA. She seems challenged.

    That said, Malaysia Open University does not have the same reputation as some of the other universities in Malaysia. The international unis that have campuses here from the UK and Australia seem to get alot more mileage.

    One other thing to consider, often when getting a job outside of Malaysia, degree holders from here have to jump through alot more hoops than someone who has a degree from the US or UK. It is something to consider.
  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    In general, Malaysian Distance Ed. has had a very good reputation for quality and reasonable cost - very reasonable indeed, in US terms. BTW - I don't think I've seen a distance program that was restricted to Malaysian nationals. And I've never seen two-tier pricing for local vs. overseas, as is most often the case in India.

    The UK and Australian schools operating in Malaysia are well-known, e.g. Monash, Victoria, Curtin, University of London, etc. However, I think students outside of Malaysia would be expected to enrol via the Australian or UK locations.

    When I first started reading about DL from Malaysia, (~2006) there were relatively few universities offering it. I remember Open U. of Malaysia, Wawasan and Multimedia U. I always liked Multimedia U., in the Cyberjaya - I still have some software that was created there. I think maybe Limkokwing and a couple of others offered DL courses, too. Nowadays, the list is quite a bit longer. I would be interested in hearing which Malaysian schools offering distance degrees you feel have better reputations than Open U.

    Thanks :smile:

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  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Just remembered - Universiti Sains Malaysia was also offering DL back then. Is it possibly on your "better" list, Eric?

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  12. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Good to know that Malaysian DL costs don't seem to have changed all that much since I first looked in 2006. Lots to choose from. :smile:

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  14. expat_eric

    expat_eric New Member

    I was not making a distinction between distance and on the ground programs. What I was indicating is that there appears to be a bias towards international universities that have operations in Malaysia. Curtin University comes to mind as an example.

    The one exception is the Petronas university (not the actual name) for petroleum engineers and other oil and gas professionals. Its graduates are considered cream of the crop.
  15. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    As an aside, I wonder whether that will remain true as Malaysia becomes a more and more economically developed country.
  16. expat_eric

    expat_eric New Member

    It probably will change as Malaysia develops. For example the Petronas university I mentioned is Universiti Teknologi Petronas and it is considered the best university for the oil and gas industry in Malaysia. It is also recognized outside of Malaysia in the oil and gas industry. I have not attended the university but I have many employees who did and they are sharp straight out of school.
  17. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Yes, but it's only about 10% difference. Unlike India, where cost for foreigners is sometimes several (or even many) times the local rate.
    And - they've got a 40% discount for those over 60. Wow! We pensioners now have the chance to earn a PhD - from a proper school - for about $4,800!

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  18. radhawa

    radhawa New Member

    ok I asked about the online PHD from OUM and the their reply was " sorry to inform you that at the moment we do not offer Phd online " ..
  19. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    "Yes, we have no bananas - or PhDs." :sad:

    All I can say is - that's not very intelligent of them! They post "Doctor of Philosophy (Business Administration) – Fully Online" on the web-page in bright red, bold letters!

    Yeah, they do -- right here! :evil:

    Doctor of Philosophy (Business Administration) ? Fully Online

    Then they tell poster Radhawa that they don't offer these highly-advertised degrees? Well, there are plenty of other Malaysian schools, if anyone's looking for one....

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  20. Messdiener

    Messdiener Member

    Do any of the schools from the UK & Oz (but in Malaysia) offer distance learning degree programs or are they solely residential?

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