PENANG: USM will begin direct open intake beginning May this year instead of going through the UPU (Unit Pusat Universiti).
USM vice chancellor Tan Sri Professor Dato' Dr Dzulkifli Abdul Razak said the measure would be implemented beginning the new intake for this year and next year. Students can apply through the university's website at www.usm.my.
He said so far 13,000 applications had been received while the university would take in only about 3,500 students.
Dzulkifli pointed out that USM would select only students that meet the requirements, one of which would be the "admission tests."
The direct intake policy will be a departure from the conventional UPU allocation system, and this should bring about far-fetching effects on tertiary institutions in this country.
Dzulkifli said students used to be admitted into USM through UPU allocation, but after receiving the APEX (Accelerated Programme for Excellence) status, the university had the privilege of conducting direct intake of students.
He said the university would use the admission tests to determine the allocation of courses for students, adding that the tests would be independently carried out by a professsional team with the Examinations Board, and USM would not have a hand in the tests.
He said such tests had never been carried out elsewhere in the country before, and USM would be the first to conduct the tests. The list of students failing the admission tests would be handed back to UPU for allocation to other universities.
USM's intake procedures are expected to be completed by early May. (By QIU WENFA/Translated by DOMINIC LOH/Sin Chew Daily)