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Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Blended Learning for New and Continuing Foundation Students

Update as of 20 April, 2021:
Following the announcement by the Chief Minister of Sarawak and subsequent advisory from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee dated 19 April, 2021, Swinburne Sarawak is suspending all Face-To-Face classes until further notice.

As the situation remains fluid, we'll continue to ensure that our campus community remains safe and thank our students for their collective efforts in this matter while continuing to stay well.


The University will continue to work on offering blended learning mode for our April 2021 Foundation intake, and our Continuing Foundation students from the October 2020 and January 2021 intakes.

Blended learning will involve:
  • Lectures that are conducted fully online
  • Face-to-Face tutorial classes on a pre-determined number of days per week

Blended learning is only available to domestic and international students who are currently in Malaysia. International students currently residing outside of Malaysia will still be undergoing fully online teaching and learning.

Students in Categories (1.) and (2.) above will be contacted via email and an announcement made on CANVAS.

In the meantime, you are encouraged to read through and understand all the steps outlined below as this will be critical to your successful transition back to Campus.


Foundation Students from October 2020, January And April 2021 Intakes

Students entering Sarawak from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan are no longer required to undergo COVID-19 rT-PCR text prior to entering the state. However effective March 2021, all travellers entering Sarawak will be quarantined at the first Point of Entry.

For more information visit https://sarawakdisastermc.com/.

Entry of Students to Campus

 

The University also encourages you to arrange for your living accommodations prior to your arrival in Kuching. This will ensure a smooth transition to your learning and studying experience at Swinburne.

For Sarawakian

Entry from within Sarawak

Step 1

Make sure that the documents listed below are in-hand prior to doing Step 2

  • Copy of Identity Card
  • Flight Itinerary
  • Birth Cert (if required)
  • Marriage Cert (if required)
  • Strong Reasoning and Proof (To apply for Permit Letter to enter Campus – See to Step 2)
  • Police permit for inter-district and/or –state travel

Note:

  • Your enterSarawak application will be rejected if your documentation is incomplete
  • Sabah COVID-19 Disaster Management Committee requires all exit from Sabah to have rt-PCR test result negative within 3 days from exiting.
  • Mandatory Quarantine Order for 14 days at a SDMC designated quarantine centre.
Step 2

Make a request for a Movement Permit Letter for your travel to Kuching through your Marketing Officer or email at study@swinburne.edu.my.

Step 3

Once you have received the Movement Permit Letter from Swinburne Sarawak, you will need to apply for a police permit to enable you to travel to Kuching.

Make sure you download the correct form according to the area you are travelling from, and that you fill out 2 (two) copies.

  • Students from areas under Movement Control Order (MCO): Download here
  • Students from areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO): Download here
Step 4

Once you have the police permit, proceed to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website (https://sarawakdisastermc.com/) to apply for entry into Sarawak via enterSarawak.

Step 5

Application to Enter Sarawak

  • Click on “Apply enterSarawak”.
    For first time login, you need to create an account. If you already have an account, proceed to login and fill-in all the necessary details as well as upload all the documents stated in Step 1.
    Please give 1 – 2 days before your application is approved.

The enterSarawak permit is mandatory and will be checked by

  • airline staff during luggage check-in;
  • airline officers at the airport departure gates;
  • customs officers beyond the departure gates;
  • airline staff during boarding.
Step 6

Submit your eHealth Declaration Form (eHDF). The eHDF have a validity of 12 hours, so submission have to be within 12 hours prior to your arrival in Kuching, Sarawak.

Should your flight be rescheduled, you are to re-apply for enterSarawak. A new swab test may also be required as the result of your swab test is only valid for 3 days / 72hours prior to entering Sarawak.

Step 7

On your arrival in Kuching, you will be taken to a SDMC designated quarantine centre for your 14-day quarantine. Swab tests will be taken from you on Day 2 and Day 10 of your quarantine.

The COVID-19 swab test and quarantine costs will be borne by State government.

Step 8

Once your quarantine period is completed, you will need to submit your Quarantine Release Letter issued by the Ministry of Health Malaysia as proof that you have completed your quarantine period and is COVID19-free.

The steps above is subject to change. The University advice that you prepare additional funds for contingency measures.

For updates, do check the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website regularly.

Entry from Sabah and Labuan

Step 1

Make sure that the documents listed below are in-hand prior to doing Step 2

  • Copy of Identity Card
  • Flight Itinerary
  • Birth Cert (if required)
  • Marriage Cert (if required)
  • Strong Reasoning and Proof (To apply for Permit Letter to enter Campus – See to Step 2)
  • Police permit for inter-district and/or –state travel

Note:

  • Your enterSarawak application will be rejected if your documentation is incomplete
  • Sabah COVID-19 Disaster Management Committee requires all exit from Sabah to have rt-PCR test result negative within 3 days from exiting.
  • Mandatory Quarantine Order for 14 days at a SDMC designated quarantine centre.
Step 2

Make a request for a Movement Permit Letter for your travel to Kuching through your Marketing Officer or email at study@swinburne.edu.my.

Step 3

Once you have received the Movement Permit Letter from Swinburne Sarawak, you will need to apply for a police permit to enable you to travel to Kuching.

Make sure you download the correct form according to the area you are travelling from, and that you fill out 2 (two) copies.

  • Students from areas under Movement Control Order (MCO): Download here
  • Students from areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO): Download here
Step 4

Once you have the police permit, proceed to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website (https://sarawakdisastermc.com/) to apply for entry into Sarawak via enterSarawak.

Step 5

Application to Enter Sarawak

  • Click on “Apply enterSarawak”.
    For first time login, you need to create an account. If you already have an account, proceed to login and fill-in all the necessary details as well as upload all the documents stated in Step 1.
    Please give 1 – 2 days before your application is approved.

The enterSarawak permit is mandatory and will be checked by

  • airline staff during luggage check-in;
  • airline officers at the airport departure gates;
  • customs officers beyond the departure gates;
  • airline staff during boarding.
Step 6

Submit your eHealth Declaration Form (eHDF). The eHDF have a validity of 12 hours, so submission have to be within 12 hours prior to your arrival in Kuching, Sarawak.

Should your flight be rescheduled, you are to re-apply for enterSarawak. A new swab test may also be required as the result of your swab test is only valid for 3 days / 72hours prior to entering Sarawak.

Step 7

On your arrival in Kuching, you will be taken to a SDMC designated quarantine centre for your 14-day quarantine. Swab tests will be taken from you on Day 2 and Day 10 of your quarantine.

The COVID-19 swab test and quarantine costs will be borne by State government.

Step 8

Once your quarantine period is completed, you will need to submit your Quarantine Release Letter issued by the Ministry of Health Malaysia as proof that you have completed your quarantine period and is COVID19-free.

The steps above is subject to change. The University advice that you prepare additional funds for contingency measures.

For updates, do check the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website regularly.

Entry from Sabah, Labuan & Brunei (by land)

Step 1

Make sure that the documents listed below are in-hand prior to doing Step 2

  • Copy of Identity Card / Passport
  • Approved Special Pass from Residen Office, Miri or Residen Office, Limbang
  • Valid negative rt-PCR test results with a validity of 4-days
  • Approval to enter Sarawak via Sabah or Brunei
  • Police permit for inter-district and/or –state travel

Note:

  • Your enterSarawak application will be rejected if your documentation is incomplete or your re-PCR test result has expired
  • Sabah COVID-19 Disaster Management Committee requires all exit from Sabah to have rt-PCR test result negative within 3 days from exiting
  • Frequent traveller entering Sarawak by land, is to obtain a Special Pass from the Resident office, Miri or Residen Office, Limbang, and to have a negative rt-PCR test result. This is valid for 14 days
  • Jabatan Immigresen Sarawak Malaysia (JIMS) will issue a Transit Pass to traveller
Step 2

Make a request for a Movement Permit Letter for your travel to Kuching through your Marketing Officer or email at study@swinburne.edu.my.

Step 3

Once you have received the Movement Permit Letter from Swinburne Sarawak, you will need to apply for a police permit to enable you to travel to Kuching.

Make sure you download the correct form according to the area you are travelling from, and that you fill out 2 (two) copies.

  • Students from areas under Movement Control Order (MCO): Download here
  • Students from areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO): Download here

Entry from West Malaysia

Step 1

Make sure that the documents listed below are in-hand prior to doing Step 2

  • Copy of Identity Card
  • Birth Cert (if required)
  • Marriage Cert (if required)
  • Strong Reasoning and Proof (To apply for Permit Letter to enter Campus – See to Step 2)
  • Police permit for inter-district and/or –state travel

Note:

  • Your enterSarawak application will be rejected if your documentation is incomplete
  • Mandatory Quarantine Order for 14 days at a SDMC designated quarantine centre.
Step 2

Make a request for a Movement Permit Letter for your travel to Kuching through your Marketing Officer or email at study@swinburne.edu.my.

Step 3

Once you have received the Movement Permit Letter from Swinburne Sarawak, you will need to apply for a police permit to enable you to travel to Kuching.

Make sure you download the correct form according to the area you are travelling from, and that you fill out 2 (two) copies.

  • Students from areas under Movement Control Order (MCO): Download here
  • Students from areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO): Download here
Step 4

Once you have the police permit, proceed to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website (https://sarawakdisastermc.com/) to apply for entry into Sarawak via enterSarawak.

Step 5

Application to Enter Sarawak

  • Click on “Apply enterSarawak”.
    For first time login, you need to create an account. If you already have an account, proceed to login and fill-in all the necessary details as well as upload all the documents stated in Step 1.
    Please give 1 – 2 days before your application is approved.

The enterSarawak permit is mandatory and will be checked by

  • airline staff during luggage check-in;
  • airline officers at the airport departure gates;
  • customs officers beyond the departure gates;
  • airline staff during boarding.
Step 6

Submit your eHealth Declaration Form (eHDF). The eHDF have a validity of 12 hours, so submission have to be within 12 hours prior to your arrival in Kuching, Sarawak.

Should your flight be rescheduled, you are to re-apply for enterSarawak. A new swab test may also be required as the result of your swab test is only valid for 3 days / 72hours prior to entering Sarawak.

Step 7

On your arrival in Kuching, you will be taken to a SDMC designated quarantine centre for your 14-day quarantine. Swab tests will be taken from you on Day 2 and Day 10 of your quarantine.

The COVID-19 swab test and quarantine costs will be borne by State government.

Step 8

Once your quarantine period is completed, you will need to submit your Quarantine Release Letter issued by the Ministry of Health Malaysia as proof that you have completed your quarantine period and is COVID19-free.

The steps above is subject to change. The University advice that you prepare additional funds for contingency measures.

For updates, do check the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website regularly.

 

For Malaysian/Non-Sarawakian

Entry from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan

Step 1

Make sure that the documents listed below are in-hand prior to doing Step 2

  • Copy of Identity Card / Passport / Valid Permit
  • Flight Itinerary
  • Strong Reasoning and Proof (To apply for Permit Letter to enter Campus – See to Step 2)
  • Letter of Undertaking prepared and signed by the Traveller for Payment of Quarantine and Related Costs (Applicant to bear all costs)
  • Police permit for inter-district and/or –state travel

Note:

  • Your enterSarawak application will be rejected if your documentation is incomplete or you do not have a strong justification for entering the State
  • Non-Sarawakians and non-Malaysian (who have been in Malaysia more than 30 days) entering from Peninsular Malaysia is required to request for approval to enter Sarawak by filling the enterSarawak and eHDF forms
  • Non-Sarawakians and non-Malaysians in Sabah and Labuan are not allowed entry into the State except for those under Essential Services. Person reasons or for leisure is not permitted.
Step 2

Make a request for a Movement Permit Letter for your travel to Kuching through your Marketing Officer or email at study@swinburne.edu.my.

Step 3

Once you have received the Movement Permit Letter from Swinburne Sarawak, you will need to apply for a police permit to enable you to travel to Kuching.

Make sure you download the correct form according to the area you are travelling from, and that you fill out 2 (two) copies.

  • Students from areas under Movement Control Order (MCO): Download here
  • Students from areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO): Download here
Step 4

Once you have the police permit, proceed to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website (https://sarawakdisastermc.com/) to apply for entry into Sarawak via enterSarawak.

Step 5

Application to Enter Sarawak

  • Click on “Apply enterSarawak”.
    For first time login, you need to create an account. If you already have an account, proceed to login and fill-in all the necessary details as well as upload all the documents stated in Step 1.
    Please give 1 – 2 days before your application is approved.

The enterSarawak permit is mandatory and will be checked by

  • airline staff during luggage check-in;
  • airline officers at the airport departure gates;
  • customs officers beyond the departure gates;
  • airline staff during boarding.
Step 6

Submit your eHealth Declaration Form (eHDF). The eHDF have a validity of 12 hours, so submission have to be within 12 hours prior to your arrival in Kuching, Sarawak.

Should your flight be rescheduled, you are to re-apply for enterSarawak. A new swab test may also be required as the result of your swab test is only valid for 3 days / 72hours prior to entering Sarawak.

Step 7

Upon your arrival in Kuching, you will be taken to a SDMC designated quarantine centre for your 14 days quarantine.

You have the option of:

  • Charged Quarantine Centre
    • This option is open only if rooms are available; do enquire from the officers at the airport during processing. Take note of the below:
      • Accommodation cost to be borne by you: RM2,100 for 14days (RM150 per day inclusive of meals x 3)
      • 100% accommodation costs to be paid upfront once reaching the accommodation.

During your quarantine period, you will be swab tested on Day 2 and Day 10. Each swab test costs approximately RM150 per test (RM150 x 2 tests).

Step 8

Once your quarantine period is completed, you will need to submit your Quarantine Release Letter issued by the Ministry of Health Malaysia as proof that you have completed your quarantine period and is COVID19-free.

The steps above is subject to change. The University advice that you prepare additional funds for contingency measures.

For updates, do check the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website regularly.

Non-Malaysian

Step 1

Make sure that the documents listed below are in-hand prior to doing Step 2

  • Copy of Identity Card / Passport / Valid Permit
  • Flight Itinerary
  • Strong Reasoning and Proof (To apply for Permit Letter to enter Campus – See to Step 2)
  • Letter of Undertaking prepared and signed by the Traveler for Payment of Quarantine and Related Costs (Applicant to bear all costs)
  • Police permit for inter-district and/or –state travel

Note:

  • Non-Sarawakians and non-Malaysian (who have been in Malaysia more than 30 days) entering from Peninsular Malaysia is required to request for approval to enter Sarawak by filling the enterSarawak and eHDF forms
Step 2

Make a request for a Movement Permit Letter for your travel to Kuching through your Marketing Officer or email at study@swinburne.edu.my.

Step 3

Once you have received the Movement Permit Letter from Swinburne Sarawak, you will need to apply for a police permit to enable you to travel to Kuching.

Make sure you download the correct form according to the area you are travelling from, and that you fill out 2 (two) copies.

  • Students from areas under Movement Control Order (MCO): Download here
  • Students from areas under Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO): Download here
Step 4

Once you have the police permit, proceed to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website (https://sarawakdisastermc.com/) to apply for entry into Sarawak via enterSarawak.

Step 5

Application to Enter Sarawak

  • Click on “Apply enterSarawak”.
    For first time login, you need to create an account. If you already have an account, proceed to login and fill-in all the necessary details as well as upload all the documents stated in Step 1.
    Please give 1 – 2 days before your application is approved.

The enterSarawak permit is mandatory and will be checked by

  • airline staff during luggage check-in;
  • airline officers at the airport departure gates;
  • customs officers beyond the departure gates;
  • airline staff during boarding.
Step 6

Submit your eHealth Declaration Form (eHDF). The eHDF have a validity of 12 hours, so submission have to be within 12 hours prior to your arrival in Kuching, Sarawak.

Should your flight be rescheduled, you are to re-apply for enterSarawak. A new swab test may also be required as the result of your swab test is only valid for 3 days / 72hours prior to entering Sarawak.

Step 7

Upon your arrival in Kuching, you will be taken to a SDMC designated quarantine centre for your 14 days quarantine.

You have the option of:

  • Charged Quarantine Centre
    • This option is open only if rooms are available; do enquire from the officers at the airport during processing. Take note of the below:
      • Accommodation cost to be borne by you: RM2,100 for 14days (RM150 per day inclusive of meals x 3)
      • 100% accommodation costs to be paid upfront once reaching the accommodation.

During your quarantine period, you will be swab tested on Day 2 and Day 10. Each swab test costs approximately RM150 per test (RM150 x 2 tests).

Step 8

Once your quarantine period is completed, you will need to submit your Quarantine Release Letter issued by the Ministry of Health Malaysia as proof that you have completed your quarantine period and is COVID19-free.

The steps above is subject to change. The University advice that you prepare additional funds for contingency measures.

For updates, do check the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee website regularly.

 

Information on Quarantine Centre

Travelers into Sarawak is advised to note the below.


Source: SDMC


Do I need a Permission Letter from the University if I am living in Kuching?

No. However, you are required to follow the University’s COVID-19 SOPs at all times.

What is the validity of the rt-PCR (Covid-19) swab test?

The result of the rt-PCR swab test is valid for 3 days prior to your entry into Sarawak.
DAY 1 – Take rt-PCR COVID-19 sample
DAY 2 – Awaiting result and submit enterSarawak upon receiving negative results
DAY 3 – Enter Sarawak

# As required by the Sabah COVID-19 Disaster Management Committee, the rt-PCR swab test is required of those traveling from Sabah as their point of origin.

What if my application for entry into Sarawak is rejected?

Should your application for entry into Sarawak is rejected, you will

  • not be able to travel to Kuching
  • Need to re-apply
  • Submit additional documents, if required.

You are advised to check with SDMC (https://sarawakdisastermc.com/) on this in order to determine what other documentations you may need for your application to be approved.

SDMC is also contactable at the numbers below:

  • 082-513340
  • 082-649813
  • 082-536512
  • 082-646634
  • 082-443991
  • 082-510014
  • 082-649684
  • 082-313158
  • 011-40859282

Units of study that will have blended mode

Foundation units that will be offered in the blended mode are:

  • FCE10020 Introductory Mathematics
  • FCL10001 Academic and Communication Skills A
  • FCL10003 Innovation and Change
  • FCT10010 Information Technology
  • FSB10031 Economics
  • FSE10021 Chemistry
  • FSE10022 Engineering Mathematics A
  • FSE10024 Introductory Physical Science
  • FST10011 Fundamentals of Web Technology

Lectures will be conducted online while tutorial classes will be on face-to-face mode. Students can expect to have two sessions of face-to-face tutorial classes in a week. While on campus, you will also be able to fully utilise the facilities that are open to students and staff such as the library.

If you need more information, please contact the Coordinators for Foundation Studies below.

For Business, Design and Communication programs
Ms Shella Georgina Beatrice (sbeatrice@swinburne.edu.my)

For Engineering/Science/Information Technology/Multimedia
Ms Hephi Liauw (hliauw@swinburne.edu.my)

Alternatively, you can email Marketing and Student Recruitment at study@swinburne.edu.my.

What on-campus facilities are accessible to students?

The following facilities are available to students and staff:

  • Library – open during the following times, in support of students and staff requiring access to information resources as well as facilities and services for their teaching, learning and research needs :
    • Monday to Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
    • Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: Closed
  • Open Computer Labs and Study Areas – remain closed at the moment.
  • Angelus Fitness (Gym) – remains open at the moment.
  • Multi-purpose Hall (MPH) – closed at the moment.

Health Declaration Form

IMPORTANT

Before departing for Kuching, please ensure that you fill in the eHealth Declaration Form. The form need to reach Swinburne Sarawak at least 12-hours prior to you arriving in Kuching.

You are also encouraged to submit the form during the weekday in order for the University to process the form immediately.

The eHealth Declaration Form can be found here.

What if I am unable to travel to Kuching?

If for whatever reasons you are unable to travel to Kuching, you will still be able to participate in your class lectures and tutorials via online learning.

Swinburne Sarawak will continue to adopt new and reliable SOPs that ensures the campus community observe social distancing requirements and related SOPs safely, whilst ensuring our students are able return to academic normality as soon as possible.