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A Study on Learning Difficulties Faced by UITM Pahang Students during MCO

The enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) by the Malaysian government due to the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted sectors such as the economy and society. The MCO enforcement led to Malaysians spending most of their time staying at home and some losing their source of income. The education landscape has also changed dramatically with the phenomenal rise of virtual classes from home. At the time, learning and teaching processes were carried out remotely and on digital platforms to curb the spreading of the virus which affected the learning process from home for many Malaysian students. In response, a study was conducted to investigate the challenges of home learning during the MCO among the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Pahang Branch students. The study employed online survey questionnaires distributed to 213 students where it was found that most male and female students were not well prepared for home learning during the MCO. In addition, a significant majority agreed that home learning is more stressful than the physical classes on campus. Furthermore, Social Sciences and Science and Technology students claimed that the workload given was much more significant during online classes. The study concludes that the most associated challenges of home learning faced by the students during MCO are the abundance of workload and loss of interest in the subject.


Evaluating the Most Popular Mineral Water Brands among UiTM Arau, Perlis Students and their Health Benefits

Declining groundwater quality in Malaysia has led to a growing reliance on bottled water for drinking. Bottled water contains various minerals, each offering unique health benefits such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. The mineral composition of bottled water varies based on its source. In Malaysia and globally, bottled water has become the primary drinking water source. A study was conducted to assess the preferred mineral water brands available at UiTM Arau, Perlis, focusing on advantages and mineral content. Utilising the Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (FAHP), Spritzer, Bleu, and Ice Mountain were evaluated based on criteria like price, availability, taste, water source, and packaging. The study revealed Spritzer, with a weight of 0.439 as the preferred choice. Overall, the study provides information to consumers and marketers on potentially influencing behaviour, improving marketing strategies, and aligning bottled water production with Malaysian preferences and environmental concerns.


Assessing the Level of Understanding of SDGs among University Students

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have identified the youth as stakeholders. Their understanding of the triple bottom line of sustainability (economic, social, and environmental) is required for SDG achievement. A study was undertaken to investigate the level of SDG knowledge among university students. It was discovered that students at Universiti Teknologi MARA have a moderate understanding of the SDGs and should pay special attention to the SDGs related to the environment. It was also found that students were introduced to SDGs by their educational institutions and various media platforms. The findings are applicable to SDG-related policymaking and add to the existing body of knowledge.


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