On the 14th of August 2021, an ‘International Student Forum 2021 – Expand Your Horizon’ program was held online through the Zoom application, with an estimated 200 people in attendance.
The program was attended by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Professor Dr Noorul Ainur binti Mohd Nur, UCYP Chairman, Board of Governors and Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr Ahmad bin Haji Zainuddin, UCYP Vice-Chancellor.
The discussion featured panellists from three institutions which are University College of Yayasan Pahang, Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP), and Imperial College London, who discussed psychological wellbeing among students and underlined the importance of taking the issue seriously.
In a speech by Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr Ahmad bin Haji Zainuddin, he said that the freedom we once had is long gone as a result of the unanticipated COVID-19 outbreak.
“In studying, we have lost face-to-face interaction between students and instructors, as well as the dormitory environment,” he continued.
Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr Ahmad bin Haji Zainuddin advised students to communicate frequently with friends and family members to help them cope.
Apart from that, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Professor Dr Noorul Ainur binti Mohd Nur shared that the psychological wellbeing subject has affected her because it was taboo to talk about psychological wellbeing in the 1990s. “I am glad that this generation is open about this subject”.
At the same time, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Professor Dr. Noorul Ainur binti Mohd Nur suggested that the university needs to create a strong support structure in order to aid students with their psychological well-being, including qualified counsellors.