19 Aug 2019
STARMETRO : Varsity appoints first holder of e-learning chair
Varsity appoints first holder of e-learning chair

Prof Rozhan (left) accepting the position from Azman.

IN LINE with its mission of making tertiary education accessible, affordable and available for all, Open University Malaysia (OUM) has launched the Tan Sri Azman Hashim Chair in e-learning and fully online programmes.

Professor Dr Rozhan Mohammed Idrus from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia will assume the position from September this year for a two-year period.

The chair in e-learning is a professorial position to help enhance and strengthen the university’s research and teaching in the field.

Also present at the launch were OUM pro chancellor Tan Sri Azman Hashim, OUM president and vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Mansor Fadzil, members of Meteor Sdn Bhd and OUM board of directors members as well as Prof Rozhan.

During his speech, Azman, who contributed RM1mil to the chair, said, “The establishment of the chair is the logical next step for OUM to keep pushing the boundaries of teaching and learning as its main focus is to cater to adult learners with multiple commitments and responsibilities.

“This provides a platform for the university to attract the best scholars who can lead research and innovations into specific areas of interest, which in this case is e-learning.”

OUM also launched two fully online programmes – Master of Islamic Studies and Master of Early Childhood Education.

Although available via the blended mode of face-to-face sessions with online learning, the fully online programmes allow learners to engage in a completely virtual learning environment without the need to attend any classroom sessions.

This is ideal for working adults who are on the go or unable to commit to regular classes.

At the event, International Islamic University Malaysia rector Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak also delivered a public lecture on the future of learning.

As the leading provider of open and distance learning, OUM offers a total of 44 programmes, ranging from diploma to PhD at 33 learning centres throughout the country.

It has a total of 82,000 graduates and a cumulative enrolment exceeding 180,000 students.