Work and study option
Published on: Monday, June 24, 2019

Although the STPM and SPM results are out, there are still many students who have not opted to go for further studies.


Due to financial constraints, these students feel they need to work and  support their family. 

They have already been studying for the last 12 years or so and now it is time to repay to their families. 

If you are caught in this situation, don’t despair. There is a special route for you. 

You can keep your job and at the same time you can continue to study. All you need is determination, will power and hard work, to succeed. This week let us explore this option. 


Open Learning University or OUM in short was set up by the government. 

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.

Today, OUM offices are found throughout Malaysia. 


You may be working on shifts, you may work at sea, or you may work the whole night.  

However, when you have some free time you can study. You can tailor your studies at your convenience. 

You may study at your own pace, anytime, anywhere, without having to sacrifice your work or personal interest.

OUM  Learning Centres allow you to attend classes or seek advice without having to travel far. Look out for centres near you.


OUM programmes cover a wide range of disciplines and are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

If you are considering to study, you have the option to do a Diploma or a Degree. A wide range of undergraduate programmes are available, such as:-

Business and Management

Diploma in Management (DIM)

Diploma in Human Resource 

Management (DHRM)

Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours (BBA)

Bachelor of Management with Honours (BIM)

Bachelor of Accounting with Honours (BAC)

Bachelor of Human Resource Management with Honours (BHRM)

Applied Sciences

Diploma in Information Technology (DIT)

Bachelor of Occupational Safety and Health Management with Honours (BOSHM)

Bachelor of Information Technology with Honours (BIT)

Bachelor of Manufacturing Management with Honours (BMMG)

Bachelor of Science in Project and Facility Management with Honours (BPFM)

Bachelor of Medical and Health Sciences with Honours (BMHS)

Bachelor of Nursing Science with Honours (BNS)

Education and Social Sciences Diploma in Islamic Studies with Education (DISE)

Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE)

Bachelor of Islamic Studies (Islamic Management) with Honours (BIS) Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (BPSY)

Bachelor of Communication with Honours (BCOM)

Bachelor of Education (TESL) with Honours (BETESL)

Bachelor of Early Childhood Educationwith Honours (BECHE)

Bachelor of Teaching (Primary Education) with Honours (BTPE)

Bachelor of English Studies with Honours (BEST)

How to apply

You will need to bring a few things when you go to register: 

l National Registration Identity Card (MyKad);

l  Original AND copy of RECOGNISED academic certificate/s;

l  Original AND copy of Job Confirmation Letter, if stated in the programme entry requirements;

l  2 passport-sized photos

For further information

Go to the nearest OUM office. Take along your documents and certificates. Tell them the programme you are interested in studying. 

They will explain and provide you the necessary information. They will also tell you the tuition fees. 

If you are looking for scholarships or education loans, they will also be able to help you. 

In Sabah, OUM offices are in Kota Kinabalu, Kota Marudu, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Tawau and Keningau.  

If you are staying in other towns, reach them through the internet. 

OUM courses are not only for young school-leavers. 

Even working adults who are interested in improving themselves can study.  

Today, everyone can study!


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