MOOCs | Open Electives | GLUMinor


About GLU




Government Linked Universities comprising of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Multimedia University (MMU) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN).

The Alliance of Government-Linked Universities (GLU), established in 2016, aspires to be a globally renowned alliance of industry-driven universities. It is currently represented by 4 (Four) universities which are leaders in their respective areas. The alliance works alongside the government and policy makers to ensure that conditions are optimal for private universities in Malaysia to thrive, creating the best learning environment and outcomes for their students.

Within the alliance are four pillars of collaboration namely Academic, Research, Student Experience and Sustainability. Each member university is entrusted to lead a pillar.

The academic pillar is currently led by Multimedia University (MMU), and the main aim is to develop joint sustainable academic programmes. The pillar started off with having mutually beneficial teaching and learning based events. It has now expanded to sharing of courses with students of GLU member universities.

Beginning September 2021, students of GLU universities can enrol for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), open electives, and GLUMinor courses offered by other GLU members. Besides offering a wider spectrum of courses, this initiative provides the opportunity for students to establish the network with their counterparts from member universities, and experience their academic culture.

Our Offerings




Open Electives



What is MOOCs?

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) defines MOOCs within the following four terms :

  1. Generally, massive is associated with the capacity of the course offered to serve a large number of learners. While the majority of MOOC has had only a few hundred participants, the number of registered participants in some courses has surpassed 150,000 people.
  2. In the MOOC context, open refers to offering learning experience to a large number of participants globally regardless of their age, location, income, level of education, and ideology without any pre-requisite, or course entrance fees in order to have access to high quality education.
  3. The term online is associated with the accessibility of MOOC from each location of the world through Internet connection to provide synchronous and/or asynchronous interactions between the participants (instructors and learners) and content of the course.
  4. In higher education, the term course is referred to as a unit of teaching. In the context of MOOC, it refers to a structured curriculum which normally consists of the following:


  • Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
  • Course Description/Synopsis
  • Course Contents
  • Learning Activities
  • Course Duration
  • Course Assessment

A MOOC is facilitated by at least an instructor whether it is offered as an in session or a self-paced mode. The course instructor is normally affiliated to an academic institution or organisation.

The MOOCs offered by GLUs are offered for a duration of a semester. Students may register for MOOCs offered by member universities and follow the classes at any internet accessible location besides giving students wider selection of courses to be taken.

What is Open Elective?

The general understanding of the curriculum within university is that the core components in the degree give students a thorough understanding of subject of their interest. It gives students the knowledge and skills in the primary discipline which is important.

Elective components, meanwhile allow students to broaden their knowledge further. GLUs are offering open elective courses designed not only to give knowledge, but to create a certain view of the world and to provide additional competencies required for the very competitive future work environment.

What is GLUMinor?

GLUMinor courses are additional courses taken outside of the prescribed programme structure to enhance students’ knowledge in a certain field of studies as offered by GLU partner universities. GLU member universities have undertaken to offer minor packages within their niche area as follows :

University's Niche


Oil & Gas









Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), the national oil and gas company of Malaysia. UTP offers a wide range of industry-relevant engineering, science and technology programmes and focuses on the niche area of oil and gas. Despite having a niche in oil and gas, the programmes are still broad-based which enables graduates to explore other industries and have diversified outcomes where career prospects are concerned. The university also offers state-of-the-art research facilities that enables students to experience the industry environment on campus. Students have the opportunity to advance to higher level education and experience industry-driven research activities. Extensive research activities are conducted in collaboration with PETRONAS and other institutions and industries, locally and abroad. Through these collaborative activities, UTP prides itself for having close academia-industry linkages in enhancing industry-ready graduates.



One of the leading universities in Malaysia with the niche in Multimedia and Information Technology (IT) , Mutimedia University (MMU) is proud to have produced high calibre graduates spearheading the nation’s IT and the Creative industries. Nizam Abdul Razak (Director of Boboiboy), Muhammad Usamah Zaid Yasin (Director of Ejen Ali) and Mohd Ghazzali Abu Bakar (a Malaysian film maker) are among the few MMU graduates who are currently key creative industry players in Malaysia.

Established in 1996 when Telekom Malaysia was given the enormous task of establishing a university in Cyberjaya that would supply the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) with superior quality knowledge workers, MMU stays committed to this course and has since produced more than 60,000 graduates. Of recent years MMU was awarded the Premier Digital Tech Institution (PDTI) status by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), an acknowledgement of MMU’s capability to produce quality graduates for digital tech-based high value jobs.

Enrolling in some of MMU’s elective subjects will allow you to be part the educational experience that enriches and broadens your multimedia knowledge.



Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) was established in 1997 to meet the surging demand for tertiary education, which was then mainly served by the limited number of public universities. Since then, it has become the university of choice with more than 4,000 students at any one time and more than 30,000 graduates produced hitherto. UNITEN contributes to the nation building through its Engineering, Computing and Business Management programmes that were carefully crafted to meet the industry demand. In Engineering particularly, UNITEN was ranked by the US News and World Report’s Best Global University as #1 private university in Malaysia and #253 in the world in 2019.

After more than 20 years of experience, UNITEN has found its niche areas as an energy focused university. With the vision to be a leading global energy university that shapes a sustainable future, the university offers state-of-the-art facilities to ensure the best possible teaching, learning and research experience in energy for our students and staff alike. For example, our students have benefitted immensely from the various projects under the Smart UniverCity initiative with TNB that promotes efficient energy consumption through, amongst others, the use of intelligent on-campus transportation.

With the upcoming multidisciplinary lab, which is nearing its completion, we aim to further strengthen both our research capabilities and our students’ learning experience in the established niche area. This will be achieved through the many energy related programmes planned under the establishment of the professorial chairs in energy, namely Chair in Energy Economics, AAIBE Chair of Renewable Energy and Tan Sri Leo Moggie Distinguished Chair in Energy Informatics, which will help to bring UNITEN to greater heights.

UNITEN has also proven its ability to generate professionals, intellectuals, entrepreneurs and competent workforce that meet the industry standard, which is demonstrated through our consistently high employability rate of more than 90% for many years. Our graduates are making impacts working with multinational companies such as Honda, Celcom, KPMG, PayPal, SEEK Asia and many more. With such an excellent track record, we are determined to expand our services beyond our university students and to include students from other GLUs so that they will also get to enjoy the expertise that UNITEN has to offer. This can be achieved by means of our energy-related electives, which are our niche courses that are not commonly found in other local universities.



Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) is the leading entrepreneurial technical university focusing in engineering technology programmes established on 20 August 2002. Wholly owned by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), an agency under the Ministry of Rural Development, the university is given the mandate to upgrade the status of technical education in Malaysia by the government. With 12 institutes/campuses located strategically throughout Peninsular Malaysia, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) offers various Higher Technical and Vocational Education Technology (HTVET) programmes at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

UniKL not only focuses on engineering technology but also provides programmes in the field of medicine, allied health, pharmaceutical, entrepreneurial, finance, and management. The management programmes, typically complement the technical and technology specializations of each institute/campus. The common denominators are in the methods of delivery of these programmes, which is done via hands-on, work experiences and industrial involvement. UniKL is forefront, amongst private university, in contributing highly competent graduates to the entrepreneurial and career demands, covering the land, sea and sky where mankind occupies and strives.

With the concept of ‘One Institute, One Specialisation’, UniKL contributes not only to tertiary education but also researches and development for commercialisation purposes.


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Senior Manager, Registration & Examination Department (REX)


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Executive (Academic)
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Syed Mohd Fawwaz Syed Mohd Ramli
Coordinator / Lecturer, Academic Management Division (AcMD), UniKL