UUM ONLINE: 19 December - In order to ensure that the future generation is ready to face the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0), the university must be responsible for preparing them by ensuring that the university students get enough knowhow in particular to deal with the disruptions of the said revolution.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said the university was instrumental in producing future generation who would be the leaders ready to face the impact of IR4.0.
He said the revolution which was triggered by technology has become responsible for the various changes and transformations to the world and to the human life now.
According to him, the impact of the revolution also posed nuisances in life but they were not only viewed negatively, but also positively.
"Hence, we need to understand both the negative and positive impacts of IR4.0 and the university must be responsible for ensuring that what is being channelled, instilled and developed amongst students who enter the university as early as 18 years old and graduate at the age of 24 will already possess sufficient knowledge to confront the challenges of IR4.0.
"We have to firmly understand the present and future scenario for at least five or 10 years in the future, so the university needs to prepare the students throughout the duration of their studies in order to better prepare them to face the inevitable changes that come their way," he said at the UUM Professor's Discourse Ceremony held at the EDC Hotels & Resorts, this morning.
He who is also the Head of the Political, Security and International Affairs Cluster, National Professors Council (MPN) said that the professors too needed to play their role as leaders who would assist in providing guidance in facing the scenario which must be maintained or changed or reinforced.
According to him, society could not rely on technology and at the same time still produce 'good citizens', 'human beings' and intellectuals that adhere to the IR4.0 era.
He also expressed hope that the discourse entitled 'IR4.0 Disruption and Its Implications on The Malaysian Society' could be organised not just as an on-off event but must be continued to the next level specifically and in line with the needs of the industry or field.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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