Malaysian Universities’ Strategies to Cope with the COVID Pandemic

Slides by Jun Yie Loo

The Covid-19 pandemic experienced fast global spread and has brought about large struggles to many countries across the globe. Malaysia, a developing country located in Southeast Asia is no exception. Malaysia’s education system has faced many challenges even before the emergence of the novel Covid-19 virus, such as declining financial support and increased competition from institutions overseas. Since Malaysia is technologically lagging compared to other countries and especially lacking compared to developed countries such as the United States, the students in Malaysia struggles to keep up with the demands on distance and online learning. This study aims to study the effects of how students are coping with the requirements of online learning even with technology and equipment that is not up to standard.

My project shows the data collected from university students enrolled in public schools. The literature that I am referencing is obtained from universities and the Department of Science and Education of Malaysia. Since these studies were published recently, there are very few news articles that provide reliable information about students during the COVID19 pandemic. The method in which I obtained my data was from video conferencing with friends who are currently enrolled in these schools as well as conversations with educators. 

This project is significant to me as many people who are fortunate are unaware of the struggles that many others face during this pandemic. Education is an important part of a young person’s life as it is a time period where young minds develop. This project aims to raise the awareness that the education system in developing countries are facing large struggles as they are unable to keep up with the demands of online learning, this is also a project that highlights the inadequacies of resource allocation.

Finally, the argument that I am making is that an improvement needs to be made to the education system and how educators should be able to provide their students with more help and resources to be able to effectively progress through school even with inadequate equipment.


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“Tableau Public”. Public.Tableau.Com, 2021,!/vizhome/COVID_Survey_1Oct2020/NationalSurveyofPublicEducationsResponsetoCOVID-19.

Nassr, Rasheed Mohammad et al. “Understanding Education Difficulty During COVID-19 Lockdown: Reports On Malaysian University Students’ Experience”. IEEE Access, vol 8, 2020, pp. 186939-186950. Institute Of Electrical And Electronics Engineers (IEEE), doi:10.1109/access.2020.3029967.

Sim, Sandra Phek-Lin et al. “Online Learning: A Post Covid-19 Alternative Pedagogy For University Students”. Asian Journal Of University Education, vol 16, no. 4, 2021, p. 137. Uitm Press, Universiti Teknologi MARA, doi:10.24191/ajue.v16i4.11963.

The Straits Times. Coronavirus: Malaysia Extends Movement Curbs By Another Two Weeks To April 28. 2021, Accessed 3 May 2021.

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