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New Straits Times - - Higher Ed - ZULITA M USTAFA

THE tran­si­tion from sec­ondary school to higher ed­u­ca­tion can be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially so when the aca­demic and so­cial de­mands in a ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion set­ting are sig­nif­i­cantly more com­plex com­pared to a highly struc­tured class in school.

This tran­si­tion poses more chal­lenges for stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties due to their phys­i­cal and sen­so­rial needs, as well as so­cial stig­ma­ti­sa­tion.

Dis­abil­ity-friendly cam­pus spa­ces, fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices are im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions for prospec­tive stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties.

In an ef­fort to em­power the dis­abled with ca­pac­ity-build­ing skills and knowl­edge, M ul­ti­me­dia Univer­sity (M M U) has col­lab­o­rated with the Nip­pon Foun­da­tion through the Asean Univer­sity Net­work — Dis­abil­ity and Pub­lic Pol­icy, known as AUN-DPPnet, to of­fer the M aster of M ul­ti­me­dia (eLearn­ing Tech­nolo­gies) to el­i­gi­ble in­di­vid­u­als with spe­cial needs.

One of the stu­dents, Fritz En­jhay Cepe, 31, has a mild cere­bral palsy. The chal­lenges were on his mind last year when he flew in from the Philip­pines for the first time to fur­ther stud­ies here.

How­ever, Cepe was sur­prised when he

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