UUM ONLINE: The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, presented admission offer letters to B40 students (B40: the bottom 40% of households with a monthly income of MYR3, 900 and below) soon after the Monthly Assembly and the Launching of the 60th Independence Month Celebration at Mu'adzam Shah Hall, on the morning of 24 August.
The Chief Assistant Director of the Academic Affairs Department, Mr. Shahidan Shafie, said that among the lucky students who had received the letters of offer, were Siti Rohaishah Khassim (student of the Bachelor of Counseling programme), Nor Shazwani Jamaludin (student of the Bachelor of Islamic Finance and Banking programme) and Nurul Atikah Abd Samad (student of the Bachelor of Public Management programme).
He added that, out of the 652 who had applied, only 190 applicants had been considered eligible for the offer to further their studies at the Bachelor Degree level after meeting the general entry requirements of the university, the special requirements of their chosen programmes, and the set criterion, namely, a monthly family income of less than MYR1,500.
He said that the new admissions mechanism for the B40 households had already entered its fourth series of implementation, i.e. on the fourth batch of admissions, and that it had shown a positive impact in that the students of the previous batches had shown encouraging academic performance in every semester.
"Sometimes, these students, who usually slip through the cracks, will have a good chance of success if given ample opportunity to display their real potential. We hope that this programme, which really helps those who need it, will be continued,” he said.
Meanwhile, Siti Rohaishah Khassim, 20, a student of the Bachelor of Counseling programme, expressed her gratitude for having been offered the opportunity of becoming a student of UUM. She said that she was determined to make the best of the opportunity given her to study at the green campus, which provided an environment that was conducive to learning.
Siti Rohaishah, who was accompanied by her grandmother, Madam Zainab Ali, said that it had all started when she had attended the National Higher Education Carnival, a signature programme organised by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), which had provided information on education, including the special consideration given to those in the B40 group, and, consequently, had prompted her to submit her application.
"My heartfelt gratitude goes to the Vice-Chancellor and UUM for paving the way for us. God willing, we will work diligently to attain academic excellence and improve our family circumstances," she said.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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