PENANG: The Gerakan-sponsored Wawasan Open University College will start enrolling students by September.
It is Malaysia's first private but non-profit open distance learning institution for working adults who did not have the opportunity to pursue tertiary education.
The university college's vice-chancellor Datuk Prof Emeritus Gajaraj Dhanarajan said the university would provide opportunities for some nine million working adults who have had less than 11 years of schooling.
Homemakers who wish to improve themselves are also welcome, he added.
About 1,000 students are expected to enrol initially, he said.
The university college will initially have three faculties Science and Technology, Business and Administration and Foundation Studies offering 11 degree programmes.
The 11,000 square metre university college will be based at Homestead, a heritage building designed in 1919 and donated by the Yeap Chore Ee Charitable Trust and the Yeap Chor Ee Endowment Trust.
A proposed 12-storey extension of Homestead will serve as the campus premises in April next year.