Academic Continuity Plan for August – December 2020/2021 Semester during COVID-19 Outbreak & fourth stage of de-escalation

24 July 2020

As UTB continues to safeguard the well-being of our students and staff, Teaching and Learning activities for August – December 2020/2021 Semester has been arranged accordingly. The new arrangement is based on UTB BCP and findings from the survey on Delivering Online Education Platform Usage during COVID-19 Crisis at UTB.

Week

Teaching and Learning Activities Arrangement

 

Week 1 onwards:

 

(Operational Readiness Level 4 will be in effect from 27th July 2020)

 

  • Teaching and learning activities will resume as normal arrangement with the number of students in any classroom or lecture theatre limited to the maximum allowed by Ministry of Health’s guidelines on Mass Gathering.
  • Blended learning (via online and/or traditional face-to-face teaching) for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programme will resume.
  • Masters by Research and PhD students will continue with their research and laboratory study.
  • Examinations will be conducted as normal on campus as scheduled in the University Academic Calendar.
  • Local field trips are allowed with Risk Assessment in place.
  • Any queries please contact Faculty/School Assistant Registrar, as follows:
    • Mohamad Hirman Bin Dollah, Faculty of Engineering (FEng)
      Phone: 2461020-9 Ext 5359
      Email: hirman.dollah@utb.edu.bn
    • Norhuraizah binti Haji Mohd Ja’afar, School of Computing and Informatics (SCI)
      Phone: 2461020-9 Ext 5257
      Email: norhuraizah.jaafar@utb.edu.bn
    • Muhammad Shahmauluddin Bin Haji Shahlehi, UTB School of Business (UTBSB)
      Phone: 2461020-9 Ext 5339
      Email: shah.shahlehi@utb.edu.bn
    • Dk Siti Nur Khadijah Bte Pg Hj Bakar, School of Applied Sciences and Mathematics (SASM) / School of Design (SDE)
      Phone: 2461020-9 Ext 5357
      Email: nurkhadijah.bakar@utb.edu.bn
  • Staff and students who are showing signs of illness or symptoms, are allowed to work/study from home subject to the acknowledgement of the respective programme leader.(subject to the latest development of COVID-19)

 

In addition to the above, we are pleased to inform that with reference to the Ministry of Health’s Media Statement on 22nd July 2020, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented for further reduction of social distancing measures implemented following the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

The reduction allows schools, vocational, technical and higher education institutions to move from Operational Readiness Level 3 to Level 4 from Monday, 27th July 2020.

UTB Operational Readiness Level 4 will involve the easing of restrictions below, effective from Monday, 27th July 2020:

  1. The University Library is allowed to operate with a capacity of not more than 100 people at one time.
  1. The counter services at the Staff and Student Centre, and the Finance Office at UTB will operate as usual with opening time from 7.45 am to 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm.
  1. The surau and prayer rooms in UTB are allowed to operate at normal capacity starting Monday, 3rd August 2020. However, users are still required to bring their own prayer mats, and wearing a face mask is encouraged.
  1. Staff and students will be allowed to use four (4) badminton courts at the UTB Multipurpose Hall (MPH) with a maximum of sixteen (16) players at any one time. The opening hours remain unchanged, from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm on the following days:
    • For Staff: every Wednesday and Saturday
    • For Students: every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 

The current procedure for entering and exiting the University’s premises that requires body temperature check, attendance login and the use of BruHealth app remains unchanged. Please refer to “Procedure for Entering and Exiting UTB premises during Covid-19 Pandemic” on UTB website at www.utb.edu.bn/COVID-19.

 

While on campus, staff and students are reminded to continue complying with all the directives issued by the Government, as well as to practice our social responsibilities by maintaining personal and hand hygiene at all times, practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette and recommended to wear a face mask in crowded places.

Thank you for your kind attention and continuous cooperation.

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