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Issue 9 - January/February 2005

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  • 2005 New Year Address
  • OUM Gets LAN Accreditation
  • Academic Collaboration Between UNITEN and OUM
  • Certificate Presentation Ceremony - Executive Diploma in Business Management and Human Resource Management
  • Centre for Graduate Studies and Faculty of Science and Foundation Studies jointly introduces The Masters of Environmental Science Programme
  • Students at OUMís University and Regional Learning Centres
  • Orientation and Reception for OUMís Graduate Students
  • News / Activities held in OUM Campus January - February 2005. cont...
  • News / Activities held in OUM Campus January - February 2005.
  • Royal Belum Expedition
  • Editorís note
To usher in the New Year YBhg Prof Tan Sri Datuk Dr Anuwar Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of METEOR Group of Companies and President/Vice- Chancellor of Open University Malaysia (OUM) addressed a staff assembly on 17th January 2005. YBhg Prof Tan Sri thanked all staff in the Group for their support and commitment in making 2004 a successful year. His main resolution would be to steer the METEOR Group of Companies and its subsidiaries to further develop and strengthen their performance. The year 2004 saw the development of infrastructure programmes, human resource development and information technology being emplaced successfully. Of great significance was the increase in student intake, achieving a total of 25,000 students in December 2004 as compared to 14,200 in 2003. To support the fast pace of student increase, academic and support staff have been recruited, increasing from 276 in 2003 to 374 in 2004. Regional and University Learning Centres have also been set-up nationwide to cater to the overall increase; with a current establishment of 32 centres.OUM has also been given accreditation by the National Accreditation Board (LAN)
in December 2004 for five of its programmes. Of utmost significance in 2004 was the Proclamation of YABhg Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood, wife of YAB Datoí Seri Abdullah bin Hj. Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, as OUMís first Chancellor. OUMís First Convocation was also held with a total of 456 students receiving Diplomas and 5 students the Bachelorís degree. History was created for OUM by both events which were held on 16th December 2004. In his new year address, YBhg Prof Tan Sri stressed on the following strategies: to strengthen and improve internal group processes including student retention to introduce new academic programmes as well as focussing on lifelong learning initiatives to increase work competency and enhance academic expertise to spearhead OUMís internationalisation to instil synergy in all the business activities of METEOR Group The staff was urged to give utmost priority to studentsí needs. Multitasking and team work are crucial for staff development and should be upheld to create a conducive and dedicated work culture for 2005. He concluded his address by thanking and wishing all staff a good and productive year ahead.

In what has been termed the best news to round off an exciting 2004, LAN has given accreditation to five OUM programmes. They are: Diploma in Management Bachelor of Information Technology with Honours Bachelor in Management with Honours Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours Bachelor of Information Technology and Management with Honours Needless to say, OUM in general and the two Faculties in particular, Faculty of Business Management and Faculty of Information Technology and Multimedia Communication were very proud that their tireless efforts in ensuring that their programmes met with LANís stringent requirements, were well rewarded. In addition, OUM has applied for accreditation for another seven programmes and has invited LAN officials to visit the Regional Learning Centres in Johor and Petaling Jaya. The seven programmes are: Bachelor of Education (TESL) Bachelor of Education (Maths) Bachelor of Education (Science) Bachelor of Education (Mechanical Engineering) Bachelor of Education (Electrical Engineering) Bachelor of Education (Civil Engineering) Bachelor of Multimedia Communication OUM is also in the process of obtaining accreditation for its Masters programmes.

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