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Last Updated On: Monday, 9th November 2020

EXTENSION OF CONDITIONAL MOVEMENT CONTROL ORDER (CMCO)

Following the recent announcement by the Senior Minister for Security, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor & Putrajaya has been extended to Sunday, 6th December 2020.

The campus will continue to be closed for physical teaching & learning activities, and a majority of our staff members & lecturers will continue to perform their lectures & duties from home. Essential services such as visa services, administrative services, accommodation services and bursary services will continue to operate. However, entry to the campus will continue to be restricted and students are required to make an appointment here 48 hours prior to their visit: http://www.apu.edu.my/explore-apu/contact-us.

The number of cases in the Klang Valley remains high; please continue to avoid unnecessary travelling, practice good hygiene and take necessary precautions.
 
If you have any further queries, please contact us at covid-response@staffemail.apu.edu.my.
 
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.
 
Regards,
APU/APIIT Group Communications


Last Updated On: Tuesday, 27th October 2020

Dear Students,

EXTENSION OF CONDITIONAL MOVEMENT CONTROL ORDER (CMCO)

Following the recent announcement by the Senior Minister of Defence, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor & Putrajaya has been extended to Monday, 9th November 2020.

The campus will continue to be closed for physical teaching & learning activities, and a majority of our staff members & lecturers will continue to perform their lectures & duties from home. Essential services such as visa services, administrative services, accommodation services and bursary services will continue to operate. However, entry to the campus will continue to be restricted and students are required to make an appointment here 48 hours prior to their visit: http://www.apu.edu.my/explore-apu/contact-us.

The number of cases in the Klang Valley remains high; please continue to avoid unnecessary travelling, practice good hygiene and take necessary precautions.
 
If you have any further queries, please contact us at covid-response@staffemail.apu.edu.my.
 
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.
 
Regards,
APU/APIIT Group Communications 

Last Updated On: Wednesday, 21st October 2020

Dear Students,

UPDATES ON CONDITIONAL MOVEMENT CONTROL ORDER (CMCO)

In line with the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that is in place from Wednesday, 14 October 2020 to Tuesday, 27 October 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor & Putrajaya, we would like to provide updates on the following:

Restricted Entry into the Campus
The APU & APIIT Campuses have been closed for teaching & learning activities since 14th October 2020. Entry into the campuses will be restricted to only allow essential services as listed below:
  • Visa services
  • Administrative services
  • Finance services
Essential services listed above will be available for 3 days a week – Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Apart from finance services for on-campus students, all services are strictly on appointment basis - please make an appointment 48 hours prior to your visit at this link: www.apu.edu.my/explore-apu/contact-us. Upon entry, you will be required to display the appointment confirmation to our security personnel.

The appointments are made to ensure social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, students, and staff members. We will assign a dedicated Counsellor to help you with all your queries in timely manner.

In addition, you are highly encouraged to contact our staff members via e-mail for any assistance required:
All APU Accommodation Students are advised to remain in accommodation units at all times and avoid travelling out of your residence.

The COVID-19 cases in the Klang Valley have consistently been increasing at an alarming rate, and it is vital for all of us to stay vigilant and cautious at all times. In line with our previous COVID-19 advisories, we continue to advise all students of the following:
 
  1. Avoid social gatherings & leisure activities – these include visit to the shopping malls, gathering with friends etc.
  2. Plan & limit your travel only for basic necessities – roadblocks are setup by the authorities and you may be questioned on the purpose of travelling.
  3. Avoid late night travelling – Under the CMCO, most of the businesses are allowed to operate until 10:00pm only. You may be questioned if you are out and about beyond these allowed hours.
  4. Comply to the CMCO Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) at all times – non-compliance may lead to fine / arrest.
  5. Take good precautions – practice good personal hygiene & wear a face mask if you are out of your residence.
  6. Don’t panic – economic activities are still ongoing and you will still have access to basic necessities. Utilise delivery services available around you while maintaining good hygiene practices.
  7. APU & APIIT Campuses will be closed for teaching & learning activities throughout the CMCO period, and classes will be conducted via Online Digital Learning (ODL). Visits to the campuses are restricted for essential purposes only. However, Oceana Clinic, Modesto’s Café & Picante Café will still be operational.
  8. If you demonstrate any symptoms, refer to the nearest clinic / hospital. Contact us if you require any advice / guidance.
Please be reassured that the safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our priority during these uncertain times.

If you have any further queries, please contact us at covid-response@apu.edu.my.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.
 
Regards,
APU/APIIT Group Communications 

Last Updated On: Tuesday, 13th October 2020

Dear Students, 

ANNOUNCEMENT ON CONDITIONAL MOVEMENT CONTROL ORDER (CMCO) FOR KUALA LUMPUR, SELANGOR & PUTRAJAYA

Further to the announcement by the Federal Government late yesterday, the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) will be imposed in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya for two weeks starting Wednesday, 14th October 2020 up to Tuesday, 27th October 2020.

In light of this, the Campus will now be closed for all teaching & learning activities from the 14th October 2020 to 27th October 2020. This announcement therefore supersedes the previous announcement issued at 4:25pm of Monday, 12th October 2020. 

We wish to reiterate to all students that all teaching & learning activities will be delivered online until Tuesday, 27th October 2020. The full details of how this CMCO will operate in relation to Higher Education is not known at the moment. There will be further notifications as soon as we are notified of SOPs by the Ministry of Higher Education. 

Please be reassured that the safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our priority during these uncertain times.

If you have any further queries, please contact us at covid-response@apu.edu.my.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.
 
Regards,
APU/APIIT Group Communications 

Last Updated On: Monday, 12th October 2020

Dear Students,

SUSPENSION OF FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES EFFECTIVE 13TH OCTOBER 2020

As we are all aware, the COVID-19 situation has been fluid and uncertain. An unexpected third wave is now evident and calls for proactive action to ensure the safety of all our students and the rest of our community.

As such, in view of the increase in the number of COVID-19 infections over the past few days and to minimise the risk of infection, we wish to inform all students that classes will revert to online delivery from Tuesday, 13th October 2020, until further notice. This will be reviewed on a continuous basis and we will revert to normalisation as soon as the situation improves.

However, students who have Internet connectivity issues may come to campus to follow classes online. Labs will remain open and available for those subjects where practical sessions may not be feasible via online mode. Please consult your lecturers for advice. In addition, all other facilities and support services on campus will continue to remain open. This includes the Library, Student Services as well as Administrative and Immigration Services.

To all students, please do take extra measures to stay safe, including using face masks, sanitising regularly, avoiding crowded and congested spaces as well as practising physical distancing.

We will continue to carry out comprehensive sanitisation of all learning and common spaces campus. Screening and physical distancing will continue to be strictly enforced for any entry into the campus.

If you have any further queries, please contact us at covid-response@apu.edu.my.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.

Regards,
APU/APIIT Group Communications        


Last Updated On: Saturday, 15th August 2020

UPDATED STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOP) FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARRIVAL

Dear Students,

Please note that we have an updated SOP for the arrival of APU/APIIT International Students to Malaysia. Please see attached APU SOP and also EMGS SOPs for all returning students.

All new or progression 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 and the arrival is allowed for students with eVAL.

Some international students have received the Travel Authorisation Approval in this week and will start to return to Malaysia from next week. Some of your applications are under processing, and we will be in touch with you soon as soon as approval is received.

Please note that the mandatory Quarantine Cost is estimated around RM 2600-2800 including COVID-19 screening costs. The amount is payable on arrival at Airport.

Important Note : All costs (COVID-19 PCR test and expenses during quarantine) shall be borne by the applicant. Failure to bear the quarantine costs or any monies due to the Government of Malaysia, the applicant’s active pass will be cancelled, blacklisted in Immigration system and issued with Notice of ‘Not To Land’ (NTL) for deportation.

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We have resumed classes on campus for July 2020 in stages for various levels, 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.

All intakes which are in session right now and those commencing in Aug & Sep, their semesters will be held via Hybrid Mode – this means that students will still continue to have the option of either attending classes physically on campus or Online via Microsoft Teams. As such, those who are unable to return to campus for classes will still be able to continue following classes in Online Learning mode, at least until the end of the semester. At the same time, some modules will continue with fully online lectures due to the strict social distancing requirements limiting the number of students on campus at any point in time.

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, 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: 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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