OUA was a concept that was introduced in 1993. The OUA program was designed to allow Australian students to conveniently pursue an education online, in several fields of study such as arts, business, education, health and engineering. About 20 different Australian Universities currently participate in this Open Universities Australia program.
List of universities and educational institutions that participate in the Open Universities Australia program
Some of the most prominent names that participate in the Open Universities Australia program are Griffith University, Curtin University of technology, Monash University, Macquarie University, TAFE South Australia, La Trobe University, Charles Darwin University and the University of New England.
Advantages of studying in Open Universities Australia
Easy enrollment procedures – With Open Universities Australia, it is extremely easy to enroll into a course. One will simply need to fill out an online form and be on their way. Even if one is paying with FEE-HELP, they can complete the entire enrollment process online, without having to mail tedious paperwork and wait for a response.
Easy eligibility standards – The program is very popular with students who do not have a proper academic record or for students who did not complete certain stages of formal education that are otherwise required in regular colleges. Most Bachelor of Arts programs that are offered by Open Universities Australia will not require any type of particular education in the past or any particular grade point averages.
Flexibility to study at one’s own pace – Another major advantage of Open Universities Australia is that a student can study at their own pace. One can study a course and take a few months off if they choose to. This will be handy for those who might be working or facing problems that will prevent them to study for a stretch of time, without any interruptions. At the same time, the program will also allow students to fast track their studies, with students being able to complete a 24 month course into a 18 month course, if they choose to.
Degree awarded by a prestigious university – Most of the colleges enrolled in the Open Universities Australia have a lot of reputation and a student will be awarded a degree from one of these reputed Universities, which will help them with their employment.
Disadvantages of studying in Open Universities Australia
The biggest disadvantage with the program is that it is still a work in progress. This means that course descriptions, course programs, course durations, etc. are constantly being updated and revised. This can leave a student quite frustrated.
Another problem with the program is that it is very difficult to switch from one University to another. Some Universities will mail out learning material while some will only distribute virtual learning material. The teaching mechanism can also be very different from one open university to another, making it difficult for the student to go through a smooth transition.
Lastly, studying in the Open Universities Australia program is quite expensive, especially if students are interested in online education in an effort to save costs.