March 20, 2020, by Lisa Chin

C0VID-19: Graduate School updates (20 March 2020)

Ref. UNM/GS/C0VID-19/01/20/03/20

C0VID-19: Graduate School updates (20 March 2020)

C0VID-19: Graduate School updates 

The health and safety of our postgraduate students and staff is our key priority. We have been monitoring updates on C0VID-19 closely and in light of the restricted movement control order nationwide as well as recent announcement of campus closure from 18 to 31 March 2020, we are suspending all Graduate School events and classroom based courses.

Training and development

We are currently preparing a revised programme of digitally supported guided learning for our researchers which will run, albeit beta-test, on Monday 23 March 2020. The revised learning support will consist of a varying monthly schedule drawn from our current training programmes and will be updated from to time to time as additional training courses are reconceived for this digital mode of learning delivery.

Researcher Development Programme (RDP)

The following training courses will go on as originally planned, but using Microsoft Teams.




Monday 23 March 2020

10am – 12noon

Light Your Fire – Motivational Tools for Researchers

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Wednesday 25 March 2020

1oam – 12noon

Structuring Your Thesis

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Friday 27 March 2020

10am – 12noon

Drafting a Chapter of Your Thesis

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Monday 30 March 2020

10am – 12noon

Creating a Strong Argument for Your Thesis

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Wednesday 1 April 2020

10am – 12noon

Anatomy of a Good Journal Paper

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Joining instructions

These digitally supported guided learning courses are open to all our postgraduate students. You will be able to join each course using the designated token listed above and you will need:

  • PC/laptop/mobile device with a stable internet connection

  • If on a mobile device, we recommend you to download the Microsoft Teams app available on both Play Store and App Store

Useful guides

Access and Download Microsoft Teams for students

Participate in a class by using token for students

Other features of Microsoft Teams for students

Alternatively, please refer to our email sent to all postgraduate students on Tuesday 17 March 2020 for guides on how to use Microsoft Teams and details on how to gain access and join the training courses.

Research and Academic Development (RAD)

The following workshop will go on as originally planned, but using Microsoft Teams.




Tuesday 7 April 2020

10am – 3pm

Introduction to doing statistics in R

We will send out the details on how to gain access and join this digitally supported guided learning course in due course.

Events and activities

We are postponing our postgraduate induction and Coffee & Cake session, originally scheduled for Friday 27 March 2020, to a later date which will be announced in due course.

Research Showcase competition

We are also postponing our Research Showcase competition indefinitely, until further notice.


In addition to the regular institutional updates that you receive via the main university channels, the Graduate School will separately update you via email and Graduate School social media.

Institutional updates

The University has C0VID-19 task force in place that meets regularly to assess risks, mitigation and most importantly, act on the official advice by the Ministries of Education and Health in Malaysia.

See the latest University statement for the latest updates

Contact us

You can clarify any Graduate School related information via email to (for postgraduates) and (for early career researchers & academic staff).

Stay safe! 

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