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Sunday September 8, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday September 9, 2013 MYT 12:46:49 PM
by luwita hana randhawa AND royce t.g. tan
Nandini Govindasamy Sandran and Saranya Sasidaran (fifth and sixth from left) were classmates at SMK Tinggi Klang and are now roommates at their residential college in Universiti Malaya.
Public varsities across the nation were abuzz with activity as freshmen moved into their residential colleges to embark on the next chapter of their lives.
THERE comes a time in every young person’s life when they must leave the comforts of the nest, spread their wings and explore the world on their own.
For a lot of us, this adventure starts when we begin our tertiary studies at a university.
With the 2013/14 academic intake taking place at varsities across the country, new undergraduates at Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) joined thousands of others who moved into their respective campuses last weekend.
Students with help from their families and friends, came with bags, boxes and buckets in tow as they prepared to settle into their new homes for the new academic year.
In the early hours of last Sunday morning, Universiti Malaya deputy vice-chancellor (Student Affairs) Prof Datuk Dr Rohana Yusof met parents and students at Kolej Kediaman Za’ba, Kolej Kediaman Kinabalu and Kolej Kediaman Tun Ahmad Zaidi.
“I encourage students to take part in the activities we have planned for orientation week.
“It’s the week for them to familiarise themselves with the university and have fun,” she said.
Prof Rohana added that parents should try not to ask their children to come back home every weekend.
“I understand that parents might miss their children, but they need to let them grow and be a part of their university.”
This year sees the enrolment of 2,666 new students at UM. Of that number, eight are disabled and 108 are international students.
UKM on the other hand, welcomed a total of 3,325 new undergraduates. They included 2,447 female students and 48 international students.
UKM vice-chancellor Prof Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin spoke at the varsity’s college registration sites to introduce resident UKM staff to parents and students.
“I hope that you will find this institution a place that will inspire your future and nurture possibilities.
“We are investing in you so that your talents may blossom and someday benefit the country,” she said.
UPM deputy vice-chancellor (Alumni and Student Affairs) Prof Dr Mohammad Shatar Sabran said he was happy to see how the registration process had become more efficient for new students.
“In the past, students still needed to queue, but now the registration can be done in 30 minutes.
“Students simply review their checklist online before arriving to submit the necessary documents and collect their room keys,” he said.
For the 2013 academic year, UPM welcomed a total of 4,105 new students, with 2,874 being female students and 186 international students, twice as many as last year.
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