Universities Should Be At The Forefront To Embrace Changes And Innovate To Face The Challenges Of The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Universities Should Be At The Forefront To Embrace Changes And Innovate To Face The Challenges Of The Fourth Industrial Revolution

UUM ONLINE: Putrajaya, 11 January – Highlighting this year’s central theme, 'Higher Education 4.0: Knowledge, Industry and Humanity', the Minister of Higher Education, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh said, it is imperative that universities should be at the forefront to embrace changes and innovate to face the challenges and ride on the waves of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0).

Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh delivered the Minister of Higher Education Annual Address 2018 at the Plenary Hall, Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC), today.

He stated that, the teaching and learning approaches in the era of the IR 4.0 are compelled to undergo transformation in terms of space, curriculum, pedagogy and also technology.

"Different learning space should be adopted as students can now learn even without the presence of the lecturers. Nowadays not all learning sessions are conducted in lecture rooms.

Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Idris said that, 21st century pedagogy must incorporate innovative and suitable approaches including the heutagogy (self-directed learning), paragogy (peer-oriented learning) and cybergogy (the application of technology in the teaching and learning activities).

He added that, the university should also introduce the alternative assessment approach which embraces the changes in the IR 4.0.

"In addition, the Ministry of Higher Education is preparing a framework to ensure that the programmes offered by institutions of higher education are in accordance with the needs of the industry nowadays.

"In this regard, the industry and the academia need to work closely because ultimately this effort will bring immense benefits for the people," said the Minister.

Dato’ Seri Idris also urged all public institutions of higher education to establish the e-Portfolio system and integrate the system with the Integrated Cumulative Grade Point Average (iCGPA) structure this year. The Minister has also specified that, at least 40 percent of the programmes in every faculty and department at all public institutions of higher education to implement the iCGPA.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Higher Education will continue its efforts to increase the employment opportunities of the graduates by bringing in renowned industry players through the CEO @ Faculty programme to share their vast knowledge and immeasurable real-world experiences with the students and the university community. At present, a total of 72 CEOs were involved in the programme and that number will continue to increase this year.

Also present at the event were the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Dato’ Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching and UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak.

 Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz 






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