The new normal of working remotely has inevitably continued into 2021. With most of the country grappling with the effects of the pandemic, OUM and its parent company METEOR Sdn Bhd, continue to move forward in its efforts to embrace digital technology. As one of the first initiatives for the year, the METEOR Group’s New Year Address was pre-recorded and broadcast online on 27 January in view of the second Movement Control Order (MCO) enforced by the Government recently.

The video recording kicked off with multimedia presentations, highlighting events from November 2020 to January 2021 and showcasing a special milestone montage to commemorate OUM’s 20th anniversary.

Group Chief Executive Officer and President/Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dato’ Dr Mansor Fadzil, then delivered his New Year address. He started off by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year before addressing the challenges and global issues in 2021, including recessions and mental health, as well as the good things that have come out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

He gave an overview of the University’s direction over the coming years, including implementing digital transformation in programme delivery and assessment, fully online library, electronic administration and support services.

“We want to enhance our IT infrastructure to ensure the system is efficient and reliable to support this digital transformation. Academics are provided with the necessary tools in order for them to cope with the latest in e-learning technology. Apart from that, we are also giving new laptops to support staff to maintain good service in the new online environment.”

Dato’ Mansor also announced plans to open a new learning centre in Perlis and to present Long Service Award to staff who have served 10 years and 15 years respectively with the University.

On a final note, he urged everyone to stay safe and follow the standard operating procedures outlined by the Government. “We have to remain united and be kind to others regardless of who they are. I hope everyone will stay fit and healthy and I wish all of you the very best in 2021.”

OUM Chancellor Tun Jeanne Abdullah’s pre-recorded message was short and simple where she expressed concern over the ongoing pandemic and advised everyone to be grateful for what they have been blessed with.

She reminded the staff to be kind, compassionate and empathetic to the less fortunate. “When we choose to practise kindness and tolerance, we choose a better way of living that can make a difference for everyone. It all begins with us.”

She hoped to see everyone in person again when things get better. “Let us keep praying that we can overcome this trial together. May Allah keep us all in His love and mercy as we strive for the best. My best wishes to everyone as we strive to make 2021 a fulfilling year for humanity and the world,” she concluded.