Statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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A Message from the Vice-Chancellor to the IUMW Community

The impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to be felt extensively across the economic and social frontiers around the world. IUMW is not alone of course in facing major challenges from the pandemic and, like all universities, the crisis has had a severe impact on the way we deliver our performance more so in our learning and teaching services.

Responding to the challenges has been a challenge itself. It has demanded all of us to think differently and that required an enormous amount of understanding, making difficult choices and adapting to the new normal environment. Of paramount importance has been health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and staff. We will continue to place people’s wellbeing at the centre of what we do and the decisions we make.

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In response to government guidelines, throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO), we rolled out university-wide online learning. With the course curriculum designed for face-to-face learning, the process of transitioning to go online, delivery was not without its difficulties, and we appreciate the initial challenges and difficulties faced by students. We expected a brief period of adjustment, while everyone adjusted and adapted to this new way of learning.

The university is currently using a blended learning approach, with a combination of face-to-face and online learning. The ministry has allowed universities to resume full operation in October with adherence to the strict guidelines, however, we are mindful of the risks involved should we decide to bring all students back to the campus. In the interest of all, we decided to continue teaching with a blended learning approach for the remainder of 2020, with student experience and safety central to our decision making.

Despite the challenges of moving away from face to face teaching, a huge effort has been made by both the academic team and support services to effectively deliver learning, teaching, and assessments online, so that our students can continue their studies and receive the support that they need. I am grateful to them for their efforts, as I am to the student community for their readiness to embrace a new way of learning.

Although the focus of activities has moved away from the campus, we are still here, and university life continues, albeit in a different way. We remain committed to giving students the professional care and support they need to develop their intellectual, professional, and social skills, helping shape their future - just as they would expect from us.

I am sincerely grateful to the entire IUMW community: students, staff, friends, and partners – for the part they are playing in the University’s response. I look forward to welcoming the whole community back to campus, with new arrangements and hopefully we will have proper adjustments in place by then. More importantly, we want a safe and healthy environment and a community that thrive and enjoy the promises we want to deliver. In the meantime, we will continue to work together as we all overcome this current crisis. I can only seek your patience, and understanding while we do the painful adjustments for long term gains.

Thank you.

Last Updated: 4th August 2020

Following the announcement made by Malaysia's Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) will take place effective June 10, 2020, through August 31, 2020.

Teaching and Learning

In line with the latest announcement by the Ministry of Higher Education dated 8th July 2020, the Management of IUMW has taken into consideration different factors and the limitations that may arise from the requirements of the new norms and the related SOP. The University is taking the following approach with regards to Teaching and Learning:

i) Face to face classes will be offered to the initial 5 categories of students (see below)

ii) For new students, face to face classes with be offered for at least 2-3 weeks before gradually moving into blended learning

iii) All lectures will be streamed and recorded for international students who have paid the lock-in fees but have yet to enter the country

iv) While 30% capacity of local students returning to campus is allowed, teaching shall continue to be delivered online and students will still attend online classes. Those who decide to return to campus may do so if they wish to use the campus facilities but they will still attend online classes.

v) Online learning will continue until 31 December 2020.

Categories of Students Eligible for Face to Face Classes

1. Postgraduate students who are in research mode are allowed to continue with their research work on campus with immediate effect. The exception is given to those who require the use of labs, workshops, design studios, or special equipment for their research work.

Subject to the lifting of MCO,

2. Final year/semester students at certificate/diploma/undergraduate level who are required to do clinical work, hands-on work, lab work, workshop, design studio, practical or need specialised equipment. This category will be allowed to return to campus earliest by 1st July 2020.

3. Final year students who do not have internet access or a conducive environment for online learning will be allowed to return to campus to use the campus facility earliest by 1st July 2020. The university will not be offering face to face classes, but they will join the online learning using the campus facilities.

4. Students with special needs under the TVET program at polytechnics and Community colleges who require face to face guidance in their learning due to learning disabilities are allowed to return to campus earliest by 1st August 2020.

5. New students for the academic year 2020/2021 in all public universities, private universities, polytechnics, and community college for admission into a certificate, Foundation, or Diploma programme post-SPM and admissions into undergraduate programmes for STPM/equivalent holders. The admission is on a staggered basis as follows:

a) Admissions for students taking Certificate and Diploma in polytechnic and Community College earliest by 1 July 2020
b) Admissions for students into Foundation, Certificate, Diploma and Bachelors Degree program in private institutions of higher learning earliest by 1 July 2020
c) Admissions for students into Foundation and Diploma in Public Universities earliest by 1 August 2020
d) Admissions into Bachelor Degree and Postgraduate research mode in public and private universities earliest by 1 October 2020

Please be assured that students are our utmost priority. The IUMW Student Council is working with the University to reach out to students who may not have good internet access or are facing other related issues to help make alternative arrangements. For current students, please check Registry Google Classroom and your student email for the latest updates. For questions and additional support, please do not hesitate to contact;

Student Council
[email protected]
IUMW Counsellor
[email protected]

The faculties have made arrangements for final assessments to accommodate the current situation. We believe that the MCO should not have a detrimental effect on students’ studies and progression hence, we are looking at every possible way to provide ample assistance. Extension to deadlines have been granted and lecturers are available for consultation via email or video call.

Programme Coordinators

For assistance with academic matters, please contact your Programme Coordinator:

Centre of Foundation Studies
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Faculty of Communication, Arts & Media
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Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
[email protected]
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IUMW Business School
[email protected]
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Faculty of Education and Social Sciences
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Mobility Students

Upon consultation with our UK partner university, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the January 2021 semester for the Mobility will be open for students. The Heads and Programme Coordinators will communicate with the students on the mobility preparation. Students are also to be reminded of the eventualities of a second/third wave and the responsibility of travel during this time. There are risks involved and the uncertainties on travel restrictions are to be considered.

Travel Restrictions

The Education Malaysia has released a new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for international students planning to travel to Malaysia. The information is available on their website and is subject to change depending on the progress of the situation. It is important that you check with the Malaysian Embassy in your country, your government regulations, and airline requirements before making any travel plan to Malaysia. For international students, please refer to the International Student Officers (ISO), Mr. Nizam and Ms. Ziana, if you need any assistance. [email protected]

Health & Safety

We encourage everyone to continue to adhere to all preventive and general hygiene measures by following the guidelines set by professional and regulatory agencies. Our priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and the wider community. We will continue to work closely with authorities and keep our stakeholders informed of any changes as the situation continues to evolve.

Thank you, and stay safe.