By Che Hasruddin Che Hasan
TUESDAY, 01 SEPTEMBER – A total of 4,481 students will continue their tertiary education at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) for the 2015/2016 Academic Session.
According to the Vice-Chancellor of UMS, Professor Datuk Dr. Mohd Harun Abdullah, the number comprised 2,021 students from Sabah (45%), 1,941 from Peninsular Malaysia (43%), 381 Sarawak (8.5%) and 138 international students (3%).
“The 138 international students are from 23 countries, among them China (89), Brunei (14), Fiji (6), German (2), India (2), Indonesia (2), Tanzania (2), Yemen (2), Pakistan (2), Maldives (2) and others,” he said in a press conference held at one of the residential colleges in conjunction with the enrolment of new students for admission to the 2015/2016 Academic Session.
He added, the breakdown by gender was 1,429 male (32%) and 3,052 female (68%), whilst the breakdown by genre was 1,945 offered to those under the science stream (43%) whilst 2,536 for those under Humanities (57%).
Datuk Harun said, Faculty of Science and Natural Resources (FSSA) offered the most placing which was 859; Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting (FPEP) 847 places; Faculty of Psychology and Education (FPP) 376 places; Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FKI) with 363 places; Faculty of Engineering (FKJ) with 346 places; Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition (FSMP) with 204 places; Faculty of Sustainable Agriculture (FPL) with 98 places and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FPSK) with 75 places.
“UMS also offers 100 places through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme to students who are poor to pursue their undergraduate studies here.
“This CSR is the third organised by UMS, offered to those whose household income is below the 40% mark and qualified for the lowest minimum qualification set by the University Central Unit (UPU),” he added.
This year, UMS also admitted 19 students with disabilities (OKU) where they are housed on the ground floor of the residential colleges in addition to having a dedicated vehicle to ferry them to and fro their lectures.
All the students will stay in the residential colleges and participate in the Orientation Week (MSM) as a preparation for adjusting life in a college atmosphere. – (fl)