IN today’s new normal, virtual reality has stepped in to enable people to “travel” virtually to every corner of the globe while remaining safe at home. University open days can similarly be re-engineered to give visitors an immersive experience.
While many universities have touted an online campus tour, visitors to UOW Malaysia KDU's Virtual Open Day (VOD) at vod.uowmkdu.edu.my may be surprised to find how truly immersive it is.
Great attention has been given to enable visitors to tour the virtual campus landscape and explore the different academic offerings at their leisure.
UOW Malaysia KDU’s Computing Department has, since 2012, built a name by producing some of the top computing whizzes in the country, especially in the field of game development. Complementing UOW Malaysia KDU’s prominence in computing is their enviable reputation for creative design within its Department of Built Environment. Harnessing both creative design and software skill sets, a team of five UOW Malaysia KDU Diploma in Interior Design students have developed a unique virtual reality open day experience.
"It started when we hosted our virtual exhibition of the final year students' projects. Due to the pandemic, we could not do physical exhibitions.
"Therefore, the students went virtual and the feedback was so positive we took it one step further and built the Virtual Open Day experience," said Dr Yeap Gik Hong, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing, and Built Environment. "With Covid-19 still gripping the world, the importance of virtual reality has reached a new level, and it has taken young minds like these to open new possibilities," he said.
There are 16 virtual rooms in the Virtual Open Day – all fast-loading 3D simulations of rooms, labs and workshops. The Grand Lobby features a large Christmas tree now, with gifts for all. This is where students can apply for up to 100% in tuition fee waivers.
Under the Christmas tree is a two-minute video clip depicting campus life at UOW Malaysia KDU – yet another creative effort of the students.
Most delightful are the nuggets of information-sharing videos called "60 Seconds to your Future". Look out for the video on making ice-cream with liquid nitrogen.
Another particularly useful video is found in the School of Nursing, which demonstrates how to effectively use the Heimlich manoeuvre.
Students interested in reading law may gain insights on the differences between a practising and non-practising lawyer, while those keen on business studies will benefit from the video on the four key entrepreneurial mindsets.
Mass communication students will value the quick tips on how to be an influencer or what digital content creation means.
These videos are recorded by students, lecturers and even heads of school, giving prospective students and their parents the chance to "meet" them and assess their dedication and capability.
In every room, there are live chat buttons to connect with UOW Malaysia KDU's marketing team in Penang or Selangor.
Find out how you can turn your world into global success with UOW Malaysia KDU at https://www.uowmkdu.edu.my/