International students share their views on returning to campus

Following MoHE’s announcement and guidelines, students who are fully vaccinated are allowed to return to campus and are required to strictly follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) while on campus. Both the physical, especially for practical classes and projects, and the hybrid modes of learning are held on campus.

Name: Osama Nasir Agib Elshikh
Country: Sudan
Course: Bachelor Of Engineering (Honours) Mechatronics Engineering
Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science

Osama Nasir said that, “I'm highly adaptable and comfortable with both OTL and physical class learning modes. I find it difficult at first when the movement control order was enforced, but soon, I became accustomed to and began to like OTL. The learning environment is very conducive, and I want to thank the lecturers for always finding a way to solve problems and taking charge of simulation practice.”

He added, “I moved here at the age of 17, and at first everything seemed new, and I had culture shock since the culture and surroundings appear to be different, but I am now able to blend well with the assistance of my friends and the people around me. I would like to convey my heartfelt thanks to UTAR, the SRC team, my friends, and everyone else who has supported me along the way. As one of the UTAR ambassadors and chairperson of the International Friendship Society, I would encourage newcomers to join any society that interests them to maintain a balanced lifestyle while studying here.”

Name: Amjad Iqbal
Country: Pakistan
Course: Doctor Of Philosophy (Engineering)
Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science

Amjad said, “I am a final-year student, and I believe that UTAR provides a nice and conducive environment for students to study. The lecturers are knowledgeable and helpful. I would like to thank Dr Tham Mau Luen and Dr Chang Yoong Choon for their assistance. The University adheres to the SOPs enforced by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As an international student here, I consider Malaysia to be my second home, and I feel extremely comfortable in this environment. The people here are also very empathic and warm.”

Name: Homayun Kabir
Country: Bangladesh
Course: Doctor Of Philosophy (Engineering)
Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science

“I’m currently pursuing my PhD at UTAR, and I would like to express that the lecturers are very helpful and the resources are sufficient. The entire learning environment is quite favourable for me. Furthermore, the University supplied us with the required equipment, such as a graphic processor (GPO), which is my primary agent in completing my project. I am overjoyed and grateful to the authorities that I am able to continue my studies with the help of the University. Thanks to Dr Tham Mau Luen and Dr Chang Yoong Choon for their assistance,” said Homayun.

Name: Anggi Dewa Simarmata
Country: Indonesia
Course; Bachelor Of Engineering (Honours) Chemical Engineering
Faculty: Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science

Anggi shared, “For the online classes, I think UTAR has already created a good learning environment and support where students can learn and have better communication with their classmates and lecturers. From my experience studying using online mode, my lecturer supports and assist us to complete our tasks, and whenever we faced issues, the lecturers will assist and encourage us to solve the problem. I interact with my classmates using the online platform to discuss our group assignments.”

Name: Charisma Husniati
Country: Indonesia
Course: Bachelor Of Economics (Honours) Global Economics
Faculty: Faculty Of Accountancy and Management

Charisma shared, “For all the online classes that I’ve attended, it was fun because the lecturers were very engaging, and they were so nice to me. I choose to further my studies at UTAR because I saw it on my home university website and the courses that UTAR provides is relevant to those from my home university.”

Name: Ye, Weixiu 
Country: China
Course: Bachelor of Finance (Honours)
Faculty: Faculty of Business and Finance

Ye said, “Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I feel like everything is slowly getting back to normal and this has become a new norm for me. I am aware of the Malaysian government and the University’s latest announcement that fully vaccinated students are allowed on campus. The University has already put in place the standard operating procedures to ensure that students who are back on campus are in a safe environment with strict checks at entry points to the campus.

In addition to scanning MySejahtera, we also need to scan hi hive to enter the various offices and rooms on campus. I am fully satisfied with the University SOPs. Also, as an international student, I feel excited to be back on campus. I have the chance to interact with my lecturers and course mates face-to-face, have group discussions and chit chat while following physical distancing. I look forward to seeing more of my course mates and having an enjoyable campus life.”

Name: Rao, Bing
Course: Bachelor of Information Systems (Honours) Digital Economy Technology
Faculty: Faculty of Information and Communication Technology

“I am aware that fully vaccinated students and staff are allowed to enter the campus. The University came up with the campus access guidelines for students to ensure their safety within the campus. Students are required to strictly comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to maintain a safe and healthy campus community. Moreover, teaching and learning are carried out via hybrid and online modes so we are given options which is good for us especially students like us who would like to go back to campus to meet our lecturers. The University provides adequate facilities that allow students to study in a safe and peaceful environment. I like to be on campus as it provides me with a conducive environment for better learning and the scenery on campus is beautiful,” said Rao.

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