The Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Dr Noraini Ahmad’s announcement in allowing universities to operate has received a warm welcome from students and staff of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
The vice chancellor of UPSI, Prof. Dato’ Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran, noted in a statement that the announcement is a breath of fresh air for students as they are now allowed to return to their campuses.
“It has been three months that students were stuck at their hometowns and they undoubtedly miss the atmosphere of studying in the campus,” he stated. “The energy of instructors indirectly helps students to carry out their responsibilities more effectively.
“The fast internet system in campus also encourages students to manage their studies better compared to their hometowns,” Mohammad Shatar said.
He added that UPSI will continue executing blended learning classes thanks to the campus’ fast internet system. UPSI still prioritises online learning, but physical classes will also be done when needed.
“We’ll still adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) imposed by the Ministry of Higher Education,” Mohammad Shatar stressed. “We’ve also created a COVID-19 monitoring committee to ensure that all activities and programmes organised by the campus conform to SOP procedures.
“UPSI will utilise all available lecture halls at Sultan Azlan Shah campus in Proton City and Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah campus in Tanjung Malim,” he further highlighted.
“We thank the ministry for their initiative in re-allowing operation of universities and we’ll ensure that students are free from infection of the virus,” Mohammad Shatar gratefully expressed.