It has been almost three month since the nation went into adherence to the Movement Control Order. The earlier days had seen worry, anxiety, and even panic, on measures to be taken to face the new normal.
Nonetheless, throughout this concern-inducing period, the staff, students, and surrounding communities of Management and Science University (MSU) have come together on projects and activities; albeit in the compulsory work-from-home mode.
Leading the M-ProteC project is the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by the School of Hospitality & Creative Arts (SHCA) to medical frontliners. With global recognition gained through design competitions and international accolades, this Top-2 Best Hospitality School in Malaysia and Top-28 in the world boasts expertise and creative drive.
The community effort pulls together a total of 150 students and staff volunteers to prepare 1,800 kits comprising headcover, gown, boot cover, and face shield. These PPEs will be donated to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang Hospital, the Sg Buloh Hospital, the Shah Alam Hospital, the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, the Kajang Hospital and the MSU Medical Centre Specialist Hospital.
A total of RM33,000 was allocated to this collaborative charity work which is funded by MSUrians through donations to the Yayasan MSU.
Dato’ Rosli Yusof, Senior Vice President of Endowment & Communication, said that collaborating on the projects is one of the ways MSU is reaching out to those in need whilst the university inculcates awareness through caring and educating on ways to handle the Covid-19 crisis. Various projects are taking place during the MCO and tasks delegated within the observance of social distancing.
On campus and at the MSU Medical Centre, the welfare of everyone is prioritized. Students who have opted to stay back are provided meals through the project “Meals on Me” initiated by the MSU Foundation or Yayasan MSU and supported by the Student and Career Development Department. Staff can also enjoy the meals without worry as they discharge their duties.
The Science Lab and School of Pharmacy have jointly produced over 100 liters of hand sanitizers to be distributed among students and staff as well as the surrounding schools, industries, and MSU Medical Centre Specialist Hospital.
Over at the MSU Medical Centre Specialist Hospital, the staff carry on with their responsibilities despite being at the epicenter of the pandemic. Through caring, healing, and educating, the Hospital supports the Ministry of Health’s objectives of ensuring scientific treating and testing for COVID-19 are done across the country by professionals. The launch of the MSU Diagnostic and Research Lab will also provide ground for more studies to be done to support causes towards better healthcare.
Professor Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid, the President, says, “Given the scale of the pandemic, it’s understandable that many of us will feel helpless. When we were asked by the staff and students to organize projects during this testing time, I was only too happy to agree, and I know a lot of the faculties and departments at MSU felt the same.
“While we find ourselves in exceptionally difficult and testing situations, we’ve been fortunate and overwhelmed by the response of our students, staff, alumni, supportive industries, university and media partners, in working hard to make a difference for others.”