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
We are a private university owned by a consortium of Malaysia’s first 11 public universities, which gives us the unique advantage of leveraging on their prestige and expertise to add value to our wide range of academic programmes.
This year (2020) is special as we celebrate 20 years in operation. Since our establishment, we have strived to become the university of choice for part-time studies and provide quality and recognised programmes that emphasise accessibility, affordability and flexibility.
Moving forward, we will focus on fully embracing the digital revolution. One of the most exciting initiatives this year is the introduction of micro-credentials, which is a new way of learning that will allow prospective learners to get a sneak peek of courses before deciding to enrol.
Various new developments in teaching and learning are also being explored to make learning even more flexible. Very soon, learners can sit for exams whenever they are ready, rather than on a fixed schedule.
The University is also looking to provide fully digital learning resources at our Digital Library to make it easier for learners to access learning materials no matter where they are.
By the middle of the year, we will also become a cashless society where payments and financial processes at OUM will be done electronically.
If you choose to study at OUM, you will find that fees are affordable, programmes are career-relevant and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, and quality is at the forefront of everything that we do. If you think you don’t qualify for higher studies, fear not: APEL will open the door for you.
Do explore our programmes and find out what we have to offer. We welcome all new learners to join us on this exciting journey, Together, we can make your higher education dreams a reality.
YBhg Prof Dato’ Dr Mansor Fadzil President/Vice-Chancellor