‘Uni­tar stu­dents com­pen­sated’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Stu­dents af­fected by the clo­sure of the UNI­TAR In­ter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign Fac­ulty have been com­pen­sated.

Loans taken by the stu­dents or fees owed were set­tled, ac­cord­ing to the uni­ver­sity in a state­ment where it con­firmed the dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of in­take un­der the fac­ulty as of next month.

The uni­ver­sity stressed it will not ne­glect the well­be­ing of its stu­dents and the fair com­pen­sa­tion was in line with mar­ket prac­tice.

It was also look­ing for a path­way for the af­fected stu­dents to com­plete their stud­ies.

“We ar­ranged credit trans­fer to fully ac­cred­ited pro­grammes at other re­lated in­sti­tu­tions, such as Kuala Lumpur Metropoli­tan Uni­ver­sity Col­lege and UCSI Uni­ver­sity.

“We have pro­vided cash aid for hard­ship dur­ing the tran­si­tion,” it said, adding that stu­dents and their fam­i­lies were briefed on the plans on May 16.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, we con­tinue to en­gage with each stu­dent to fi­nalise their in­di­vid­ual trans­fer ar­range­ments. Co­or­di­na­tion with the re­ceiv­ing in­sti­tu­tions is also pro­gress­ing well.”

The fac­ulty was closed due to the low number of stu­dents who en­rolled for its pro­grammes at its cam­pus in Pe­tal­ing Jaya.

Stu­dents af­fected had de­manded an ex­pla­na­tion and com­pen­sa­tion.

News on the stu­dent’s predica­ment has caught wide at­ten­tion on so­cial me­dia.

A Face­book ac­count holder, Fir­daus Hanapiah, posted; “Some­times, culling is nec­es­sary to ra­tio­nalise the number of schools and not to cre­ate a glut of grad­u­ates in that par­tic­u­lar pro­fes­sion…good move…”

Teoh HL com­mented; “There are just too many col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in Malaysia. The qual­ity and stan­dards re­main a huge ques­tion. It’s no sur­prise that it closed down.”

An­other so­cial me­dia user Zami­rah Mo­hamed Zakaria said: “I would say that this is all due to poor money man­age­ment by the uni­ver­sity. All stu­dents de­serve a re­fund,”

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