Virtual varsity for OIC nations

A MALAYSIAN company is offering an e-learning platform to provide education programmes from the world's institutions of higher learning to students in the 57 member countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). 

The OIC University Network (OICUN) virtual university, to begin operations early next year, would help bridge the digital divide prevalent in many Muslim countries, Dr Mohamad Salmi Mohamed Sohod, CEO of InFusion Solutions Sdn Bhd, the content provider, said today. 

“OICUN brings education to the people, with minimal fuss and efficient delivery cost. It is designed as a knowledge integrator, bringing the ummah quality education, affordably and conveniently,” he said. 

The portal will provide opportunities for professionals, working adults and students to earn degrees and study at their own pace, he said at a signing ceremony with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, The Arab Academy and UK eUniversity. 

Through OICUN, students can access the courseware online, conduct online tutorial sessions with course-mates, submit assignments via the Internet and search for reference materials in the digital library, he said. 

Periodically, students will be required to attend tutorial sessions at appointed learning centres, he added. 

“OICUN is structured as a hybrid of self-directed study via online and face-to-face tutorial at selected learning centres,” he said. 

Besides the three institutions of higher learning that the company has signed up with, InFusion is also discussing with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, International Islamic University and several others to collaborate and provide similar services. 

“Through OICUN, we also want to promote Malaysia as a hub for higher learning in West Asian countries,” Dr Mohamad Salmi said, adding that for a start, OICUN expected to enrol 500 students. – Bernama  

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