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Last Updated On: Tuesday, 28th July 2020

REVISED STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP) FOR THE RETURN TO CAMPUS

Please note that EMGS has issued the STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP) for the return of International Students to Malaysia. We now have a detailed SOP for the arrival of APU/APIIT International Students to Malaysia.

Dear Students,

Throughout the month of July, based on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) earlier published by the Ministry of Higher Education, we started to bring students back to the campus in stages for a limited set of teaching and learning activities. This exercise involved only new students from the 2020/21 session as well as final year/final semester students requiring access to laboratory facilities on campus. This had inevitably resulted in weekly changes in time-tables for most students as we brought more and more different intakes to campus weekly and we fully appreciate your understanding and patience in this regard.

The Ministry of Higher Education now allows a maximum of 30% of the total population of students at any one time to be on campus for face to face Teaching and other Learning activities.

Based on detailed revised Ministry SOPs published on 16th July 2020 as well as a briefing held for all Institutions on Thursday 23rd July, this relaxation is highly conditional upon mandatory compliance to strict SOPs involving screening, social distancing and sanitisation, as well as avoidance of crowding on campus. We were also categorically informed that this will also be continuously reviewed based on overall compliance as well as the situation with regard to COVID-19 infection rates throughout the country.

We are pleased to inform that we are presently planning and making preparations for the above be implemented from Monday 3rd August 2020.

This involves careful rearrangement of classes to ensure that the total number of students on campus at any one point in time does not exceed the maximum allowable limit of 30% of total student population. At the same time, all learning spaces have been reconfigured to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements, which has effectively resulted in a reduced capacity of each classroom and laboratory.

Therefore, as this involves all intakes from all programmes of study, this requires that fresh time-tables be generated and published for all intakes from Monday 3rd August 2020.

Students will still continue to have the option of either attending classes on campus or Online. Those who are unable to return to campus for classes need not worry, as you will still be able to continue following classes in Online Learning mode, as all classes and sessions will be conducted in dual/hybrid mode, at least until the end of the current semester. Some intakes will continue with a combination of face to face and online classes due to the strict social distancing requirements. All this will be reflected in the new time-tables which will be published later in the week.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible back on campus soon. However, please note that these are trying times and we are working with several constraints, and issues and operational problems may arise from time to time.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim students a very Happy Aidil Adha celebration on Friday 31st July 2020.

Important Update for International Students

For all International Students who are presently still in your countries, there have been further changes in the SOPs issued by the Ministry that supersede the guidelines that we had issued to recently – specifically where it relates to Quarantine arrangements. We will send these to you as soon as we receive the information.

APU & APIIT Group Communications


Last Updated On: Monday, 20th July 2020

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR RETURN OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO MALAYSIA

Dear Students,
 
Hope you have been staying well and staying safe. 
 
Please note that EMGS has issued the STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP) for the return of International Students to Malaysia. We now have a detailed SOP for the arrival of APU/APIIT International Students to Malaysia.
 
Please see attached APU SOP and also EMGS SOPs for all returning and new international students. All new students who have not received their electronic Visa Approval Letter (eVAL) should wait until it is issued. We will keep you informed once the eVAL is issued.
 
Please click the links below to view/download:
Over the last 3 weeks, APU has already resumed classes (in some cases, only Labs, Studios and Workshops) on campus for selected levels of study in stages, based on strict guidelines issued by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE).
 
We now plan to resume classes on campus for all levels of study from early August 2020, based on the latest guidelines & SOPs by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) allowing up to a maximum of 30% of the total population on campus at any one time. However, the current semester will continue to be online (in dual-mode) as many students are still overseas or outstation.
 
If you have any queries related to arrival SOPs, please contact arrivals-control@apu.edu.my. We look forward to welcome you soon. Please stay safe and prepare well for your travel to Malaysia.
 
Regards,
APU Arrivals Control Centre

Last Updated On: Tuesday, 23rd June 2020

RESUMPTION OF ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS IN STAGES

Dear Students,

We wish to update you on the latest developments with regard to phased opening of higher education institutions as announced by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). Based on the announcement, categories of students who are given the priority to return to campus in stages for selected activities starting July 2020 are as follows:

1. Final year Bachelor Degree programmes students and Final semester of Certificate, Foundation, Diploma programmes
  • Students are allowed to attend laboratory, workshop and studio sessions on campus.
  • Students will be informed of the arrangements and schedules of on-campus sessions. Those unable to join the on-campus sessions will continue with e-learning. 
  • Students in this category who experience difficulty in accessing online classes from home, may request to use the facilities on campus for online learning. 

2. Post-graduate programmes under research mode who require specific laboratory facilities or equipment to conduct research are now allowed to resume their research on campus. 

3. All new students under the 2020/2021 academic session for Certificate, Foundation, Diploma, and Bachelor degrees will be allowed to begin their studies on campus in phases, while online learning will also still be available until the end of the semester for those who are unable to attend classes on campus.

Based on MOHE’s announcement, all other students apart from the above will continue with online learning until 31 December 2020. However, we are hopeful that further relaxations will be announced soon to enable more students to return to campus. We will keep you posted on this as soon as any updates become available.

We will be informing all returning intakes in above categories by end of the week on the timelines of their return to campus. Comprehensive safety measures have and will continue to be taken to ensure that the campus is safe, including regular sanitization and enforcement of physical social distancing. For health and safety purposes, anyone wishing to enter the campus must undergo thermal scanning and health declaration before being allowed entry. We will soon be sending out detailed guidelines and SOP’s that need to be followed by all students and staff.

4. Returning International Students from Overseas

Based on the latest announcement by the Malaysian Government on 19th June 2020, existing International Students who are overseas can now plan their return to Malaysia. However, we are awaiting guidelines and all International students who are overseas will be informed of travel guidelines as and when they are issued by EMGS / Immigration, before planning to return to Malaysia. We understand that some students who have been overseas for the last few months may have expired Student Passes expired etc, and we will keep you posted on the guidelines once they are issued and will also assist you with options to travel back to Malaysia.

As such, please do not make travel arrangements until you receive the detailed guidelines from us.

These are challenging and unprecedented times. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to ride through this challenging period. Meanwhile please stay safe and stay healthy, we look forward to welcoming you back on campus in stages.

Should you have any queries, please e-mail to: covid-response@apu.edu.my

APU & APIIT Group Communications


Last Updated On: Sunday, 19th April 2020

E-LEARNING - ONLINE DIGITAL LEARNING TIPS

e-Learning - Online Digital Learning (ODL) has been a new paradigm shift for all of us - be it our academicians or our students community.

Please click here to read some tips from our faculty to help you with making your ODL sessions more effective.

Stay At Home, Stay Connected. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.


APU & APIIT Group Corporate Communications


Last Updated on Monday, 23rd March 2020

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