REOPENING FOR AUTUMN 2020

Read about how we're planning a safe return to our campus

The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) recently announced its intention to fully re-open university campuses from October onwards. The health and safety of students, staff and all in our community remains our utmost priority, so we will strictly follow the latest guidance given by MOHE and the Ministry of Health or Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM).

The MOHE Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on the return of students to campus can be found below.

When will campus fully re-open?

Based on the latest MOHE guidance, campuses are expected to fully re-open from 1st Oct 2020 onwards. This means all students will be allowed back onto campus subject to any restrictions imposed by the MOHE.

Am I allowed on campus before it fully re-opens?

All students are allowed back on campus subject to a cap of 30% of the total student population at any given time. Existing students can come to campus for self-study to use the LRC and study areas at L1 Reception.

As per the MOHE guidance, students require a letter of permission to allow them to return to campus between now and 1st October. Students should write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to first obtain a permission letter before coming to campus.

Before coming to campus, we highly recommend that you:

  • Download the MySejahtera app.
  • Update your contact details on RISIS for contact tracing.

Students must only enter and exit campus from the main entrance by the glass doors.

What if I just want to return for a short while between now and 1st October?

We allow students back on campus for a short time if they have made an appointment, via email, with a University department. Students can return books to the LRC.

When does the new academic year start?

The term dates can be found at https://www.reading.edu.my/term-dates. The start dates for the Autumn term are as follows:

  • UG - Term 1 starts 28th Sept 2020 for all students (this is start of welcome week for Year 1 students)
  • New IFP students joining in September - Term 1 starts 1st Sept 2020.

Should I come back to Campus for the start of term?

We are expecting to welcome all students back to campus when it fully re-opens on 1st October, wherever possible. The campus and all facilities and services will be in full operation. The Educity Village, Sports Complex and Hub will also be open.

UG Part 2 and 3 and April IFP students are not expected on campus until 1st Oct 2020 at the earliest.

I am a new UG or IFP student joining in September. When should I come to campus?

New UG students starting in Sept may be expected on campus from 28th Sept for Welcome Week and will be informed of their schedules in due course.

New IFP students joining in Sept may be expected on campus from 1st Sept and will be informed of their schedules in due course.

How will teaching be conducted when campus re-opens?

We have carefully designed a blended learning environment that combines physical face-to-face teaching and online learning. The online learning includes a combination of live virtual sessions and online learning materials. The university uses a range of robust learning technologies including Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Teams. We believe that this approach offers students the best quality learning experience in the current circumstances where the health and safety of our community remains a priority. More details about the specific teaching arrangements will be shared by your Programme Lead in due course.

Will teaching quality be compromised?

No. Although the nature of the delivery will be different from normal, we aim to provide a high-quality teaching and learning experience that meets all the programme learning outcomes and satisfies the requirements of the university, the MQA and any relevant professional bodies.

What if I’m unable to return to campus from 1st October?

If you are unable to return to campus (for example, due to travel restrictions or continued guidance to isolate for health reasons), our flexible blended approach will enable you to start term remotely initially and continue to work towards your programme learning outcomes until you are in a position to come back to campus later in the autumn.

As part of the enrolment/re-enrolment process in September, we will ask you to let us know if you are unable to return to campus and for how long that is likely to be.

Will I be able to contact or have meetings with my Academic Tutor and what other student support will be available?

You will continue to be supported through our Academic Tutor System, in person or online, and we recommend you meet with your Academic Tutor at least once a term. This academic support is complemented by our SWAS services which will continue to offer help and advice face-to-face on campus, where it is safe and possible to do so.

I’m an international student. Can I travel to Malaysia?

The latest MOHE guidance indicates that new and existing international students can enter Malaysia. International students must follow a strict protocol which includes Covid-19 testing and a 14-day quarantine. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

What precautions are being taken to ensure the campus is safe?

We have made arrangements to adapt our campus to do everything possible to create a safe environment for you to study and socialise in. Some of the precautions we are taking include:

  • Observing social distancing requirements in all classrooms so that face-to-face teaching is conducted as safely as possible.
  • Placing social distance markings in sitting areas and common areas of campus.
  • Closing the RUMSA area.
  • Implementing enhanced cleaning routines.
  • Controlling access to campus via the Security Booth.
  • Conducting temperature screening on campus entry.
  • Monitoring on-campus population and density.
  • Restricting gatherings and recreational activities.

You will not be permitted entry to campus if you

  • have a body temperature measured at 37.5 ℃ and above;
  • are currently under mandatory quarantine as directed by KKM;
  • show any respiratory symptoms based either on observation or your health declaration
  • or have travelled outside of Malaysia for the past 2 weeks.

What can I do to stay safe while on campus?

We all have a responsibility for our own welfare and those of others in our community.

Please do not come to campus if you are feeling unwell. While on campus, we encourage you to:

  • Wear face masks in crowded areas of campus (such as classrooms); ensure that your mask covers your nose and mouth.
  • Observe social distancing of at least 1 metre.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid any form of gathering or group study without appropriate social distancing.
  • Not gather or chat in closed areas such as the staircase, corridor or closed spaces.
  • Communicate with others through online means.

What will happen if there is a positive case on campus?

In the event of a positive case on campus, we are required to follow the instructions of KKM. Contact tracing will normally be conducted, and we may need to close all or part of the campus for some time. In such cases, we will advise our community accordingly, but contingency plans have been put in place to deal with this situation including a switch to 100% online teaching and learning if required.

Is there any reduction in tuition fees?

The University is not providing any specific discounts to programme fees in relation to Covid-19 over and above the financial support it already provides students in terms of scholarships, alumni discounts, early-bird and other incentives. This is a general university policy. The university is committed to providing students with the best learning experience, whether on-campus or off-campus virtually, with students receiving nothing less than a prestigious University of Reading degree on graduation.

Can I go to the UK campus to study during 2020/21?

There is a complete set of FAQs specifically about undertaking mobility or transfer to the UK campus in BlackBoard: under the ‘UoR Malaysia’ tab and the ‘Mobility Information’ section (bottom right).

Can my parents or other visitors come onto campus?

Parents and visitors are allowed on campus by appointment and must be hosted while on campus.

Useful contacts

Our general student helpline is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other contacts that you might find useful are provided below.

Team

Function

Contact

Johor Crisis Preparedness Response Centre (CPRC)
Operation hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day


Centralised COVID-19 hotline – report on any new and suspected COVID-19 cases for the State of Johor.

Hotline: 07 238 2217
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National CPRC
Operation hours: 8 a.m – 10 p.m. every day

Full-fledge service on:
Responding COVID-19 case/ suspect
Advise and provide information related to COVID-19

Hotline: 03 8881 (0200)/ 0600/ 0700
Whatsapp:
010 969 9435/ 010 860 8949/ 013 927 9454/ 013 936 0454
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Gelang Patah Health Clinic (District)

Nearest KKM response team to campus.

Phone: 07 510 1252

Iskandar Puteri Response Center

Centralised emergency communication (health, safety and security) for local authority in Iskandar Puteri.

Phone: 07 511 3622

Student Enquiries

Toll free:
+1800 18 6867

Tel:
+60 (7) 268 6205

WhatsApp/Mobile:
+60 (16) 7725 400
(click the WhatsApp number to contact us immediately)

Email:
my.enquiry@reading.edu.my

General Enquiries

University of Reading Malaysia
Persiaran Graduan Kota Ilmu, Educity 79200 Iskandar Puteri Johor, Malaysia.

Toll free:
+1800 18 6867

Tel:
+ 60 (7) 268-6200

Fax:
+60 (7) 268-6202

Email:
uor-malaysia@reading.edu.my

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