DEBUNKING THREE UNIVERSITY MYTHS
How do you choose a university? Would you opt for a famous name? Is bigger really better? Is it true that enrolment rules can be very strict?
There are many myths that surround this topic. Let’s debunk three of them here:
MYTH 1: A BRAND-NAME UNIVERSITY WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST CHOICE.
It’s true that prestigious universities often have a rich history and a lot of resources, but don’t think that a famous name is the only pathway to success. Ask yourself what you really want: Flexible scheduling? Easy payment schemes? Scholarships? Industry-recognised credentials? An established programme in a specific field?
Instead of looking at a university’s name, look for the right plus points, and find a learner-friendly institution that can really fulfil your study needs.
MYTH 2: THE UNIVERSITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PROGRAMME.
University reputation matters, but so does the programme of your choice. Of course, an established university would have many strong faculties and fields that can give you a lot of options and prospects, but the university and programme you choose should depend on what you really want to study, and how you want to do it.
Don’t overvalue the brand name, and survey your choices carefully: there are plenty of excellent programmes at various universities. For example, if you want to get a teaching certification but do it only part-time as you continue working, you don’t have to enrol at a conventional teaching institute: OUM’s Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching is a really great alternative for you.
MYTH 3: IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT QUALIFICATIONS, YOU CANNOT ENROL.
This may have been true a long time ago, but these days, work experience can be used in place of formal academic qualifications.
With the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), you can achieve your higher education dreams even if you think you don’t qualify. By assessing your work experience, APEL can help you enrol (APEL-A), get credit exemptions (APEL-C), or even bypass studying altogether to get a full degree (APEL-Q).
Right now, OUM is one of only six universities in Malaysia currently offering all three types of APEL. Ask us about it!
In a nutshell, think carefully about choosing the RIGHT university, the RIGHT programme, and the RIGHT features for you. What you’re looking for may be right here at OUM, so do consider enrolling with us this September semester!
There’s still time for you to join us: registration closes on Saturday, 8 October 2022.
See you soon!
ASSOC PROF DR AHMAD IZANEE AWANG