(From left) Malaysian Industry Government Group for High Technology senior vice-president Rushdi Abdul Rahim, Singapore Ambassador-at-Large Ong Keng Yong, HELP University vice-chancellor and president Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation economy division director Dr Karl Ng Kah Hou and International Technology University president Dr Gregory O’Brien at HELP University’s 20th annual convocation strategy seminar at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
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THERE is a need to change the country’s education and training systems in order to advance in technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR), said Higher Education director-general Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir.
She said technology affected almost all industries and transformed the production, management and governance aspects of a country.
“The inevitable shift from simple digitisation (the Third Industrial Revolution) to innovation based on combinations of technologies in the FIR is forcing companies to reexamine and redesign the way they do business.
“This affects and evolves behavioural patterns of a society that depends on access to mobile network and data.
“This can only be achieved through active governance, by embracing changes in the education and training systems of higher learning institutes and continuously adapting to a new, fast-changing environment and reinvention.”
Siti Hamisah’s speech was read by Higher Education deputy director-general (private higher education) Dr Mohd Nor Azman Hassan.
He represented Siti Hamisah at HELP University’s annual convocation strategy seminar themed “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” here yesterday.
The FIR is a combination of physical, digital and biological inventions and innovations that, in many ways, breaks away from previous phases of civilisation development. It creates transformative changes to the present governance, work and business opportunities.
In her written speech, Siti Hamisah explained that to move forward with the changes, collaborations with schools and universities were needed, as well as industries, the labour market and policies improved.
“While there has been great progress in improving access to education, the quality and relevance of learning must also be improved.
“Government policies should focus on enhancing the skill of the national workforce. Education and labour policies need to be reexamined so they are more proactive and relevant to the changes in the market.
“Better forecasting of industry and labour economic trends is vital to allow governments, businesses and individuals to react quickly to these changes.”
Some 25 panelists from institutions and universities worldwide converged on the seminar to share their experiences and expertise on the FIR.