Important dates:Now that UPU/STPM results for IPTA 2011/2012 intake are out, while some jump for joy for getting their first choice or any of their eight choices, many are depressed by the fact that they are offered a random course out of their eight choices or they are not even offered any course. This post is dedicated to answer those who wish to appeal or change course.
July 21: Dateline for all successful candidates to confirm acceptance of the offer by the public universities (seven days after the official result announcementor before July 22).
July 24: Closing date for the unsuccessful candidates who did not receive any offer can submit their electronic appeal through the ministry website (10 days after the official result announcement).
September 3 or 4: The registration of new students into public universities is on the first week of September.
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Interesting facts and figures according the BERNAMA news:
- A total of 41,267 applicants were successful in obtaining places to undergo first degree programmes for the 2011/2012 academic session at 20 public universities out of the 64,073 who applied and from the 53,216 who were eligible.
- The intake was a 1.9 per cent increase compared to the 2010/2011 academic session which had 40,506 candidates.
- As in the year before, the number of female students was higher than male students, where 27,001 were females constituting 65.4 per cent while 14,266 or 34.6 per cent were males.
- From the aspect of applicants being offered places according to ethnicity, 29,838 out of 39,998 Bumiputra applicants were successful or 74.6 per cent, 9,457 out of 10,677 Chinese applicants were successful or 88.6 per cent, 1,511 from 1,813 Indian applicants were successful or 83.3 per cent and 461 out of 728 candidates of the other races were successful or 63.3 per cent.
- The policy of intake and selection for entry into public universities with STPM/Matriculation or Equivalent qualifications is based on the principle of meritocracy by applying 90 per cent academic marks and 10 per cent on co-curriculum marks to determine the merit value of each candidate.
- From the 41,267 successful applicants, 21,954 or 53.2 per cent were for science stream and 19,313 or 46.8 per cent were in arts stream.
- There were 6,294 outstanding candidates in eight types of competitive courses namely Medicine 983 candidates (Malays 581, Chinese 339, Indians 50 and others 13); Dentistry 174 candidates (Malays 91, Chinese 77, Indians 4 and others 2); Pharmacy 283 candidates (Malays 151, Chinese 125, Indians 7); Chemical Engineering 919 candidates (Malays 648, Chinese 217, Indians 45 and others 9).
- In Electrical and Electronic Engineering, there were 1,163 candidates (Malays 923, Chinese 209, Indians 18 and others 13); Mechanical Engineering 1,601 candidates (Malays 1,251, Chinese 311, Indians 20 and others 19); Law 367 candidates (Malays 221, Chinese 105, Indians 37 and others 4); and Accounting 804 candidates (Malays 509, Chinese 269, Indians 18 and others 8).
- There were 38 Orang Asli, 49 disabled and 990 state and national sports personalities who were also offered places in public universities in line with the government's desire to produce holistic graduates capable of realising the national agenda and vision.
- 3,108 outstanding candidates with Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.0 had already been placed in 20 public universities that is 2,045 candidates in 19 public universities while the balance in USM which is an APEX university.
So before we start discussing the practical or known ways to apply to change course, we shall look at why this situation happens. During your IPTA application with your STPM results, there is a compulsory crucial question that you will need to answer – Do you agree to accept a course offer out of your eight choices?
If you answered yes, then if you do not get any of your eight choices, you will be offered a random course. You will not be able to appeal even if you do not like the random course being offered. You can accept the course and either be grateful that you are offered a place in local public university or apply to change to another course only after you have registered at the university being offered.
E-RAYUAN is only for those who failed to get any offer not for switching course. If you have already been offered a course, you cannot appeal through E-RAYUAN even if you do not like the course being offered.
DASAR RAYUANIf you answered no, then if you do not get any of your eight choices, you can choose to appeal online through the official E-RAYUAN by ten days from the UPU/STPM results release date. When you appeal, you will be able to select two choices. The appeal results usually are available in about three weeks from the closing date of appeal. There will be risk that you are not offered any course even after appealing if you put highly competitive courses as your appeal choices.
Hanya CALON GAGAL mendapat tawaran IPTA sahaja yang boleh mengemukakan rayuan melalui Aplikasi e-Rayuan yang diselaraskan oleh BPKP JPT dalam tempoh 10 hari selepas keputusan permohonan kemasukan ke IPTA diumumkan.
How to change course? Although the whole process might not be smooth and easy, there are four known and proven ways to change course successfully.
Transfer to a Different University and Course
Send an appeal letter to the dean of the faculty of the university that you want to transfer to. Let say you are offered course A at university Z, you can actually apply to transfer to course B at university Y by writing letter with all the supporting documents to the dean of the course B faculty at university Y. If the dean of the course B faculty at university Y replies yes, you can straight away register at university Y skipping the registration at university Z. It does work. Amazing isn’t it?
Another way is to wait till March next year when the IPTA intake 2012/2013 application open for STPM 2011 and you should apply using the same STPM 2010 result you got under the category Diploma (not current STPM 2011). But of course this time you should be more careful with your eight choices. This is possible and does work. Unbelievable isn’t it?
Zaba Residential College (Seventh College), University of Malaya
Change to a Different Course at the Same University
Unlike the above, the following two ways require you to accept whatever course being offered and register at the university before you apply to change to another course at the same university. Let say you are offered course C at university X and you want to change to course D at the same university.
The first way is after your orientation week (known as Minggu Haluansiswa at University of Malaya), immediately send an appeal letter with all the supporting documents to the dean of the course D faculty. To get a higher chance, although optional, get a supporting letter from the dean of the course C faculty approving you to change to course D.
The second way is after you have studied course C for one semester, submit application letter together with your first semester result to the dean of course D faculty. This way is the most common and highest chance among all possible ways. If you fail to get it, try the same way next semester. The downside of this way is that you will waste at least one semester (some even two semesters or one academic year) studying a course that you do not like.
At the same time, as an additional effort, it certainly doesn't hurt to get some help from those in the corridors of power - political parties. Fill up the appeal forms which can be downloaded from the parties' official websites, meet those politicians in person, ask for supporting letters etc. Liked this post? Subscribe now to read more post like this one! Tweet