Wawasan Open University (WOU) is partnering with the Penang government and the Penang Women’s Development Corporation (PWDC) to award 12 full scholarships to deserving students pursuing undergraduate and master’s degree programmes at WOU.

WOU chief executive and vice-chancellor Prof Dr Lily Chan said the 12 full scholarships worth up to RM700,000, is an effort to collaboratively develop a highly skilled, knowledgeable and globally-competitive workforce that will drive Penang's increasing strength as the Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia.

"Under the WOU-PWDC banner, the university would be awarding three scholarships for eligible Malaysian women residing in Penang to pursue higher education.

“And to further support our local communities in Penang, we are awarding nine scholarships exclusively to Malaysians born and residing in Penang. Six of these scholarships are for students enrolling in the bachelor’s degree programmes offered by our School of Digital Technology, while the remaining three are for students enrolling in other WOU programmes," she said in her speech during the opening ceremony of the Special Scholarship Sponsorship Ceremony by WOU for Penangites at WOU today.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the scholarships, comprising two distinct categories, underscore the emphasis on inclusivity and skills development which is a targeted approach to addressing educational and gender disparities.

He added that graduates must emerge not only with degrees but also with profound skills that align with industry requirements in this era of technology-driven transformation.

“This progressive stance aligns with our collective ambition to empower our citizens and equip them with the skills needed to thrive in a progressive world," he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency