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How will COVID-19 affect my studies or my Master of Science application to Technical University of Munich (TUM) Asia?

Read our frequently asked questions (FAQs) here.

CRITICAL INFORMATION ABOUT LECTURE PERIODS AND DEADLINES

(As of 16 June 2020)

  • In line with the COVID-19 measures set in place by the Singapore government, TUM Asia’s campus will continue to remain closed. The TUM Asia office will still be contactable online during office hours for this period.

  • Following the latest updates from the MOE press release, the safe re-opening of education institutions (including TUM Asia) will be done in phases. For the period immediately following 2 Jun 2020, lectures and tutorials will still be conducted online, and students can return only primarily for practical and lab sessions, including capstone and final-year projects. Please check your emails regularly for more updates.  

  • TUM Asia will take a cautious and gradual approach in the resumption of our operations, with reduction of physical interaction and implementation of safe management measures to ensure a safe environment for the TUM Asia community. Students will be brought back progressively in a careful and safe manner. However, students will continue having lectures and tutorials online. Measures will be taken to reduce inter-mingling between students on campus. Please view them under: Visiting the TUM Asia Campus > Before visiting the TUM Asia campus

  • All lecture content will be delivered digitally and there will be no written examinations for our Bachelor and Master students till at least 1 June 2020, or until further notice.

  • For applicants to the Master of Science programmes:

1) The deadline is extended to 30 June 2020 for the following for the Master of Science programmes in Aerospace Engineering and Rail, Transport & Logistics:

      • Submission of all applications
      • Payment of application processing
      • Payment of registration fees

2) The deadline has closed on 31 May 2020 for the Master of Science programmes in Green Electronics, Industrial Chemistry and Integrated Circuit Design.

3) Mailing in hardcopy documents – We are now able to receive your hardcopy documents from 24 April 2020

      • Applicants who have not submitted their hardcopies – please send your hardcopy documents from 24 April 2020.
      • Applicants who have already sent in their hardcopies – you will be informed once we have confirmed that we have received them. Please be patient with us as we have received a huge number of documents and we will need some time to process them before getting back to you.
MASTER OF SCIENCE APPLICATION FAQ

Here is a compiled list of questions on various topics that our current applicants have posed to us at the TUM Asia’s Admission Office, and our responses to these.

Extension in completing the application process

Q: What are the latest updates to the application process to TUM Asia, with regards to the current situation?

The deadline to submit your online application, payment of application processing, and payment of registration fees has been extended to 31 May 2020.

As of 24 April 2020, TUM Asia will be accepting hardcopy documents submissions again. For applicants who are currently unable to send in their hardcopies due to lockdown in their country, we will update you again on your next steps.

Q: What should I do if I am unable to collate the documents needed to apply due to lockdowns/restrictions in my country?

We have extended the application period to 31 May 2020. Please try to complete the application by this date. However, in the event that you need more time, kindly write to us at admission@tum-asia.edu.sg.

Q: I am unable to take the IELTs test as it was cancelled due to the current situation. What should I do?

There is another option to prove your English proficiency. If the medium of instruction for the entire period of your Bachelor’s degree study was in English, you may upload proof of this instead. This proof is typically stated in the marksheet, certificate, or your enrolment letter. Otherwise, you may also obtain a letter from your university stating proof of your medium of instruction. We will only be able to process your application after verifying proof of English proficiency.

Q: What can I do if I am unable to send out my hardcopy documents by the deadline?

If your country is under a lockdown, usually, Post Office services will still be available. However, if you are still unable to send your documents on time, we will consider your application ready for assessment if you have submitted your softcopy documents and paid the processing charge. Do note that there will be a delay in checking your sent documents as the TUM Asia Admissions Office is working remotely from home. Further details will be provided to applicants who would not be able to submit the hardcopy documents due to lockdown in their country.

Making your application stand out

Q: What factors does the admission committee take into consideration for application evaluations?

Your application will be evaluated on a holistic basis, based on its individual merits. The following are factors that will affect your application:

  • The standing of the university in which you completed your Bachelor studies;
  • The modules you have taken and grades you obtained in your Bachelor studies;
  • The recommendation letters written by your Professor or Employer about you;
  • The quality of the statement of purpose that you have written;
  • Your level of English competency; as well as
  • Your strengths as listed in your Curriculum Vitae (CV): Other relevant work/internship experiences, any scientific paper(s) you may have published, any relevant projects you may have completed, and any awards you may have achieved, among others.

Q: How can I improve my application for a positive outcome?

  • Improve the statement of purpose that you submit to us

This document explains to us your motivations for joining our MSc programmes, what has inspired you to apply, and why you choose to study at TUM Asia. It is crucial to submit a sufficiently detailed Statement of Purpose to us – the recommended length of your Statement of Purpose should be 1 to 2 pages.

Do proofread carefully as many statements contain errors in grammar, spelling, and unclear sentence structure.

  • Improve the quality of recommendation letters that you submit to us

We would recommend that you find faculty or employers that know you well enough to write a convincing recommendation letter that informs the admission committee of your strengths in character and personality, and how these make you an ideal candidate to join our MSc programmes.

  • Make your Curriculum Vitae (CV) stand out

Do include pertinent skillsets that are relevant to the programme you are applying for. List down your internship, employment, exchange experiences, education and scientific papers, as accurately as possible. Do remember to proofread your CV for language errors.

For more tips on improving your admissions, please visit our blogpost.

 

Notarising my documents

Q: What are the documents that require notarisation?

All Bachelor Degrees/Provisional Degrees/Enrolment certificates, as well as all Academic Transcripts/Marksheets, are required to bear notarisations.

Q: How do I correctly notarise my documents?

Notarisations are marked by an original seal that may be either an ink or embossed seal. An ink seal will bear an emblem while an embossed seal will bear a raised emblem.

If your certificate or transcripts consist of more than one page, you must prove that all the pages belong to the same document and belong to you. If there is your name/a matriculation number on every page of the document, you may obtain the seal on every page separately. However, if your name/a matriculation number is not present on every page of the document, you must inform the notarising party to fold the corners of all the pages and stamp the seal over the folded corners, so that each page receives a part of the seal.

Do note that standalone stamps are not sufficient as they will only bear inked wordings without emblems. Photocopied or printed seals are also not acceptable, thus, we will not accept coloured copies or photocopies of documents that bear a seal.

Mailing of hardcopy documents

Q: When can I mail my hardcopy documents to TUM Asia?

Starting from 24 April 2020, all applicants would be able to mail their hardcopy documents to TUM Asia.

If we have informed you to mail your notarised hardcopy application documents to us, you may mail them to:-

Office of Admissions, TUM Asia
510 Dover Road, #05-01 SIT@SP Building
Singapore 139660

Please do not mail any documents to us if we did not tell you to. We do not return any hardcopy documents that are submitted to us.

Submission deadline for APS and IELTS

Q: When is the latest date to submit the Akademische Pruefstelle (APS) or IELTS certificate to TUM Asia?

We would advise you to submit the hardcopy documents by 31 May 2020 in order to secure your place in the programme. If you are unable to send us the hardcopy due to lockdown, do email us your APS / IELTS softcopy certificate as soon as possible.

Scholarships available and scholarship application

Q. What are the available scholarships at TUM Asia?

These scholarships are available and subjected to eligibility:

  • DAAD Scholarships
  • TUM Asia Scholarships*
  • Industry Scholarships*

*To qualify for consideration in this Scholarship for Master of Science programmes, applicants will be required to submit their Admissions application via the Admissions portal during the admissions period for the current intake. Applications submitted after this period may not qualify.

Do keep in mind that our programmes are self-financing programmes. Students will be required to be able to commit to the expenses for the entire period of study. You should also find out from your own local government or banks, if they are offering any scholarship or financial aid that you may be eligible for, or find other sources of financial aid to support your studies.

For more information on scholarships available, please visit our Scholarships page.

Q: How do I apply for the available scholarships at TUM Asia?

All applicants who are offered a place into our Master programmes will also be assessed for TUM Asia scholarships and industry scholarships. Only successful applicants will be informed via email.

Mode of payment: Processing Fee and Registration Fee

Q: What if I cannot make payment of the processing fee via Paypal (eg. Because Paypal is not available in my country) and all the banks are closed due to the current situation?

You may:

  • Ask a friend overseas to help you pay through Paypal
  • Make a telegraphic transfer via online banking, which can be done from the comfort of your home. You will need to bear all the charges from the sender bank and the receiver bank.
  • Use TransferWise to make the payment. There are also TransferWise iOS or Android apps for easy transfer. The bank charges tend to be lower compared to telegraphic transfer via online banking.
  • For more information on the above payment modes, please write in to admission@tum-asia.edu.sg for the details of our bank account for the Processing Fee payment.

Q: I cannot make payment of the registration fee by the deadline (eg. Because of closures of remittance agencies during the current situation). What can I do?

You may:

  • Make a telegraphic transfer via online banking, which can be done from the comfort of your home. You will need to bear all the charges from the sender bank and the receiver bank.
  • Use TransferWise to make the payment. There are also TransferWise iOS or Android apps for easy transfer. The bank charges tend to be lower compared to telegraphic transfer via online banking.
  • For more information on the above payment modes, please write in to admission@tum-asia.edu.sg for the details of our bank account for the Tuition Fee (Registration Fee).

If you do not make the full payment of the registration fee (SGD 3,210), we will not be able to proceed to reserve your seat into the programme.

Q: What if I am still unable to make the payment by the deadline as I am facing issues with telegraphic transfer via online banking?

If you cannot meet the deadline, you should write to admission@tum-asia.edu.sg stating your reasons, and we will try to help you.

Refunding of paid Registration Fee

Q: I am unable to travel to Singapore when the August 2020 cohort commences classes. Can I request for a deferment to the next intake, or a refund of the paid Registration Fee shortly before classes commence?

We are monitoring the current situation closely, and will update you if there are any changes to the mode of study during the first semester of Aug 2020 intake (for e.g. online classes), so that all our students will be able to start their lessons virtually, without any disruption to the start date.

In any case, if the above solution is not feasible, yes, we can defer your studies to the next intake (AY21/22), with no penalty involved.

If you would still prefer to receive a refund, yes, we can process the refund accordingly. Please refer to the 3rd question in this dropdown for the refund policy.

In this fluid situation, please be rest assured that we will announce every measure that we need to implement to all our incoming students as soon as we can.

Q: I am unable to obtain approval in time for a student visa from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in Singapore for my studies. Will I be able to defer or get a refund for the paid registration fee?

We are monitoring the current situation closely, and will update you if there are any changes to the mode of study during the first semester of Aug 2020 intake (for e.g. online classes), so that all our students will be able to start their lessons virtually, without any disruption to the start date.

In any case, if the above solution is not feasible, yes, we can defer your studies to the next intake (AY21/22), with no penalty involved.

If you would still prefer to receive a refund, yes, we can process the refund accordingly. Please refer to the 3rd question in this dropdown for the refund policy.

In this fluid situation, please be rest assured that we will announce every measure that we need to implement to all our incoming students as soon as we can.

Q: What is the process to request for a refund of the paid registration fee?

Any requests for a refund of registration fees paid due to withdrawal from the programme shall be made as per TUM Asia’s refund policy shown in the table below.

Date of Receipt of Applicant’s Online Submission of Withdrawal from Programme Refundable Percentage of Registration Fees Paid
More than 60 calendar days before Programme Commencement Date 80% (Maximum Refund)
Between 60 to 31 calendar days before Programme Commencement Date (both days inclusive) 50%
Between 30 to 1 calendar day(s) before Programme Commencement Date (both days inclusive) 25%
On or after Programme Commencement Date 0%

 

Should you wish to withdraw from the programme after you have accepted our offer, please indicate your preference on the admissions portal. Please note that verbal and e-mail withdrawals will NOT be accepted. Withdrawal must be done online via the Admissions portal.

Admission outcome and Offer of Admission

Q: How long do I have to wait before I know the results of my application?

The results of your application are usually released at least four to eight weeks after you have submitted your online application and we have received and verified the complete set of your hardcopy notarised documents. This time frame depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of your application, when you submitted your application etc. Given the current COVID-19 situation, please expect a delay in the outcome of your application.

Different applications will also take different amounts of time to process, but rest assured that we will inform you as soon as our professors have made a decision on your application. We appreciate your patience.

Q: How do I accept the Offer of Admission?

There are conditions and deadlines stated on your offer of admission. If you do not fulfil any of the criteria, your offer may be revoked. Please read through the terms and conditions of the Offer of Admission and its related documents carefully and make sure that you are well-informed, before acknowledging that you have read through the documents, and accepting the offer on the portal (www.tum-asia.edu.sg/adm). After that, make the payment of the registration fee and enter your transaction details on the portal.

Your seat in the programme is only reserved after we have received the payment of the registration fee before the deadline.

Q: Is there anything I need to take note of prior to the programme commencement?

Before commencing the programme in Singapore, you must have

  • Completed your Bachelor degree programme;
  • Obtained and brought along your official Bachelor degree certificate (if not, at least a provisional degree certificate and a letter from your university stating the approximate month in which you will receive your official Bachelor Degree certificate);
  • Obtained and brought along your full set of Bachelor academic transcripts

If you are unable to, please inform us at admission@tum-asia.edu.sg immediately.

Internship requirements

Q: Are there any requirements for the internship?

Your respective programme coordinators will brief you after you are successfully enrolled to our Master programme. The internship is compulsory and will be conducted in a (minimum) two to three-month internship with the industry or with an academic institution, and this can be completed anywhere in the world. The requirements vary according to the organisation or institution that you are applying to.

Campus accommodation

Q: Is there any possibility for enrolled students in the TUM joint programmes with NTU/NUS to apply for accommodation on their campuses?

Yes, all students enrolled in the joint programmes can apply for the campus housing in their respective universities. However, please note that graduate housing is limited at NUS and NTU, and competition is very stiff for these hostels.

Q: Are there any in-campus accommodation facilities at TUM Asia?

TUM Asia has no in-campus accommodation facilities. Our students will have to search for their accommodation. Our students usually first choose to live in student hostels when they arrive in Singapore, and after they have made new friends in the university, they rent and share a private apartment with their friends/ classmates.

Q: What are the accommodation options that I can consider in Singapore?

Private accommodation options range from:

  • Landed property/ Condominiums (Private property)
  • HDB apartments (High-rise residential blocks)
  • Student hostels

You may find these websites useful:-

Travel restrictions, entry visa, and deferment of studies

Q: Singapore has imposed an entry approval as a requirement due to the current situation. I am worried that the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in Singapore will not grant me a student visa. Can I request for deferment? 

Yes, you may defer your studies to the next intake in August 2021 (AY2122). Please refer to the 3rd question in this dropdown for the deferment process.

TUM Asia is monitoring the government regulations closely and will take the precautionary measures to respond to the current situation, while keeping all applicants informed.

Q: I may not be able to travel to Singapore for the admissions process due to travel restrictions. Will there be any online classes for the first semester? Can I defer my studies? 

We are monitoring the current situation closely, and will update you if there are any changes to the mode of study during the first semester of Aug 2020 intake (for e.g. online classes), so that all our students will be able to start their lessons virtually, without any disruption to the start date.

In this fluid situation, please be rest assured that we will announce every measure that we need to implement to all our incoming students as soon as we can.

In any case, if the above solution is not feasible, yes, we can defer your studies to the next intake (AY21/22). Please refer to the 3rd question in this dropdown for the deferment process.

Q: What do I need to do to defer my studies?  

Please indicate your intention and reason to defer your studies via the application portal. By deferring your studies, you do not need to go through the admission process again and will automatically receive an offer for admission to the next intake.

Once you accept the offer and make the Registration Fee payment, your place in the programme will automatically be secured.

TUM ASIA INCOMING STUDENTS – HOME-BASED LEARNING

TUM Asia has shifted to delivering all lecture content digitally, and there will be no written examinations for our Bachelor and Master degree students till at least 1 June 2020. The TUM Asia office will still be contactable online during office hours for this period. 

We would like to assure all our students and applicants that online learning and services will continue to be made available to you. The safety and well-being of our TUM Asia community is our top priority. We hope that everyone is staying home and staying safe.

For BSc students, SIT will commence Trimester 3 on 18 May in full Home-Based Learning (HBL) mode. All classes will be conducted via online learning from 18 May to 1 June, and no learning activities will be scheduled on campus. Further details on the measures post 1 June will be announced in due course.

Online learning

Q: What is home-based learning (HBL) and how is it carried out? 

During this period, the safety of our TUM Asia community is our top priority and we have rapidly shifted to deliver all lessons digitally. Our students and lecturers are able to stay safe from the comfort of their homes and continue to benefit from the same quality of education.

All lessons are conducted through live streaming through Zoom and also available as recorded video content. The live streaming sessions are managed centrally by TUM Asia to enforce standardised security settings consistently across all teaching staff. These measures will enhance the security to ensure a safe teaching and learning environment for our students and teachers, while allowing lectures to remain interactive like they were on campus.

Q: How are assessments and examinations conducted during this period? 

Presently, not all examinations may be taken electronically. As such, all on-campus written examinations will not be conducted at least until after 1 June 2020. For assessments (e.g. tests, quizzes) and examinations that can be conducted online, instructions will be communicated to you by TUM Asia through email. Please check your TUM Asia email as we will update you regularly.

Q: Will the quality of the programme/lessons be compromised?  

No, our lessons are still able to continue with the same number of teaching hours. The only difference is that our lecturers and students do not need to commute physically to our campus for lessons, and they are able to benefit from the same quality of education safely at home.

Q: Can teaching hours be increased (slightly) for us to adapt to home-based learning? 

Teaching hours are tied to the credits that each module carries. There will not be an increase in teaching hours regardless of the delivery mode of the lecture content.

Q: What is online instruction and what does it mean for me?  

They comprise of digital content through synchronous and asynchronous teaching formats, as well as relevant electronic examinations. You will require internet access and a computer to attend your lessons, access online materials and take electronic exams from home.

Q: What do I need to know about digital teaching and copyrighted work?  

The materials and presentations made available to students are for educational purposes and are copyrighted work. Students should observe the applicable copyright laws and only use these materials for study purposes. Any further use of these materials requires the explicit prior consent of the copyright holder. It is forbidden to record or share any digital content with third parties, reproduce them publicly, or use them for commercial purposes.

Q: I miss interacting with our professors. Will there be any opportunities to connect with them on a face-to-face basis? 

Yes, whenever there is an opportunity when things go back to normal, our faculty will be able to travel to Singapore. We will keep our students informed when they are in Singapore and you may make an appointment to meet them in person to clear any doubts related to your modules or for any other learning opportunities. However, for now, do contact them to through online means or arrange for a virtual one-on-one video call with them.

Q: Is there any additional support or study materials available so that we can gain a deeper understanding of our modules?  

Yes, your lecturer will be able to provide some additional resources or advice you on platforms to gain access to more materials. You may also research for other study materials and verify it with your lecturer.

Student matters

Q: Will there be a rebate in tuition fee while I am doing online learning?  

Although we are conducting lessons through digital means, the number of teaching hours allocated to the module remains unchanged. The module takeaways, outcomes and learning curve remains unchanged, and our lecturers are contactable outside of lesson time. Despite being unable to meet physically, we continue to put our students needs at the top priority and remain available (online/virtually) to support our students during this period. Thus, we will not be offering a tuition fee rebate.

Payment matters

Q: Can tuition fee payments for the Master of Science programmes be delayed? Will there be any penalty involved? 

We understand the disruptions and ambiguity of COVID-19 has affected everyone globally. The health and safety of our students remain our top priority. We intend to support our students by extending the due date for the 1 June 2020 tuition fee billing, which was supposed to be due on 1 July 2020. Students will now be able to pay latest by 1 September 2020. There will also be no late payment penalties.

The Office of Finance will send the tuition fee billing to students via email. Please refer to the new due date indicated in the email. Do note that the extension of the due date is only applicable to the 1 June 2020 tuition fee billing.

Q: Can I pay via bank instalments?  

We have extended the due date of the 1 June 2020 tuition fee billing to 1 September 2020. Please refrain from paying by instalments as there may be additional bank charges and you may incur additional costs and workload as these will be borne by the student.

Suspension of Technical University of Munich (TUM) Activities in Germany

From 20 April 2020 (Mon), TUM gradually resumes its operations – maintaining, however, existing restrictions regarding physical contact and observing essential preventive measures. This also impacts our students at TUM Asia.  

Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) 

Referring to the latest advisory from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Art, teaching activities at TUM must be discontinued with immediate effect (currently until the beginning of the semester on April 19, 2020) until further notice. In the interest of the safety of the health of our students, the Overseas Immersion Project (OIP) trip to Munich in March / April 2020 will be put on hold until further notice. TUM Asia is working towards other options for the students affected by this.

Due to the increase in the number of cases globally, all official overseas placements are suspended (refer to this link). Please do not hesitate to contact the Academic Services Unit at 6777 7407 if you require more information. 

#WeMissTUMAsia

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We are missing our TUM Asia campus at the SIT@SP building.  Take care of yourselves! #WeMissTUMAsia #Stayhomestaysafe #Practicesocialdistancing #Circuitbreaker

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The TUM Asia community has never been defined by a physical location, but instead a shared love for the place we call home. Whether near or far, our community is strengthened by this resiliency.

#WeMissTUMAsia #Stayhomestaysafe #Homebasedlearning

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We miss our TUM professors, who fly from Germany to Singapore to teach! And we miss seeing all of our students in class. Featuring photos of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Utschick and Dr.-Ing. Michael Joham at TUM Asia, who teach in our Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s programme. #Throwback #WeMissTUMAsia #Stayhomestaysafe #Homebasedlearning

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?

Student matters

Office of Academic Services 

Bachelor and Master programmes:  

Weibo: https://www.weibo.com/TUMAsia 

Executive Education programmes: 

exd@tum-asia.edu.sg  

Application and Admission

Office of Admissions 

Bachelor and Master programmes: admission@tum-asia.edu.sg  

Executive Education programmes: exd@tum-asia.edu.sg  

General or further queries

We are still contactable online should you have any other questions. Please reach out to us on the following social media platforms, or via email:  
 
TUM Asia 

Weibo: https://www.weibo.com/TUMAsia 

Email: Events@tum-asia.edu.sg 

SHN/LOA/QO SUPPORT

Students serving the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) / Leave of Absence (LOA) / Quarantine Order (QO) will be supported throughout this period. Kindly update our Academic Services team or your programme executives to inform them if you are serving any of these, so that we can better support you during this period.  
 
More information: 

Stay-Home Notice (SHN)

Singapore has introduced SHN for Singapore residents and long-term pass (including Student’s Pass) holders returning to Singapore from all countries within the last 14 days. 

If you have been issued a SHN by the authorities, please inform ASD immediately via email with the following details:

-    Name
-    NRIC
-    Address at which SHN will be served
-    Flight number
-    Date of return
-    Contact number

During SHN please note the following:

  • You will need to remain at your residence at all times throughout the entire 14-day period of SHN.
  • You will have to make your own arrangements for meals or to buy household supplies (to be sent to your residence).
  • You will need to minimise contact with others during this period at your residence.
  • Government agencies may contact you via phone.
  • You will need to monitor twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms.

In addition, any individual who is issued a medical certificate (MC) by a medical practitioner certifying that he/she has acute respiratory symptoms must not, without reasonable excuse, leave the individual’s place of accommodation for 5 days starting on the day the medical certificate is issued.

The penalty for an offence under the SHN Regulations is a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment of up to six months or both. (Please refer to Annex A for the SHN Regulations.)

Leave of Absence (LOA)

As some of you may have travelled overseas during the March school holidays, a 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA) will be issued to students and staff of schools, preschools and student care centres who have returned from overseas on or after 14 March.

As an added precautionary measure, TUM Asia will similarly impose an LOA for all students and staff returning to Singapore between 14 and 20 March 2020 if they have not been issued with SHN. This will include trips from Malaysia via sea or land. 

Quarantine Order (QO)

A quarantine order is served to those who have had close contact with individuals who are confirmed to have COVID-19. If you are quarantined, you cannot physically interact with others living in the same premises or leave your home. Spot checks – both by phone and in person – will be carried out to ensure that you abide by the restrictions.

Those who do not have such facilities at home may opt for government quarantine facilities. If you live alone and need to get groceries, for example, may be granted assistance from the authorities.

Those who flout the quarantine for the first time may be fined up to $10,000, jailed up to six months, or both. The penalty is higher for subsequent breaches.

ADVISORY FROM THE SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT

Latest measures in Singapore - Ministry of Health (MOH)

Given the evolving situation, please refer to the MOH website for the latest measures and updates. 

  • Closure of more workplaces and extention of “Circuit Breaker” period to 1 June 2020. The Circuit Breaker involved the closure of most workplaces and implementation of home-based learning 

More measures were taken to further reduce transmission of COVID-19. This involves the closure of more work premises to minimise workplace transmissions and to contain the infection amongst migrant worker clusters. Action was also taken on popular areas in the community in order to encourage more to stay home, to further reduce the risk of community transmission.

These tighter measures will be in place minimally for a two-week period from 21 April 2020 until 4 May 2020. Additionally, the “Circuit Breaker” period has been extended by another 4 weeks until 1 June 2020. This means an extension to the period whereby most workplaces will be closed, and an extension to home-based learning (HBL). Read the press release here.

  • Wearing a mask is mandatory  

With the further regulations prescribed by MOH on 14 April 2020 under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, all individuals are required by law to wear a mask when outside of their place of residence. This applies to “essential workers at all workplace premises, whether they are frontline staff or performing back office functions”. Read the press release here.

Hence, with immediate effect, all SIT and TUM Asia staff, students, and visitors (including service providers) will be required to comply with this requirement if they have to return to campus during this Circuit Breaker period. Please ensure that the mask covers both the nose and mouth when worn. 

  • Stricter restrictions on the movement of people and business operations during “Circuit Breaker” period  

Stricter measures will come into effect from 7 April 2020 together with Singapore’s circuit breaker measures. To reduce the risk of infection, a new law; the COVID-19 temporary measures act bans all gatherings with family or friends who do not live together. Gatherings at home, public spaces (like HDB void decks and parks) are also banned. As much as possible, stay at home and stay safe.

You may only leave the house for one or more or the following reasons:

  • To work for or with an essential service provider, specified schools or early childhood development centres
  • To send your child to childcare if you and your spouse work for an essential service provider
  • To get essential goods and services like buying groceries, cutting hair or doing laundry
  • To exercise alone or with others you live with in green or open spaces
  • To seek medical help for suspected COVID-19 infection or other urgent treatment
  • To provide assistance to seniors (60 years and above) or persons with disability
  • To seek or render help in an emergency
  • To comply with the law (eg. court order)
  • To report for National Service
  • To move house
  • To leave Singapore

*Whenever you leave the house, you must keep a distance of at least one metre from others, with the exception of lifts, vehicles and public transport-related premises. 

More information on what you can and cannot do during the circuit breaker can be found here.

  • Singapore imposes “Circuit Breaker” to minimise further spread of COVID-19 

Singapore will close most workplaces, except for essential services like hospitals, markets and supermarkets and key economic sectors. This will take effect from 7 April 2020 to 1 June 2020.

Read the press release here.

  • Practice safe distancing whenever you need to leave the house 

Under the Safe-Distancing Regulations, any person who is guilty of an offence shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both. (Please refer to Annex B for the Safe-Distancing Regulations.)

Click here for more details on the above regulations.

 

Travellers to Singapore - Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Ministry of Health (MOH)

  • Short-term visitors will not be allowed to enter or transit Singapore, all returning Singapore residents will serve their 14-day Stay-Home Notice at dedicated facilities 

As of 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, Singapore will not let any short-term visitors enter or transit through the country. Since 9 April 2020, 2359 hours, all travellers returning to Singapore from overseas will have to serve their 14-day stay-home notice (SHN) at dedicated facilities, such as hotels, instead of in their homes. Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel abroad with immediate effect.

List of Countries/ Regions and Border Control Measures since 9 April, 2359 hours

Travel History in the last 14-days in Countries/Regions 

For Singapore Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders 

For Short-Term Visitors 

Hubei province (mainland China)

14-day quarantine

Not allowed entry or transit

All countries and regions

14-day SHN to be served out in hotels

Not allowed entry or transit

Source: Ministry of Health 

 

(Please refer to Annex A for the SHN Regulations.)

  • All travellers entering Singapore from 27 March 2020, 9am, must submit online health declaration forms 

As an additional precautionary measure to mitigate the risk of importation of COVID-19 into Singapore, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced on 23 March 2020 that from 0900 hours on 27 March 2020 (Friday), all travellers arriving in Singapore will have to submit a health declaration online via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service before proceeding with immigration clearance. This includes Singapore residents and long-term pass holders entering Singapore after 9am on 27 March.

For more details, please click here to view the full media release from ICA.

  • Entry approval required for all long-term pass holders 

In view of the heightened risk of importation of COVID-19 cases into Singapore, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) will implement additional precautionary measures for all Long-Term Pass (LTP) holders who are entering or returning to Singapore. These include holders of the Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP), the Student’s Pass (STP), as well as those who have been granted In-Principle Approval (IPA) for a LTP. These measures will come into effect from 29 March 2020, 2359 hours. 

For more details, please click here to view the full media release from ICA.

  • Student Pass (STP) and Student Pass – In-Principle Approval (STP-IPA) to obtain approval from Ministry of Education (MOE) before commencing journey to Singapore

From 29 March 2020, 2359 hours, all foreigners holding STP and STP-IPAs who are planning to enter Singapore from any country must obtain approval from MOE before they commence their journey.

If permission is granted, they will be issued an approval letter of entry by MOE that is valid for two weeks. STP and STP-IPA holders must produce the approval letter of entry to the airline staff upon check-in, and to the immigration officer at the checkpoints upon arrival in Singapore.

To contain public healthcare risks, the total number of entry approvals for STP and STP-IPA holders has been significantly tightened.

All STP and STP-IPA holders currently overseas must not make travel plans to Singapore until approval has been given by MOE. If they arrive in Singapore without the approval letter of entry from MOE, ICA will require them to return to their last port of embarkation within 48 hours, at their own cost. If they fail to comply, ICA will cancel their passes or rescind their IPA.

  • Advisory to All Foreign Students: 

For those currently in Singapore: 

  • All students who are currently in Singapore, should not travel overseas, unless there are strong reasons to do so e.g. family emergencies. Disciplinary actions may be taken for non-compliance. Those who leave the country without strong reasons, while travel restrictions are in place, will face greater difficulty obtaining entry approval when they wish to return.
For those currently overseas: 
  • You are strongly encouraged to return to Singapore before 29 March 2020, 2359. Your chances of being able to enter Singapore after this deadline will be extremely low.
  • If you are unable to return to Singapore by 29 Mar 2020, 2359hr, you should inform TUM Asia of your travel plans and apply for entry approval.
  • You should not try to enter the country, before entry approval is issued. If you arrive in Singapore without the necessary approval letters, you will not be able to clear immigration, and will be required to fly out of Singapore within 48 hours at your own cost. If you fail to comply, your passes or IPAs will be cancelled or rescinded respectively. Work Pass holders may also be barred from future employment in Singapore.

 

Education - Ministry of Education (MOE)

  • Arrangements for Schools and Institutes of Higher Learning at the End of Circuit Breaker

The safe re-opening of education institutions (including TUM Asia) will be done in phases. For the period immediately following 2 Jun 2020, lectures and tutorials will still be conducted online, and students can return only primarily for practical and lab sessions, including capstone and final-year projects.

The IHLs will take the following approach from 2 June 2020:

- Polytechnics: Lectures and tutorials will remain online. Students will return primarily for practical and lab sessions.
- Institute of Technical Education: Students will rotate weekly between online and on-campus lessons. They will return primarily for practical and lab sessions.
- Autonomous Universities: Students from the Singapore Institute of Technology and Singapore University of Technology and Design will continue having lectures and tutorials online. They will return primarily for practical and lab sessions, including capstone and final-year projects. The other AUs will be having their vacation.

Depending on the national situation, the IHLs will also progressively increase the number of students back on campus at any one time for face-to-face lessons.

The IHLs will adopt similar measures as schools, to ensure safe management on campus. For example, all persons will be required to check in and out using SafeEntry, when entering or leaving the campus. The start and end timings for lessons will also be staggered. Temperature and symptom screening will also be done at all entrances. To reduce inter-mingling between students on campus, students will be asked to remain in their practical or lab groups, and student activities such as Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) will continue to be suspended until further notice. Students will be required to wear masks at all times.

To view the press release, click here.

  • Schools adjust academic calendar and Institutes of Higher Learning to extend Home-Based Learning 

The IHLs will take the following approach from 5 May 2020 to 1 June 2020:

  • Students from polytechnics will continue with full HBL
  • Students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will continue with full HBL until 8 May 2020. Thereafter, they will be on vacation from 9 May to 1 June. (The vacation is brought forward from mid-June. ITE will be providing more details separately.)
  • Students from the Singapore Institute of Technology and some students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design will be starting their school term on 18 May 2020 in full HBL
  • The other Autonomous Universities will be having their holidays. Those offering a summer term will conduct all classes online

To view the full press release, click here.

  • Schools and Institutes of Higher Learning to Shift to Full Home-Based Learning 

3 Apr 2020: Starting from 8 April 2020, all primary, secondary, Pre-University and IHL students, including students from Special Education (SPED) schools, will shift to full Home-Based Learning (HBL) till 4 May 2020. Classes will resume on 5 May 2020. MOE and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation to assess if these measures need to be prolonged.

To view the full press release, please click here.

  • Issuance of Leave of Absence for All Overseas Travel during March Holidays 

19 March 2020: To further protect the education system, the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) have implemented additional precautionary measures over and above MOH’s measures. As some have travelled overseas during the March school holidays, a 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA) will be issued to students and staff of schools, preschools and student care centres who have returned from overseas on or after 14 March. As an added precautionary measure, SIT and TUM Asia will similarly impose an LOA for all students and staff returning to Singapore between 14 and 20 March 2020 if they have not been issued with SHN. This will include trips from Malaysia via sea or land.

To view the full press release, please click here.

  • Advisory for Singaporean Students Studying Overseas 

As of 17 March 2020, the Ministry of Education (MOE) encourage Singaporean students studying overseas to consider returning home soon. Institutes of Higher Learning in Singapore (including TUM Asia) have begun recalling their students currently on overseas internship or exchange. Students requiring any assistance while overseas, please contact your educational institutions, student associations, the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or the Singapore Global Network (hello@singaporeglobalnetwork.com) for guidance. The Ministry of Education may also be contacted at contact@moe.gov.sg.

To view the full press release, please click here.

  • Institutes of Higher Learning to Suspend All Official Overseas Placements  

As of 15 March 2020, the Ministry of Education (MOE), together with the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) have decided to suspend all official overseas placements, including all internships and exchange programmes, until end-July. Students who are currently on such overseas placements will be recalled as soon as is practicable.

To view the full press release, please click here.

STAYING SAFE FROM COVID-19

Practicing good hygiene habits

Please continue to practice good personal hygiene habits such as frequent handwashing with soap / hand-sanitising, and wearing a face mask if feeling unwell.

Some tips to stay safe:

TUMAsia_COVID_19_Tips_20201024_1

 

Stay home and stay safe

To fight COVID-19 successfully, all of us must play our part. Stay home; minimise the time spent outside; and strictly observe safe distancing measures. The TUM Asia community will get through this! 

VISITING THE TUM ASIA CAMPUS

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced on 19 May that Singapore will exit the Circuit Breaker when it ends on 1 June 2020, and embark on a controlled approach to resume activities safely over three phases. TUM Asia will take a cautious and gradual approach in the resumption of our operations, with reduction of physical interaction and implementation of safe management measures to ensure a safe environment for the TUM Asia community.

Before visiting the TUM Asia campus

The TUM Asia office will still be contactable online during office hours.

 

Arrangements for IHLs

 

For schools and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), the Ministry of Education has announced that students will be brought back progressively in a careful and safe manner. However, students will continue having lectures and tutorials online. Measures will be taken to reduce inter-mingling between students on campus, e.g. students will be asked to remain in their practical or lab groups, and student activities such as Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) will continue to be suspended until further notice.

 

Kindly take note of the following measures with effect from 2 June 2020:

 

1. Campus Opening & Closing Hours

 

The SIT@SP building opened from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays, and closed on weekends and public holidays. All unathorised personnel are to leave the campus by 6:30 pm on weekdays, and overnight stay is not allowed.

2. Entry Points & Temperature Screening

 

SIT@SP: Temperature screening will be done at the Polytechnics’ entrances and TUM Asia office. Please note that only staff and students on the nominal roll will be allowed entry to the Polytechnics’ campuses. All staff are required to display their staff pass at the entry points for identification purposes.

3. SafeEntry & TraceTogether

 

SafeEntry will be deployed at SP’s entrances for contact tracing purposes. All personnel entering and exiting the campus will be required to check-in and check-out by scanning a QR code. You are also encouraged to install the TraceTogether app and keep it turned on when leaving home.

4. Important Declarations to Note

 

In line with the latest advisory, persons who display fever or flu-like symptoms, or have a family or household member who is unwell, on Quarantine Order or Stay-Home Notice, should not return to campus.

 

Only those who are back on campus are required to submit their temperature and health declarations on Digital Workplace, on top of checking-in via SafeEntry. They have to do so twice a day, with the first declaration in the morning, and the second after 12.00pm.

 

Do pay attention to the signs that will be placed at the entry points, listing the declarations that are deemed to be made when you check-in with SafeEntry. SIT takes a serious stance on health and travel declarations. Those who fail to comply or provide false information could face discliplinary actions.

5. Safe Distancing & Wearing of Masks

 

Staff and students who are returning to campus are requested to ensure a safe distance of 1 metre apart wherever possible and refrain from physical interaction with each other. The wearing of masks while on campus is mandatory. Teaching staff may use face shields where applicable.

6. Closure of Facilities on Campus

 

All recreational and meeting facilities, including meeting rooms, discussion rooms, seminar rooms and lecture theatres (not timetabled for use) will be closed until further notice.

7. Overseas Travel

 

Official travel remains suspended until further notice.

 

Getting to the TUM Asia campus from Dover MRT

Please refer to the following guide or this video link on how to walk to our office from Dover MRT.

The SIT@SP Building where TUM Asia’s campus is located at will be closed from 6 April 2020 (Mon), 6pm – 1 June 2020 (Mon).

Temperature screening stations

All entering SP Campus shall be subjected to temperature screening.  

Those who are detected with fever will be refused entry. If you are feeling unwell or have any respiratory symptoms (such as fever, cough and shortness of breath), do seek medical attention promptly, and stay at home throughout your illness. Please do NOT come to campus.

Visitor declaration form

a. Entering SP Campus 

If you do not hold a SIT/SP pass, you will need to fill in a hardcopy visitor declaration form before entering the SP campus.

 b. Entering TUM Asia office 

The SIT@SP Building, including the TUM Asia office will be closed from 6 April 2020 (Mon), 6pm – 1 June 2020 (Mon). The TUM Asia office will still be contactable online during office hours for this period.

Declaration on contact with COVID-19 cases

In addition to the requirement to make a travel declaration, you are required to submit a declaration if, to the best of your knowledge, in the past 14 days, you:

(i) are a Confirmed Case/Suspect Case/Person under Quarantine Order*, or 

(ii) have been in contact with a Confirmed Case/Suspect Case/Person under Quarantine Order, in the past 14 days. 

If (i) or (ii) applies to you, please make your declaration using the Declaration Form for non-SP staff attached and submit to your supervisor together with the attached Excel file Template for case data.

*Definitions:
Confirmed/suspect Case – A person confirmed or suspected by MOH to have contracted COVID-19.
Person under Quarantine Order – A person under quarantine order from MOH. 

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