The government has agreed that universities can fully reopen in October, Higher Education Minister Datuk Noraini Ahmad announced today as Malaysia seeks to move forward from the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Cabinet also agreed that the full student intake will be in October 2020,” she said in a statement today.
She also said international university students will be allowed to enter Malaysia, subject to several conditions including undergoing a test for Covid-19 three days before coming here.
She added that existing international students as well as the next batch are one of four categories of students who will be gradually allowed back in campuses, starting this month.
The other categories include public university students from year one to year four in fields of studies that require clinical training, practical training, workshop, laboratory, studio or specific equipment and those that have to sit for professional body examinations; and public university students from year one to year four that have no internet access or lack conducive environment such as narrow space or uncomfortable circumstances to carry out online learning.
The last category allowed are international students for both public universities and private higher education institutions, including new students, she said.
The government previously allowed five categories of students back in campus from May.
“For international students, they have to register with the Education Malaysia Global Services before being permitted by the Immigration Department of Malaysia to enter Malaysia. They also have to undergo PCR or RTK Antigen tests within three days before entering Malaysia.
“They are also required to undergo health screenings by the Health Ministry of Malaysia at the entry points of this country and to subsequently undergo self-quarantine for 14 days at the location to be determined by the respective institutions of higher learning,” she said. – MALAY MAIL