KUCHING: Open University Malaysia (OUM) is targetting China and Zambia as the next destinations to expand its educational programmes after setting foot in seven countries in Asia and the Middle East.
President/vice-chancellor Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali said OUM's seven international learning centres were in Bahrain, Yemen, Maldives, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Hungary.
OUM, owned by the first 11 public universities in Malaysia, offers both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in collaboration with learning institutions in these countries.
Its first international project in 2001 was to provide training for teachers in Sri Lanka.
Two months earlier, OUM, in collaboration with the Graduate School of Management in Colombo, Sri Lanka launched its Master of Business Administration (MBA) and PhD in business administration programme.
Anuwar said OUM's post-graduate programmes offered in Hungary were MBA and Master in information technology.
“In June, I will go to Zambia and hope to start our training programmes there,” said Anuwar at the signing of memorandum of agreement between OUM Institute of Professional Development (OUM-IPD) and Kolej Sunway Kuching (KSK) here yesterday.
Anuwar said OUM was working towards collaborating with education institutions in China to offer its courses.
Under the smart partnership with overseas instutitions, OUM is responsible for development of course curriculum, conducting assessment and awarding degrees while its partners manage and deliver the programmes. The KSK-OUM-IPD partnership will introduce new courses at certificate and executive diplomas levels for Sarawak and Sabah students.