Wawasan Open University (WOU)

Penang, Malaysia

University Detail

QS World Top 150 Ranked University under 50 years old. Ranked 53 under Country Ranking.

Campus setting Urban
Living cost USD 359 / Month
Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students 10%
Institution type Private

About Campus

Wawasan Open University (WOU) was founded in the year 2006 coming up with a unique and socially responsible objective which is to provide the Malaysians who are busy with their career, the chance to learn via Open Distance Learning (ODL) regardless of their educational, ethnic or socio-economic background. In their main campus located at Penang, the University open their full-time degree programs for STPM school leavers and diploma holders in September 2013. ​


​Named as the people’s university, WOU is committed to providing education and lifelong learning opportunities to all people for self-enrichment and career growth by giving opportunities in tertiary education for Malaysians to affordably pursue their dream degree.


WOU programmes are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).

Campus Information

The main campus of WOU is located by the sea in the northeastern part of Penang Island, Malaysia. It consists of a building named Homestead ( a heritage mansion) and the modern 12-story Al-Bukhary Building. Aside from Penang, WOU also has four regional centres in Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, and Kuching for the distance learners located in and around the said cities. There are also regional centres in Bandar Utama and Klang.


The university also has learning centres that are partnered with other institutions to reach out to prospective students. These partnerships enable the University to provide tertiary education that benefits the economy while producing industry-ready graduates.


Accommodation is off-camopus. Affordable hostels can be found within a short walking distance or short drive to the University. Some of the nearby hostels are:​

  • SPACE DISTED Students’ Residence​
  • MyHostel Student Hostel ​
  • Sri Perdana
  • Arratoon Court​
  • Westland Court​
  • Midlands Condo​
  • The Spring​
  • Taman Kheng Tian​
  • Summer Place​
  • Serina Bay​
  • Harmony View​
  • Symphony Park​


Temporary Accommodation​

  • Georgetown Hotel​
  • 1926 Heritage Hotel​
  • Good Hope Inn​
  • Royal Hotel​
  • Red Rock Hotel​
  • The Northam​
  • Evergreen Laurel Hotel​
  • The Gurney​
  • Aurora Court​
  • Vouk Hotel Suites​
  • Vouk Suites @ Mansion One Penang


For more information, please contact [email protected]