University Profile

In August 1999, the Minister of Education invited Multimedia Technology Enhancement Operations Sdn Bhd (METEOR), a consortium of 11 public universities in the country, to set up an open university.

This led to the establishment of OUM in August 2000 followed by its launch on 26 August 2002 by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. With the motto “University for All”, OUM believes in the democratisation of education, giving everyone a chance at self-actualisation and fulfilling their potential.


The OUM logo is derived from a combination of the letters “O” and “U”. These letters have been creatively styled in a round dynamic graphic form to express the concept of globalisation of knowledge through the open and distance learning (ODL) mode.

The University’s corporate colours of blue and silver portray a modern and progressive institution of higher learning. The slant in the logo illustrates the University’s continuous progress as one of the premier ODL universities in the world.


To be the Leading Provider of Flexible Learning


To widen access to quality education and provide lifelong learning opportunities by leveraging on technology, adopting flexible mode of learning, and providing a conducive and engaging learning environment at competitive and affordable cost

Shared Values

  • Integrity

  • Professionalism

  • Caring

  • Teamwork

  • Innovativeness

Welcome to OUM

I am pleased to welcome you to Malaysia’s premier open and distance learning (ODL) institution. I hope that your visit to this website will be the first step towards an enriching educational journey with OUM.

We are a unique private university owned by a consortium that comprises Malaysia’s first 11 public universities. These public universities lend us their prestige and expertise in various fields to add value to our wide range of academic programmes.

The University has been offering various programmes for more than 16 years, and we are constantly searching for ways to improve the learning experience. In the spirit of moving ever forward through innovation and a dedication to quality, OUM has embarked on several initiatives to make studying even more accessible, affordable and flexible.

For starters, the overall structure of our programmes will undergo continuous enhancement in order to improve services to our learners. We will leverage on our e-learning platform, known as myINSPIRE, to deliver programmes. With useful tools and applications available within myINSPIRE, 80 percent of programmes will be conducted fully-online, while 20 percent will involve a combination of online studies and face-to-face tutorials. New learners will enjoy real-time guidance during tutorials and gradually ease into the fully-online structure of the ODL approach.

Learners will be assessed through assignments and tasks, while final examinations will involve multiple-choice questions and essays. Learners have the opportunity to test their understanding by taking quizzes on myINSPIRE, which OUM will then assess by taking their best score to represent their performance in a particular course.

We have also introduced a mobile app called myOUM that will serve as our all-in-one mobile platform, thus making it possible for learners to perform various learning activities using only their smartphones.

With these exciting features, we hope that our learners will have a wonderful experience studying at OUM. Through technology, learning can happen anytime, anywhere, but it is by focusing on quality that we believe everyone can achieve their dreams through ODL.

Do reach out if you would like to learn more. We would be happy to hear from you!

YBhg Prof Dato’ Dr Mansor Fadzil
Open University Malaysia

Chancellor and Pro Chancellor

YABhg Tun Jeanne Abdullah
YABhg Tun Jeanne AbdullahChancellor
YBhg Tan Sri Azman Hashim
YBhg Tan Sri Azman HashimPro Chancellor

Board of Governors

Senior Advisors

Group Management Committee