The Straits Times
Published on Sep 01, 2012

Online university education blossoms in Asia


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Thousands of kilometres from Kuala Lumpur in Cameroon, doctoral student Michael Nkwenti Ndongfack attends his Open University Malaysia classes online and hopes to defend his final thesis by Skype.

A government worker, Mr Ndongfack could not find the instructional design and technology course he wanted in his own country, so is paying a foreign institution about US$10,000 ($S12,500) for the degree instead.

Online university education is expanding quickly in Asia, where growth in technology and Internet use is matched by a deep reverence for education.

"I chose e-learning because it is so flexible," Mr Ndongfack, 42, told AFP via Skype from his home in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde.